Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hubble hails the 4th with galactic fireworks

Kiso 5639 is just a tadpole when it comes to galaxies, but it’s a real firecracker in a picture unveiled by the Hubble Space Telescope’s science team just in time for the Fourth of July. Today’s image emphasizes the galaxy’s … Continue reading

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A peek at Blue Origin’s Florida rocket factory

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos today put a spotlight on the construction of a giant rocket production facility in Florida for his Blue Origin space venture – but he also gave a shout-out to the engine production team back in Kent, Wash. In an … Continue reading

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NASA’s heavy-lift booster blasts through test

The solid-rocket booster that’s destined to help send future NASA missions into deep space has blasted through its last full-scale test firing in advance of 2018’s maiden launch of the heavy-lift SLS rocket. Today’s two-minute, six-second firing at Orbital ATK’s test range … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking warns of ‘AI arms race’

British physicist Stephen Hawking says the potential threat from artificial intelligence isn’t just a far-off “Terminator”-style nightmare. He’s already pointing to signs that AI is going down the wrong track. “Governments seem to be engaged in an AI arms race, … Continue reading

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Curiosity rover might scout for water on Mars

NASA says one of the Curiosity rover’s future tasks could be to check out sites on Mars that may harbor trickles of salty water. It’s been nearly four years since Curiosity was dropped into Gale Crater by a rocket-powered crane. Since that … Continue reading

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Computer binges on TV to learn human ways

Researchers have taught a computer to do a better-than-expected job of predicting what characters on TV shows will do, just by forcing the machine to study 600 hours’ worth of YouTube videos. The experiment could serve as a commentary on the … Continue reading

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Britain’s EU exit vote throws techies into a tizzy

Just a couple of days ago, longtime Seattle tech entrepreneur Marcelo Calbucci wasexcited about moving his family to London. But now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, he’s feeling a different emotion. “I would use a ‘disappointed’ … Continue reading

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