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NASA studying potential cooperation on Russian lunar science missions

October 17, 2017

NASA is in discussions about potential roles it could play on an upcoming series of Russian robotic lunar missions, including landers and sample return spacecraft. Jim Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division, told attendees of the annual meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) here Oct. 11 that he recently returned from a trip to Russia that included talks about cooperation on those future Russian lunar missions.

Using drones to find broken bridges - before it's too late

October 17, 2017

America has a big bridge problem. There are more than a million bridges in the United States, and most were built during the great highway construction boom of the 1950s. They were designed for the relatively light panel trucks of the Eisenhower era, rather than the massive rigs of today. Meanwhile, the frequency of trips has surged. In 1950, trucks hauled 200 billion ton-miles of intercity commercial freight; by 2002, that number increased to 1.44 trillion ton-miles, or more than 600 percent.

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

October 17, 2017

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves -- ripples in space-time -- in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been observed in both gravitational waves and light.

Facebook acquires anonymous polling app targeted at teens

October 17, 2017

Facebook says it has acquired tbh, a teen-focused messaging app that lets users create anonymous polls, for an undisclosed amount.

5G Readiness on the Rise

October 16, 2017

Ericsson has released the 5G Readiness Survey 2017. The report shows that many operators have accelerated preparations for the new technology and trials are being carried out by 78 percent of the respondents. Furthermore, 28 percent of the respondents expect to deploy 5G next year.

Google to donate $1 billion to help people land technical jobs

October 16, 2017

The company has committed to donating the funds over the next five through grants to organizations that focus on job training and opportunities. The $1 billion will be given out as grants to non-profits around the world specializing in addressing the education and technology gaps. It's the largest single commitment Google has made.

SpaceX is getting really good at launching and landing recycled rockets

October 16, 2017

The private space company launched a Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center at just after 6.50 pm ET. It marked SpaceX's 15th launch of 2017, and its 18th landing to date, this latest one on its drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.The perfect touchdown, nine minutes after it left the ground, means SpaceX can now use it for a third time once it's been refurbished.

China targets American technology in drive to become innovation leader

October 12, 2017

China has stepped up efforts to work with American businesses in a bid to acquire advanced technology, part of a drive to become a leading technology-innovation power. “China is pushing to further deepen technology collaboration with U.S. business and academic institutions as part of a national effort to transform its economy, including by putting China at the leading edge of global technological innovation...

How to ensure the fourth industrial revolution is 'Made in the USA'

October 12, 2017

To me, an engineer who studies the future of manufacturing, this focus on what the U.S. made yesterday will only go so far in saving American manufacturing. The U.S. needs to figure out what the country should make tomorrow - and invest heavily in it. Whether we do depends on our willingness to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, a new era that is beginning and is destined to be just as pivotal as the previous three.

NVIDIA Unveils Next-Generation Platform for Fully Autonomous Cars

October 12, 2017

Silicon Valley graphics chipmaker NVIDIA unveiled on Tuesday the first computer chips for developing fully autonomous vehicles and said it had more than 25 customers working to build a new class of driverless cars, robotaxis and long-haul trucks. Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s largest mail and logistics company, and ZF [ZFF.UL], a top automotive parts supplier, plan to deploy a fleet of autonomous delivery trucks based on the new chips, starting in 2019, NVIDIA said.

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