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Which countries are making the biggest advances in space technology? US comes first, followed by China

Called “The Space Economy at a Glance 2014”, it revealed how the US produced more than 28 per cent of the papers in 2013, but that this was very similar to its 2003 share. China, meanwhile, produced 22.8 per cent – almost four times greater than its 2003 share.

Russian rocket manufacturer insists it is not to blame for failed Antares launch

The launch phase of the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket relied on two AJ-26 engines that were originally produced in the 1970s for a failed Soviet moon programme and later modernised for US space flights. Speculation quickly centred on the Soviet-based engines, which have failed in tests, when the rocket exploded in a giant fireball after takeoff on Tuesday night.

Coalition Of Private Technology Companies Tracks Hacking To Chinese Intelligence

The attacks had led to the theft of some of the most valuable American technologies and, according to the report, malicious codes used by the hackers have been removed from 43,000 computers since Oct. 14. The coalition's members, which include Microsoft Corp, Symantec Corp, Cisco Inc., FireEye Inc., and iSight Partners, have banded together against Chinese hackers suspected of stealing information from American, Asian and European governments, technology manufacturers and companies for nearly six years, Bloomberg reported.

Forum highlights technology tested on Space Station for deep space exploration

The forum, the second in a new series of public discussions dedicated to research on board the station, emphasized current and future technology research that will prepare astronauts for long-duration missions farther into the solar system than ever before and provide lasting benefits on Earth.

New competition launched in development of U.S. military’s ‘Iron Man’ suit

The U.S. military team overseeing the development of a high-tech armor super-suit for elite U.S. Special Operations troops has launched a new competition, pitting private corporations against each other to improve situational awareness for commandos while they are wearing night-vision devices or other optics.

Fed up, US cities take steps to build better broadband

No longer content to let residents suffer from poor Internet access, cities and towns saw a need to boost their tech savvy. Now many are partnering with technologists in order to take matters into their own hands.

Why This Tech Historian Thinks Robots are the Key to Human Innovation

Walter Isaacson is an acclaimed CEO, editor and author of several books about revered innovators, such as Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs. He’s sure the key to human innovation is collaboration. But more and more, that collaboration is involving nonhuman partners.

Unmanned Antares rocket explodes after liftoff

Orbital Sciences' executive vice president Frank Culbertson said things began to go wrong 10 to 12 seconds into the flight and it was all over in 20 seconds when what was left of the rocket came crashing down. He said he believes the range-safety staff sent a destruct signal before it hit the ground. The company said everyone at the site had been accounted for, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities.

Cal Poly shares $1M grant researching the origins of the solar system

“This is a piece of the solar system we’ve just begun to learn about,” Buie said. “We’ve just begun to understand the fundamental properties and study the surfaces (of KBOs). Any of this information is important to unlocking the origins of the solar system. It’s one of the least disturbed regions of the solar system and it could tell us a lot.”

SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 booster landing on floating platform

As soon as December, SpaceX will attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket booster on a floating ocean platform the size of a football field, CEO Elon Musk said today. The new infrastructure is SpaceX's next step in trying to recover a Falcon 9 booster so it can be flown again, a breakthrough Musk believes is critical to lowering launch costs.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, mission complete, returns home

Dragon carried an estimated 3,276 lbs (1,486 kg) cargo and science samples which will be returned to NASA. Dragon is a unique asset as it is the only spacecraft that currently travels to the International Space Station that is capable of returning an appreciable amount of cargo to Earth.

2015 International CES will help pick up the Macworld pieces

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the full lineup of programming and exhibits produced in partnership with Living in Digital Times at the 2015 International CES, and there’s plenty to grab the attention of Apple developers and fans.

Survey finds correlation between strength of scientists’ political beliefs and social media use for sharing research

Sara K. Yeo, Michael A. Cacciatore, Dominique Brossard, Dietram A. Scheufele, and Michael A. Xenos conducted a survey of tenure-track scientists on their use of social media for science-related purposes, their attitudes toward such use, and their political ideology. They found that the stronger the scientists’ political beliefs, the more likely they were to use Facebook or Twitter to talk about their work.

Critical NASA Science Returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:39 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning 3,276 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station (ISS).

Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

In the wake of several changes in U.S. law, which make it easier to challenge software patents, patent prices are plummeting, the number of court fights is down, and stock prices of many patent-holding companies have fallen. Some tech firms say they are punching up research budgets as legal costs shrink, while support for major patent reform is under fire as trolls get trounced.

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