Science & Technology

Here's How NASA Might Bring Home Pieces of Mars

October 29, 2019

Scientists studying Mars have wanted pieces of the Red Planet here on Earth for decades, and they are finally getting their shot at designing a mission to acquire such souvenirs.The Apollo program's legacy of carefully collected moon rocks here on Earth reshaped the science of the moon and Earth alike.

A Policymaker's Guide to the "Techlash"-What It Is and Why It's a Threat to Growth and Progress

October 29, 2019

Growing animus toward “Big Tech” companies and generalized opposition to technological innovation engenders support for policies that are expressly designed to inhibit it. That is deeply problematic for future progress, prosperity, and competitiveness.

Here's the Mars 2020 Rover, Standing on its Own Six Wheels

October 29, 2019

It’s been nearly eight years since Curiosity launched from Cape Canaveral, and the aging rover should soon have company on the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 rover, currently being assembled at JPL, has met a major launch milestone and is now standing on its own six wheels. NASA celebrated the milestone with a time-lapse video of the rover’s assembly and a discussion of the vehicle.

Henry Paulson: I’m worried about a militarization of the U.S. view of China

October 29, 2019

Henry Paulson draws upon his expertise in dealing with China as treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, as chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs, and now as founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute. The Catalyst, a journal published by the Bush Institute, posed five questions to Paulson on the questions he considers most critical -- and which he hears most often from people -- about a relationship that is central to the world economy.

Pentagon Awards $10 Billion Contract To Microsoft Over Front-Runner Amazon

October 28, 2019

The Department of Defense announced Friday it is awarding the coveted $10 billion, 10-year contract to build the military’s war cloud to Microsoft. It’s a huge win for Microsoft over Amazon, which had long been seen as a frontrunner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract that will migrate the Pentagon’s computing infrastructure and data to the cloud.

Dem lawmaker raises concerns over 'eavesdropping' smart speakers

October 28, 2019

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) in letters to Amazon and Google this week raised concerns that smart speakers are "eavesdropping" on customers without their consent. In a pair of letters on Thursday, Dingell pressed Amazon executive Jeff Bezos and Google CEO Sundar Pichai over how they vet applications running on Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.

Study Probes Gender Pay Gaps in U.S. Federal Science Agencies

October 28, 2019

Men make more than women at seven U.S. federal science agencies, but the reasons for these gender-based pay gaps differ by organization, according to new research involving Kaye Husbands Fealing of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy.

Google Has Achieved 'Quantum Supremacy.' Just What the Heck Is That?

October 27, 2019

The fact is, quantum supremacy -- a term that is burning down the Internet today -- is really just an exceedingly fancy way of saying a super-duper kind of computer, one that not only operates on quantum principles, but masters them so deftly that it actually outperforms a traditional computer. (That’s where the “supremacy” part comes from.)

Mars 2020 Rover Cost Could Starve Other Red Planet Missions

October 27, 2019

The Mars science community is concerned that the growing costs of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission could reduce the funds available for other robotic missions, according to a presentation that took place during a meeting of NASA's Planetary Science Advisory Committee.

Should Europe Regulate American Tech Companies?

October 27, 2019

While American lawmakers are still mostly talking about regulating the tech industry, their counterparts in Europe have been far more active. From consumer privacy protections and content moderation to antitrust enforcement, the European Union has introduced a host of new rules aimed at Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, and at the business practices that enabled them to amass so much power.

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