technology

June 13, 2019

The effective diameter of the Terahertz Space Telescope, Walker says, would be about 25 meters. To put this in perspective, the James Webb Space Telescope--which is slated to launch in 2021, and will be the most sensitive telescope ever sent to space--has an aperture of about 6.5 meters. The price difference is even more dramatic: Walker estimates the inflatable telescope would cost around $200 million to send to orbit, whereas the James Webb telescope is expected to cost about $10 billion by the time it’s launched.

June 13, 2019

Virginia Tech is building its newest campus in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, just south of the planned location of Amazon’s site in Arlington. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands made the announcement Monday morning in Alexandria, joined by officials including U.S. Sen.

June 11, 2019

A new report has warned that the Chinese military is close to achieving technological parity with the U.S., as part of a deliberate and long-term plan for Beijing to develop the world's dominant military force. The report--written by former deputy defense secretary Robert Work and his former special assistant Greg Grant--was published by the Center for a New American Security.

June 11, 2019

NIST launched this initiative to bring together communities and technology innovators to collaborate on smart city solutions that would be accessible to all because of their reliance on standards-based approaches. The challenge fosters the creation of "action clusters" -- partnerships across government, industry and academia -- to address city and community goals in areas such as energy, transportation, security, public health and others.

June 10, 2019

A new research article published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making argues that there should be minimum driver training standards for partially automated cars. According to the authors, today’s cars are full of new technology that drivers may not understand or know how to respond to. They point out that the research on how drivers interact with automated systems is just beginning.

June 07, 2019

Amazon’s drone ambitions took another step forward today as the tech giant revealed its latest delivery drone design. At Amazon’s re:MARS conference, Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer CEO, Jeff Wilke, showed off a fully-electric drone that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under 5 pounds in less than 30 minutes.

June 06, 2019

For the first time in the United States, some schools could start using facial recognition for security. Lockport Public Schools in western New York started testing it this week. It's one of the many areas of society now relying on the technology -- and that's raising new privacy and civil rights concerns.

June 06, 2019

It’s no secret that China has long played fast and loose with patent, trade secret and copyright laws in violation of international norms. When called on the carpet, China makes vague concessions, and U.S. companies live with the infractions as the cost of doing business. But the current trade dispute is different and the stakes higher.

June 06, 2019

The potential investigations have been welcomed by some consumer advocates, who say big technology companies stifle competition and hold too much sway over speech and commerce. But some legal experts said the investigations may not lead to major reforms, noting that U.S. law makes it difficult to prove an antitrust violation.

June 05, 2019

In an analysis of 702 occupations, researchers from Oxford University came to a distressing conclusion. A full 47 percent of all occupations in the US are likely to become automated, and that's only over the next few decades.

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