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Apple will build new Mac Pros in Texas amid tariffs

September 24, 2019

Apple’s insanely expensive new desktop computer will be made in the United States -- not China, the company announced Monday. The $6,000 Mac Pro will be built at Apple’s Austin, Texas, plant following US trade regulators approving 10 requests for tariff exemptions filed by Apple for computer parts.

Why is it so hard to land on the Moon?

September 24, 2019

Space is hard. That was the takeaway on Sept. 7, when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with its Vikram lunar lander during an attempt to touch down at the moon's south pole. Of the 30 soft-landing attempts made by space agencies and companies around the world, more than one-third have ended in failure...

Black hole that 'rings' like a bell shows Einstein was right

September 23, 2019

Try as we might, we just can’t prove Einstein wrong. One prediction of his theory of general relativity is that black holes are simple objects - and listening to them “ring” indicates this is true.

A National Framework is Needed for Privacy Protection

September 23, 2019

It is a rare occasion when business interests come together and tell the government, “please regulate us.” But that is exactly what is occurring in the area of data privacy. On September 10, 2019, fifty-one companies joined together in a letter to House and Senate leadership asking them to pass “a comprehensive data privacy law that strengthens protections for consumers and establishes a national privacy framework to enable continued innovation and growth in the digital economy.”

China is trying to steal military space tech. The US is running stings to stop it.

September 22, 2019

The theft of US technology by Chinese companies, many state-backed, is among the key drivers of the trade war between the two nations that is roiling the global economy. In 2018, the US Department of Justice launched a major effort to prevent China from illicitly obtaining US technology. In July, FBI director Christopher Wray said his agency had more than 1,000 open investigations into Chinese intellectual-property theft.

No Date Set Yet, But NASA Targeting Second Half of 2024 for Human Moon Landing

September 20, 2019

For six months, NASA has been chasing big plans to land humans near the south pole of the moon in 2024. That deadline came from Vice President Mike Pence in March and represented a significant increase in speed from the human moon landing's previous timeline, targeting 2028. The project has since been dubbed the Artemis program, a nod to the fact that NASA plans to include a female astronaut in the moon landing for the first time.

NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronauts

September 20, 2019

A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency's ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Kenneth Bowersox, acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told a Congressional subcommittee that NASA is doing its best to meet the White House-imposed deadline. But he noted: "I wouldn't bet my oldest child's upcoming birthday present or anything like that."

Milky Way's black hole appears to be getting hungrier

September 19, 2019

UCLA astronomers announced on September 11, 2019, that, last May, they caught the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy having an unusually large meal of interstellar gas and dust. They caught the feast on May 13 (although of course it happened some 25,000 years ago earlier, since the center of the galaxy is about 25,000 light-years away).

Big Tech, Meet Big Brother

September 18, 2019

With Big Tech accused of everything from decimating industries to abusing privacy, calls are growing for the creation of a federal regulator. Presidential candidates, consumer advocates and some antitrust enforcers have focused on breaking up Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google -- or at least forcing them to unwind past acquisitions. Yet those moves could take years and face lengthy court challenges.

Robots Won't Take Away All Our Jobs, MIT Report Finds

September 18, 2019

The robots are coming, but not necessarily for your job. The likelihood that robots, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) will completely wipe out large swaths of the workforce is exaggerated, a new MIT report finds. The report, from MIT's "Work of the Future" task force, examines the relationship between technology and work, drawing on research from more than 20 faculty members.

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