Monthly Archives: June 2019

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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Amazon patents drone surveillance as a service

Amazon has patented a system for providing home security surveillance as a service, but the real innovation has to do with avoiding surveillance of the home next door. Just don’t expect to sign up for the service, or freak out … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos sizes up the past and present space race

Back in 1962, President John F. Kennedy said he chose to have Americans go to the moon not because it was easy, but because it was hard. Today, billionaire Jeff Bezos said it’s still hard — and in some ways, it’s … Continue reading

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Watchdogs worry over NASA super-rocket

The federal government’s watchdog agency says getting NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket off the ground is likely to take longer and cost more than the space agency says it will. Any issues that crop up in the months ahead … Continue reading

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Next-gen icebreakers will call Seattle home

When the Coast Guard starts rolling out a new generation of heavy icebreakers on the Gulf Coast, the ships will be heading for a familiar port in the Pacific Northwest. “I am pleased to announce that Seattle, Washington, will be … Continue reading

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Tethers Unlimited wins backing for space gizmos

NASA today awarded up to $45.4 million for 363 aerospace projects proposed by small businesses and research institutions — including Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited, which snagged five of the awards. Phase I grants of up to $125,000 each will go … Continue reading

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Eviation unveils prototype electric airplane

An Israeli startup called Eviation Aircraft unveiled its first prototype electric airplane today at the International Paris Air Show, with flight testing planned at Moses Lake in central Washington state. Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay told reporters that his company hopes to win … Continue reading

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