Science & Technology
NASA to Smash Satellite Into Asteroid in 2022
The design process is being headed by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. The goal is to use a refrigerator-sized object to smash into and deflect an asteroid from Earth. Of course, there’s no way such a mission could stop an asteroid that’s poised to smack into the planet in the near future. However, a little nudge early enough might alter an object’s orbit and cause it to miss an impact with Earth.
Rural Americans Disproportionately Lack Access to Broadband, Says Small Business Committee
Among rural Americans, 39 percent lack access to high speed internet compared to only 4 percent of urban Americans who lack access, said Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, at a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill. He said more needs to be done to get rural Americans service on par with urban Americans.
Need jobs? Get robots, and education right
Jobs were in the center spotlight in this year’s election. Donald Trump used it as a weapon against Hillary Clinton to mobilize the many millions of voters who felt as though technology, immigrants and free trade had left them behind. Clinton suggested spending hundreds of billions to upgrade our infrastructure and make state colleges and universities tuition-free.
The Great American Solar Eclipse
On August 21, 2017, the U.S. will be treated to its own solar eclipse-a total solar eclipse that wends its way mid-day over 90 minutes from Oregon to South Carolina. While only those in that direct path will see a total eclipse, the rest of the country will see some version of a partial solar eclipse during that time frame as well.
NASA to test fission power for future Mars colony
As NASA makes plans to one day send humans to Mars, one of the key technical gaps the agency is working to fill is how to provide enough power on the Red Planet’s surface for fuel production, habitats and other equipment. One option: small nuclear fission reactors, which work by splitting uranium atoms to generate heat, which is then converted into electric power.
Barry Schuler on the Power of Networks In Life, Learning, and Business
Barry Schuler was one of the guys in the early 90s that spotted the rise of interactive media, computing power, graphics and hyperlinking. He built a company that was sold to America Online and they helped turn the number three online service into a media powerhouse. Marc Andreessen added the Mozilla browser and the Information Age was born. Barry discusses the creation of the internet, why he supports New Tech Network, the future of smart machines and the power of networks.
Mike Pence will now oversee US space policy
Today, President Trump signed an executive order to reinstate the National Space Council, an executive agency that will be tasked with guiding US space policy during the administration. The council, typically chaired by the vice president, is one that the US has seen before; it was first in operation during the ‘60s and ‘70s and then again under the George H.W. Bush administration, before being dissolved in 1993. Now, it’s back again, and this time with Vice President Mike Pence at the helm.
Florida will now allow delivery robots on sidewalks
Florida is now the fourth state in the U.S. to pass a law which allows unmanned delivery robots on both sidewalks and crosswalks. The law, which goes into effect July 1, 2017, states that authorized operation "of personal delivery devices within a county or municipality [are permissible] under certain circumstances.
An economist explains why education won’t save us from being replaced by robots
In 1964, a group of professors, activists, and scientists put together a report that warned US President Lyndon B. Johnson of three impending threats, including a “Cybernation Revolution” that would put massive numbers of people out of work. The committee included a list of recommendations for staving off each crisis. Number one was “a massive program to build up our educational system.”
US Navy Interested in Integrating Blockchain Technology for More Secure Manufacturing Systems
The US Navy’s Innovation department recently announced its interest in using Blockchain technology for their manufacturing systems. In the announcement, they specifically mentioned their interest to add Blockchain technology to their 3D printing in order to help securely transfer data through the manufacturing process.