Monthly Archives: March 2019

Budget proposal tightens the screws on science

The White House’s $4.7 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2020 aims to give a boost to the Space Force, but would dial down work on NASA’s Space Launch System, zero out the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, leave salmon in the … Continue reading

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737 MAX jet crash kills 157 in Ethiopia

Airlines in China and three other countries have suspended flights of their Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in light of March 10’s catastrophic crash in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Airlines reported today that both of the “black boxes” from the 737-8 that … Continue reading

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Boeing will offer biofuel for jet deliveries

Boeing says it will begin offering airlines and operators the chance to have their jets powered by biofuel when they take off for their new homes, and Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is the first to sign up for the option. The … Continue reading

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SpaceX Crew Dragon splashes down to end test run

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean today, ending a six-day uncrewed test run preparing the way for astronaut trips to the International Space Station later this year. Scorch marks were visible on the side of the … Continue reading

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Who’ll be the watchdog for AI technology?

Do we need a National Algorithm Safety Board? How about licensing the software developers who work on critical artificial intelligence platforms? Who should take the lead when it comes to regulating AI? Or does AI need regulation at all? The … Continue reading

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Vtrus raises cash for indoor inspection by drone

Seattle startup Vtrus has raised investment for a different kind of drone — one that’s designed to conduct precision inspections of industrial facilities. A SEC filing published today shows a $2.9 million cash infusion for Vtrus. Renato Salas-Moreno, the company’s CEO and co-founder, declined to … Continue reading

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WellSaid creates well-spoken robot voices

We’ve got Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant — so do we really need more synthesized voices to do our bidding? Absolutely, say the founders of WellSaid Labs, a startup that’s being spun out from Seattle’s Allen Institute for … Continue reading

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