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Study identifies a key reason black scientists are less likely to receive NIH funding

October 10, 2019

In 2011, a study led by economist Donna Ginther of the University of Kansas in Lawrence found that black applicants were significantly less likely than white applicants to be funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since then, NIH officials have examined a host of factors that might cause the disparity, from the historical advantages that white men enjoy to overt discrimination by grant reviewers. But the picture remains cloudy.

20 New Moons Found Around Saturn, Snagging Satellite Record from Jupiter

October 10, 2019

Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the solar system's satellite king. Astronomers just discovered 20 previously unknown Saturn moons, boosting the ringed planet's tally of known satellites to 82 — three more than Jupiter. And there's more exciting news: You can help name these newfound objects.

Why NASA's Annoyed About Elon Musk's Giant Rocket

October 10, 2019

SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its Crew Dragon, its first crew-capable spacecraft. But already the company is showing off its much bigger, much shinier cousin: the Starship, built in Boca Chica, a coastal village at the southeastern tip of Texas, as part of a plan to carry giant crews into deep space. And NASA's administrator is bristling.

Not long ago, the center of the Milky Way exploded

October 09, 2019

A titanic, expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way just 3.5 million years ago, sending a cone-shaped burst of radiation through both poles of the Galaxy and out into deep space.

Trump administration is 'torpedoing' trade talks by blacklisting China tech

October 09, 2019

CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s move to blacklist some Chinese tech companies will hinder its chances in negotiating a trade deal later this week. “They’re torpedoing the talks,” Cramer said on “Squawk Box.” “Anybody that is hopeful, their hopes are dashed.”

Singapore overtakes the US to become world's most competitive country, WEF says

October 09, 2019

Singapore has overtaken the U.S. to become the most competitive nation in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). In its 2019 Global Competitiveness Report, the WEF measured the strength of 103 key indicators, such as inflation, digital skills and trade tariffs, across 141 countries.

Trump is now blacklisting several big Chinese companies - here's what they do and why they are important

October 09, 2019

The Department of Commerce added 28 new companies and agencies to its running “blacklist” of Chinese firms banned from doing business in the United States, with a notable focus on companies that specialize in artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital surveillance.

Tesla Smart Summon and Curious Owners: What Could Go Wrong?

October 08, 2019

Smart Summon is the latest Tesla feature making headlines that aren’t good news for Tesla. The feature lets a driver remotely get his car out of a parking space and drive across the lot to where the driver stands in wait.

We may be closing in on the discovery of alien life. Are we prepared?

October 07, 2019

Unlike the robotic explorers now prowling Mars’ dusty landscapes, these new craft -- launched by both NASA and a European-Russian collaboration -- will be engaged in a type of reconnaissance that hasn’t been tried since NASA’s Viking landers set down there in the mid-1970s. The new craft will go beyond merely scouting for locations that were once suitable for life. They’ll be on the hunt for life itself. Dead or alive.

All-Female Spacewalk Back on After NASA Sends Up 2nd Medium Suit

October 07, 2019

More than six months after canceling what would have been the first spacewalk conducted by a team of two women, NASA has rescheduled the historic moment for Oct. 21. The spacewalk will be conducted by NASA astronauts Christina Koch, who has been living in space since March and was scheduled for the original all-women spacewalk, and Jessica Meir, who arrived at the International Space Station in September.

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