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    When you Google “Getting to Mars is…,” one of the top Google autocomplete suggestions is “impossible.” Nonetheless, here we are in 2021 with 11 ongoing Mars’ exploration projects, including the first aircraft to fly on another planet. Despite the fact that flying in Mars’ thin atmosphere is far more difficult than flying on Earth, this small copter continues to fly like a star.

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    🚀 The unstoppable rise of TikTok: The TikTok phenomenon just grows and grows. Due to its massive audience, YouTube occupies the number one spot for overall viewing time. But statistics generated by app monitoring firm App Annie show that TikTok has already overtaken YouTube in the US and UK for average time spent per user. BBC →

    🏭 Pollution worsens mental illness: According to the WHO, 90% of the world’s population breathes air that exceeds safe levels of pollutants. A recent UK study has linked exposure to air pollution with an increase in the severity of mental illness. The good news: Just small reductions in pollutants can make a big difference. EcoWatch →

    🤦‍♂️ Embarrassing apology: Facebook has been forced to apologize after its artificial intelligence caused a hugely embarrassing error. Users watching a video involving black men were asked if they wanted to see more “videos about primates”. NPR →

    🥱 Boring Inspiration: We’ve all read countless ‘the secrets of my success’ stories, hoping for some new and original insight that will help us reach similar dizzy heights. But perhaps the old, if somewhat boring, advice, that we’ve heard a million times, is actually the most useful after all — the secret is to act on it. nywkap.com →

    🚁 Flying high: It’s essentially a larger version of a simple toy and was only meant to fly five times. Despite this, NASA’s Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, has completed 12 flights and isn’t ready to retire. Phys.org →

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