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Inkredible footage of squids launched into space

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Instead of Monkey’s or even dogs, SpaceX sent some interesting organisms to the international space station.

Space X launched its 22nd cargo mission to today, have a look at this take off.

Tucked inside the Dragon cargo capsule are 5000 tardigrades, also known as water bears, and 128 baby glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid.

Immature bobtail squid (also known by their scientific name Euprymna scolopes) are aboard the mission as part of a NASA experiment dubbed “UMAMI,” which is short for “Understanding of Microgravity on Animal-Microbe Interactions.” 

These creatures will be traveling to the orbital outpost to help researchers answer some key questions about spaceflight. 

“Such knowledge could help identify ways to protect and enhance these relationships for better human health and well-being on Earth as well,”

NASA said in a statement.

Scientists say they can tolerate environments more extreme than most other animals, making them the perfect organisms to study under extreme conditions in space. 

Jamie S. Foster, University of Florida via NASA

“Animals, including humans, rely on our microbes to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system,” UMAMI principal investigator Jamie Foster said in a statement.

“We do not fully understand how spaceflight alters these beneficial interactions,” Foster said.

“The UMAMI experiment uses a glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid to address these important issues in animal health.”

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Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times

The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.

Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.

The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.

Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.

Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.

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No more AirBNB parties. Ever

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AirBNB has announced an end to house parties forever, in a move that will impact operations around the world

Airbnb announced a global ban on parties following a temporary restriction it put on parties two years ago at the start of the pandemic.

The company is permanently banning “disruptive parties and events,” which include open-invite gatherings.

“Party houses,” will stay banned as well. That will put an end to people booking a house for a big party for just one night.

Airbnb has struggled with party houses, given the noise caused often leads to a visit by the police.

Airbnb placed a ban on party houses in 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at one of its bookings.

That was followed by a global ban on party houses just as the pandemic hit.

Airbnb says it has seen a 44% year-over-year drop in the rate of party reports since introducing the ban.

“The temporary ban has proved effective, and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” the company says.

The party continues

But how successful will the ban be?

Guests can sometimes check in to remote properties themselves while the owner is away and can invite as many people over as they want.

Airbnb says guests who attempt to violate its rules will face consequences varying from account suspension to full removal from the platform.

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Why Microsoft could be forced to pay more tax

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Tech giant Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to publish its tax data with investors demanding transparency

Investors who are managing more than $350 billion of the company’s assets want access to further financial information. 

It comes as tech giants globally face growing scrutiny over their tax affairs. 

Investors are demanding that Microsoft publish more transparent tax and financial information, as tech giants face growing scrutiny globally over their tax affairs.

A shareholder resolution on tax transparency had been filed to Microsoft ahead of its annual investor meeting this year.

The organiser of the action is UK-based proxy advisers Pensions & Investment Research Consultants.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone is seen in front of the Microsoft logo in this illustration photo taken July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

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Investors including Nordea, AkademikerPension and Greater Manchester Pension Fund had backed the resolution.

The resolution calls on the company to publish financial and tax information on a country-by-country basis outside its home market of the United States.

The investors want to know whether Microsoft is paying fair taxes and identify any risks posed by tax reforms.

It also calls on Microsoft to produce a tax transparency report in line with the tax standard of the Global Reporting Initiative, a standards organisation.

Microsoft waa not immediately available for comment.

It comes as Microsoft revealed Russian government hackers carried out multiple cyber operations against Ukraine.

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