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The Trump administration is reportedly moving to privatize the International Space Station

February 18, 2018

The Trump administration is planning to privatize the international space station instead of simply decommissioning the orbiting international experiment in 2024, according to a report in The Washington Post. According to a document obtained by the Post, the current administration is mulling handing the International Space Station off to private industry instead of de-orbiting it as NASA “will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”

These Chinese military innovations threaten U.S. superiority, experts say

February 18, 2018

The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday, but the country's military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale. Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States.

SpaceX gets closer to launching satellite broadband Internet service

February 15, 2018

SpaceX, the Elon Musk-founded company that last week launched its Falcon Heavy rocket - and a Tesla into space - came a step closer to deploying satellites that would deliver broadband Internet across the U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday began circulating a proposal to fellow commissioners recommending approval of SpaceX's application for a satellite-delivered Internet service.

US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

February 14, 2018

In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years.

A self-driving semi truck just made its first cross-country trip

February 14, 2018

Embark’s self-driving semi truck just drove from Los Angeles to Jacksonville with minimal help from its on-board human driver, the company reports. The autonomous tractor trailer completed a 2,400 mile trip from Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida in five days, traveling for “hours at a time with no disengagements,” says Embark CEO Alex Rodriguez.

FBI says Chinese operatives active at scores of U.S. universities

February 14, 2018

Amid heightened concern about Russian election meddling, the FBI on Tuesday warned U.S. universities about Chinese intelligence operatives active on their campuses, adding that many academics display “a level of naiveté” about the level of infiltration.

China wants to make the tech behind its supercomputers, drones, and rocket simulators harder to steal

February 14, 2018

China's military has suggested the country increase its intellectual property control of military and technological innovations. In an article in China National Defence News, reported by South China Morning Post, the military said China needed to create intellectual property barriers to its equipment, including supercomputers, drones, dredgers, and rocket launch simulation technology.

Trump Budget Gives Last-Minute Reprieve to Science Funding

February 13, 2018

On February 12, US President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins on 1 October 2018. Funding for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health would hold steady after Congress agrees to lift spending caps, but details are fuzzy.

Will robots take your job? Humans ignore the coming AI revolution at their peril.

February 12, 2018

Robots have transformed industrial manufacturing, and now they are being rolled out for food production and restaurant kitchens. Already, artificial intelligence (AI) machines can do many tasks where learning and judgment is required, including self-driving cars, insurance assessment, stock trading, accounting, HR and many tasks in healthcare. So are we approaching a jobless future, or will new jobs replace the ones that are lost?

NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President

February 12, 2018

Sending astronauts back to the moon is one of the top space priorities of President Trump. But his administration wants to accomplish that without giving NASA additional money, and it won’t occur until after he leaves office, even if he wins re-election. Instead, it aims to give the private sector a greater role, according to a budget proposal to be released on Monday.

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