Monthly Archives: November 2017

DroneSeed raises cash to plant trees with drones

Seattle-based DroneSeed has raised more than $5 million in funding for a venture that uses drones to plant trees and sustain them from the air, according to documents filed this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Nov. 16 filing says 19 investors … Continue reading

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Black holes photobomb Andromeda Galaxy

It turns out that even galaxies can be photobombed. Imagery from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based telescopes reveal what researchers say could be the closest-orbiting pair of supermassive black holes ever seen. Get the full story on GeekWire.

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Wave and UW team up on ocean observatory’s links

Wave Broadband is coming out in the open about its partnership with the University of Washington to provide broadband connectivity for the Regional Cabled Array, an undersea observatory that’s part of the federally backed Ocean Observatories Initiative. UW operates and maintains the … Continue reading

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TAE fusion venture wins supercomputer time

TAE Technologies, the venture formerly known as Tri Alpha Energy, says it’s been admitted into a U.S. Department of Energy supercomputer program that should accelerate its drive to harness nuclear fusion. The Office of Science program — known as Innovative and Novel … Continue reading

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Elon Musk will bid to build Chicago transit ‘loop’

A loop to the Loop? It could happen: Billionaire Elon Musk says he’s willing to build an express transit system that links downtown Chicago with O’Hare International Airport. Musk’s expression of interest came in response to Chicago’s “request for qualifications” relating to … Continue reading

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Semi-synthetic bacteria make ‘alien’ protein

Researchers have reached a new milestone in their effort to expand the genetic alphabet of life by designing a strain of E. coli bacteria that creates proteins unlike anything cells can produce naturally. The technique, detailed in a paper published today … Continue reading

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Report: Automation could displace 375M workers

The latest robot report has bad news for laborers and office support staff, good news for techies and healthcare workers. India looks bright, while Japan could face the toughest stretch. Those are just some of the takeaways from McKinsey Global … Continue reading

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Meet the Mariana snailfish, the sea’s deepest fish

They look like ghosts of the abyss, but the wispy, pinkish-white, smooth-skinned creatures at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench have a distinction of substance: They’re the deepest fish ever brought up from the deep sea. Now the … Continue reading

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SpaceX raises $100 million more in investment

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket venture has filled out its latest funding round by attracting another $100 million in investments since August, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The amended forms bring the total value of the funding … Continue reading

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Archaeologists dissect the ‘Tomb of Christ’

After more than 15 years of study, experts are laying out the evidence revealing how far back the history goes for the room-sized shrine in Jerusalem that’s revered as Jesus’ tomb. Spoiler alert: There’s no “Jesus Was Here” graffiti on the walls. … Continue reading

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