Science & Technology

Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin to team up with aerospace giants to help meet Trump's moon mandate

October 23, 2019

The team, which includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, plans to submit a bid to NASA for what many consider to be the most challenging component of a lunar landing: the spacecraft capable of getting humans safely to and from the lunar surface.

NASA Aims for Mars Landings in 2035 While Building Support for Lunar Gateway

October 23, 2019

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is looking to land humans on Mars in the 2030s as he recruits partners of the International Space Station to help the agency land humans on the moon by 2024, according to his remarks at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

Elon Musk plots to put 30,000 more internet satellites into orbit as critics warn he’ll 'trap humans on Earth'

October 23, 2019

SpaceX wants to add 30,000 Starlink broadband satellites to the 12,000 it already plans to put into orbit, despite concerns being raised about 'space junk' trapping us on Earth. Elon Musk's company recently filed the request with the International Telecommunication Union. Starlink is a project that intends to put over 12,000 satellites into the Earth's orbit so they can provide cheap WiFi to the entire world.

Webcast: Why Photobiomodulation Might Be the Answer to the Opioid Crisis

October 23, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019, from 11:00am-12:00pm EDT -- Kinexum’s October public webcast features James D. Carroll, electronics engineer and Founder and CEO of THOR Photomedicine. Mr. Carroll will speak on “Why photobiomodulation, a light therapy medicine, might be the answer to the opioid crisis.” Click on read more link for more information and to register for this event.

Trump names seven to revived presidential science advisory panel

October 23, 2019

President Donald Trump has chosen a group of business leaders to advise him on science and technology policy. The White House today announced the first seven of an expected group of 16 members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Only one is an academic--Birgitta Whaley, a chemistry professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who leads its center on quantum information and computation science--although five of the appointees hold Ph.D.s.

The 1st Human on Mars May Be a Woman, NASA Chief Says

October 22, 2019

When NASA sends humans to the moon for the first time in more than half a century, one lucky astronaut will go down in history for becoming the first woman on the moon. Then it won't be long before we see the first woman on Mars, and she just might beat the first man there, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Is this how we'll live on Mars?

October 22, 2019

What would a home on Mars look like? What sort of clothes would we wear on the Red Planet? And how would we grow our food? The answers to some of these questions are beautifully imagined in a new exhibition, "Moving to Mars," at London's Design Museum.

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

October 20, 2019

WIRED identified eight public school systems, from rural areas to giant urban districts, that have moved to install facial recognition systems in the past year. There likely are many more. The technology watched over thousands of students returning to school in recent weeks, continually checking faces against watch lists compiled by school officials and law enforcement.

NASA Astronauts Make History with 1st All-Woman Spacewalk

October 20, 2019

The historic extravehicular activity (EVA) began at 7:38 EDT (1138 GMT), which was ahead of schedule as the spacewalk was slated to begin at 7:50 EDT (1150 GMT). The spacewalk, which officially began once both astronauts switched to battery power in their spacesuits, was guided by veteran NASA astronaut and capsule communicator (CAPCOM) Stephanie Wilson on the ground and fellow astronauts Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan located on the International Space Station.

What's it like to live on the International Space Station?

October 20, 2019

The International Space Station is an orbiting space laboratory, assembled through a decades-long collaboration of countries. The 360-ton space station is larger than a five-bedroom house -- just much longer and narrower. It has enough room for six sleeping quarters, a gym, a 360-degree viewing window, and areas to conduct a wide array of science experiments. "We've had continuous human presence on the space station for 19 years now," said NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz. "It is an unprecedented international collaboration among nations."

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