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More inclusive language, flying water taxis, London Design Festival highlights and more in our look around the web

Non-Binary Version of “They” Added to the Dictionary In a significant step toward inclusivity, and another reminder of how powerful words are, Merriam-Webster has added the non-binary “them” to their dictionary. While accepting that the singular “they” has actually been in use for centuries (since the late 1300s, in fact), by adding it as a non-binary pronoun Merriam-Webster reinforces a more recent and remarkably important …

NASA-Built Autonomous Drone Set to Rove Titan

A mission to send a nuclear-powered, autonomously-operating drone to one of Saturn’s moons will commence in 2026—and the craft, nicknamed Dragonfly, will arrive in Titan’s atmosphere in 2034. Then, the sedan-sized probe will investigate the lower-gravity surface’s dunes, mountains, rivers, and lakes—and report back instantly (though a transmission takes almost two hours from Titan to Earth). Another one of Dragonfly’s tasks will be to create …

SpaceX’s New Astronaut Suits

NASA released images of a training event for astronauts who will be aboard next year’s SpaceX Crew Dragon—and they offer a glimpse at sleek new spacesuits. While similar to those we’re accustomed to seeing, these new iterations are undeniably more refined. Activities on this training day in Hawthorne, California, involved astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley suiting up and navigating various scenarios, from launch countdown …