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NASA reveals funding needed for Moon program, says it will be named Artemis

May 14, 2019

NASA revealed Monday that it needs an additional $1.6 billion in funding for fiscal year 2020 to stay on track for a human return to the Moon by 2024. The space agency's budget amendment comes in addition to the $21 billion the Trump administration asked Congress for in March. In a teleconference with reporters on Monday evening, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the budget amendment was a "down payment" on what will be needed in future years to fund the program.

Limit How Long Google Keeps Your Data With This Overdue Setting

May 14, 2019

The feature allows users to set a time limit for Google to retain certain types of data, either three months or 18 months, after which the information is automatically deleted. For now, the auto-delete feature is only available for “Web & App Activity,” which tracks things like your searches and other browsing data. The company will offer options across more services in the future, including highly anticipated controls for location data (there are other ways to turn that tracking off in the meantime).

Astronomers Assemble the Most Detailed Picture of the Universe Ever

May 13, 2019

Hubble astronomers have assembled the largest, most complete image of the universe ever recorded, by stitching together data gathered by multiple telescopes over years of observations. This is expected to be the largest, highest-resolution available image of distant galaxies until next-generation telescopes like the James Webb are online and available.

'Deep fake' videos that can make anyone say anything worry U.S. intelligence agencies

May 13, 2019

A video of a seemingly real news anchor, reading a patently false script saying things like the "subways always run on time" and "New York City pizza is definitely not as good as Chicago" gives a whole new meaning to the term fake news. But that fake news anchor is a real example of a fascinating new technology with frightening potential uses.

Swedish-Israeli NASA astronaut Jessica Meir gets ready for her first trip into space

May 13, 2019

On Sept. 25, Meir will co-pilot a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launching from Kazakhstan with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka. They will be joined by Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates. Meir, the daughter of a mother from Sweden and an Iraqi-Israeli father, holds Swedish and American citizenship. She will be the first Swedish woman, the fourth Jewish woman and the 15th Jew overall to be part of a space mission.

Trump increased his tariffs on China-here's what they are and how they work

May 13, 2019

As a tool of national policy, tariffs had long been fading into history, a relic of the 19th and early 20th centuries that most experts came to see as harmful to all nations involved. Yet more than any other modern president, Trump has embraced tariffs as a punitive tool -- against Europe, Canada and other key trading partners but especially against China, the second-largest economy after the U.S.

Chinese Woman's Secret Arrest Hints at Wider Probe

May 12, 2019

U.S. authorities were sitting on a sensitive secret last fall when Canada detained a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive on alleged U.S. sanctions violations. Two months earlier, the U.S. had arrested another Chinese national on similar suspicions and was holding her at a grim jail in Washington, D.C. An employee of an unidentified Chinese technology company, she had been nabbed on vacation in California.

Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lunar lander and shares updated vision for Blue Origin in space

May 12, 2019

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos today laid out the architecture for missions to the moon aimed at supporting NASA’s goal of landing astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024. The game plan for Bezos’ space venture, Blue Origin, calls for continuing work on the company’s Blue Moon lunar lander and a new breed of hydrogen-fueled rocket engine known as the BE-7.

U.S. Hikes Tariffs on $200B of Chinese Goods. China Says It Will Retaliate

May 10, 2019

President Donald Trump boosted tariffs Friday on $200 billion in goods from China and was preparing more in his most dramatic steps yet to extract trade concessions, further roiling financial markets and casting a shadow over the global economy. China immediately said in a statement it is forced to retaliate, though hadn’t specified how as of 3:55 p.m. in Beijing.

Blue Origin sends dozens of payloads to space - and looks ahead to sending people

May 08, 2019

The main mission was to check out the launch system in preparation for flying people later this year, but Blue Origin said it flew 38 commercial payloads in the crew capsule -- including a 3-D printer and a scientific centrifuge designed for use in zero-gravity.

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