Monthly Archives: November 2016

Starburst raises $200M for aerospace startups

On the eve of its first event in Seattle, Starburst Accelerator says it has set up a $200 million venture fund to invest in aviation and aerospace startups over the next three years. Starburst Venture, formed in collaboration with Singapore-based … Continue reading

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How to get water on Mars? Cook it out of the soil

Scientists say there’s enough water in just one region of Mars to fill up Lake Superior – if only it could be extracted from subsurface ice. So how can future Red Planet settlers take advantage of those deposits to produce the drinkable … Continue reading

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WTO rules against Boeing’s 777X tax break

In the latest chapter of a years-long legal battle, the World Trade Organization says Washington state’s tax break for production of the Boeing 777X jetliner runs counter to international trade rules. “We expect the U.S. to respect the rules, uphold fair … Continue reading

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Star Wars fans jam ‘Rogue One’ ticket window

The past 24 hours have brought good news and bad news for throngs of Star Wars fans who are eagerly awaiting “Rogue One,” the next installment in the film saga. Let’s start with the bad news: Many of those fans … Continue reading

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$5 million donated to fund ballot recounts

A flurry of reports has raised questions over whether electronic voting systems were hacked during this month’s election, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign has raised more than $5 million with the aim of double-checking the vote in three key … Continue reading

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Proteins are ‘bred’ to bond silicon and carbon

Using directed evolution, researchers say they’ve “bred” protein molecules from an unusual type of bacteria to create chemical bonds between silicon atoms and carbon atoms efficiently. Chemists have been able to do that in the lab, but it’s not been … Continue reading

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Books about life, the universe and everything

Fans of the late science-fiction humorist Douglas Adams know that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42 – but what’s the answer to the annual holiday gift conundrum? If you’re buying a gift for a … Continue reading

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