Author Archives: Alan Boyle

About Alan Boyle

Award-winning science writer, creator of Cosmic Log, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

Paul Allen’s deep legacy: Japanese shipwreck found

A wide-ranging shipwreck survey funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is continuing after his death, and the latest discovery focuses on the Japanese battleship Hiei, which sank in the South Pacific during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. Japanese researchers picked … Continue reading

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SpaceX and Boeing space taxi trips delayed … again

NASA says the flight test schedule for space taxis designed by SpaceX and Boeing to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station has been stretched out further, as expected. And it wouldn’t be surprising if additional postponements occur … Continue reading

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Amazon patents drone delivery targeting system

A newly published patent hints at the system that Amazon just might use to guide delivery drones to their destinations, and verify that the drone’s payloads have been dropped off at the right locations. The system, as described in an application that was … Continue reading

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Boeing partners with Aerion for supersonic jet

Boeing says it’s making a significant investment in Aerion to accelerate the development of the Nevada-based company’s supersonic business jet. The partnership announced today appears to be a closer tie than the relationships Aerion once had with two of Boeing’s rivals, Airbus … Continue reading

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AI plays on your team in Iconary online game

For decades, the games that put artificial intelligence to the test have been played human vs. machine – whether it’s checkers, chess, Go, poker, StarCraft or “Jeopardy.” Why isn’t there a game where the AI and the human are on the same side? Now there is, and you … Continue reading

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Spaceflight wins a shout-out as a disruptor

Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries has taken the spotlight in a research note from Morgan Stanley for disrupting the process of putting satellites in space — in a good way. The note, sent to the investment firm’s clients last Friday by analyst Adam Jonas and his colleagues, … Continue reading

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EarthNow fleshes out planetary video plan

BELLEVUE, Wash. — A satellite startup called EarthNow is laying out the details of its plan to blanket our planet with high-resolution, real-time, live-video coverage from a 500-satellite constellation in orbit, with support from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Europe’s Airbus, Japan’s … Continue reading

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