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NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep

May 06, 2018

A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides. InSight will dig deeper into Mars than ever before -- nearly 16 feet, or 5 meters -- to take the planet's temperature. It will also attempt to make the first measurements of marsquakes, using a high-tech seismometer placed directly on the Martian surface.

JP Morgan's latest hire shows what the hottest field at investment banks is right now

May 04, 2018

J.P. Morgan Chase hired a veteran professor as head of artificial intelligence research as the investment bank prepares for wider adoption of automation.

Why Chinese companies including Alibaba and Tencent have an edge over U.S. rivals

May 03, 2018

Because AI systems get smarter as they analyze more data, when you get ahead by a month, you’re ahead by a year, and when you get ahead by a year, you’re ahead by a decade. China is quickly getting ahead by a year or more, which means it might not be catchable. While the West contemplates adding to the regulatory burden of tech companies, China has cleared the way for the likes of Tencent and Alibaba BABA, to innovate.

U.S. commerce secretary says 5G priority for Trump administration

May 03, 2018

The U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday that building a next-generation 5G mobile network was a priority for President Donald Trump’s administration, boosting the argument behind the proposed merger of wireless carriers Sprint Corp (S.N) and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O). “I think the pitch that Sprint and T-Mobile are making is an interesting one, that their merger would propel Verizon and AT&T into more active pursuit of 5G,” Wilbur Ross told CNBC.

The US lags behind 8 other countries in AI and automation readiness

May 02, 2018

According to a study published last week, the United States is quickly falling behind other developed nations in preparing workers for a future driven by AI and automation. The Automation Readiness Index looks at 25 advanced economies to determine which is making the greatest strides in preparing their workforce for an automated future.

Female Scientists Who Have Children Have Their Careers Set Back, A Recent Study Shows

May 02, 2018

The analysis from the Universities of Bath and Turin looked at the careers of 262 male and female scientists over a 10-year period, including citations (how much of their work is quoted by others), funding, and publications. And they found that female scientists often experienced a "motherhood penalty" that sounds a lot like sexism.

U.S. considers tightening grip on China ties to corporate America

May 01, 2018

So far, U.S. government reviews for national security and other concerns have been limited to investment deals and corporate takeovers. This possible new expansion of the mandate - which would serve as a stop-gap measure until Congress imposes tighter restrictions on Chinese investments - is being pushed by members of Congress, and those in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration who worry about theft of intellectual property and technology transfer to China, according to four people familiar with the matter.

How success breeds success in the sciences

May 01, 2018

A small number of scientists stand at the top of their fields, commanding the lion's share of research funding, awards, citations, and prestigious academic appointments. But are they better and smarter than their peers? Or is this a classic example of success breeding success -- a phenomenon known as the "Matthew effect"?

What does the Sprint and T-Mobile merger mean for 5G?

May 01, 2018

According to the two companies’ big announcement video, the combined “New T-Mobile” and its 5G network will leverage both T-Mobile’s 5G plans to use the 600MHz band of spectrum and Sprint’s plans for the 2.5GHz band to build out a nationwide network that will be “the highest capacity mobile network in US history.”

NASA's new strategic plan reveals return to the moon and development of new tech

April 30, 2018

The new four-year strategic plan for NASA provides a foundation to return to the moon “for long-term exploration and use” as well as creating a base for “eventual crewed missions to Mars and potentially beyond.”

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