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To watch the International Space Station go by, all you need is clear skies and the schedule

November 05, 2019

The International Space Station orbits the Earth 16 times a day, giving space gawkers several chances to wave to their neighbors in the thermosphere. Because of its relatively close proximity to Earth, it can be viewed with few resources and the right timing.

China rolls out 'one of the world's largest' 5G networks

November 04, 2019

The superfast service is now available to consumers in 50 Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, with prices for monthly plans ranging from 128 yuan ($18; £14) to 599 yuan, according to state media Xinhua. More than 130,000 5G base stations will be activated by the end of the year to support the 5G network, the government said in the statement. This would make it one of the world's largest 5G deployments, it said.

'China is stealing our stuff and they're not even hiding it': US tech protection task force

November 03, 2019

In China there is a saying, “Picking flowers in the US to make honey in China.” The US DoD tech protection task force has another saying, “China is stealing our stuff!” “China and the others are stealing our stuff, and it is causing the erosion of the lethality of the joint force,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas E. Murphy, who is the director of the Protecting Critical Technology Task Force of the Department of Defense (DoD).

14-Year-Old Named America's Top Young Scientist

November 03, 2019

3M and Discovery Education, have named 14-year-old Kara Fan from San Diego, California, the winner of the 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Kara invented a first aid liquid bandage using nano-silver technology to reduce the risk of superbug infections caused by antibiotic overuse.

What one member of Trump's new science advisory council wants it to tackle

November 03, 2019

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has yet to hold its first meeting, and the White House hasn’t even announced its full 16-person roster. But one newly appointed member, Director of IBM Research Dario Gil in Yorktown Heights, New York, already has a wish list of issues he’d like it to tackle.

Senate passes NASA appropriations bill

November 03, 2019

The Senate passed a spending bill Oct. 31 that provides $22.75 billion for NASA in fiscal year 2020, but final agreement on funding for agency programs may still be weeks, if not months, away. On an 84–9 vote, the Senate approved a so-called “minibus” appropriations bill that combined several separate measures, including the commerce, justice and science (CJS) bill that funds NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation, among other agencies.

Republican and Democratic Senators Agree that Big Tech is Hoarding the Value of Consumers' Digital Data

November 01, 2019

There’s nothing “free” about what companies like Facebook and Google are offering, Warner said. Established companies don’t want more transparency about how data is monetized and whether it differentiates among individuals. Whether or not data is considered property, said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., companies are making money off its value. Out of the 95 billion dollars Facebook made last year, he said, most of the revenue came from targeted advertisements.

Happy Birthday, ARPANET: The Internet's Grandfather First Connected 50 Years Ago

October 31, 2019

ARPANET was funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency, the forerunner of DARPA today. ARPANET was the ancestor of the modern internet. It was the first packet-switching network to implement the TCP/IP protocol. The TCP/IP protocol was designed to be latency and fault-tolerant in a way that existing telephone networks were not. The major goal of the project was to allow for the more efficient sharing of computer resources.

Department of Energy plans major AI push to speed scientific discoveries

October 31, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is planning a major initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up scientific discoveries. At a meeting here last week, DOE officials said they will likely ask Congress for between $3 billion and $4 billion over 10 years, roughly the amount the agency is spending to build next-generation “exascale” supercomputers.

China's Technology, Economy and Military Are All Advancing at an Alarming Rate, Say CSIS Panelists

October 31, 2019

With China’s technological advancement proceeding at a concerning rate for America, a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Tuesday discussed the ways in which the U.S. can improve its technology transfer policies.

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