Science & Technology

NASA Produces Stunning Simulation of a Black Hole

October 02, 2019

It was just this year that we got our first real look at a black hole, and it matched many of the theoretical predictions that came before the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project made history. An impressive new NASA simulation shows us what that black hole might look like if we were closer.

Astronomers Find 'Impossible' Planet Circling Tiny Star

October 02, 2019

GJ 3512 b is a gas giant orbiting a tiny red dwarf, GJ 3512. The planet itself is in an eccentric, 204-day orbit around its star, but spends most of its time closer to its parent than Mercury is to Sol. GJ 3512, however, can only manage ~0.2 percent of our Sun’s solar output. But a planet the size of GJ 3512 b isn’t supposed to exist.

The Satellites Were Never Supposed to Launch

October 02, 2019

Swarm had asked federal regulators for permission to launch and operate in space, as all American companies must do. Its application was rejected. The satellites launched anyway. When they crossed the boundary of Earth’s atmosphere, Spangelo instantly became a space outlaw. The case of the rogue satellites was a first in the United States.

Court Upholds Net Neutrality Repeal, With Some Caveats

October 02, 2019

A federal appeals court upheld on Tuesday the government’s repeal of strict regulations for the companies that connect consumers to the internet. But the court also said the Federal Communications Commission had overstepped by broadly stopping state and local governments from writing their own rules.

Zuckerberg Ready to Take On Government in Leaked Tapes

October 01, 2019

If Warren were to be elected, “then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,” Zuckerberg said. “And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government.... But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and fight.”

Google hires Republican Senate aide to head lobby office

October 01, 2019

Alphabet Inc.’s Google hired the top aide to Republican Sen. Rob Portman to head its Washington policy operation, filling a key post as the internet search giant confronts escalating regulatory threats.

Christina Koch snapped this majestic picture of Soyuz 61 from the ISS

October 01, 2019

NASA astronaut Christina Koch captured this incredible image from the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday. It shows a Russian Soyuz spacecraft making its way towards her, having launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “What it looks like from @Space_Station when your best friend achieves her lifelong dream to go to space,” Koch wrote on Twitter. “Caught the second stage in progress!”

Google has reached quantum supremacy - here's what it should do next

October 01, 2019

Quantum computing is now ready to go – or is it? Google appears to have reached an impressive milestone known as quantum supremacy, where a quantum computer is able to perform a calculation that is practically impossible for a classical one. But there are plenty of hurdles left to jump over before the technology hits the big time.

Crowded Space Station: There Are 9 People from 4 Different Space Agencies in Orbit Right Now

October 01, 2019

It's a busy week at the International Space Station (ISS). With nine crewmembers currently on board, the orbiting laboratory will be unusually crowded until Thursday (Oct. 3), when three of those crewmembers are scheduled to return to Earth.

How Congress can step up on innovative technology issues

September 30, 2019

As the epicenter of emerging technology research, the United States must lead the way, shaping new technologies in accordance with our values. This is more important than ever due to the rise of China as an economic competitor with a different set of values. Unfortunately, Congress, as well as some companies, have not shown that they are ready to reckon with the promise or peril of emerging technologies.


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