Science & Technology

This 3D Map of the Milky Way Is the Best View Yet of Our Galaxy's Warped, Twisted Shape

August 12, 2019

By calculating the distance from the sun to thousands of pulsating stars across the Milky Way, astronomers have now charted our galaxy in 3D on a larger scale than ever before, a new study finds. These new findings shed light on the warped, twisted shape of the galaxy's disk, researchers added.

Google's decision to work with China, not US, 'unprecedented': Peter Thiel

August 12, 2019

Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel has reiterated his stance on Google’s presence in China, saying that it is “unprecedented” for a company to refuse contracts with the US military while seeking greater interaction with China.

Pentagon will not award JEDI cloud contract until new Defense secretary completes review

August 12, 2019

Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper would review the JEDI deal after President Donald Trump said that he had received complaints from companies about the process. Trump said in July that companies conveyed that the specifications of the contract favored Amazon, according to Bloomberg.

Congressman Green to China: 'Stop stealing our stuff'

August 11, 2019

China’s IP theft has cost the GDP in the United States something upwards of $600 billion a year. Our GDP is what allows us to build the military, what allows us to protect ourselves. For example, Motorola in 1997 had 80 percent of the cell towers in the world and networks to run those cell towers, 80 percent market share, and they were a $17 billion company. Then they did a deal with Huawei. Huawei stole their technology, turned around, and sold it subsidized to the Chinese government. In 2011, that $17 billion in 1997 was sold to Nokia for $900 million. That’s 50,000 jobs in America gone, billions of dollars off our GDP.

Will Private Companies Beat NASA to the Moon?

August 11, 2019

Private companies are helping NASA get back to the moon -- but they may be the agency's biggest competition. With private companies setting their sights on sending humans to the moon in the near future, it's possible that one could touch down on the lunar surface before NASA astronauts do.

Huawei launches new operating system, says it can 'immediately' switch from Google Android if needed

August 11, 2019

Huawei has launched its own operating system -- the HongmengOS, known in English as the HarmonyOS, said the CEO of the Chinese tech giant’s consumer division, Richard Yu, on Friday.Speaking at the Huawei Developer Conference in the Chinese city of Dongguan, Yu said the operating system can be used across different devices from smartphones to smart speakers and even sensors.

How to craft a U.S. privacy law fit for a tech company

August 08, 2019

Though there is both industry and congressional support for regulation, there has yet to emerge a consensus for a framework of said legislation. A proposed regulation can draw upon elements of existing regulation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR), as well as impending regulation, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) for guidance.

Poorly Executed Federal Privacy Law Could Cost U.S. Economy $122 Billion Annually

August 08, 2019

If not properly executed, a federal privacy law could cost billions, according to a report released Monday by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Legislation that mirrors many of the key provisions in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or California’s Consumer Protection Act would cost the U.S. economy $122 billion per year..

President bestows highest scientific honor to NAWCAD engineers

August 08, 2019

Dr. Brandon Cochenour, an electrical engineer, and Dr. James Hing, a robotics engineer, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the U.S. government’s highest honor for outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers, during a ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. The White House confers on PECASE awards annually to name the nation’s most outstanding STEM professionals who show exceptional promise to advance science and technology.

Decades-Old Computer Science Conjecture Solved in Two Pages

August 06, 2019

A paper posted online this month has settled a nearly 30-year-old conjecture about the structure of the fundamental building blocks of computer circuits. This “sensitivity” conjecture has stumped many of the most prominent computer scientists over the years, yet the new proof is so simple that one researcher summed it up in a single tweet.

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