Monthly Archives: August 2019

Peek inside TerraPower’s nuclear research lab

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Just a stone’s throw away from Interstate 90’s crush of traffic, a decade-old startup founded by Bill Gates is running tests aimed at building the next generation of nuclear reactors. You’ll find no more than a smidgen of radioactive … Continue reading

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Jerusalem dig finds traces of biblical conquest

One month after offering up archaeological evidence to back up a contested claim about the First Crusade, researchers say they’ve found traces of the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in a deeper layer of their excavation on Mount Zion. The newly reported … Continue reading

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Shipwreck-hunting project wins TV spotlight

The voyages of the R/V Petrel, funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen, are the focus of a National Geographic documentary premiering on Aug. 12 – and as a prelude to the show, the leader of the Petrel team … Continue reading

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5 big ideas from Microsoft’s original ‘mad scientist’

Do a search on “Nathan Myhrvold” and “mad scientist,” and you’ll get nearly 2,000 hits, including profiles from the likes of The New Yorker, Esquire and Men’s Journal. Myhrvold, however, would probably prefer the title of “polymath”: Over the course of his career, the 60-year-old … Continue reading

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Amazon patents spoilage-sniffing refrigerator

Years after making its application, Amazon has won a patent for a refrigerator that uses cameras and chemical sensors to sniff out spoiled food. But if you’re waiting to get one-day shipping for a fridge that knows your fruit has … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab will try to recover rocket boosters

Taking a page from SpaceX’s playbook, Rocket Lab’s CEO says the company will try to recover the first-stage booster of its Electron rocket to save time and money. “Electron is going reusable,” CEO Peter Beck announced today at the annual SmallSat … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches satellite (and catches nose cone)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Boeing-built, Israeli telecommunications satellite called Amos-17 into geosynchronous transfer orbit today, adding to what’s shaping up as a largesse of liftoffs. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida came at 7:23 … Continue reading

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