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Robots Won't Take Away All Our Jobs, MIT Report Finds

September 18, 2019

The robots are coming, but not necessarily for your job. The likelihood that robots, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will completely wipe out large swaths of the workforce is exaggerated, a new MIT report finds. The report, from MIT's "Work of the Future" task force, examines the relationship between technology and work, drawing on research from more than 20 faculty members.

Transplant organs can be supercooled to below zero for longer storage

September 17, 2019

The length of time that a liver can be kept outside the body has been extended to a day and a half by a new “supercooling” method, which for the first time has let human organs be safely stored at sub-zero temperatures. The technique, which lowers the organ’s temperature below zero without forming damaging ice crystals, could boost the number of liver transplants carried out and could also be used on other organs, says Reinier de Vries of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

A space elevator to the moon could be doable - and surprisingly cheap

September 17, 2019

Since the dawn of the space era more than six decades ago, there’s been just one way to get to the moon and back: rockets. But a pair of graduate students say we should now be able to ferry humans and cargo between Earth and our natural satellite via a sort of high-tech elevator.

Astronauts Make First Cement in Space to Support Future Martian Habitats

September 16, 2019

Concrete made in space could one day help humans build habitats on the moon and Mars , new research shows. As part of a recent investigation aboard the International Space Station, astronauts made cement in microgravity for the first time, showing that it can harden and develop in space.

2 giant blobs at the core of our galaxy are spewing radiation. Scientists don't know how they got there.

September 16, 2019

It's not easy to make big balls of hot gas. For starters, you need energy, and a lot of it. The kind of energy that can spread hot gas to a distance of over 25,000 light-years doesn't come easily to a typical galaxy. However, the peculiar orientation of the Fermi Bubbles -- extending evenly above and below our galactic center -- is a strong clue that they might be tied our central supermassive black hole, known as Sagittarius A*.

Saturn and Its Rings Look Truly Spectacular in This Hubble Telescope Portrait

September 16, 2019

NASA and the European Space Agency unveiled the new Saturn portrait today (Sept. 12). The image was taken on June 20 by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 as Saturn was about 845 million miles (1.36 billion kilometers) away. It's the second in a series of annual photos for the Outer Planets Legacy project by scientists studying the gas giant planets of our solar system.

Pentagon IDing Companies with Chinese Ties to Protect Defense Supply Chain

September 15, 2019

The Financial Times on Wednesday reported that the Pentagon is compiling a list of companies with links to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) or Chinese intelligence services in order to protect U.S. military secrets and secure America’s supply of military equipment.

NIST Awards Nearly $4 Million to 19 Small Businesses for Technology Development

September 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a total of nearly $4 million in grants to 19 small businesses to support innovative technology development. Awardees in 12 states will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

NASA Puts Bigelow Aerospace's Giant Inflatable Space Habitat Prototype to the Test

September 15, 2019

The space agency is currently conducting a two-week ground test on Bigelow Aerospace's B330 habitat here at the company's headquarters. Eight NASA astronauts have participated in the trial so far, and four were on the scene Thursday (Sept. 12) to assess various aspects of the big, expandable module.

This Comet Might Be from Interstellar Space. Here's How We Could Find Out.

September 15, 2019

At first, it was just another bright, fuzzy speck in the sky. But it may turn out to be something much more exciting: the second known object to hurtle through our solar system after leaving another system. Astronomers will need a lot more observations before they can be confident giving the comet that title, but early data about the object seems promising.

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