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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.

Here's what's in the first stage of the partial US-China trade agreement

October 31, 2019

Intellectual property rules, which were cited in the US Section 301 investigation that launched the trade dispute, have emerged as a key point of contention between the two sides. President Donald Trump has said the partial agreement included unspecified commitments that would help protect American companies.

Giant Magellan Telescope Inks Key Construction Contract, Eyes 2029 '1st Light'

October 30, 2019

The world’s largest optical, land-based telescope is entering its design and construction phase. Slated for Las Campanas Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert at 8,500 ft./2,550m, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will have an 80ft./24.5m diameter mirror (actually seven giant mirrors) that will help astronomers to investigate black holes, dark matter and dark energy.

Chinese Set Sights on High-Tech Production

October 30, 2019

Since World War II, the United States has set world technological standards in computing, biotechnology, aircraft design, networking and software, Brown said. "Imagine what the world would look like if China were setting standards in game-changing technologies like hypersonics, quantum sciences, autonomy, artificial intelligence, 5G, genetic engineering and space, "he said, noting that except for hypersonics, they’re all also important for economic prosperity, not just military overmatch.

Secretive military spaceplane lands in Florida after record-long orbital flight

October 29, 2019

The Pentagon’s secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.

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