A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

 wired.com  08/15/2019 22:21:23 

A helicopter may soon catch a rocket, a radioactive cloud from 2017 has been pinned to Russia, and porn made a surprise appearance on a livestream. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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Catch rockets with a helicopter? Yep, that's the plan

Now that Blue Origin and SpaceX have shown that reusable rocket boosters are feasible, companies are scrambling to develop their own recovery methods. This week, Rocketlab announced that would be trying an exciting approach: catching the booster with a helicopter in midair. It's kind of like an outfielder trying to catch a baseball, except the ball weighs thousands of pounds and the field is over 100 square miles of open ocean-but proponents argue this method is less complex and cheaper than guiding a rocket back to a landing pad.

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A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia

In 2017, more than two dozen European countries detected radioactive ruthenium-106, a near certain indication of a nuclear incident. (The last time it had been detected was after the Chernobyl disaster.) Russia denied it could have occurred there, but a new study now seems to have established that it the cloud was, in fact, from a nuclear accident in southern Russia.

Fast Fact: 14.7 million

That's how many followers professional gamer Ninja has on his livestreaming Twitch platform, which on Sunday night was somehow redirected to show hardcore porn. Disgusted and so sorry, he wrote on Twitter. The stream was taken down later that night.

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