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Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin speaks during the JFK Space Summit, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, US, on June 19, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Bezos will make voyage to space

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is heading to space next month as one of the first passengers on his newest venture, Blue Origin, a space travel company.

Bezos, 57, will travel with his brother, Mark, 53, on the first flight of the suborbital rocket developed by his space firm.

Mark Bezos is a co-founder of HighPost Capital and is on the leadership council for Robin Hood, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that invests in antipoverty programs.
马克•贝索斯是私募股权公司HighPost Capital的联合创始人,也是位于纽约的非营利性扶贫慈善机构罗宾汉的高管。

"Ever since I was 5 years old, I've dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20, I will take that journey with my brother," Jeff Bezos said in a video posted to Instagram announcing his trip.

The flight will mark a new chapter for Bezos, who will step down from his role as Amazon's CEO on July 5.


>Wombats produce square-shaped droppings

Wombats, marsupials native to the grassy plains and eucalyptus forests of Australia, are among the most adorable animals in the world, but to animal experts they have been a tough-to-solve mystery for a very long time.

And it has all been because of their poop.

You see, bare-nosed wombats have the unique ability to produce up to 100 distinctive, cubic pieces of poop every day.

Now, researchers say they have uncovered how the wombat intestine creates this unusually-shaped excrement.

In most mammals, the contractions of intestinal muscles occur in all directions, but in wombats, the grooved tissue and irregular contractions shape the poop differently.

The scientists involved in the study say that these new revelations could have a big impact on human digestive health research and manufacturing technology.

It would be a cool method to apply to the manufacturing process, how to make a cube with soft tissue instead of just molding it.


>Technology for recording dreams

The press service of the Platform of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) told reporters that Russian scientists have created a technology that allows you to record and recreate dreams using a neuro-headset.

It said the Russians will be able to take advantage of this development as early as 2025.

NTI reported that experiments in the field of reconstructing images that arise in the brain began back in 2019.

Participants of the experiment were shown various videos – waterfalls, races, people's faces, and at the same time they recorded an electroencephalogram (EEG).

After the experiment, it was possible to find out that the frequency characteristics of the wave activity (spectra) of the EEG differ for different categories of videos.

"Most likely, we will not be able to recreate dreams to the smallest detail, but we will succeed in defining the category: unpleasant, pleasant, nightmare and the like. The user will be able to understand their feelings from sleep," said Vladimir Konyshev, head of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology neuro-robotics laboratory.

FILE PHOTO: As it sped away from Venus, NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft on February 7, 1974, captured this seemingly peaceful view of the planet, nearly the size of Earth, wrapped in a dense, global cloud layer. The clouded globe of Venus is a world of intense heat, crushing atmospheric pressure and clouds of corrosive acid. [Photo/Agencies]

>NASA plans new missions to Venus

NASA announced plans to launch two new scientific missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030 to study the atmosphere and geologic features of Earth's so-called sister planet.

The US space agency said it was awarding about $500 million for development of each of the two missions.

"We're revving up our planetary science program with intense exploration of a world that NASA hasn't visited in over 30 years," Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's associated administrator for science, said in a statement announcing the missions.

NASA's Magellan spacecraft, which reached Venus in 1990, made the first global map of the planet's surface as well as global maps of its gravity field.

In 1994, Magellan was sent to plunge into the surface of Venus to gather data on its atmosphere before it ceased operations.

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