Monthly Archives: July 2016

Chinese space junk sparks meteor reports

A bright streak in the sky generated hundreds of meteor sighting reports from Southern California to British Columbia, but it didn’t take long for the flash to be traced to the re-entry of a Chinese rocket stage. The fireball was … Continue reading

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Virgin America shareholders OK Alaska merger

California-based Virgin America said today that its shareholders have approved the air carrier’s merger with Seattle-based Alaska Air Group, clearing one of the major requirements for the $2.6 billion deal to take effect later this year. Under the terms of April’s … Continue reading

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Solar-powered plane finishes global circuit

Solar Impulse’s history-making 22,000-mile flight around the world ended tonight with a solar-powered landing in the dark in Abu Dhabi, where it all began more than 16 months ago. After two straight days of flying, Swiss psychiatrist-adventurer Bertrand Piccard aced the landing at … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse starts last flight of global odyssey

The Swiss-built Solar Impulse 2 airplane rose into the skies over Cairo, Egypt, tonight to finish off its 16-month, 22,000-mile, fuel-free journey around the world. The 17th and final leg of the odyssey began at 1:29 a.m. Sunday local time (4:29 p.m. PT … Continue reading

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Watch a year’s worth of Earth views in 3 minutes

It’s been a year since NASA unveiled the first image of Earth’s sunlit side captured by the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, and to celebrate the occasion, you can see an entire year’s worth of DSCOVR’s view in less than three minutes. The … Continue reading

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5 tech tidbits from ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Spoiler Alert! This post doesn’t reveal any major plot twists, but it does explore some new twists seen in “Star Trek Beyond.” Stop reading now if you want it to be completely surprised. The latest big-screen saga about the voyages of the … Continue reading

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The promise and politics of the Internet of things

When U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and a Republican colleague set up a congressional caucus focusing on the Internet of Things, also known as IoT, some of her colleagues were puzzled. “We got many responses back to our office saying, ‘What’s … Continue reading

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