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Huawei is secretly helping build North Korea’s wireless network, report says

July 23, 2019

The allegations in the Washington Post report stem from a number of internal documents the Post said it sourced from a handful of former Huawei employees. These documents consist of work orders, contracts, and detailed spreadsheets that track the company’s worldwide telecommunications operations. According to the report, Huawei worked with Panda International Information Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese state-owned company, on a number of projects over the course of at least eight years. It was this arrangement with Panda that reportedly made Huawei’s involvement harder to track.

Why Is the Apollo Reflector Experiment Still Operating, 50 Years Later?

July 22, 2019

An epic lunar laser experiment is still going strong, five decades after the Apollo astronauts set it up on the surface. The moonwalking crew of Apollo 11, which landed on the moon 50 years ago this month, put special retroreflectors on the lunar surface, as did the later crews of Apollo 14 and 15, in 1971.

Who's Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

July 21, 2019

Google’s privacy policy and privacy pages for its home devices do not describe how the company uses workers to review audio. The company’s privacy pages for Google Home say that the company “collects data that's meant to make our services faster, smarter, more relevant, and more useful to you.” Under the heading “Is Google Home recording all of my conversations?” those pages say that no information leaves the device until its wake word is detected--obscuring the fact that the system can mistakenly detect it.

NASA's daunting to-do list for sending people back to the Moon

July 21, 2019

A half-century after landing the first humans on the Moon, NASA is looking to put people back on the lunar surface, but this time the agency has an even more ambitious deadline to meet. The goal is to send humans back to the Moon by 2024, a mere five years from now. NASA has a whole lot more hardware to develop this time -- which leaves many wondering if such an extremely ambitious lunar return can be done.

Did the US Invent Lyme Disease in the 1960s? The House Aims to Find Out

July 21, 2019

In the 1960s, on an 840-acre island at the entrance to Long Island Sound, scientists at the highly guarded Plum Island Animal Disease Center were at the forefront of U.S. biological-weapons research. Specifically, they sought to create pathogens that could be deployed stealthily, via insects.

How A 10-Year-Old-Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth

July 19, 2019

A half century ago, America's dreams were realized in space. The power of U.S. innovation and spirit brought the Apollo 11 crew to the moon and back. That mission was possible due to a diverse team of engineers, astronauts and mathematicians. It was also possible thanks to the help of one 10-year-old boy who was in the right place at the right time.

Never-Before-Seen NASA Video Shows Scientists Test Apollo 11 Moon Rocks for Life in 1969

July 18, 2019

Fifty years ago, NASA's Apollo 11 mission carried the first geologic samples from the moon back to Earth -- and agency has finally released footage of researchers examining those lunar samples for signs of life.

Here's What We Thought We Knew About the Moon Before Apollo 11

July 18, 2019

Before humanity first set foot on the lunar surface, the moon was an elusive rock in our night sky. Scientists weren't sure how it formed or what it was made of, and there was even a common misconception that the moon's surface would be fluffy. "There was real concern that our lunar landers would sink into the surface because the material was so fluffy...

Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin disappointed in amount of aerospace innovation

July 18, 2019

Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin called out a lack of innovation in the aerospace industry during his speech at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Wednesday night, "that is not very good for 50 years of development," said Aldrin. Aldrin said we as a civilization have not lived up to the famous words of Neal Armstrong when he set foot on the moon. He said he has been waiting for the next giant leap for man kind for 50 years.

How Government Can Help America Lead in Robotics

July 18, 2019

To secure America’s position as a leader in next-generation robotics development, the government must refine rhetoric around the tech, boost investments in it and construct a clear-cut, achievable vision around where the nation needs to be, industry experts said Tuesday.

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