Instagram said it's trying out new ways to verify users' ages, including scanning their faces. Alternatively, users can also have three friends vouch for their age or upload images of their IDs. The trial launched on June 23 in the US.
Alice is a prototype all-electric commuter plane that took off for the first time yesterday. It could become the first all-new, all- electric commercial airplane if it's approved by the FAA. The nine-passenger commuter plane could be ready for commercial use by 2027.
Google Colaboratory, the company's Python code-writing service, is introducing a pay-as-a-you-go plan. Paid Colab users will be able to buy access to compute in the form of ‘compute units,’ starting at $9.99 for 100 units. Google says the move won’t affect the free-of-charge Colab tier, which remains in its current form.
A new study found that Bitcoin's climate damages are 8.75 times greater than gold. The study authors estimated the network’s overall electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. They applied estimates of the social cost of carbon to translate those CO2 emissions into dollar damages.
NASA and SpaceX will study ways to use SpaceX's Dragon capsule to boost the Hubble Space Telescope's orbit. The six-month study will examine ways to dock with and raise the telescope's orbit, which would extend its useful life. The Hubble Space telescope has been a workhorse cosmic observatory for astronomers since its launch in 1990.