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A Hole in Mars

What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars. The hole, shown in representative color, appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on the image right. Analysis of this and follow-up images revealed the opening to be about 35 meters across, while the interior shadow angle indicates that the underlying cavern is roughly 20 meters deep. Why there is a circular crater surrounding this hole remains a topic of speculation, as is the full extent of the underlying cavern. Holes such as this are of particular interest because their interior caves are relatively protected from the harsh surface of Mars, making them relatively good candidates to contain Martian life. These pits are therefore prime targets for possible future spacecraft, robots, and even human interplanetary explorers. via NASA https://ift.tt/2T8SqWB
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Uber’s Sensible Solution for Drivers Concerned About Coronavirus: Just Don’t Work, Duh

As the coronavirus outbreak rages on, an increasing number of tech giants have begun adopting additional safety measures to minimize their employees’ exposure, such as restricting travel or canceling prescheduled events. In that vein, Uber pushed out a memo to its global network of drivers Friday with some tips on how…

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Sweet Baby Ray’s Is the Best Dipping Sauce, According to Our Readers

Although most of the options nominated weren’t dipping sauces at all (turns out, even true democracy is flawed), Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce has been elected the best dipping sauce by our readers after two rounds of voting. Sweet Baby Ray’s took home 1,039 votes, almost half the total at 43%.

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Samsung Blames the Coronavirus for the Galaxy S20’s Horrible Sales Numbers

As you all might have noticed, the coronavirus outbreak is affecting a lot of things in the tech world, from huge conferences to international and domestic travel, among others. Now, Samsung is also blaming coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, for the new Galaxy S20 line’s horrible initial sales numbers in South…

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Picture of the day for March 1, 2020

Wikipedia picture of the day on March 1, 2020: Hermitage of St Christ of Miranda, Santa María de las Hoyas, Province of Soria, Castile and León, Spain. The hermitage constructed in the 18th century but its portal dates from the 12th century is the only remain of the old settlement of Miranda. https://ift.tt/3cjbzwH
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Courteney Cox to Star in Pilot For Starz Haunted House Comedy Shining Vale

Okay, this seems fun: Starz is in the midst of producing a new horror-comedy called Shining Vale, about a tortured author taking up residence in a haunted house. And Courteney Cox of Friends fame has been tapped to star.

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A M.A.S.K. Movie Is Still Happening, and It Has a New Writer

M.A.S.K., the Kenner toyline about transforming war vehicles helmed by pilots in rejected sets of Destiny armor, has been on the rocky path to a film adaptation for a long time. Last we heard, it was still happening. But that was in 2018, and a lot can change in that time. But this is, apparently, not one of them—

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