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Marvel at the first batch of full-color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

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This morning, NASA is releasing even more tantalizing images and data gathered by the agency’s powerful James Webb Space Telescope, showing off vibrant nebulas and exotic galaxies in unprecedented detail. The stunning debut of this cadre of images reveals the diversity of science the observatory will be capable of during its time in space.

The images join the very first picture from the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, that NASA and President Joe Biden released yesterday during a special briefing at the White House. That first picture — a portion of the night sky called SMACS 0723 — showcased a dizzying array of thousands of distant galaxies, all bundled into just a tiny dot in the sky about the size of a grain of sand when viewed from Earth. NASA hailed the image as the deepest infrared image of the Universe ever taken. The light from some of the galaxies in the picture had traveled roughly 13 billion years to reach JWST.

Peering deep into the cosmos is just one of the many incredible things that JWST is designed to do. With its massive 21-foot-wide gold-coated mirror, the observatory is tasked with gathering light from the distant Universe, objects within our own Solar System, and even the light surrounding far-off worlds. Today’s images each showcase an exciting ability of the observatory — and they’re only a jumping-off point of what’s to come. It’s got approximately 20 years left in its lifespan to serve up more delicious astronomical treats.

Yesterday, NASA announced that it had officially finished calibrating JWST’s various instruments and tested out all of its different operating modes, meaning the observatory and its tools have all been deemed ready to start collecting data. And there’s a hefty to-do list for JWST. Its first year of science is filled to the brim with various observations of the cosmos, all overseen by scientists around the world who competitively bid to have some precious time with the telescope.

So as dazzling as these first JWST images are, they’re just the tip of a cosmic iceberg, one we can’t fully see until the telescope points its mirror at various patches of the sky.

Whet your appetite by learning more about JWST’s first data and full-color images and what they mean for science operations to come.

This post is developing and will be updated with more images as they come in.

Stephan’s Quintet

Stephan’s Quintet

The inhabitants of this image are alluded to in the name. It’s a gaggle of five galaxies, surrounded by a colorful array of stars, twinkling blue and red, corresponding to their Universal ages. While one of the galaxies is thought to actually be in the foreground closer to Earth, the rest are repeatedly coming into close contact with another, a cataclysmic dance that distorts their shapes and causes a flurry of star birth within their spiral arms.

WASP-96 b


JWST was able to capture the spectrum — or the breakdown of light — filtered through the atmosphere of a planet outside of our Solar System, or an exoplanet. It’s a capability that no one truly imagined when the first iterations of JWST were dreamed up in the late 1980s, but it’s shaping up to be one of the more exciting things that the observatory can do.

In 1992, astronomers confirmed the existence of the first known exoplanets, and since then, an entire new field dedicated to hunting for these distant worlds has emerged and flourished over the last few decades. Specifically, scientists are on the hunt for Earth 2.0, a rocky world like ours that may have the right conditions to host life as we know it on its surface. One way to find that out? Look at the air surrounding the exoplanet to see what kinds of gases are present. If the chemical makeup of the atmosphere matches our own, perhaps life exists there too.

Now, JWST may prove to be a valuable tool in that search. Up until now, breaking down the light in the atmospheres of planets has been incredibly difficult, as these objects are both small and faint, often drowned out by the light of the stars that they orbit. But with its precision and power, JWST will be able to collect the light filtered through the very thin layer of gases around a distant planet. That’s exactly what the observatory did with this latest image. It shows the spectrum of the atmosphere of WASP-96 b, a giant planet about half the mass of Jupiter that is mostly comprised of gas itself, according to NASA.

While this exoplanet probably doesn’t host the kind of life we’re looking for, it does have some interesting components in its atmosphere. “What you’re seeing here is the telltale signature, the chemical fingerprint of water vapor… in the atmosphere of this specific exoplanet,” Knicole Colon, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said during a briefing today on the spectrum. That water isn’t liquid, but most likely water vapor. But it shows just how much detail JWST can get of an exoplanet’s atmosphere.

And perhaps there are other worlds that JWST can peer into to tell us more.

Southern Ring Nebula

Another spellbinding nebula, the Southern Ring Nebula, looks like a giant turquoise ring in the night sky, one that actually spans half a light-year wide. It’s also known as the “Eight Burst” Nebula, as it can look like a sideways figure eight from certain viewpoints. The gas of the nebula is actually expanding, moving at nine miles per second, rapidly away from the dying binary star at the structure’s center — the brilliant speck of light in the heart of the image.

SMACS 0723

We all got a taste of this glorious, galaxy-filled image yesterday, but NASA has provided a few more details about what exactly we’re looking at. In the foreground of the image is a massive galaxy cluster located 4.6 billion light-years away. They’re so massive that they warp space and time around them, creating a lensing effect that magnifies the galaxies in the background.


“The gravity of the cluster is distorting and warping our view of what’s behind,” Jane Rigby, operations project scientist for JWST at NASA, said during the briefing. “And so there are these galaxies that look stretched and pulled, kind of like they’ve been magnified — because they’ve been magnified by the gravity of the cluster just like Einstein said they would.”



Read Now: Best phones under Rs 40,000 (May 2023): OnePlus 11R 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G to iQOO 9 5G – 101 Latest News



Best phones under Rs 40,000 (May 2023): OnePlus 11R 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G to iQOO 9 5G

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There were quite a few handsets vying for a slot on our sub-40K list of phones this month. After much deliberation, we have shortlisted five. This budget gives you access to some premium features like flagship-grade processors, high quality cameras with OIS, excellent high refresh rate displays and more. You get phones suitable for gamers as well as photography enthusiasts in this budget. So let’s take a look at the best options you can get your hands on under Rs 40,000 this May.

Best phones to buy under Rs 40,000 in India

OnePlus 11R 5G
OnePlus had a strong start to the year courtesy of the launch of the OnePlus 11 series. While the flagship OnePlus 11 5G is loaded with more bells and whistles, the more affordable 11R 5G is no pushover either, and borrows a lot of goodness from its more premium sibling including the design. This stylish phone looks just like the 11 5G from the front and back, barring the placement of the front camera and a missing Hasselblad logo at the back.

The OnePlus 11R has a curved display too, measuring 6.74-inch with an unusual (higher than Full HD) resolution of 2772 x 1240 pixels. You get a standard Fluid AMOLED display here instead of the more premium LTPO3 variant on the 11. This HDR10+ compliant screen supports 10-bit colour, 120 Hz refresh rate and can get up to 1450 nits bright. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s previous generation flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, and you get its 8 GB RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 storage variant in this budget.

The 50MP primary camera with OIS but without Hasselblad’s colour tuning is quite impressive and does most of the heavy lifting. The support cast is modest with an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro camera. There’s a 16MP selfie camera too. Its 5000 mAh battery can last for a day and a half of moderate use, and the bundled 100W charger promises to juice it up in just 25 minutes. The phone runs OxygenOS 13 based on Android 13 and one can expect several OS and security updates going forward.

OnePlus 11R 5G price in India: Rs 39,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G seems to have received further price cuts and you can now get it under 35K. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s previous flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, which is still extremely powerful, and comes with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Its 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED screen flaunts a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and can display over a billion colours. You get Corning Gorilla Glass protection against scratches at the front and back.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G

The photography department on the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is impressive too, starting with a 50MP primary camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and another 50MP camera for ultra-wide photography; there’s a 2MP depth sensor too. The 60MP front camera is bound to impress the selfie crowds. This phone has a 4800 mAh battery that comfortably lasts close to a day and a half of moderate use and supports 68W fast charging as well as 15W fast wireless charging. This phone launched with Android 12, and an Android 13 update has started rolling out. Like most Motorola phones, you get a clean and near-stock user interface.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 34,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is another great option in this budget. This phone has a sleek design and also flaunts an IP68 rating for dust and fluid resistance. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with HDR10+ compliance, 120 Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. It is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chip which can be found in several premium phones from the company. You can get its 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage variant in this budget. The phone launched with Android 12, and is upgradeable to Android 13 with Samsung’s One UI 5.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Photography department on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G consists of three cameras at the back starting with a 12MP primary camera with OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with 123 degrees FOV and an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS that provides 3X optical zoom. The camera performance is impressive with excellent detail and wide dynamic range, and with a strong low light performance too. A 4500 mAh battery keeps the phone running for close to a day and a half of moderate use and supports wireless charging as well.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G price in India: Rs 39,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

iQOO 9 5G
The iQOO 9 5G is for those looking for a solid camera phone with ample storage under 40K. It is powered by Qualcomm’s earlier flagship Snapdragon 888+ chip, and you get its 12 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage variant in this budget. Its 6.56-inch HDR10+ compliant Full HD+ AMOLED display has 120Hz refresh rate and can display a billion colour shades. The phone launched with Android 12 with FunTouch OS 12, and the company released an Android 13 update for the phone a few months ago. One can expect more software updates for this device in the future.


The rear camera department here is quite versatile too. You get a 48MP primary camera with Gimbal stabilisation, accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 13MP 50 mm professional portrait camera for great portrait shots. The 16MP front camera is more than handy for selfies and video calls. The iQOO 9 5G has a 4350 mAh battery that can last over a day of moderate use, and the bundled 120W fast charger claims to charge it fully in just 18 minutes.

iQOO 9 5G price in India: Rs 37,990 for 12GB RAM/256GB storage

Asus ROG Phone 5s
Here is a surprise entrant in this list. A relatively old phone but still highly relevant for mobile gamers, and certainly a very interesting option at this price point. We are talking about the Asus ROG Phone 5s. Other than powerful processing hardware, the phone has several optimisations and enhancements to give gamers an immersive gaming experience. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC which is still fairly powerful for gaming, and you get 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage to go with it.

Asus ROG Phone 5s

Its large 6.78-inch Full HD+ 10-bit AMOLED display has a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and can get up to 1200 nits bright. This phone is targeted primarily at mobile gamers, but it can handle photography reasonably well, courtesy of a 64MP primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide snapper and a 5MP macro camera. The Asus ROG Phone 5s has a large 6000 mAh battery for long gaming sessions, and the bundled 65W fast charger can recharge it briskly. This phone launched with Android 11 and Asus’ ROG UI, and a stable Android 13 update has started rolling out recently.

Asus ROG Phone 5s price in India: Rs 39,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

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Read Now: Blade Runner Show Possibly Delayed a Full Year as Companies Refuse to Pay Writers – 101 Latest News



Blade Runner Show Possibly Delayed a Full Year as Companies Refuse to Pay Writers

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You can now add the upcoming Blade Runner 2099 TV show to the list of shows impacted by the Writers Strike.

According to the BBC, the Prime Video series was set to start shooting at Belfast Harbour Studios in Northern Ireland. The ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America also affects writers whose shows or films are filming outside of the US, such as 2099. And even though it hasn’t even been a full month since the strike started, the sci-fi series may not end up starting up production again until spring 2024.

Speaking to the outlet, Northern Ireland Screen (the country’s national screen agency) said it was “extremely disappointed” by production being halted. Its CEO Richard Williams added that the company “hope a fair deal is reached soon so crew can get back to work.” In the meantime, NI Screen plans to find something else to take up 2099’s production schedule, while being mindful that “many freelance crew and supply chain companies were relying on this project for work in the months ahead.”

Blade Runner 2099 was officially picked up by Prime Video last September as a limited series with original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott on hand as an executive producer. We know that it’s set 50 years after 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, but details on the show have otherwise been basically nonexistent. The biggest piece of recent news was back in March, with Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer reportedly in talks to star.

The news of 2099’s production being halted comes not long after Marvel Studios decided to kill production for both Thunderbolts and Wonder Man for the foreseeable future. Countless other films and shows have stopped production in the month of May as a result of picketing writers, which has to be a blow felt by all the companies as solidarity for the writers grows and the WGA may not be the only ones picketing for better pay and profits from streaming services.

Want more io9 news? Check out when to expect the latest Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek releases, what’s next for the DC Universe on film and TV, and everything you need to know about the future of Doctor Who.

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Read Now: Watch this Nvidia demo and imagine actually speaking to AI game characters – 101 Latest News



Watch this Nvidia demo and imagine actually speaking to AI game characters

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At Computex 2023 in Taipei, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang just gave the world a glimpse of what it might be like when gaming and AI collide — with a graphically breathtaking rendering of a cyberpunk ramen shop where you can actually talk to the proprietor.

Seriously, instead of clicking on dialogue options, it imagines you could hold down a button, just say something with your own voice, and get an answer from a video game character. Nvidia’s calling it a “peek at the future of games.”

Unfortunately, the actual dialogue leaves a lot to be desired — maybe try GPT-4 or Sudowrite next time, Nvidia?

Here’s the entire conversation I hastily transcribed:

Player: Hey Jin, how are you?

Jin: Unfortunately not so good.

How come?

I am worried about…

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