Monthly Archives: April 2018

SpaceShipTwo goes supersonic in milestone flight

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane flew a smooth, supersonic test flight today during its first rocket-powered outing since the first SpaceShipTwo broke up three and a half years ago. The craft christened VSS Unity has taken flight a dozen times … Continue reading

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Protein designers get a boost for flu vaccine project

The University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design has won an $11.3 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to cook up a public health breakthrough: a universal flu vaccine. This marks the San Francisco-based nonprofit group’s first gift to a research effort in … Continue reading

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China hits back on tariffs, and Boeing weighs in

China took less than 24 hours to respond to proposed U.S. tariffs with a 106-item list of its own that could affect $50 billion worth of U.S. imports, potentially including some of Boeing’s 737 airplanes. The impact on Boeing isn’t yet clear, and the … Continue reading

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Dragon capsule delivers cargo to space station

Two days after its launch, SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule was pulled in for its hookup to the International Space Station today. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Scientists dig the jazz that bowhead whales sing

A research team led by an University of Washington oceanographer has published the largest known set of songs from bowhead whales, the jazz singers of the cetacean tribe. An analysis of 184 different songs, recorded between 2010 and 2014, finds … Continue reading

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Zipline adds zip to drone delivery service

A California-based aerial delivery venture called Zipline has unveiled what it calls “the fastest commercial delivery drone on Earth,” capable of flying as fast as 80 mph (128 km/h). Sustained cruising speed for the latest version of Zipline’s fixed-wing drone is almost … Continue reading

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U.S. proposes tariffs on $50B in Chinese imports

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today rolled out a list of $50 billion worth of Chinese-made goods that could be hit by import tariffs, marking the latest volley in what some fear could turn into a trade war. The items … Continue reading

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