Science & Technology
Moon Landing Movie Omits Planting American Flag
Most patriotic Americans riled at witnessing million dollar athletes take a knee or raise a clenched fist at the playing of our National Anthem. Now imagine depicting one of America’s proudest moments within our history (and within humankind) namely Astronaut Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and planting “Old Glory” on its surface, purposely being obliterated because of political correctness.
Going back to the Moon won't break the bank, NASA chief says
Sending humans back to the moon won't require a big Apollo-style budget boost, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. During the height of the Apollo program in the mid-1960s, NASA gobbled up about 4.5 percent of the federal budget. This massive influx of resources helped the space agency make good on President John F. Kennedy's famous 1961 promise to get astronauts to the moon, and safely home to Earth again, before the end of the decade.
Planet Nine may exist, but it might be hiding behind Neptune
Evidence for Planet Nine continues to mount, but there may be a good reason why scientists have yet to find it - it may be hiding. In October 2017, NASA released a statement saying that Planet Nine may be 20 times further from the Sun than Neptune is, going so far as to say "it is now harder to imagine our solar system without a Planet Nine than with one."
Ajit Pai Challenges Google, Facebook, Twitter as Internet 'Gatekeepers'
Chairman Pai published a wide-ranging blog post on Medium Tuesday that discussed social media giants’ role in privacy and censorship ahead of Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey’s hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing on Wednesday.
Russia, US Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race
While size and power constraints are hindering the realization of militaries’ most ambitious Iron Man dreams, more modest exoskeleton suits are moving closer to real-world use. The U.S. Army is experimenting with two exoskeleton designs at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts. These won’t protect soldiers from enemy fire but they will help soldiers carry more stuff for longer. And they’ll likely be on the battlefield far sooner.
Lockheed Pitching F-22/F-35 Hybrid to U.S. Air Force
Lockheed Martin is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new variant of the F-22 Raptor, equipped with the F-35’s more modern mission avionics and some structural changes, Defense One has learned. It is one of several options being shopped to the U.S. military and allies as Lockheed explores how it might upgrade its combat jets to counter Russian and Chinese threats...
More H-1B visas are going to U.S. tech companies
Big U.S. tech firms received significantly more H-1B visas In fiscal year 2017 (which covers the end of the Obama administration and the first eight months of Trump's) than they did the year before, and that's bad news for American workers.
Teaching the public more science likely won't boost support for funding, but sparking their curiosity might
After 19 months without a director, the Trump administration recently tapped meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy. Perhaps surprisingly, given the administration's previous efforts to slash funding for government-backed research, Droegemeier is a strong supporter of increased federal science funding.
NASA Is Developing an AI-Powered Navigation System for Space
Even though space is vast and there is more than enough room to maneuver a spacecraft, there are other parameters that require a lot of attention. First of all, there aren’t enough reference points that astronauts or rovers can use to navigate their way around space. Then there are different forces present in space that can influence the spacecraft's trajectory.
Apple Expected to Unveil New IPhone Models on September 12
Apple Inc said on Thursday it will host an event on Sept. 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company's Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models. Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. Analysts also expect Apple to release an iPhone with a edge-to-edge display similar to the iPhone X but using less-costly LCD screen technology.