Monthly Archives: January 2018

Elon Musk sells 20,000 flamethrowers: What now?

Even if billionaire Elon Musk ever decides to pack it in as CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, he can point to his success as a pitchman for flamethrowers. Tonight he declared that his planned inventory of 20,000 fire-spitting guns was … Continue reading

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TV show reveals turmoil behind solar-powered flight

From the outside, it looked as if the Swiss-led Solar Impulse project smoothly soldiered through adversity as its solar-powered plane made a record-setting trip around the world in 2015 and 2016. But the perspective was different when seen from the inside: The … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches satellite, and rocket survives

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sent a telecommunications satellite into orbit today for Luxembourg’s government and the SES satellite venture, setting the stage for next week’s maiden launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. The GovSat-1 spacecraft is the first component in a NATO satellite … Continue reading

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Boeing outperforms expectations, boosting stock

The Boeing Co. today reported better-than-expected financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 and a rosier-than-expected outlook for the year ahead, sending its share prices up 5 percent. “Thanks to the dedicated efforts of employees throughout our company, Boeing delivered 2017 … Continue reading

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Feast your eyes on the total lunar eclipse

Cloudy weather blocked Seattle’s view of the “super blue blood moon” early today — but as a consolation, skywatchers from Vancouver to Siberia shared their images of the total lunar eclipse. Total lunar eclipses arise when Earth’s shadow falls fully over the … Continue reading

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What Donald Trump said (and didn’t say) about tech

Immigration, tax cuts and crime loomed large in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address, but technology and innovation went unmentioned tonight during a speech that lasted nearly an hour and a half. The word “science” was used once, toward … Continue reading

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Bill Nye’s State of the Union date creates a stir

Bill Nye the Science Guy is going to the State of the Union Address, but as a guest of President Donald Trump’s choice for NASA administrator. And therein lies the rub. The NASA nominee is U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., … Continue reading

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Wireless wristbands could track warehouse workers

Amazon has been issued a pair of patents for a wristband system that monitors whether warehouse workers are putting their hands in the right places. The patents, published today, cover bracelets that could emit ultrasonic sound pulses or radio transmissions to let a receiver … Continue reading

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Your guide to the super blue blood moon eclipse

Geographically speaking, the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places in America to see tonight’s super-hyped total lunar eclipse. Meteorologically speaking? Not so much. Seattleites might have to go as far east as Ellensburg to get a clear view … Continue reading

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@BoeingCEO gets ready for Twitter takeoff

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s corporate Twitter account has lain fallow like an Iowa farm field ever since he took over the top post in mid-2015, but now it’s time for @BoeingCEO to sing out. Muilenburg, who also serves as Boeing’s chairman and president, … Continue reading

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