Monthly Archives: October 2017

‘Modernist Bread’ finds new twists in ancient food

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Did you ever try inflating bread dough with a bicycle pump? Gourmet technologist Nathan Myhrvold did — and after thumbing through the 2,642 pages of his latest opus, “Modernist Bread,” you just might, too. Like “Modernist Cuisine,” his earlier work, the new five-volume set of … Continue reading

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Satellites track the West’s fading mountain glaciers

Elevation readings captured by satellites confirm that glaciers in the western United States are fading away at a worrisome rate. The fade-out isn’t a surprise, considering the rise in global mean temperatures that’s ascribed to climate change. The new twist … Continue reading

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NASA spacewalkers install new HD camera

NASA astronauts finished up this month’s trio of spacewalks with a nearly seven-hour-long outing today — highlighted by the installation of a new HD camera on the International Space Station’s exterior, plus the replacement of a faulty camera-light assembly on the end … Continue reading

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VR takes you on a trip to Mars and other worlds

NASA has been offering virtual-reality tours of Mars for years — but now, with Google’s help, the space agency has come up with one of the most accessible tours yet. “Access Mars” lays out a 3-D terrain for five of the spots … Continue reading

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Elon Musk pushes ahead with his tunnel venture

One of billionaire Elon Musk’s lesser-known ventures is taking the spotlight with word that The Boring Company is looking into digging a rapid-transit tunnel between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. That’s not all: Musk says the company is putting the finishing … Continue reading

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Success! Blue Origin fires up BE-4 rocket engine

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says it has successfully test-fired its BE-4 rocket engine, marking a key step in the development of its own New Glenn rocket as well as United Launch Alliance’s next-generation rocket. Billions of dollars are at stake … Continue reading

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Boeing HorizonX invests in Near Earth Autonomy

Boeing’s venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX, says it has made a substantial investment in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based startup that focuses on technologies for autonomous flight. Boeing and Near Earth also announced a partnership to explore future products and applications for … Continue reading

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