Monthly Archives: January 2017

PBS’ ‘Nova’ gets into the Kickstarter spirit

Kickstarter has given a boost to science projects ranging from satellites to “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” but now it’s opening a new frontier for crowdfunding: “Nova” documentaries for public TV. Today marks the start of a 30-day “Make Science for All” campaign, … Continue reading

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Amazon unveils plans for $1.5B air cargo hub

Amazon says it will build a new air cargo hub at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport to accommodate its growing fleet of Prime Air delivery jets, creating more than 2,000 jobs in the process. Total investment in the hub is … Continue reading

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Should we hook up AI to our brains?

Hundreds of AI researchers, business leaders and just plain geniuses have signed onto a statement of cautionary principles for artificial intelligence, including a requirement to build in the ability for human authorities to audit how an AI platform works. The … Continue reading

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Join the satellite hunt for Peru’s lost cities

Armed with a $1 million TED Prize, archaeologists today launched the GlobalXplorer.org crowdsourcing project to scan satellite imagery for signs of ancient settlements. “Archaeologists can’t do this on their own,” Parcak told National Geographic, one of the collaborators in the … Continue reading

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Elon Musk hails Hyperloop and touts tunnel

Three student teams got through the engineering gauntlet and sent their Hyperloop pods through a mile-long tube to test a new mode of transportation today. The pod races were the climax of this weekend’s first-ever Hyperloop competition – hosted by SpaceX … Continue reading

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What it’ll be like to ride Blue Origin’s rocket

The folks who ride New Shepard, the suborbital spaceship being tested by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture, will be given barf bags to tuck into their flight suits. But they almost certainly won’t need them. That’s the word from … Continue reading

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Air Force One, F-35 deals face Pentagon review

President Donald Trump’s defense secretary, James Mattis, has ordered reviews of the multibillion-dollar programs to acquire new Air Force One jets and more F-35 fighter jets – two programs that sparked his boss’ ire in the run-up to his inauguration. “Yesterday … Continue reading

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