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Azure Data Explorer gets new engine, numerous enhancements and Synapse integration

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An Azure Data Explorer dashboard


Credit: Microsoft

Today, at a dedicated online event for Azure Data Explorer (ADX), Microsoft is announcing numerous enhancements to the service, including a next-gen release of the underlying engine and an array of integration points that should make it more accessible, more enticing and more useful. ADX, which is most often used for telemetry data lake workloads and analytical solutions as a service, will now run even faster overall than it had, will have numerous optimizations and will connect with a variety of other data services, streaming data sources and data visualization solutions. This will help a service that’s been very successful but not especially well-known, even among Azure analytics experts, achieve more mainstream appeal.

Performance gains galore

What new features are coming to ADX? To start with, Microsoft’s introducing a new version of the core engine (in preview, with GA expected in February), which

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New Video Of Wakashio Engine Room Soon After It Crashed Into Mauritius Coral Reefs

A new video was released this week of the immediate aftermath on board the massive Japanese vessel, the Wakashio, as it crashed into Mauritius’ coral reefs.

Although video of the exact moment of the collision was not released, the immediate aftermath and conditions on board the vessel was captured the next day on July 26 when the sun rose.

The Wakashio hit the coral reefs in darkness at 7.15pm on July 25 having sailed for 12 days from its last refueling stop in Singapore. After 12 days on the reefs, the vessel split apart on August 6, unleashing the worst oil spill in the Mauritius’ history.

The 18 minute video (linked below) appears to be six video files compiled together.

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NASA delays commercial crew mission to study Falcon 9 engine issue

WASHINGTON — NASA is delaying the launch of the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the first half of November to provide more time to review a problem during a recent Falcon 9 launch attempt.

NASA announced Oct. 10 the Crew-1 mission, which was scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 in the early morning hours of Oct. 31 from the Kennedy Space Center, will now launch no earlier than early to mid-November.

The delay, the agency said, will provide more time for SpaceX “to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluates off-nominal behavior of Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators observed during a recent non-NASA mission launch attempt.” NASA did not identify the specific launch attempt in question, but an Oct. 2 launch of a Falcon 9 carrying a GPS 3 satellite was scrubbed just two seconds before liftoff because of SpaceX Chief Executive

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Quantum heat engine behaviour observed in a qubit

Quantum heat engine behaviour observed in a qubit
Comparison of the measured peak currents (top) and the calculated excitation probabilities (bottom) showed a perfect match for the device in the incoherent regime (left) and coherent regime where the function becomes a superposition of heat engine and refrigerator operation (right). Credit: Physical Review Letters

Although many of today’s accepted theories of classical thermodynamics predate even the industrial revolution they helped to propel, many open questions remain around how these ideas translate to the level of single quantum systems. In particular, the potential for superposition of states has as yet unexplored implications for thermodynamic behavior. Now, a collaboration of researchers in Japan, the Ukraine and the U.S. has produced a quantum device that can not only behave analogously to a heat engine and a refrigerator, but also a superposition of both at the same time.


Keiji Ono, Sergey Shevchenko and Franco Nori—who share an affiliation with RIKEN in Japan, among

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Bing is now Microsoft Bing as the search engine gets a rebrand

Microsoft is rebranding its Bing search engine to Microsoft Bing today as part of a rebranding effort. While the vast majority of people are likely to still just call it Bing, Microsoft unveiled its shift toward Microsoft Bing in a blog post today. Microsoft doesn’t go into detail about why it added the company’s name to the Bing brand, other than it reflecting “the continued integration of our search experiences across the Microsoft family.”

This rebranding means Bing is now using its own updated logo and a Microsoft Bing logo on the search engine’s homepage. It’s not clear if Microsoft will eventually retire the Bing logo in favor of this more Microsoft-centric logo or simply use both in the future.

Microsoft’s new Bing homepage.

Microsoft has been experimenting with Bing logos in recent months, with some of that work appearing in the company’s search engine temporarily. The search giant has

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ZeniMax Online’s new IP built with new engine, will be another MMORPG

Just like Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, ZeniMax Online’s brand new IP is being built from the ground up with new engine optimizations.

ZeniMax Online, the dev behind Elder Scrolls Online, is currently working on a brand new IP. We’ve actually known about this for a while: the project was first known in 2018, it’s likely another MMORPG, and Colin Campbell, who worked on Jedi: Fallen Order and Mass Effect, has signed up as a level artist.

Now we have a few more details about the project. According to ZeniMax lead graphics engineer Alex Tardiff, the new IP is being built in a fresh new games engine. “Not much to say about this yet, but it’s been so much fun creating a brand new engine. With how rare this kind of thing is nowadays, I feel fortunate to be at this studio while we invest heavily in

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DARPA Awards $14 Million To Develop A Nuclear Rocket Engine

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Gryphon Technologies $14 million to develop a nuclear thermal propulsion system for the U.S. military. Part of DARPA’s Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program, the High-Assay Low Enriched Uranium (HALEU) Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) system will be used to enable the military to carry out missions in cislunar space, meaning the area between the Earth and the orbit of the moon.

“A successfully demonstrated NTP system will provide a leap ahead in space-propulsion capability, allowing agile and rapid transit over vast distances as compared to present propulsion approaches,” Tabitha Dodson, Gryphon’s chief engineer on the support team and a national expert in NTP systems, said in a statement.

The militarization of space, this time largely involving the United States and China, has been in the news in recent years in a way that it hasn’t since the decades-old Space

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DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as “fundamentally flawed”

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has beaten out competitor DuckDuckGo and will now be offered as an option for Android users during setup in select European countries, according to the results of Google’s most recent default search engine auction. DuckDuckGo, previously the most frequently offered alternative, was not pleased, and the company slammed Google’s auction process as pay-to-play.

“This EU antitrust remedy is only serving to further strengthen Google’s dominance in mobile search by boxing out alternative search engines that consumers want to use and, for those search engines that remain, taking most of their profits from the preference menu,” DuckDuckGo wrote in a blog post published yesterday. “The auction model is fundamentally flawed and must be replaced.”

Google hosts the auctions in response to a landmark 2018 European Union antitrust ruling, which fined the dominant search giant a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) after finding Google was illegally tying its

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Will The Internal Combustion Engine Really Take A Back Seat To EVs?

If the actions of global automakers are anything to go by, the internal combustion engine, which powered automobiles for over a century, could become obsolete within a few decades. But the shift to electric vehicles (EV), slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating on a global scale due to more stringent government emissions regulations, falling costs, an increasingly positive public attitude towards a growing number of EV choices and a societal reckoning about climate change.

California said this week it plans to phase out sales of conventional new gasoline-powered cars by 2035 in favor of zero-emission vehicles that run on electricity. Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order no doubt faces a

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Bungie Confirms ‘Destiny 2’ Is Never Getting A New Engine So We Can Drop That Now

In the wake of a big technical TWAB regarding Destiny 2 this past week, the good old question of the series getting a “new engine” has surfaced again.

Some are interpreting the recent comments about all the changes to the engine as a smokescreen for the fact that yes, Destiny is effectively getting a new engine. Or if not, they’re just preparing to replace the current engine with a new one down the road and these are just temporary patches.

Neither of these things are true. And in fact, Bungie has come out to say explicitly that no, Destiny is never getting a fully new engine.

MORE FROM FORBESUnderstanding Destiny 2’s Massive New Technical Changes For Beyond Light

This is directly from Chris Kosanovich, Engineering Manager at Bungie, who responded to the frequent engine question in a reddit AMA two full months ago,

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