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NASA faces funding challenge for JWST in future years

July 24, 2018

As NASA prepares for a key hearing later this week on the status of the James Webb Space Telescope, an agency official says that the mission’s delays will require nearly half a billion dollars that could come from cuts in other science programs.

Why China Will Soon Challenge Silicon Valley

July 23, 2018

“You only ignore China now at your peril,” said Gary Rieschel, founding managing partner of Qiming Venture Partners, and an investor with two decades of experience in China. “What’s going to happen when China innovation goes around the world? U.S. firms are going to struggle with that if they don’t have a good handle on it.”

Blue Origin Aced Its Latest New Shepard Rocket Test

July 23, 2018

New Shepard can come down for a soft landing after launching into space, which is something Blue Origin has demoed in the past. Before anyone climbs aboard the crew capsule, the company wants to make sure they would be safe in the event of a rocket failure. That’s what this week’s test was all about. Blue Origin confirmed that the high-altitude escape system worked by simulating an anomaly in flight.

Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter

July 23, 2018

Famed astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered the first four moons of Jupiter way back in the early 1600s. More than 400 years later, astronomers are still finding moons orbiting the solar system’s largest planet.

US Air Force Wants More Commercial Companies Working AI Projects

July 22, 2018

The U.S. Air Force wants more companies to work on its artificial intelligence and software projects. “I don’t think we’re attracting enough people,” WIll Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, said Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show. “Whether they’re the right people or not, I think that’s a separate question.

AT&T Loads Up for 5G with More US Cities

July 22, 2018

AT&T announced that it’ll go live with 5G connectivity in three more U.S. cities than initially planned. The new locations include Charlotte, Raleigh, and Oklahoma City.

China poses threats to U.S. through technology transfers

July 22, 2018

China’s systematic technology transfers through industrial espionage, state-sponsored theft and infiltrating academia are acts of war and should be combated aggressively, experts and members of Congress said Thursday.

China is waging a 'quiet kind of cold war' against US, top CIA expert says

July 22, 2018

Beijing doesn't want to go to war, a top CIA expert on Asia said, but the current communist government, under President Xi Jinping, is subtly working on multiple fronts to undermine the U.S. in ways that are different than the more well-publicized activities being employed by Russia.

Spooky Action: Sorting Hype from Reality in China's Quantum-Tech Quest

July 20, 2018

In its quest to offset U.S. techno-strategic advantages, China aspires to emerge as a “science and technology superpower” and leap ahead in quantum science through a new national megaproject. From the launch of the world’s first quantum satellite to setting a new world record with the entanglement of eighteen qubits, which reflects notable progress towards a future quantum computer, China’s advances are impressive.

Neutrino From Supermassive Black Hole in Another Galaxy Detected in Antarctica

July 19, 2018

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, uncountable trillions of neutrinos have passed through your body. These ghostly particles rain down on us from the sun, but also from sources outside our solar system. Just a tiny fraction of neutrinos will run into anything on Earth, but scientists just detected one from outside our galaxy for the first time ever.

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