Monthly Archives: May 2017

5 revelations from ‘Artemis’ moon tale

The writer who made such a splash with “The Martian,” Andy Weir, is sharing the first chapter from “Artemis,” a crime caper set on the moon – and the thrills start hopping on the very first page. You can get up to … Continue reading

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Elon Musk: I’ll dump Trump over climate pact

Tech billionaire Elon Musk says he’ll have no choice but to leave his posts on the White House’s advisory councils if President Donald Trump decides to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord. Multiple news reports, attributed to unnamed administration … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch airplane emerges from its lair

Six years after Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started up Stratolaunch Systems, the billionaire’s air-launch venture brought its humongous twin-fuselage airplane out in the open for the first time today. “Stratolaunch came out of the hangar for fuel testing,” Allen said … Continue reading

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Drone vs. truck: Which is better for planet?

Delivering items with drones instead of trucks is likely to reduce carbon dioxide emissions for short-range trips, or on routes with few customers, according to a study conducted by transportation engineers at the University of Washington. The study, set for publication … Continue reading

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A robo-janitor for messy warehouse robots

How does Amazon plan to keep automated warehouses free of debris? With automated cleanup robots, of course. At least that’s a scenario laid out in a patent granted to the Seattle-based online retailer today. There’s no guarantee the cleanup robots … Continue reading

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Purdue joins Microsoft on quantum mission

Microsoft’s big bet to build a usable quantum computer based on two-dimensional quasiparticles just got bigger. Purdue University says it has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft to expand its role in an international quantum computing collaboration known as Station Q. … Continue reading

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U.S. military takes HoloLens to the next level

Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented-reality system is scoring victories with the U.S. military, which means the goggle-eyed headsets are more likely to pop up at a wargame near you. Last November, the HoloLens system was incorporated into a platform known as the … Continue reading

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