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China could target US tech stocks in trade war, Goldman Sachs warns

September 20, 2018

China could target U.S. tech stocks as part of the ongoing trade war, according to the top equity strategist at Goldman Sachs. Peter Oppenheimer told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Tuesday that China may impose tariffs on industry components that could have an effect on supply chains.

SpaceX Reveals First Lunar Passenger

September 20, 2018

SpaceX confirmed last week that it had plans to launch a space tourist to the moon, but the identity of that person would not be revealed until Monday evening. The press conference took place as planned, and CEO Elon Musk stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the aspiring astronaut, Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa. It won’t be Maezawa alone on the rocket, though. His ticket entitles him to bring some friends along for the ride.

Bringing science to policymaking

September 19, 2018

Although science may seem to be underappreciated in D.C., demand in the federal government for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) expertise remains high. Each September since 1973, the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program has responded to this pressing need by bringing scientists and engineers to Washington for a yearlong placement.

Congress's Quantum Science Bill May Not Keep the US Military Ahead of China

September 18, 2018

“It does seem like it’s a fairly good initiative overall,” said Elsa Kania, adjunct fellow of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for New American Security, or CNAS, and co-author of a report released the same day calling for greater focus on the quantum race against China. “It generally hits a lot of the right points.” But Kania also argued that the U.S. needs more specific guidance from Congress.

House Passes $1.275B National Quantum Initiative

September 18, 2018

Last Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Quantum Initiative Act (NQIA) intended to accelerate quantum computing research and development. Among other things it would establish a National Quantum Coordination Office within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to oversee a “whole-of-government” effort.

Former Obama administration official: Trump is addressing 'longstanding' trade issues

September 18, 2018

Many of the trade issues on which U.S. President Donald Trump is now focusing have been concerns for numerous White House administrations, according to Michael Froman, who served as U.S. Trade Representative under former President Barack Obama.

Astronomers Have Found the Universe's Missing Matter

September 18, 2018

Astronomers have finally found the last of the missing universe. It’s been hiding since the mid-1990s, when researchers decided to inventory all the “ordinary” matter in the cosmos--stars and planets and gas, anything made out of atomic parts. (This isn’t “dark matter,” which remains a wholly separate enigma.)

Quantum lag: Experts fret that the U.S. risks falling behind in computing power

September 17, 2018

The promise, and threat, of quantum computing is still years away. But quantum experts fear a lack of government emphasis and coordination on research strategy could upend U.S. digital and national security.

Federal agencies announce efforts to spur investment in rural broadband

September 17, 2018

Investments in rural broadband deployment can create significant returns on investments for state economies. A recent study from Purdue University's Center for Regional Development contends that Indiana could generate a $12 billion economic impact over 20 years with strategic broadband investments in rural areas across the state.

Google Knows Where You've Been, but Does It Know Who You Are?

September 16, 2018

In August, The Associated Press published an investigation into how Google handles the data it collects, following a curious discovery by a graduate researcher at U.C. Berkeley. For years, the company has allowed users to control their “location history,” which stores a detailed record of where they’ve been, based primarily on their activity in Google Maps. This, the researcher suggested -- and The A.P. confirmed -- did not work as advertised. “Some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking,” the reporters found.

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