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By Corey Noles

5 Things to Know With Your Morning Coffee — Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Humans Can Reproduce in Space

Humans may have found an answer to the ability to reproduce in space. The sperm of 66 mice was kept aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for six years, and it was recently returned for investigation. Further studies surprised scientists to learn the sperm had remained in good health. It has long been assumed that reproduction in space would not be possible, as sperm were expected to be affected by radiation. The researchers estimate it could survive up to 200 years in space.

Space Force Rocket Launches This Morning

The US Space Force will be launching its third rocket this morning. In cooperation with NASA, the Space Force will be launching a Minotaur 1 rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The launch should be visible around 7am EST to east coast cities. The flight will be delivering three “national security payloads” to space.

NASA Minotaur launch visibility
Early morning visibility chart for the US Space Force launch of the Minotaur-1. | NASA photo

Report: Tech Companies Prep AI to Read Lips

A recent report from Vice details some of the efforts being made to teach artificial intelligence how to read lips. A new app called SRAVI (Speech Recognition App for the Voice-Impaired) is able to recognize a few dozen phrases that can be used to help doctors communicate with injured patients. While it is not yet fully available, SRAVI is expected to be the first AI lip-reading app available to the public.

YouTube Restricts its Top Ad Slot

YouTube has changed the requirements to advertise on its masthead atop of the homepage. Moving forward, certain political and election ads, as well as anything related to gambling, alcohol, and prescription drugs will be barred from the site’s top slot. Ads concerning political views will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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