Monthly Archives: February 2018

Scientists say they’ve detected birth of first stars

Astronomers have detected radio waves from a time within 180 million years of the Big Bang, and they say they see signs of what may be the first stars to coalesce in the infant universe. The detection was made using … Continue reading

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Will common-sense AI keep us safer?

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s new $125 million initiative to give artificial intelligence programs more common sense has another goal that’s closer to home: making AI safer for humans. That’s the way Oren Etzioni, the CEO of the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial … Continue reading

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Space station trio comes home amid a big chill

Three spacefliers touched down amid subfreezing temperatures in Kazakhstan tonight, closing out their 168-day mission on the International Space Station. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft brought NASA’s Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, plus Russia’s Alexander Mazurkin, back to Earth at 6:31 p.m. … Continue reading

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Chinook salmon are shrinking – but why?

King salmon, the big fish that are famous in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, are shrinking — not only in numbers, but in size as well. A study published today in the journal Fish and Fisheries has found that the largest and oldest … Continue reading

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White House, Boeing reach $3.9B Air Force One deal

The White House says President Donald Trump has struck an “informal deal” with Boeing on a $3.9 billion fixed-price contract for two new Air Force One planes. “Thanks to the president’s negotiations, the contract will save the taxpayers more than … Continue reading

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How tech team plans to put 4G service on the moon

Can you hear me now, on the moon? Not yet, but Nokia has just signed onto a team that aims to extend 4G coverage to the lunar surface as early as next year. The Finnish company says it will be … Continue reading

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Flap over Russian troll factory hits home

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Agata Burdonova may marvel on LiveJournal over the fact that she lives just a couple of miles from Bill Gates’ house, but I’m marveling more over the fact that I live just a couple of miles from her apartment. … Continue reading

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