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Mini satellites: This fall, a few American satellites, each no bigger than a brick, will enter the atmosphere of Mars, 33.9 million miles away — demonstrating a powerful new technology that will undoubtedly shape our futures. These miniature satellites, called CubeSats, were designed to follow NASA’s Mars robotic lander, InSight, as it attempts to land on the red planet in November, and they will relay information back to Earth. The goal is to demonstrate how low-cost CubeSat technology can be used in deep space and travel farther than any miniature satellite before.

A traditional communications satellite can be as big as a school bus and weigh 6 tons. Today’s microsatellites can weigh between 22 and 220 pounds, with some nanosatellites weighing under 22 pounds. 

The US plans to sequence 1 million genomes: Three DNA sequencing centers have been chosen for the project in Texas, Massachusetts, and Washington.

Recyclable packaging: Environmental campaigners in the UK have been mailing their Walkers potato chip bags back to the PepsiCo-owned manufacturer, in protest of what they see as an overly-slow plan for phasing out non-recyclable packaging. 

37: Sub-Saharan Africa will account for 37 percent of the world’s births by 2050, according to UN forecasts.

Too much screen time, too little horseplay for kids: study: AFP reports, only one in 20 kids in the United States meets guidelines on sleep, exercise and screen time, and nearly a third are outside recommendations for all three, according to a study published Thursday. 

On average, children aged eight to 11 spent 3.6 hours per day glued to a TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer screen, nearly double the suggested limit of two hours, researchers found.

CNET: Impostor Syndrome leaves most tech workers feeling like a fake https://cnet.co/2NHAa5M

A new informal study shows that 58 percent of tech employees from companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft feel like frauds.

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