If you are going to include government probes than China was itself scooped by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod_1 rover more than 40 years ago.
Depends on how it is implemented. If all zero's is the default value you may not need to enter any code at all to launch the nukes.
The overwhelmingly dominant failure mode is "no response". If you are actually getting enough responses to analyze algorithmically then you are pretty successful and don't really need the analysis.
A smart bathroom mirror would clean and/or defog itself. A "smart" anything uses computation to enhance the original application. Adding internet in no way helps with shaving, washing, styling hair, or any other task that bathroom mirrors are commonly used for. Worse, it increases the maintenance load since it is less robust than a plain mirror and needs to be kept cleaner in order to utilize the new features.
Why cannot the state mandate that each employee gets X days of holiday per year guaranteed, and is forced to take them? That's how it works in quite a few countries in Europe.
Forced employees to take them or forced the employers to allow employees to take them?
Employers would like the former. It removes the PTO from the books quickly and prevents employees from taking enough time off in one block to impact the work. And by making it law, there would be no risk of good employees jumping ship for a better deal.
"X" would also likely be compromised into something barely more than companies typically give now. Remember, this is the country that translated "healthcare for everyone" into "everyone must buy private health insurance"
"...Older than thought".
Humans became a sentient species only recently, on the geological time scale.
So a rock being older that thought itself, is not so surprising.
To be older than human thought it easy. However, to be older than thought would require that the rock be older than thought anywhere in the universe. We lack evidence to decide that one.
For the first few weeks it may be obnoxious. Then the chatterboxes will get their bills. There will be much screaming (not on the airplanes) and word will get around that using a cell phone on an airplane is really expensive and not something that one should actually do unless the matter is urgent.
You know, sort of like the air phones we have now.
If it doesn't have ion thrusters for towing, I will be thoroughly disappointed. Yes, they basically only work in a vacuum but still, they'd look really cool!
I'm not aware of a reason why ion thrusters would require vacuum but they are low thrust. Zero to sixty in nine days might not be a selling point. Pulling a trailler up hill filled with anything denser than balloons might be a problem too.
The Tesla Model S weighs more an 1000 pounds more than similar gas powered vehicles. Pickups (well, the ones that are actually used for work) are often driven on dirt. Even if it just an unfinished driveway at a work site rather than a field, it can still be muddy. The heavier the vehicle on a given set of tires, the more you sink and are likely to get stuck. You get work around this with bigger tires or more tires but that increases costs and reduces efficiency. Reducing efficiency means you carry even more expensive and heavy batteries.
Maybe the calories were not absorbed. He did say that "my stomach felt like a coil of knotty old rope, slowly tightening". His digestive system wasn't very happy and was likely dumping calories and nutrients out the other end without processing.
People's ability to digest food and absorb it's nutrients is highly variable even without considering major digestive disorders like lactose intolerance and Celiac Disease. Even if it worked for the inventor, that doesn't mean it will work for you.
Cyber Monday and Black Friday are driven by people buying Christmas gifts. I can see party supplies being purchased for Singles Day those don't seem like big enough purchases nor are they likely to be purchased online. Or is it completely arbitrary and just an excuse for enough shops to have big sales and enough people are willing to make unrelated purchases on that day if they can get a good deal?
"The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease in the United States, from the food supply."
Keyword: artificial. But because that wasn't enough, the article goes on to say:
"Some trans fats occur naturally. The F.D.A. proposal only applies to those that are added to foods."
Given the controversy surrounding GMO labeling of foods, I'm rather shocked to find a hint of common sense leaking from the FDA.
It would appear someone there either has a brain, or has not been bought off yet.
The FDA doesn't operate on "common sense". It works with science. The science supports limiting intake of trans fats. Science can't say anything about the health risks or benefits of genetically modification because it is only a development method, not a food.
if everything goes well, it would make India the first country to send a payload to Mars in its first attempt
Still needs more comparative analysis though. Venus is much hotter than Earth. Why hasn't the CO2 in Venus's atmosphere been sucked into carbonates?
This signature is set to change dramatically in future. As the Sun begins to heat the planet, one of the counterintuitive effects will be a dramatic drop in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
This happens because more carbon dioxide dissolves in the oceans making them acidic and reacting with rocks to form clays. Essentially, the carbon becomes trapped in sediment on the ocean floors.
So, why would the oceans absorb more CO2? Other sources tell me that warming oceans would absorb less CO2. Why would this happen in reverse in the far future? That seems important since it sets up the rest of the process.