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The brightest planets in May’s night sky: How to see them (and when), ,

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Three planets adorn the evening sky and two in the predawn morning sky. In the evening, Mars continues to draw away from Earth and grows progressively dimmer. It now ranks with stars of the second magnitude and spends much of this month in Gemini in the general vicinity of the stars Pollux and Castor. Meanwhile much brighter and much lower …

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Watch live: SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts to depart space station, ,

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SpaceX’s first operational astronaut mission for NASA, Crew-1, will begin its journey back to Earth tonight (May 1) and you can watch it live here, courtesy of NASA TV. LIve coverage begins at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT). After six months in space, the Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft Resilience will undock from the International Space Station at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 …

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Newsmax apologizes to employee of Dominion Voting Systems over false election accusations, Kim Lyons

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Conservative news channel Newsmax has posted an apology to an employee of Dominion Voting Systems, after it reported without evidence that he was involved in manipulating results of the 2020 US presidential election. “On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any harm that our reporting of the allegations against Dr. …

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Newsmax apologizes to employee of Dominion Voting Systems over false election accusations,

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Conservative news channel Newsmax has posted an apology to an employee of Dominion Voting Systems, after it reported without evidence that he was involved in manipulating results of the 2020 US presidential election. “On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any harm that our reporting of the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer …

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Epic-backed expert says Apple’s app store profit is as high as 78 percent, Kim Lyons

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge An expert witness for Epic Games testified that Apple’s App Store had operating margins above 70 percent in fiscal years 2018 and 2019, new court documents show. Ned Barnes testified that information from Apple’s Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis group show the App Store had a 77.8 percent operating margin in 2019, and …

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Vice President Kamala Harris to lead National Space Council under Biden administration, ,

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The National Space Council, a space policy group resurrected by the Trump administration, will continue in a new form under the Biden White House with Vice President Kamala Harris at the helm. Harris intends “to put her own personal stamp” on the council to focus on a wide variety of space policies, including the sustainable development of commercial spaceflight, “advancing …