Monthly Archives: November 2017

Trickles on Mars look like sand, not water

Scientists have long been intrigued by what seem to be wet streaks that appear on the slopes of Martian craters in warm weather, and disappear in winter. Now a research team reports that the best explanation is that they’re not wet streaks … Continue reading

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It’s confirmed: Interstellar asteroid is an oddball

Scientists say the interstellar asteroid known as ‘Oumuamua is like nothing that’s been seen in the solar system before, with an “extreme oblong shape” that’s as much as 10 times as long as it is wide. The details are laid … Continue reading

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How artists add humanity to virtual reality

Virtual reality may have gotten its start with shoot-’em-up video games and porn, but now artists are making VR that puts the emphasis on reality as well as humanity. And Seattle filmmaker Sandy Cioffi argues that the Pacific Northwest could well blaze … Continue reading

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Pacific Hyperloop keeps chugging along

Pacific Hyperloop is moving ahead with its concept for tube travel between Seattle and Portland, in hopes of riding in the slipstream of the Pacific Northwest’s growing interest in ultra-high-speed transit. “If Seattle and Portland were just 20 minutes apart, … Continue reading

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Next-gen weather satellite goes into orbit

The first in a series of four next-generation weather satellites, known as the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 or JPSS-1, is in orbit after a twice-delayed liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Four small research satellites and an Australian nanosatellite piggybacked on today’s … Continue reading

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AI-powered microscope goes commercial in China

For years, the Global Good Fund has been working on a malaria-hunting microscope powered by artificial intelligence, and now China-based Motic is taking advantage of the technology to create EasyScan GO. The partnership was announced this week at the Medica 2017 conference in Germany. Get the news … Continue reading

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Scientists spot a smallish black hole smashup

It took months to figure it out, but the scientists in charge of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, have confirmed their observations of the most lightweight black hole merger yet. The latest detection provides further confirmation of Einstein’s general … Continue reading

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