Science & Technology

China's Spies Are on the Offensive. Can the US Fend Them Off?

September 04, 2019

Espionage and counterespionage have been essential tools of statecraft for centuries, of course, and U.S. and Chinese intelligence agencies have been battling one another for decades. But what these recent cases suggest is that the intelligence war is escalating--that China has increased both the scope and the sophistication of its efforts to steal secrets from the U.S.

No One Knows How Many US Homes, Businesses Lack Broadband Access

September 04, 2019

How many Americans can’t buy home broadband because no ISP offers service in their area? You might think the answer to this question would be straightforward. The FCC releases reports on the state of US networks (wireless and wireline) on a regular basis, including the number of US citizens, principally in rural areas, who lack broadband service.

Trump Authorizes a Space Command. Next, He Wants a Space Force.

September 04, 2019

President Trump on Thursday authorized the creation of the United States Space Command, citing the need for a centralized unit to protect American interests in what he called “the next war-fighting domain.” He described the command as a precursor to the Space Force, a sixth branch of the military that he has promised to supporters at his rallies and that he wants Congress to create.

5 Realities Space Advocates Must Face

September 03, 2019

A half-century after the first Moonwalks, talk of travel beyond low-Earth orbit has become so fanciful that it’s almost as if we were back on a quest for the Holy Grail. It shouldn’t be. Let’s don’t over-romanticize space travel. If we’re ever truly going to move off-world, a trip from Earth to the Moon needs to become as mundane as a commercial flight from New York to Paris.

Why We Should Teach Kids to Call the Robot 'It'

September 03, 2019

Today’s small children, aka Generation Alpha, are the first to grow up with robots as peers. Those winsome talking devices spawned by a booming education-tech industry can speed children’s learning, but they also can be confusing to them, research shows. Many children think robots are smarter than humans or imbue them with magical powers.

President Trump launches National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

September 03, 2019

President Trump signed an executive order to launch the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee late Friday. The committee will be made up of the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (or a designee chosen by the director) and “not more than” 22 experts chosen by the secretary of Energy. These members can represent industry, research institutions and other federal agencies.

U.S. and Poland Urge Tougher Checks on Foreign Influence Over 5G Networks

September 03, 2019

The United States and Poland believe suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control, a joint declaration signed on Monday said, as Washington pressures allies to exclude China from 5G networks.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Is Finally 100% Assembled

September 02, 2019

After 12 years of delays and cost overruns, the $9.7 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope -- the James Webb Space Telescope -- has finally been fully assembled. The two halves that make up the next-generation space telescope have been brought together by NASA engineers for the very first time, something which took many years and countless hours of planning to achieve.

SpaceX hops toward the next generation of rockets with latest flight test

September 02, 2019

This second and final test flight represents the most significant trial yet of the company's Raptor engine. While the trial frustrated residents in Boca Chica, many of whom evacuated their homes for safety concerns, it encouraged aerospace enthusiasts with its demonstration of a new type of rocket that runs on methane--an essential feature for a space program targeting the moon and beyond.

Career Compass Challenge winner announced

September 02, 2019

The National Science Foundation is helping to modernize the American workforce. And it all started with a challenge: The Career Compass Challenge. Today, the agency announced the Challenge winner, Amy Huber, who developed a working prototype for an IT platform to help the American workforce not only identify new roles in today's rapidly changing workforce, but also ways to locate the training to make such a pivot.

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