Monthly Archives: June 2019

Falcon Heavy puts solar sail and much more in orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket had its first night launch tonight, sending 24 different spacecraft toward three different types of orbit to test a wide range of technologies. The triple-barreled rocket rose into the sky from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space … Continue reading

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Martian methane fades away but mystery remains

BELLEVUE, Wash. — NASA says the record-setting belch of Martian methane that its Curiosity rover detected last week has faded away, leaving some big questions hanging in the air: Where did the gas come from, and what were its origins? Much of … Continue reading

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UW rocketeers win the Spaceport America Cup

If at first you don’t succeed … try, try, try again. That’s the formula that the University of Washington’s Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion followed to win the top prize at this year’s Spaceport America Cup competition, held over the weekend … Continue reading

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Is there life on Mars? The answer may be squishy

BELLEVUE, Wash. — NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected fresh whiffs of Martian methane, once again sparking speculation about a potential biological source — but researchers at the space agency say it’s too early to raise the alert for life on Mars. … Continue reading

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus may offer ‘free lunch’

The sea that lies beneath the icy surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, could provide even more fuel for extraterrestrial organisms than previously thought. That’s the upshot of a study to be presented at AbSciCon 2019, an astrobiology conference taking place next … Continue reading

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How long will men dominate computer science?

Today it’s mostly a man’s world in computer science — and a tally of the authors behind nearly 3 million research papers in the field suggests that could be the case for the rest of the 21st century. The findings, … Continue reading

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White House AI plan pumps up partnerships

The Trump administration is updating the Obama administration’s strategy for artificial intelligence to put more emphasis on public-private partnerships like the one forged this year by Amazon and the National Science Foundation. Three years after the initial strategic plan for … Continue reading

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