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Tasmanian devils reintroduced into Australia’s mainland for 1st time in 3,000 years

The Tasmanian devil, the feisty marsupial that only resided on the island of Tasmania for the last 3,000 years, has been reintroduced into Australia’s mainland for the first time in 3,000 years.

a close up of a cat with its mouth open: A Tasmanian devil stands in a wooded area in an undated handout photo.

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A Tasmanian devil stands in a wooded area in an undated handout photo.

On Monday, 11 devils, along with six other species of small mammals, were released into a large preserve, where they’ll be able to roam free, forage for their own food and act as they would in the wild.

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The feat is a result of a decade-long project by Aussie Ark, an animal preservation organization that created an “insurance population” for the species, which is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

The release was welcome news after billions of animals were lost in the

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1st successful test launch of the German A4 rocket (AKA the V-2)

a large ship in a body of water with smoke coming out of it: The launch of a German V-2 rocket.

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The launch of a German V-2 rocket.

On Oct. 3, 1942, Germany did the first-ever successful test launch of a ballistic missile. 

This missile was officially named Aggregat 4 (A4) but more commonly known as the V-2. The V-2 was designed by the famous German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, and it proved to be a super deadly weapon during World War II. 

It launched from an island off the Baltic coast of Germany called Peenemünde and reached an altitude of 52.5 miles (84.5 kilometers) before safely landing right on target 118 miles (190 km) away.

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1st electronic vote in House of Commons history plagued by technical glitches – National

Members of Parliament have completed their first-ever remote vote in the House of Commons, a historic occasion marked by numerous technical glitches, lengthy delays and cameo appearances by some of their kids and even a family dog.

The vote was on a Bloc Quebecois sub-amendment to a Conservative amendment to last week’s throne speech, a routine matter that normally would have taken 15 minutes.

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House of Commons tests virtual voting ahead of throne speech

It was roundly defeated by a vote of 293-33 –with help from one Bloc MP who accidentally voted against

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SpaceX fires up in-space version of Starship’s Raptor engine for 1st time (video)

An important piece of SpaceX’s new Starship megarocket just got its first workout.

SpaceX's first vacuum Raptor engine blazes during a test in September 2020, in this screengrab from a SpaceX video.

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SpaceX’s first vacuum Raptor engine blazes during a test in September 2020, in this screengrab from a SpaceX video.

The first vacuum Raptor — the in-space version of Starship’s Raptor engine — blazed up in a debut test at SpaceX’s development facility in McGregor, Texas, company representatives announced via Twitter last night (Sept. 24).

The vacuum Raptor survived the test, which occurred about three weeks after the engine departed SpaceX’s Los Angeles-area rocket factory for McGregor. (SpaceX announced on Sept. 4 that the pioneering engine had been shipped to the Texas proving ground.) 

Related: SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy rocket in pictures

Last night’s tweet described the test as “full

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‘Technical difficulties’ cut CBS’ Dolphins-Bills feed in 1st half and everyone had jokes

It was the ultimate nightmare for a network on Sunday: Losing the feed of an NFL game.

CBS couldn’t air about four minutes of actual game time of the Dolphins-Bills game on Sunday because of a loss of power in a quadrant of Hard Rock Stadium.

The technical difficulties took the game off the air late in the first quarter and early in the second quarter.

“I’m wondering if they didn’t pay the electric bill down there in Miami,” joked Rich Gannon, who was calling the Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Broncos game, which CBS cut to following the outage.

The outage forced Dolphins fans to miss some good and some bad.

Wide receiver DeVante Parker caught a touchdown at the end of the first quarter and rookie cornerback Noah Igbinoghene recovered a fumble, but Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs also caught a touchdown to put Buffalo ahead by seven in the second

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Rocket Lab gears up for 1st launch from US soil

Rocket Lab is nearly ready to launch its first mission from American soil.

The California-based company, which has launched 14 missions to date from its New Zealand site, just wrapped up a “wet dress rehearsal” at its Launch Complex 2 (LC-2), at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops Island, Virginia. 

During the exercise, a Rocket Lab Electron booster was rolled out to the newly built pad, raised vertical and fueled. Mission managers then took a simulated countdown all the way to 0, to verify that all procedures will work as planned on launch day.

Related: Rocket Lab and its Electron booster in photos

“With this major milestone complete, the Electron launch vehicle, launch team and the LC-2 pad systems are now ready for Rocket Lab’s first launch from U.S. soil,” company representatives said in a statement on Thursday (Sept. 17).

There is still one major box left to tick, however:

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China’s 1st Supercarrier Could Feature EMALS Launch Technology: Report

China has been making steady progress building its third aircraft carrier, the first expected to rival the “supercarriers” of the U.S. fleet in size and capability, according to satellite photos and analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

China’s Global Times tabloid, viewed as an organ of the Chinese Communist Party, reported Sept. 13 that the new carrier could be launched late this year or early next.

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The tabloid also cited an unnamed military expert as saying that the new carrier will “likely” feature an electromagnetic aircraft launch system, similar to the newest operational U.S. aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford. The 10 other carriers in the U.S. fleet use steam-powered catapults to launch aircraft.

CSIS said that it is not yet possible to assess whether the new carrier will have

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Astra’s 1st orbital test launch fails during first-stage engine burn

Astra’s first orbital mission got off the ground, but it soon came back down again. 

a tree with a mountain in the background: Astra's Rocket 3.1 rises into the sky above Alaska's Pacific Spaceport Complex during the company's first orbital launch attempt on Sept. 11, 2020. The flight ended during the first-stage engine burn.

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Astra’s Rocket 3.1 rises into the sky above Alaska’s Pacific Spaceport Complex during the company’s first orbital launch attempt on Sept. 11, 2020. The flight ended during the first-stage engine burn.

The California-based spaceflight startup launched its first orbital test flight tonight (Sept. 11), sending its two-stage Rocket 3.1 skyward from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska at 11:20 p.m. EDT (7:20 p.m. local Alaska time and 0320 GMT on Sept. 12).

The 38-foot-tall (12 meters) booster, which was carrying no payloads, didn’t make it all the way to the final frontier.

“Successful lift off and fly out, but the flight ended during the first-stage burn. It does look like we got a good amount of nominal flight time. More updates to come!” Astra tweeted tonight.

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Twitch will shut down its live karaoke game on January 1st

Twitch Sings will bid karaoke fans farewell after 2020. The Amazon subsidiary has announced that it’s shutting down the live karaoke game on January 1st, 2021, less than two years after it was officially launched. In its announcement, Twitch says it decided to close the platform to “invest in broader tools and services that will help support and grow the entire music community on Twitch.”

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Streamers can play Twitch Sings by choosing one of the game’s available songs, giving their fans the power to choose what they should sing or asking friends or fans to join them for duets. As PC Gamer notes, though, the Twitch Sings channel only has 161,000 followers, even though the Music category it’s under has 3.6 million. It sounds like the platform decided to redirect its resources, because the game wasn’t exactly contributing to its growth in the music department.


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Before Twitch

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