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South Korea Is Getting a Head Start in 5G as U.S. and China Spar Over Huawei

April 15, 2019

“Being the first means a lot because it means we’re the first to lay the entire 5G infrastructure, having overcome lots of technological difficulties through collaboration between telecom, phone and gear companies,” said Yang Maeng-seog, a vice president at SK Telecom Co., South Korea’s biggest carrier. “5G provides a chance for South Korea to take a leap again.”

World's largest plane completes a successful first flight

April 15, 2019

The Stratolaunch is a gigantic aircraft designed to carry rockets into the stratosphere and yesterday it completed its first flight. Lasting 150 minutes, the 385 ft wide plane reached a maximum speed of 189 mph and a height of 16,000 ft without a hitch, performing smoothly and just as expected.

FCC announces 5G spectrum auction and $20 billion investment for rural broadband access

April 15, 2019

The Trump administration is announcing two major initiatives aimed at speeding the deployment of next-generation wireless networks -- a major new 5G spectrum auction and a $20.4 billion fund for building out broadband in rural areas.

It Took Half a Ton of Hard Drives to Store the Black Hole Image Data

April 14, 2019

The newly released image of a black hole (below) is a watershed moment for physics. Finally, we can put some of Einstein’s most famous predictions from a century ago to the test, but it was not as easy as pointing a big lens at the M87 galaxy and pressing a button. It took years of work and the collaboration of more than 200 scientists to make it happen. It also required about half a ton of hard drives.

Microsoft Windows XP Is Finally Dead, Nearly 18 Years Post-Launch

April 14, 2019

It’s not clear how many users are still using Windows XP worldwide. Surveys like the Steam Hardware Survey no longer show any results for the venerable OS, while NetMarketShare claims worldwide, 3.72 percent of machines are still running XP. The OS was supported in-market (in one form or another) for 17 years, 7 months, and 16 days -- just shy of being old enough to vote.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launches its first commercial payload - then aces a triple landing

April 14, 2019

More than a year after SpaceX sent its Falcon Heavy rocket on a majestic test launch, the second Falcon Heavy put a satellite in orbit today for its first customer. Then, for the first time, all three of the rocket’s reusable booster cores landed safely and successfully. SpaceX also recovered both halves of the rocket’s nose cone and intends to reuse those components as well.

President of the state of Israel unveils groundbreaking holoscope technology at Toronto's University Health Network

April 14, 2019

Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at PMCC are the first to use true holographic imaging in real time during a medical procedure. The technology was produced in Israel and brought to Canada to be used at Toronto's UHN. "This unique and unprecedented event represents a breakthrough in our ability to see inside the heart without making an incision, and will allow our physicians to treat heart disease with exceptional confidence and accuracy," said Medical Director of the PMCC, Dr. Barry Rubin.

10 US Politicians With Science Backgrounds

April 14, 2019

The scientifically-inclined members of the 115th Congress included one physicist, one microbiologist, and one chemist, as well as eight engineers and one mathematician. The medical professions were slightly better represented, with three nurses and 15 doctors, as well as at least three veterinarians.

Apple reportedly removes pro-democracy music from Apple Music in China

April 14, 2019

Apple recently pulled songs by pro-democracy artists from its Apple Music service in China, according to a report on Tuesday, suggesting the company has again caved to content gatekeeping requests lodged by the Chinese government.

Elon Musk calls Jeff Bezos a satellite copycat - and gets called out

April 12, 2019

The fur is flying in the broadband internet satellite race. It all started when we found out that Amazon was planning its own 3,236-satellite constellation to provide global internet access. The campaign, known as Project Kuiper, is likely to compete with SpaceX’s long-running Starlink project to put thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit and do pretty much the same thing.

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