Monthly Archives: December 2017

Hopes rise for a gem of a Geminid meteor shower

The buildup has begun for this year’s best meteor shower, the Geminids, and what makes it even better is that Seattle’s weather just might cooperate. For the week leading up to the Geminids’ peak on the night of Dec. 13-14, … Continue reading

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PowerLight shifts focus to beaming power over fiber

The company formerly known as LaserMotive is coming out of stealth mode with a new name — PowerLight Technologies — and a sharper focus on beaming power over fiber-optic cables. “The company has gone through a major transformation,” Richard Gustafson, PowerLight’s president and CEO, told … Continue reading

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How staring at the eclipse led to a world of hurt

A medical case reported today in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology proved the wisdom of all those warnings not to stare at the partly covered sun during August’s solar eclipse. Unfortunately, it’s too late for the woman at the center of the case: … Continue reading

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Tethers Unlimited wins NASA grant for FabLab

Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited is getting a shot at helping to create an advanced fabrication facility that could manufacture and recycle 3-D printed items in space. Tethers Unlimited and two other companies will have 18 months to deliver a prototype for the … Continue reading

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Will CEOs set up a Boeing vs. SpaceX race to Mars?

So what does SpaceX CEO Elon Musk think of Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s claim that the first people to set foot on Mars will arrive on a Boeing rocket? “Do it,” Musk tweeted, in one of many two-word comebacks that might … Continue reading

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ITER fusion facility reaches the halfway point

The world’s biggest and most expensive nuclear fusion research project, known as ITER, says it’s halfway done with the construction effort leading to the startup of its seven-story-high reactor in 2025. ITER’s ambition to demonstrate a sustained fusion reaction that produces a net … Continue reading

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Erik Lindbergh unveils VerdeGo air taxi venture

A new entrant in the market for electric-powered air taxis is getting a boost from one of aviation’s oldest family names: Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of pioneering pilot Charles Lindbergh, is announcing the formation of a venture called VerdeGo Aero. VerdeGo Aero is … Continue reading

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