Monthly Archives: August 2019

SpaceX’s Starhopper takes one giant leap

A prototype rocket that looks more like a water tower took a 500-foot-high hop today in Texas, blazing a methane-fueled trail for a spaceship that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk plans to send to the moon and Mars within a few years. SpaceX’s … Continue reading

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Bell shows off its autonomous delivery drone

When it comes to self-flying drones capable of delivering packages, Amazon isn’t the only game in town. Today Bell reported that it’s begun putting its Autonomous Pod Transport 70, or APT 70, through test flights at a facility near its … Continue reading

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Astranis reserves a satellite ride with SpaceX

A California-based startup called Astranis Space Technologies has signed a deal with SpaceX for the launch of its first geostationary satellite, which is due to widen Alaska’s access to broadband internet service in 2021. The deal calls for SpaceX to launch Astranis’ … Continue reading

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Tech titans face scrutiny over killer-robot tech

Dutch activists are voicing concerns about technologies that could open the way for lethal autonomous weapons – such as AI software, facial recognition and swarming aerial systems – and are wondering where several tech titans including Amazon and Microsoft stand. … Continue reading

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Big Data is a bigger deal than venture capital in AI

“Data is the new oil” may be a classic cliche characterizing how important raw numbers are for the computer industry, but when it comes to artificial intelligence ventures, the cliche may not go far enough. “One of the big blocks for … Continue reading

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How Jay Inslee moved the ball on the climate issue

Jay Inslee may be out of the presidential race, but he’s not out of the minds of climate policy campaigners. The two-term Washington state governor won high praise from his Democratic rivals as well as experts on global climate change … Continue reading

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Researchers watch Titanic shipwreck crumble

Scientists and enthusiasts are due to visit the wreck of the Titanic next summer in a submersible built by Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate – but what will they see? Based on a newly completed expedition, they’ll see a hulk that’s decomposing almost before their eyes. … Continue reading

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