Monthly Archives: March 2016

Tesla Model 3 electric car gets a 5-star reveal

Tesla Motors’ Model 3 electric sedan may be geared for mass-market affordability, but CEO Elon Musk made it clear at tonight’s unveiling that he doesn’t intend it to be a third-rate car. “It will be five-star in every category,” Musk … Continue reading

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How androids will become part of our lives

Artificial intelligence and robots are hot topics right now, but will we ever get to the stage we saw 50 years ago on “The Jetsons,” where your typical household could have a robotic maid named Rosie? Robotics pioneer David Hanson says … Continue reading

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Bat-killing disease make the leap to the West

Researchers are dismayed by the first-ever case of the bat-killing disease known as white nose syndrome in Washington state, more than 1,000 miles west of where it’s been detected before. The illness is linked to a fungus that’s primarily spread from bat to bat, but … Continue reading

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Hundreds line up to sign up for Tesla’s latest car

BELLEVUE, Wash. – As the clock counted down to the big reveal for the Tesla Model 3 electric sedan, would-be buyers lined up by the hundreds today to put down a deposit, sight unseen. The phenomenon was reminiscent of the hullabaloo … Continue reading

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SETI Institute searches for red-dwarf aliens

The SETI Institute is shifting the focus of its search for extraterrestrial intelligence to places that could harbor life that’s not as we know it: 20,000 red-dwarf star systems. “Red dwarfs – the dim bulbs of the cosmos – have received scant … Continue reading

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Microsoft, NASA create HoloLens Mars tour

Microsoft and NASA are bringing HoloLens to the masses – and bringing the masses to Mars – with a mixed-reality experience that will make its debut this summer. “Destination: Mars,” an exhibit opening at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida this … Continue reading

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Boeing will trim 4,000 jobs, and maybe more

Boeing Commercial Airplanes says it’s following through on its job reduction plan with the target of reducing its workforce by 4,000 positions by midyear. So far, there have been no involuntary layoffs, company spokesman Doug Alder told GeekWire in an email today. But … Continue reading

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Elon Musk’s Mars plan sparks a nerd fight

Is SpaceX founder Elon Musk crazy to press ahead with plans to send people to Mars? Or crazy like a fox? A rehash of discouraging words from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has sparked a renewed debate over Musk’s grand plan. … Continue reading

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Microsoft shows off ‘Star Wars’ holoportation

As Microsoft gets set to ship its HoloLens development kit, it’s previewing a “Star Wars” application called holoportation that takes full advantage of the mixed-reality headset. The effect is like that scene in the original Star Wars movie, where Princess Leia pops up in … Continue reading

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Alaska volcano erupts – and disrupts flights

The spectacular eruption of Alaska’s Mount Pavlof had a not-so-spectacular effect on airline schedules today: Alaska Airlines said it had to cancel 41 flights to and from six cities in northern Alaska due to the massive ash cloud emanating from Pavlof. … Continue reading

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