Monthly Archives: February 2018

Amazon’s Whole Foods delivery gets a taste test

AUSTIN, Texas — Gray skies, cops on bikes, microbrews and transit turmoil: If Texas’ state capital gets picked as Amazon’s HQ2, Amazonians will find much that’s familiar, plus the scent of barbecue wafting through the air. And they’ll find something they can’t yet get … Continue reading

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Planetary Resources misses goal and trims jobs

Planetary Resources, a Redmond, Wash.-based venture that aims to make a fortune mining asteroids, is facing a more down-to-earth challenge: a fundraising shortfall. Just last month, the company had its Arkyd-6 prototype space telescope launched into orbit by an Indian PSLV rocket, … Continue reading

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Former VP Joe Biden comes out swinging for science

AUSTIN, Texas — Joe Biden may no longer be vice president, but he’s still leading the charge for his cancer moonshot, and for science funding as well. “The United States government, at this point in our development, should be doubling and … Continue reading

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Asteroid miners might need applied astronomers

AUSTIN, Texas — Mining asteroids for water and other resources could someday become a trillion-dollar business, but not without astronomers to point the way. At least that’s the view of Martin Elvis, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who’s been … Continue reading

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So what if we find alien life? Don’t panic!

AUSTIN, Texas — If extraterrestrial life exists, there’s a chance we’ll detect it sometime in the next 20 years. And then what? A recently published study suggests that most folks will take the news calmly, if they care at all. “How … Continue reading

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How are gut microbes connected to memory?

AUSTIN, Texas — Can probiotic bacteria play a role in how well your memory works? It’s too early to say for sure, but mouse studies have turned up some clues worth remembering. Preliminary results suggest that giving mice the kinds of … Continue reading

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FCC chief endorses SpaceX’s satellite plan

SpaceX’s plan to beam broadband services to America and the world via its Starlink satellite constellation got a big thumbs-up today from Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai’s endorsement isn’t exactly a surprise: The FCC already has … Continue reading

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