Monthly Archives: October 2018

Neuroscientists draw up ‘parts list’ for brain cells

How many different kinds of cells are there in the brain? At least 133 kinds, including two types of neurons not recognized before, according to a pair of studies featured on the cover of this week’s issue of the journal … Continue reading

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SpaceX reorganizes Starlink satellite operation

SpaceX says it has reorganized its satellite development operation in Redmond, Wash., to accelerate design and testing of the elements for its planned satellite broadband constellation — and high-level departures were reportedly part of the shift. Word of the reorg came … Continue reading

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Why did blockchain company buy asteroid venture?

After months of financial uncertainty, the Planetary Resources asteroid-mining venture says its assets have been purchased by the Brooklyn-based ConsenSys blockchain venture. In a news release, Planetary Resources said its CEO and president, Chris Lewicki, and general counsel Brian Israel … Continue reading

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Planet-hunting Kepler telescope runs out of gas

NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope now belongs to the ages, with its fuel completely spent and its instruments shut down — but the planet quest continues, thanks to a treasure trove of downloaded data as well as a new generation of robotic … Continue reading

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Kymeta’s Nathan Kundtz leaves CEO post

Kymeta Corp., the antenna company backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, says that CEO Nathan Kundtz will be leaving his post next month to make room for an executive who’ll be focused on the startup’s next stage of evolution. Marc … Continue reading

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Paul Allen set aside funds to fight his disease

It’s notable that the newest class of Allen Distinguished Investigators, announced today by the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, includes researchers who are developing new treatments for lymphoma. Lymphoma is the type of blood cancer that led to the death of Microsoft co-founder … Continue reading

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Air Force sets up prize for space visualization

The U.S. Air Force is looking for a few good apps to visualize satellites and other objects in Earth orbit — and it’s willing to pay $100,000 in prizes for them. That’s the bottom line for the Air Force Visionary Q-Prize … Continue reading

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Allen Coral Atlas tracks the world’s reefs from space

Even after death, the philanthropic initiatives from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just keep on coming. Today the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies and its consortium of partners unveiled the Allen Coral Atlas, a database of satellite imagery and environmental data aimed at … Continue reading

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Google kicks off $25M contest for AI social impact

Google today unveiled a $25 million initiative called the Google AI Impact Challenge, aimed at soliciting and supporting projects that make use of artificial intelligence to solve some of the world’s greatest social, humanitarian and environmental problems. The global challenge … Continue reading

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There’s a new twist in the tale of tribal tobacco

Tobacco plays a big role in Native American history and culture, predating Christopher Columbus’ arrival by well more than a millennium. But what did ancient tribes smoke? And can history help modern-day tribes put tobacco in its proper place? A newly published … Continue reading

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