Science & Technology
What's next for NASA's TESS exoplanet hunter?
The satellite may be small, but it packs a major science punch. TESS is following in the footsteps of NASA's famed Kepler space telescope and is expected to surpass its predecessor in the number of exoplanets detected. Over the course of its two-year mission, TESS will monitor the brightness of more than 200,000 stars, waiting to observe tiny dips in starlight known as transits.
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Approves Bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2018
Chairman Smith: "The NASA Authorization Act of 2018 is a crucial step in restoring the greatness of American space exploration. With this bill, we ensure that NASA will focus on its priority missions, effectively leverage private sector partnerships and entrepreneurship, and continue space research that will launch America toward new scientific discoveries and worlds.
The Trump administration is bullish on tech transfer
“Our country is used to leading the world in technology innovation and service delivery,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said Thursday at an event on “Unleashing American Innovation.” “And at one time, the U.S. government was the catalyst of much of that innovation.” The current administration, she suggested, is committed to getting back there.
These former SpaceX engineers are helping scientists find cures for genetic diseases
Advances in a technology called CRISPR -- which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats -- give scientists something like a pair of "scissors," so they can snip away at genetic material with the goal of treating disease, growing new crops and more.
China is "sputniking" the US so the US needs to spread Elon Musk and SpaceX methods
The US rocket developers (Lockheed and Boeing) have been the same companies developing a lot of fighter planes and other military systems. The traditional US rocket development has failed to develop new rockets for decades. Elon Musk and SpaceX have shown that rapid technology development and implementation is possible.
Intel closes its New Devices Group, which built the Vaunt smart glasses
Intel on Wednesday confirmed it has chosen to close its New Devices Group, which has worked on augmented reality glasses and other consumer products. With the move to leave the wearables market, Intel will remain focused on delivering chips for PCs, servers and other hardware, while also looking at emerging technologies.
SpaceX's BFR Vehicle Is Already Taking Shape
SpaceX has big plans for Mars, some of which seem profoundly difficult to accomplish. The company has a goal of building a colony of 1 million people on Mars in the next few decades. The chance that SpaceX can reach the red planet and begin colonization drops to zero if it can’t get a larger, more powerful rocket up and running. It’s making good progress, though. Elon Musk recently revealed tooling for the BFR, and it’s big.
NASA Posts Stunning 4K Tour of the Moon
You have undoubtedly seen the moon, but have you ever seen it up close in glorious 4K resolution? Probably not, but you can see it right now on YouTube. NASA has uploaded a new video, created mostly from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) observations. The video takes you on a tour of several different regions, some of which still present tantalizing mysteries for future exploration.
US strike on China's ZTE another blow for Qualcomm
The U.S. Department of Commerce slapped a seven-year ban on sales to ZTE on Monday for breaking terms of an agreement reached last year after it was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran. Caught in the crossfire is Qualcomm, whose products account for the lion's share of chips inside ZTE smartphones.
Confidence A Key Success Factor For Women In Startups And STEM
One woman who is successful in a traditionally male industry, Azita Martin, CMO of Maana.io, spoke with me to share her advice on what it takes to succeed in STEM fields. Her first piece of advice is one that many business women have heard before but carries added weight in STEM fields: speak up,but make sure you have done your research and backup your opinion with data.