Month: September 2019

U.S. tech giants are now hopelessly tangled in the China trade war. And there is no easy way out. It’s been two months since the Wall Street Journal reported that executives from seven leading tech firms met with President Trump to discuss easing the Huawei blacklist. Getting the chief executives of Qualcomm, Intel, Alphabet, Cisco, Broadcom, Micron Technology and Western Digital into the same room doesn’t normally
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A boxy robot propelled by what resembles a riverboat’s paddlewheels maneuvers its way across a gray, sandy surface. Its propulsion system looks strange compared to other famous rovers, like NASA’s Curiosity, but it gives it better traction and enables it to move up and down slopes. Though it’s driving on what looks like an extraterrestrial
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Superconductivity (passing charges through materials without losing heat) promises to revolutionise electronics and power, if we can get it working at reasonable temperatures – and scientists just reported a big step forward in our understanding of the phenomenon. The new discovery centres around the Hubbard model: a maths model of conduction and insulation in materials,
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company would start test flights of its next-generation Starship vehicle in as soon as one to two months and reach orbit in as little as six months, even as some complain the company is devoting too many resources to this project. Musk provided an update
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Oh deer. Are you carrying Mycobacterium bovis? (Photo: Getty Images) Getty In 2017, a 77-year-old man in Michigan developed pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Deer we say how he got it? A recent publication in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), told this story of TB and not
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab is nearing completion of its second launch site, and first in the United States, which the company says should be ready for its first Electron launch in early 2020. The company announced Sept. 18 it had achieved a milestone in the construction of Launch Complex (LC) 2 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional
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It may seem unlikely now, but cars and trucks are about to get electrified in a big way. That’s the takeaway from a research note published Tuesday by Morgan Stanley. The venerable investment research firm notes three recent actions by auto industry executives that clearly lay out the transition. It’s an opportunity for investors to
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You don’t belong here. They’re onto you. Everybody is going to find out the truth. It’s only a matter of time. Dark thoughts like these are symptoms of something called impostor syndrome: a strange psychological phenomenon that makes ordinary people – even brilliant ones – feel like they’re frauds, fakes, inadequate, and undeserving. It doesn’t have
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Thomas Crapper was the brother of a successful master plumber and the uncle of another. By Unknown photographer – MJC Plumbing, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75229 A popular historical story claims that we get the slang term “crap” from the name of a plumber named Thomas Crapper, but
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Vikram had a “hard landing”, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Friday, as it released high-resolution images captured by its reconnaissance orbiter of the Moon’s unchartered south pole where the Chandrayaan 2 lander attempted to soft-land during the ambitious mission three weeks ago. The module had attempted a soft landing on a
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Competitors vying for the $150,000 prize have to develop computer vision algorithms to automate the process of assessing building damage after natural disasters. WASHINGTON — The Defense Innovation Unit announced Sept. 25 it has posted the satellite images for its second prize challenge known as xVIEW2, which focuses on using artificial intelligence to assess damage
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Getty It’s been a rough year for the vaping industry. What began as a purportedly less harmful replacement for combustible cigarettes has become the focus of investigations into everything from lung disorders to fatalities. And now a new study has found concentrations of dangerous heavy metals like lead and copper in vapors produced by some
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Robert Parrish, QCWare’s head of simulations, is working on quantum algorithms with applications in … [+] chemistry. Wim van Dam QC Ware, a Palo Alto-based startup that offers quantum computing-as-a-service, announced this week that it’s opened up a public beta of its quantum cloud service, called Forge. With this offering, the company joins IBM, Rigetti
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These days we’re used to jaw-dropping photos getting snapped from the International Space Station, but the latest one NASA astronaut Christina Koch recently posted to Twitter comes with a special message, too. The image shows the Soyuz MS-15 spaceflight taking three people to the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir as part
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX will provide an update Sept. 28 on the progress it’s making on its next-generation Starship vehicle, including plans to start flying a prototype in as soon as a month. Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of the company, is set to discuss work on Starship in a presentation at the company’s South
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Since 2010, there have been four U.S. landfalling hurricanes in October, including one in each of… [+] the past three years. That is actually higher than the total amount of landfalling hurricanes in both August and September, which both have had three since 2010. If the amount of September hurricane landfalls can’t surpass October this
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Scientists have captured a view of a colossal black hole violently ripping apart a doomed star, illustrating a extraordinary and chaotic cosmic event from beginning to end for the first time using NASA’s planet-hunting telescope. The US space agency’s orbiting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, better known as TESS, revealed the detailed timeline of a star 375
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have captured a view of a colossal black hole violently ripping apart a doomed star, illustrating a extraordinary and chaotic cosmic event from beginning to end for the first time using NASA’s planet-hunting telescope. The U.S. space agency’s orbiting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, better known as TESS, revealed the detailed timeline
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 23: Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations (U.N.) where world … [+] leaders are holding a summit on climate change on September 23, 2019 in New York City. While the U.S. will not be participating, China and about 70 other countries are expected to make announcements concerning climate
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