Science & technology

NASA Concludes Series of Engine Tests for Next-Gen Rocket

NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before. The test series wrapped up Thursday with a seventh hot fire test of a developmental RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The test ran for a full-duration 535 seconds.

Robots Will Steal Our Jobs, But They'll Give Us New Ones

Technology does change the mix of jobs. You’re going to see doctors taking more of the role that involves the personal interaction with patients and less of the role of trying to keep huge amounts of evidence in there head. The nurse may become more prestigious than the doctor,” Moore says. “But if you look around, there are also new kinds of creatives roles being produced across the market. There are so many jobs that didn’t exist just a few years ago.

Intel’s Reinvention of the Hard Drive Could Make All Kinds of Computers Faster

Computers from laptops to supercomputers could get a major speed boost next year, thanks to a new kind of hard drive developed by Intel. Intel Optane drives, as they will be called, are based on a new way to store digital data that can operate as much as 1,000 times as fast as the flash memory technology inside hard drives, memory sticks, and mobile devices today.

James Webb Space Telescope Making Strides Toward Launch Date

The James Webb Telescope, the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is a critical step closer to its readiness for launch. Engineers successfully unfurled the telescope's sunshield this week. In tests earlier this month with a test unit of the stargazer (which will launch in 2018), officials were pleased to see the membranes unfolding smoothly even though they have to drag against each other to unfold.

What’s It Like to Get a Ph.D. in Science?

Unlike business, medical, or legal education, a Ph.D. in a hard science is an individualized apprenticeship. No two Ph.D. experiences are identical; your program is unique to you. You and your fellow students will share similar ups and downs in your development, but the content and context will be different for each of you.

What government gets right in tech, according to the head of the patent office

Michelle Lee is among the country's highest-profile federal officials. Not only is she the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office — making her a key player in setting innovation policy in the United States — she is a former Google executive who knows the tech industry inside and out. As an Asian American woman, who was born and raised in California, Lee is also one of the most powerful administration officials pushing for greater diversity in tech and beyond.

NASA releases incredible closeup images of Saturn’s moon Dione

A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small, icy world. Two of the new images show the surface of Dione at the best resolution ever.

Antarctic detector confirms observation of cosmic neutrinos

A group of researchers using a massive, National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded instrument buried deep in the ice at the geographic South Pole have announced a new observation of high-energy neutrinos, confirming they found particles from beyond our solar system--and beyond our galaxy.

The U.S. Must Lead on Technology Privacy Issues

Congress and our next president face an increasingly complex and fast-paced security environment. The heightened public debate on these issues underscores the need to update our laws, through measures such as the LEADS Act, and ensure we take advantage of modern ways of exchanging information while respecting longstanding privacy agreements. These issues will have a lasting effect not only in terms of how we treat our citizens’ data, but also in terms of our ability to partner with the rest of the world.

The Engineering Of Star Trek: Transparent Aluminum In The 21st Century

Tougher than bulletproof glass, but made not of glass or polymers, this material was known as Transparent Aluminium. We frequently encounter aluminium in our everyday lives, from our crushable fizzy drinks cans to the foldable wrapping for our sandwiches. However, this is aluminium in its elemental, metallic form. As science fiction increasingly becomes science fact, is there is a way of making aluminium both optically transparent and tough in the 21st Century? Yes, there is!

NASA Begins to Build Satellite Mission to Improve Hurricane Forecasting

NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, a constellation of eight microsatellites, will improve hurricane forecasting by making measurements of ocean surface winds in and near the eye wall of tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes throughout their life cycle.

So Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Is Actually Getting Kinda Serious

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced today that it has signed agreements to work with Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum and global engineering design firm Aecom. The two companies will lend their expertise in exchange for stock options in the company, joining the army of engineers from the likes of Boeing and SpaceX already lending their time to the effort. “It’s a validation of the fact that our model works,” says Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. “It’s the next step.”

Obama makes Presidential Innovation Fellows permanent

President Obama signed an executive order Monday making the Presidential Innovation Fellows program permanent, bolstering White House efforts to use technology to improve government efficiency and transparency.

US Air Force's new flexible 3D printed electronics can monitor health and help us stay safe

They have used 3D printing technology to develop flexible hybrid electronic materials that are small, compact, powerful and above all able to withstand extreme external pressures – thus perfect for use on aircraft and even on bombs. However, the rest of the making world can obviously also benefit from these next-gen replacements of the PCB.

The 10 Best Cities for Technology-Assisted Living

And these days, there's an app for that. An elderly woman can take an Uber to her friend's home, find someone to walk her dog through Rover.com, schedule her lawn to be mowed or her house to be cleaned through Porch, get groceries delivered through Instacart, and schedule a professional caregiver to assist with bathing, meal preparation and other daily living activities through CareLinx. Or, for those seniors who aren't tech-savvy, friends and family can use these technology-based services to arrange care for them.

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