Monthly Archives: April 2017

Cassini probe survives dive inside Saturn rings

NASA’s Cassini orbiter zoomed inside Saturn’s rings overnight for the first time in its 20-year-long flight – and lived to tell about it. Signals received by the Deep Space Network’s Goldstone radio antenna in California confirmed that the bus-sized spacecraft survived its … Continue reading

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This robot can build a house all by itself

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a double-armed, laser-guided robot that can basically 3-D print a 50-foot-wide house in less than 14 hours with almost no human intervention. The Digital Construction Platform, described today in Science Robotics, … Continue reading

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Space ventures call for boosting FAA’s budget

When senators asked executives from Blue Origin and other commercial space ventures what they could do to help them at a Senate hearing today, they received an unusual reply: Give more money to the regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration. … Continue reading

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First live ultra-HD video beamed from space

NASA and AWS Elemental showed off something completely different from the International Space Station today: the first live video in ultra-high-definition 4K detail beamed down from space. The technical achievement was as important as what the audience at the National Association … Continue reading

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Scientists spur debate over First Americans

Scientists say the patterns of breakage in mastodon bones found 25 years ago near a San Diego highway suggest that humans battered the beast 130,000 years ago. That’s a shocker, because before now, the oldest widely accepted evidence of human habitation … Continue reading

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Waymo opens up self-driving test in Phoenix

It’s been a good day on the streets and in the courts for Waymo, the driverless-car company that was spun out from Google as another Alphabet subsidiary last year. First off, Waymo opened up its closed trial for autonomous driving … Continue reading

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Uber will bring flying cars to Dallas and Dubai

Uber has been talking about flying cars for months, but today the ride-sharing company fleshed out its plan to become a flight-sharing company in 2020. “We actually get to live in this era of flying cars,” Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product … Continue reading

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‘Genius’ spices up Einstein’s tale for TV

There have been plenty of TV documentaries about Albert Einstein, but almost none of them begin with a political assassination and a sex scene. “Genius” does. The 10-part docudrama series, premiering April 25 on the National Geographic Channel, goes where few accounts … Continue reading

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Mozak turns brain mapping into video game

A game called Mozak is turning thousands of Internet users into “tracers” who help neuroscientists map out the tangled circuitry of brain cells. The citizen-science project was created by the University of Washington’s Center for Game Science in partnership with the Allen … Continue reading

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Kitty Hawk’s flying car looks like a flying raft

Kitty Hawk, the hush-hush flying car venture backed by Google billionaire co-founder Larry Page, unveiled the first working prototype of its all-electric Flyer today – but this one is more suited for a dock than a garage. The single-seat vehicle looks like … Continue reading

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