Monthly Archives: January 2016

Elon Musk wants to go into space by 2021

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he has his heart set on going into space himself, perhaps in the next four or five years, and organize the first flights to Mars by 2025. Musk’s travel timetable came out this week during … Continue reading

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Quake summit focuses on ‘the Really Big One’

The Pacific Northwest mega-quake known as “the Really Big One” may not be televised, but a White House summit focusing on earthquake preparedness will be streamed online next Tuesday. The White House says new commitments to adopt an earthquake early-warning system for … Continue reading

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How robots are taking over the milking parlor

OAKVILLE, Wash. – The Austin family’s cows seem a lot more contented since the robots took over the milking. It’s the humans, not the cows, who have had to make the biggest adjustments. “At first, you’re a deer in the headlights,” Ron … Continue reading

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30 years after Challenger, legacies linger

It’s been 30 years since the loss of the shuttle Challenger and its crew on Jan. 28, 1986, but its impact is still being felt – sometimes with sadness, sometimes with hope for the future. Seven astronauts died when the Challenger broke … Continue reading

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A.I. software masters the game of Go

Mark another milestone in the rise of the machines: An artificial intelligence program pioneered by Google DeepMind has learned how to play the game of Go well enough to beat a human champion decisively in a fair match. That’s a … Continue reading

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NASA fuels interest in Dream Chaser spaceship

NASA’s decision to use Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser mini-shuttle to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station marks the most positive development to date for a space program that’s been a decade in the making. But the … Continue reading

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A.I. pioneer Marvin Minsky dies at age of 88

Marvin Minsky, the computer scientist who helped blaze the trail for virtual smartphone assistants and other manifestations of artificial intelligence, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Sunday at the age of 88. Word of Minsky’s passing came today from his family as … Continue reading

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