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TECH TUESDAY: Life-like Baby Yoda toy & water on the moon

Plus, just how durable is the iPhone 12?
Posted at 1:44 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 16:53:11-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Welcome to Tech Tuesday, where each week I break down the hottest news in the world of science and technology -- and first we’re starting with a toy that’s sure to sell a ton of units.

If you’re a fan of The Mandalorian on Disney+, you can now have a walking, talking Baby Yoda. Mattel announced a radio-controlled version of the little creature that stands 11 inches tall and is chock full of electronics. The head moves, the ears wiggle and you move it around with a wireless remote designed to look like tracking devices on the show. It will be available this fall for $60.

Every year Apple upgrades the iPhone -- making it faster, adding more advanced cameras and refining the design. Their release this year, the iPhone 12, is being advertised as having the toughest glass ever on a smart phone display. That’s because it’s not just regular hardened glass – it’s actually a combination of glass and ceramic.

CNET performed a series of tests to check Apple’s claims, and if you’re eager to get your hands on one, it’s not easy to watch. After several drops, the rear “regular” glass broke, but the ceramic display remained intact. It seems Apple’s promise, at least in this case, was accurate.

Finally, let’s end with amazing new observations of the Moon. NASA announced on Monday that lunar water is closer and easier to access than previously thought, trapped in pockets and craters as ice throughout the surface. This is welcome news for space exploration, because it could help astronauts actually live and work on the Moon in the future

The Artemis program is NASA’s project aimed at sending people to the Moon, with a rover launching in two years and landing the first woman and another man on the surface in 2024.