Monthly Archives: April 2016

SpaceX gets its first national security launch

SpaceX today won an $82.7 million contract to launch a GPS-3 navigational satellite into orbit for the U.S. Air Force, marking the first national security mission for the California-based company. The award was virtually in the bag for SpaceX because United … Continue reading

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It’s official: ‘Ancient One’ was Native American

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just ruled that an 8,500-year-old set of skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man or the Ancient One belonged to a Native American tribe, based on DNA tests that came out nearly a year ago. … Continue reading

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Why robot surgeons will have human overlords

A surgeon peers into a high-definition monitor, studies the ragged edge of a heart valve, and twiddles her fingers in a gizmo-laden glove. Meanwhile, miles away, a robot that looks like a cross between a loom and a torture device reproduces her … Continue reading

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SpaceX plans to send ships to Mars in 2018

SpaceX is teasing plans to send robotic Red Dragon capsules to Mars atop its Falcon Heavy rocket, starting as soon as 2018. The Red Dragon mission concept has been on the agenda for years: Researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center have … Continue reading

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Hubble spots dwarf planet Makemake’s moon

Chalk up another moon for the dwarf planets: Astronomers have sifted through imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope to find a tiny satellite circling Makemake. Makemake (pronounced Mah-kay-mah-kay, like the Rapa Nui deity after which it’s named) is one of the five dwarf planets … Continue reading

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Contamination found at another Hanford tank

Workers at Eastern Washington’s Hanford Site are trying to track down the source of radioactive contamination at an underground waste storage tank, one week after an internal leak sparked concern about a different tank at the facility. Both double-walled tanks … Continue reading

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Scientists join forces to study aging brains

Scientists from Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science, the University of Washington and Group Health Research Institute have put together a first-of-its-kind database of brain imagery and medical data, to help unravel the potential links between brain injuries, aging and … Continue reading

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