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What is the internet? 13 key questions answered

October 23, 2018

The internet is the wider network that allows computer networks around the world run by companies, governments, universities and other organisations to talk to one another. The result is a mass of cables, computers, data centres, routers, servers, repeaters, satellites and wifi towers that allows digital information to travel around the world.

How the Shift to IT-Enabled Vehicles Plays to America's Competitive Strengths

October 23, 2018

Connected and autonomous vehicles rely on IT hardware and software, an area where the United States has a competitive advantage globally. Congress and the administration should help U.S. industry press that advantage not with auto tariffs, but with more robust innovation policies.

Mattis Asks Trump to OK US Space Command, Pick Leaders

October 22, 2018

The request is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves made inside the Pentagon in recent weeks that set the stage for the Defense Department’s formal proposal early next year to establish a Space Force -- a sixth branch of the military.

The buzz is building for Amazon's HQ2

October 22, 2018

The buzz is building for Amazon’s highly-touted HQ2, the company’s ambitious plan to build a secondary headquarters that could rival — or possibly surpass — its massive operation in Seattle. The stage is set, with 20 finalists now in the running for a new headquarters that could employ as many as 50,000 workers.

Why Microsoft, IBM, Google and Boeing are taking a giant leap into quantum computing

October 21, 2018

The small world of quantum physics is a big deal on the frontier of computer science. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella rates quantum computing as one of three key technologies that will shape his company’s future, along with artificial intelligence and mixed reality.

NASA puts out the call for science and technology payloads made for the moon

October 21, 2018

NASA is following up on its plan to purchase rides on commercial lunar landers by soliciting ideas for the scientific and technological payloads to put on them. Those payloads could be flying to the moon as early as next year, NASA said today in its announcement of a program known as Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads.

Scientists home in on landing site for the next Mars rover

October 21, 2018

After 3 days of intense debate, a nonbinding vote by planetary scientists meeting in Glendale, California, resulted in a virtual tie between several candidate landing sites for NASA’s next $2.5 billion Mars rover, due for launch in 2020. The straw poll is the culmination of years of scientific and engineering analysis of three NASA-approved sites...

Sketchy genetic engineering practices could spell the end of the world as we know it

October 21, 2018

As I write this, renegade genetic engineers in California and Minnesota are creating pig-human and sheep-human chimeras whose vital organs are human. They are doing it against the wishes of and without any funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But they’re reportedly motivated by a noble cause: to create a limitless source of body parts for patients in need of them.

Science and engineering workforce, by state (2003-2017)

October 19, 2018

Across the country, there are nearly 6.9 million scientists and engineers, representing 4.8 percent of the nation’s workforce. There are 20 states having at least 100,000 workers in these occupations. Scientists and engineers are concentrated around the nation’s capital, making up the largest share of the workforce in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

China's Moon Missions Could Threaten US Satellites: Pentagon

October 18, 2018

China’s lunar probes may one day threaten critical U.S. satellites, said one of the military’s top experts on space threats. “We’ve seen [reports] in open press…that say the Chinese have a relay satellite flying around…the flipside of the moon. That’s very telling to us,” Jeff Gossel, the senior intelligence engineer in the Space and Missile Analysis Group at the Air Force’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, said at an Air Force Association event on Friday.

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