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Silicon Valley-Funded Privacy Think Tanks Fight in D.C. to Unravel State-Level Consumer Privacy Protections

April 17, 2019

After years of ignoring the issue, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are suddenly engaged in a furious fight over enacting national legislation to establish basic online privacy rights for consumers. As with the crafting of much legislation dealing with complicated issues, legislators are relying on experts to help codify the consumer protections.

Asia Leads in Industrial Robot Adoption. Why Do Europe and the U.S. Lag Behind?

April 16, 2019

Robots are key tools for boosting productivity and living standards. To date, most robot adoption has occurred in manufacturing, where robots are designed to perform a wide variety of manual tasks more efficiently and consistently than humans. But with continued innovation, robot use is spreading to many other sectors, from agriculture to logistics and hospitality.

Increased Adoption of IoT Devices in the US

April 16, 2019

The worldwide smart home market is predicted to develop to US$19.26 billion by 2022. Worldwide organizations e.g., Google, Amazon, and Samsung Electronics are entering this enormous market, and they are giving creative services and products to exploit the developing business sector. Many startups are additionally attempting to join this developing business sector.

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

April 16, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents largely spanning 2011 to 2015 and obtained by NBC News.

NASA is trying to figure out how to contain a supervolcano that could destroy humanity

April 16, 2019

Roughly every 100,000 years, there's a supervolcano explosion somewhere in the world, the consequences of which can be fatal. If the volcano below Yellowstone National Park were to erupt, it would result in worldwide hunger and a volcanic winter (the cooling of the lower atmosphere). According to UN estimates reported by The Guardian, an eruption could leave us with just enough food reserves for exactly 74 days.

What a Year in Space Did to Scott Kelly

April 16, 2019

In the debate over whether human beings should set off to other worlds beyond Earth, one of the most compelling cons is this: Our bodies don’t like it. Few people know this better than Scott Kelly, the NASA astronaut who spent nearly a year on the International Space Station from 2015 to 2016. Like other astronauts, Kelly served as a test subject in the study of space travel’s effects on the human body. Unlike other astronauts, Kelly has an identical twin, Mark, an astronaut himself.

How to make sense of the black hole image, according to 2 astrophysicists

April 16, 2019

Some may not be impressed by the slight blurriness of the image. But there’s so much more to it than what immediately meets the eye. Two astrophysicists — Sheperd Doeleman, the project leader of the Event Horizon Telescope, and Katie Mack of North Carolina State University, who was not involved with the effort — walked me through a few of the coolest aspects of the image that helped me appreciate just wonderfully mind-blowing it is.

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.

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