Science & Technology

U.S. Regulator Approves SpaceX Plan for Broadband Satellite Services

April 05, 2018

"This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies," the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement. The system proposed by privately held SpaceX, as Space Exploration Holdings is known, will use 4,425 satellites, the FCC said.

China's AI ambitions are driving US innovation. So what's America’s hold up?

April 05, 2018

China’s drive to lead the world in artificial intelligence is spurring American efforts keep its technological edge, especially when it comes to national security. A technology wave equivalent to the Industrial Revolution, electrification and mechanization, “intelligentization” has the potential to change the way wars are fought, as well as finance, medicine and transportation...

Congressman blasts National Science Foundation spending

April 04, 2018

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing last week for the National Science Foundation's proposed 2019 fiscal year budget, and what the agency's leaders heard was a blistering assessment of the agency's spending. Still, committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said, things have improved significantly in the past year, though challenges remain.

NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope Again to May 2020

April 03, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope is intended as the successor to Hubble, which is now more than 25 years old. Hubble was last services during one of the final Space Shuttle missions, and there are no plans to make another visit. When it stops working, that will be the end of the mission. The JWST was already supposed to be in space at this point, but it’s a complicated project costing more than $8 billion to date. NASA wants to get it right, and that has led to the latest delay.

China at a Quandary With US Tech Firms Amid Trade Dispute

April 02, 2018

While China and the United States seem to be negotiating in an effort to avert a trade war, Washington is unlikely to relent in its determination to stop advanced technology from leaving America for China. "I think there is a growing consensus in the United States that Chinese firms should be blocked from certain types of acquisitions of U.S. firms, of getting certain types of U.S. technology," said AlexCapri, an international trade scholar at the National University of Singapore.

Everything you need to know about a new EU data law that could shake up big US tech

April 02, 2018

GDPR is a piece of legislation that was approved in April 2016. European authorities have given companies two years to comply and it will come into force on May 25, 2018. It replaces a previous law called the Data Protection Directive and is aimed at harmonizing rules across the 28-nation EU bloc. The aim is to give consumers control of their personal data as it is collected by companies.

Scott Pruitt Bans Junk Science from Environmental Protection Agency

April 01, 2018

Junk science is no longer welcome at the Environmental Protection Agency. Administrator Scott Pruitt has declared war on what he calls “secret science” - the process whereby EPA regulators have been able to craft rules using non-publicly-available science data.

For women in science, busting barriers is just part of the job

March 29, 2018

As awareness of bias has increased, so too have efforts to address the subtle ways in which women find their work devalued. But in many institutions, women still struggle to get male peers and supervisors to acknowledge the problem.

NASA receives $20.7 billion in omnibus appropriations bill

March 28, 2018

The appropriations bill gives NASA $20.736 billion for the 2018 fiscal year, which started more than five and a half months ago. That is more than $1.6 billion above the administration’s original request of $19.092 billion. A House appropriations bill offered NASA $19.872 billion and its Senate counterpart $19.529 billion. An overarching two-year budget deal reached earlier this year raised spending caps for both defense and non-defense programs, freeing up additional funding.

Women In Tech: Educated, Ambitious And Underpaid

March 28, 2018

As Women's History Month nears its close in 2018, many people have been reflecting on the struggles women have faced in the past and the strides they are making toward changing the future. Tech is one area of specific interest here, as it's a place where women have traditionally been under-represented. But is that changing too?

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