Monthly Archives: December 2016

China’s ivory ban marks big step for elephants

China’s pledge to shut down commercial trade in ivory within a year comes as welcome news to conservationists who have been fighting for years to save endangered elephants – including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The Chinese government’s announcement on Friday laid … Continue reading

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Mannequin Challenge jumps the shark in zero-G

Standing still for a Mannequin Challenge video is a faddish feat, but floating still in zero-G raises the degree of difficulty to the level of a true challenge. And the crew of the International Space Station proves they’re up to … Continue reading

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World View settles into Spaceport Tucson

Arizona-based World View Enterprises is settling into its new offices at Spaceport Tucson and gearing up for what could be a high-flying year ahead. World View offers a flight system that uses high-altitude balloons to loft payloads, and eventually people, beyond 100,000 … Continue reading

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EmDrive thruster attracts notice from skeptics

For years, space geeks have been intrigued by the idea of propulsion systems that don’t need propellant – and now one of the best-known concepts, known as the EmDrive, is getting a serious once-over. The EmDrive, short for electromagnetic drive, could be … Continue reading

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Why 2017 will be challenging for Boeing

As Boeing begins its second century, the Seattle-born company is facing a slew of daunting challenges. But 2017 isn’t like the 1970s, when the Boeing Bust prompted a pair of real-estate salesmen to put up a billboard reading “Will the Last … Continue reading

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Cyber sleuths lay out details of Russian hacking

Two groups of Russian hackers used a blend of spearphishing, booby-trapped websites and remote-access malware to worm their way into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and hurt the party’s prospects in last month’s presidential election, experts from the FBI and … Continue reading

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Amazon designs the Borg of delivery drones

Right now, Amazon’s delivery drones are designed to drop off packages weighing no more than 5 pounds. But what if you could link up lots of drones? Then your bigger packages could be assimilated. That’s the idea behind a patent … Continue reading

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Will drones be dropping from flying warehouses?

Some patents seem so way out that you have to wonder if they’re a joke. Such is the case for Amazon’s patent covering an “airborne fulfillment center” that would launch drones to deliver merchandise from above. The patent, which was … Continue reading

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Ford shows off a sleeker self-driving car

The latest iteration of Ford’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid vehicle, unveiled today, repositions the laser-ranging sensors that used to poke up from the roof and adds a lot more smarts in the trunk. Ford’s sneak preview came in the form of a blog … Continue reading

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How China plans to put rover on moon’s far side

China’s latest white paper on space exploration confirms the country’s plans to send a rover to the moon’s far side in 2018 and put a rover on Mars in 2020. Today’s white paper, released by the State Council Information Office, says the … Continue reading

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