Science & Technology

State of the States 2017: The Future is Automation

January 31, 2017

Traditionally, even tech-savvy governors have left specific mentions of IT-centric initiatives out of their annual addresses to the legislatures and citizens of their state. But over the past few years, that tide has shifted. Technology has increasingly snared a larger percentage of the limelight, indicative of its growing prominence in policy conversations. Vulnerabilities across the cyberspectrum have propelled IT security to the forefront, with many state leaders announcing the development of, or progress on, multi-agency cyberinitiatives to confront the growing threat to government and citizens alike.

Legendary Arecibo Observatory Faces a Bleak Future

January 30, 2017

It is the radio telescope that hunts killer asteroids, probes distant cosmic blasts and decades ago sent Earth’s most powerful message to the stars. Yet the storied Arecibo Observatory, an enormous aluminium dish nestled in a Puerto Rican sinkhole, might soon find itself out of the science game.

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on

January 30, 2017

Having pretty thoroughly explored the Earth, humanity has since turned its attention to the stars. There are a myriad of missions already in the history books, and many more underway. We’re at a pivotal time in our exploration of space. With a bit of luck and science, we may soon be able to explore more freely and understand the nature of the universe — it’s a bright future. These are six of the most important upcoming missions that will get us there.

The US military could start using commercial drones

January 26, 2017

Tiny drones could scout high-rise buildings and underground tunnels for possible threats to US troops in cities of the future. But instead of spending years cooking up the necessary drone technologies in military research labs, the Pentagon might be better off shopping for the latest civilian drones coming soon to stores.

The best of the best U.S. jobs are tech, tech and tech, again

January 26, 2017

Hey kids, want to grow up to land the best job in the country? Then keep poring over those math and science textbooks. Jobs that require a range of STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) claimed 14 spots in Glassdoor's new "50 Best Jobs in America" survey, out Monday.

How China plans to clamp down on foreign technology

January 24, 2017

China’s largest chip maker has announced it will invest $30bn to build a new semiconductor factory, as the world’s second largest economy seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign technology. The state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup will open the facility in the city of Nanjing in eastern Jiangsu province, where it will mainly produce chips used in consumer electronics such as cellphones, cameras and computers, according to a statement posted on the company’s official website.

How Broadband Populists Are Pushing for Government-Run Internet One Step at a Time

January 24, 2017

In a series of tactical skirmishes that distract attention from their broader strategy, a loose coalition of advocacy groups and academics is methodically working to transform America’s successful private-sector, competitive Internet model into at least a heavily regulated utility, if not government-owned networks.

Students' Transportation Prototype Will Head to SpaceX

January 18, 2017

The 12-foot-long vehicle, which looks like a cross between a NASCAR racer and a walking pill bug, will be strapped onto an accelerator and thrown down a mile-long vacuum tube at speeds that will top out over 200 mph, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. A complex propulsion system that was built on campus will use an array of magnets to levitate the vehicle and keep it from losing speed. And at the end of the run, its brakes and a set of Goodyear tires will bring it to a stop, one mile and about 30 seconds after the trip began.

Despite Growing Scrutiny, U.S. Tech Firms Still Want To Play China's Game

January 17, 2017

It's been six years since Google left China, and the world’s second-largest economy remains a tough market for multinationals. Fellow tech giants Apple, Microsoft and Facebook continue to battle with regulatory hurdles, censorship, intellectual property challenges and other restrictions.

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida

January 16, 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company's first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago. The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. carrying a payload for Iridium Communications Inc., which is replacing its entire global network with 70 next-generation satellites.

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