Monthly Archives: September 2018

AI helps SETI sleuths find more radio bursts

Researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a multimillion-dollar campaign to seek out signals from alien civilizations, still don’t know exactly what’s causing repeated bursts of radio waves from an distant galaxy — but thanks to artificial intelligence, they’re keeping closer tabs on the … Continue reading

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Boeing gets $2.9B contract for more KC-46 tankers

The U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract for 18 more KC-46A tanker aircraft and associated equipment, bringing the total number of tankers on contract to 52.  The report comes as Boeing is preparing to make its first … Continue reading

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Jupiter’s brown spot sparks potty humor

Jupiter’s titanic storms have spawned their share of memorable cloud features, including the Great Red Spot, Oval BA (a.k.a. Red Jr.) and the now-defunct Baby Red Spot. Now there’s a new spot on the map, nicknamed “Mr. Hankey.” Mr. Hankey? The jolly cartoon poo made famous … Continue reading

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Boeing boosts laser communications venture

Boeing HorizonX Ventures is leading a $10 million investment round to boost BridgeSat, a Denver-based satellite communications company that aims to use laser technology for ground-to-space data connectivity. Founded in 2015, BridgeSat is developing a network of optical ground stations and … Continue reading

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SpaceX puts Telstar 18V satellite in orbit

SpaceX launched its second heavyweight Telstar telecommunications satellite from Florida tonight, and brought the Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage booster down for a landing on a drone ship hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. The mission to put the … Continue reading

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Amazon patent for a safety cage stirs up a buzz

Warehouse workers confined in cages? That’s the dark vision evoked by an essay delving into the worries that come along with the development of artificial-intelligence devices such as the Amazon Echo speaker. “Anatomy of an AI System” was published on Friday … Continue reading

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Historical study revisits debate over Pluto

Twelve years after the International Astronomical Union voted in a definition of planethood that reclassified Pluto, the debate goes on. A newly published study uses the historical record to take aim at the definition’s most controversial clause: the idea that … Continue reading

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