Monthly Archives: January 2019

‘Antarctic King’ reigned before the dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus rex may have reigned as “king of the tyrant lizards” 65 million years ago, but 185 million years before that, a reptile about the size of an iguana was the king of Antarctica. At least that’s the message contained … Continue reading

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Future Amazon packages just might ride the bus

Amazon’s inventors have suggested using drone-dispensing trucks, rail cars and airships to deliver packages, but one of the company’s latest patents lays out a more mundane route for future customers: picking up their purchases from public buses. The patent for a mobile package pickup system … Continue reading

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Blue Origin will launch Telesat’s internet satellites

Canada’s biggest satellite operator, Telesat, has signed agreements with Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and Alphabet’s Loon aerial telecommunications venture to support its future global broadband satellite constellation. Blue Origin has agreed to provide multiple launches on its yet-to-be-built New Glenn rocket to get … Continue reading

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Tesla places future bets of Model Y — and China

As big as the Model 3 electric car is for the future of Tesla, the sport utility vehicle known as the Model Y could be bigger, according to CEO Elon Musk. “I would expect that the demand for the Model … Continue reading

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Kids get to re-enact Apollo 11 moon landing

Fifty years after the first Apollo moon landing, students from across the country will get a chance to re-enact the feat with drones and robots, thanks to an educational challenge orchestrated by NASA and the University of Washington’s Northwest Earth and … Continue reading

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Disease and warming seas are wiping out sea stars

Warming oceans and an infectious wasting disease have combined to devastate what was once an abundant type of sea stars along the West Coast, scientists say in a newly published study. The study, published today by the open-access journal Science Advances, … Continue reading

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Israeli lunar lander passes pre-launch tests

The managers of Israel’s first mission to the moon say their lunar lander has passed a crucial set of tests in preparation for February’s launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with an assist from a Seattle space company. SpaceIL’s … Continue reading

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Zeva builds flying saucer to take aim at GoFly Prize

Team Zeva’s entry in the Boeing-backed $2 million GoFly Prize competition looks like a flying saucer that’s built for one — but there’s method behind the science-fiction madness. “That’s typically the comment that it draws: ‘It looks like a flying saucer,’ ” … Continue reading

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Echodyne seeks clearance for Super Bowl radar test

Kirkland, Wash.-based Echodyne, a radar-focused startup backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, is seeking the Federal Communications Commission’s expedited approval to have its drone-detecting radar system used in an experiment planned during the NFL’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. The request, made in … Continue reading

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Vulcan builds drones to protect African wildlife

One of the legacies left behind by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who passed away last October, is a drone development program aimed at providing aerial intelligence for Africa’s anti-poaching efforts. The program takes a share of the … Continue reading

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