Monthly Archives: July 2016

How aerodynamics saved chute-less skydiver

Kids, don’t try this at home: Veteran skydiver Luke Aikins made an amazing injury-free landing without a parachute on national television on July 30 – thanks to decades of experience, two years of planning, a bouncy 100-by-100-foot net, and the realities of aerodynamics. … Continue reading

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Policymakers need to address automation and AI

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both promising to bring good-paying jobs back to America, but analysts say neither of them has addressed one of the biggest challenges looming ahead: the impact of automation and the rise of artificial … Continue reading

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‘Mars’ blends visions from today and from 2033

National Geographic Channel’s “Mars” miniseries blends a fictional tale about Mars colonists in 2033 with modern-day musings about Red Planet missions – and so does today’s trailer for the six-part series, which is due to air in November. The book/TV project has … Continue reading

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‘I believe in science’: Hillary Clinton wows geeks

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight may not have been rated as highly as President Barack Obama’s address the night before, but there was at least one line that got the attention of the … Continue reading

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Are moonshots hazardous to heart health?

Is deep-space radiation hazardous to your cardiovascular system? A newly published study focusing on the Apollo astronauts suggests that it is, but the sample size is too small to firm up the connection. The suggestion of a link comes out … Continue reading

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Dream Chaser spaceship prototype is set to fly

Sierra Nevada Corp. says its full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle is at last ready to be sent to a NASA center in California, for a fresh round of checkouts that will culminate in a series of flights over the Mojave … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos joins Pentagon advisory board

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is joining the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, a 15-member panel that’s meant to help the Pentagon adopt some of the private-sector ideas that have fueled America’s tech industry. The panel is chaired by a tech titan … Continue reading

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