Science & Technology
Cloud seeding for snow: Does it work? Scientists report first quantifiable observations
For the first time, scientists have obtained direct, quantifiable observations of cloud seeding for increased snowfall -- from the growth of ice crystals, through the processes that occur in clouds, to the eventual snowfall.
Amazon's store of the future opens
Amazon’s first Amazon Go store opened today in Seattle, automating most of the purchase, checkout, and payment steps associated with a retail transaction and replacing cash registers, cashiers, credit cards, self-checkout kiosks, RFID chips -- and lines -- with hundreds of small cameras, computer vision, deep-learning algorithms, and sensor fusion.
Women More Likely Than Men to Lose U.S. Jobs by Automation: WEF Report
Those conclusions, from a study released Monday at the World Economic Forum, show about 57 percent of the 1.4 million U.S. jobs to be disrupted by technology between now and 2026 are held by women. With proper retraining, most of the workers would find new, higher-paying jobs. Without it, very few have opportunities, but women fare the worst, according to the study, conducted in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. Making the transition will be expensive and difficult, the authors said.
SpaceX Test Fires Its Falcon Heavy Rocket for the First Time
The long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket roared to life on Wednesday at 12:30 pm Eastern, as SpaceX fired up the 27 Merlin engines that power the triple-booster rocket at Kennedy Space Center. Perched atop what CEO Elon Musk claims will be the most powerful lift vehicle in the world is the billionaire’s Tesla Roadster, which will launch toward a Mars elliptical orbit on the Falcon Heavy’s upcoming maiden flight.
Is Silicon Valley losing its edge?
What was supposed to be an awe-inspiring trip to the Bay Area, turned into an experience of validation and self-affirmation for a group of Chinese tech entrepreneurs and start-up founders. Far from being struck by the advances in technology and society in Silicon Valley, the delegation was shocked at the prevalence of cash, that food deliveries shut down overnight and most people drive, not bike, reported the Wall Street Journal.
What CES Taught Us About The Future Of Tech
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest technology conferences in the world. It draws companies hailing from all corners of the industry, from established giants showing off a sweeping new product lineup to lean startups hoping to find funding for their big idea. After exploring endless rows of booths and attending panels of experts discussing the tech industry's most complex topics, we wanted to share our key takeaways from this year's event.
The Cost To Put a Microsatellite Constellation Into Space Just Fell Through the Floor
Want your own microsatellite constellation? The prospect just became much more realistic. Rocket Lab, a space startup out of California and New Zealand, announced two important firsts in the past week: getting their experimental rocket into orbit on its second attempt and more precise deployment of microsatellites thanks to a novel secondary burn capability.That suggests that future minisatellites will get much cheaper to launch.
US military teams up with Silicon Valley to revolutionize the battlefield
The U.S. military is partnering with Silicon Valley to step up its game on the battlefield. The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX), which is part of the Department of Defense, is connecting the U.S. military with companies developing leading-edge technology that would help it carry out missions quicker and cheaper.
China declared world’s largest producer of scientific articles
For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency’s report, released on 18 January, documents the United States’ increasing competition from China and other developing countries that are stepping up their investments in science and technology.
'Potentially hazardous asteroid' bigger than Earth's tallest building will zoom past us next month
A "potentially hazardous asteroid" known as 2002 AJ129 is set to fly by Earth at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour next month -- but there is no need to worry, scientists say. The 0.7-mile long body -- larger than the tallest building on Earth, Dubai’s half-mile high Burj Khalifa skyscraper -- will rocket past our planet on Feb. 4 by 2.6 million miles, giving it no chance of hitting us.