Science & Technology

5 Reasons Space Exploration Is More Important Than Ever

April 26, 2018

Space may be the final frontier, but it’s an expensive one to explore. There are ample problems with which to contend here on Earth, and that leads some people to wonder if space exploration is worth the hassle.

Amazon May Announce a Domestic Robot This Year

April 26, 2018

Engineers are reportedly working on Vesta prototypes with advanced computer vision similar to that in self-driving cars. The robots scan the environment and maneuver around obstacles to navigate your home. Sources who spoke to Bloomberg suggest the robot might be able to follow you around and act as a mobile Alexa-powered speaker, but that hardly seems like a sufficient reason to have a robot.

Jobs And Robots: 25 Countries Ranked On Job Loss Potential From Automation, Robotics, And AI

April 25, 2018

South Korea, Germany, and Japan are most prepared for the coming wave of automation, according to a new report by The Economist. The U.S., on the other hand, ranks ninth out of 25 countries. And the most-at-risk countries? Mexico, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Should students' cellphones be locked up at school?

April 25, 2018

As each student walks into class, he or she grabs a pouch, slides the phone in, snaps the lock shut, then sets it aside. When the bell rings at period’s end, the students swipe their pouches over an unlocking station, freeing the phones. While Yondr would not confirm how many teachers in Utah are using the devices, Thomas said she’s one of four using them at Brighton alone.

Vice President Pence Swears in New NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

April 24, 2018

Jim Bridenstine officially took office as the 13th administrator of NASA Monday after he was given the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. In his new role at NASA, Bridenstine takes over an agency critical to the nation’s economy, security and technological preeminence.

China is boosting its undersea-warfare capabilities - and stealing US technology to do so, a US admiral says

April 23, 2018

Davidson also told the committee that he believed China was "stealing technology in just about every domain and trying to use it to their advantage." "One of the main concerns that we have is cyber and penetration of dot-com networks, exploiting technology from our defense contractors in some instances," Davidson said when asked what means China was using to steal technology.

What's next for NASA's TESS exoplanet hunter?

April 23, 2018

The satellite may be small, but it packs a major science punch. TESS is following in the footsteps of NASA's famed Kepler space telescope and is expected to surpass its predecessor in the number of exoplanets detected.  Over the course of its two-year mission, TESS will monitor the brightness of more than 200,000 stars, waiting to observe tiny dips in starlight known as transits.

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Approves Bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2018

April 23, 2018

Chairman Smith: "The NASA Authorization Act of 2018 is a crucial step in restoring the greatness of American space exploration. With this bill, we ensure that NASA will focus on its priority missions, effectively leverage private sector partnerships and entrepreneurship, and continue space research that will launch America toward new scientific discoveries and worlds.

The Trump administration is bullish on tech transfer

April 20, 2018

“Our country is used to leading the world in technology innovation and service delivery,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said Thursday at an event on “Unleashing American Innovation.” “And at one time, the U.S. government was the catalyst of much of that innovation.” The current administration, she suggested, is committed to getting back there.

These former SpaceX engineers are helping scientists find cures for genetic diseases

April 19, 2018

Advances in a technology called CRISPR -- which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats -- give scientists something like a pair of "scissors," so they can snip away at genetic material with the goal of treating disease, growing new crops and more.

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