Monthly Archives: December 2017

Aliens? Even Elon Musk has fun with rocket show

The bloom of exhaust that blossomed in Southern California’s skies during Dec. 22’s liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket sparked jokes and jitters — with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk joining in. Was it an alien visitation? A North Korean rocket attack? … Continue reading

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SpaceX satellite launch sparks sky spectacle

SpaceX has sent 10 more satellites into orbit for the Iridium NEXT constellation, passing the halfway point in its 75-satellite launch contract. The satellites went into space aboard a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket launched at 5:27 p.m. PT today from Vandenberg … Continue reading

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OceanGate wins more funding for Titanic sub

OceanGate is in the midst of a $5.1 million investment round aimed at pushing the Everett, Wash.-based company closer to a Titanic undersea adventure. The round was reported today in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Joel Perry, OceanGate’s director … Continue reading

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Iconic free-flying astronaut passes away at 80

Retired astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first astronaut to fly untethered from his spacecraft, has died at the age of 80. NASA said McCandless passed away on Thursday in California, but gave no cause of death. The former naval aviator flew in … Continue reading

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster gets set for liftoff

After a flurry of speculation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is showing off his midnight cherry-red Tesla Roadster sports car as it’s being prepared for its ride atop a Falcon Heavy rocket. Liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space … Continue reading

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Year in Science: Neutron star smashup leads the list

For the second year in a row, the journal Science is hailing a discovery sparked by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory as the Breakthrough of the Year. Last year, the breakthrough was LIGO’s first-ever detection of a gravitational-wave burst thrown off by the merger of … Continue reading

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How machine learning will affect future jobs

Computer scientists have created artificial-intelligence algorithms that are at least as good as trained humans at recognizing the signs of skin cancer or malaria, but does that mean your future physician will be a bot? Two experts on AI explain in the journal Science why … Continue reading

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