NASA Falls Victim to a 19-Year Fraud Scheme

NASA Falls Victim to a 19-Year Fraud Scheme

In 2009, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission failed after the satellite couldn’t reach its intended orbit because the structure that encapsulates the satellite during launch refused to separate from the vessel upon command. The same malfunction occurred in 2011, when NASA’s Glory mission satellite was destroyed in the atmosphere after its shell did not open fully. After years of technical and mechanical investigations, NASA Launch Services Program announced on April 30 that they had located the root cause of the mission failures: faulty metals sold to NASA by Sapa Profiles Inc., an aluminum manufacturing company based in Oregon.

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But, It Could be True: When Curiosity Kills Your Bank Account

But, It Could be True: When Curiosity Kills Your Bank Account

In 1905, during the height of the Russo-Japanese War, Moscow sent a 5,800-ton warship, the Dmitrii Donskoi, to battle it out in the waters between Japan and what is now South Korea. During this skirmish, dubbed the Battle of Tsushima, the Dmitrii Donskoi sank, leaving no trace beyond rumors that immediately circulated claiming that the vessel had been carrying a vast number of gold coins. Reports from the time of the cruiser’s sinking suggest that the ship contained as many as 14,000 metric tons of these coins to fund Russia’s war effort. If correct, this sum would now be worth approximately $125 billion, an amount that has kept treasure hunters enthralled since the ship’s sinking.

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Another Year, Another Record-Breaking Number of Internet Crimes

Another Year, Another Record-Breaking Number of Internet Crimes

A few months ago, my good friend — we’ll call her Betsy — wanted to sell her old computer to help pay for a new one. She’d sold plenty of items online before, so she listed it in a few different popular spots like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and waited for the offers to roll in.

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