Monthly Archives: February 2017

Trump’s speech evokes trips to distant worlds

President Donald Trump referred to technology and science in only the most general terms tonight in his speech to a joint session of Congress, evoking a vision of curing illnesses and leaving footprints on distant worlds. In advance of the … Continue reading

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Bill Gates gives ResearchGate another boost

Berlin-based ResearchGate, a LinkedIn-type site for scientists, today revealed that it has received $52.6 million from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and a wide spectrum of other investors in a funding round. The investment round closed in 2015, but it’s just now being … Continue reading

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NASA buys Russian space rides from Boeing

NASA has agreed to purchase at least two trips to and from the International Space Station on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, from an unlikely ticket-seller: the Boeing Co. The arrangement follows through on a convoluted plan laid out back in January, and … Continue reading

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Lego toys immortalize women of NASA

It’s all systems go for a new set of Lego minifigures celebrating women researchers at NASA, including the central figure in the acclaimed movie “Hidden Figures.” NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who worked out trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs, … Continue reading

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SoftBank backs Intelsat-OneWeb merger

Intelsat and OneWeb today laid out plans for a mega-merger aimed at bolstering their satellite internet services, with a $1.7 billion investment boost from SoftBank. The arrangement is a head-turner, due to the complicated conditions of the deal as well … Continue reading

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Paul Allen’s AI institute rises to the next level

Three years after its founding, Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is racking up recognition in the field of AI research – and some of its research will have an impact on the burgeoning AI market. The institute, known as … Continue reading

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It’s alive! Lightning zaps the Space Needle

Heavy snow and lightning at the end of February? In Seattle? Something’s happening here, and weather guru Cliff Mass makes it clear. “As predicted, a strong convergence zone has formed over Puget Sound, producing heavy precipitation and lightning,” the University … Continue reading

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SpaceX reveals plan for round-the-moon trip

SpaceX says it’s making plans to send two private citizens around the moon late next year – using its yet-to-be-flown Falcon Heavy rocket and its crew-capable Dragon capsule, which is still under development. The would-be fliers have not been identified, but … Continue reading

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Watch a ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse on the Web

Skywatchers in South America and Africa will be seeing an unusual “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse on Feb. 26, and the rest of us should be able to look over their shoulders online. But you might have to get up … Continue reading

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Stephen Colbert dons Boeing’s spacesuit

Let history record that America’s first late-night astronaut is … Stephen Colbert? In a pre-recorded bit due to be broadcast tonight on CBS’ “Late Show,” Colbert wears the spacesuit designed for crews on Boeing’s Starliner space taxi and does his … Continue reading

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