Month: November 2018

AI could help recreate even the most complex and famous pieces of art, even if original AI creativity is still up for debateMIT CSAIL Using AI to create artwork may seem paradoxical, but the creative work of computers is increasingly being seen as of legitimate value. In a recent auction at Christie’s, the world’s largest
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The Woolsey and Paradise wildfires brought widespread devastation to California in November, killing more than 90 people and torching 250,000 acres of land. With the fires now fully contained, residents have returned home to find nothing but scorched foundations. Officials are still on the hunt for hundreds of missing people – a process made more
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WASHINGTON — A joint effort by Amazon and Lockheed Martin to provide ground station services to satellite startups could pose a competitive threat to other startups offering similar solutions. During a presentation at the AWS re:Invent conference Nov. 27 in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a partnership with Lockheed Martin to provide satellite
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The country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies seem cautiously optimistic in their latest update on the state of Alzheimer’s research in America. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has released its latest report—Researching Alzheimer’s Medicines: Setbacks and Stepping Stones. In it, PhRMA reported that between 1998 and 2017 there were some 146 failed attempts
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Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA on Thursday named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency’s renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A prehistoric 15-foot-long (4.5 meters) whale that sucked prey into its mouth represents a key missing puzzle piece concerning the evolution of today’s huge filter-feeding whales, scientists said on Thursday. An illustration showing an artistic reconstruction of a mother and calf of Maiabalaena nesbittae nursing offshore of Oregon during the Oligocene, close
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. The clock is ticking for Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and a team of senior Pentagon officials to complete a legislative proposal that fulfills
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The Chinese government on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involve in the editing human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies. Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong in Hong
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills. FILE PHOTO: An NUS researcher shows an Aerogel pellet at NUS’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in Singapore November 23, 2018.
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India fired a rocket carrying 31 satellites into space on Thursday, including its own advanced earth observation satellite among the other smaller ones launched for eight countries. The rocket launched from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh carried the Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) with high resolution, digital-imaging equipment to map the
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Atomic clocks, based on the minute oscillations of atoms, are the most precise timekeeping devices humans have created. Every year, scientists make adjustments that improve the precision of these devices. Now, they’ve achieved new performance records, making two atomic clocks so precise they could detect gravitational waves, those faint ripples in the fabric of space-time.
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HOUSTON — The days of the dial-a-rocket may be numbered. Launch companies that once offered many variants of an individual vehicle to match the specific needs of payloads are now moving to a smaller number of standardized designs, trading off optimization for cost savings. United Launch Alliance had offered dozens of different potential combinations of
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Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have invented the first fully personalized tissue implant, engineered from a patient’s own materials and cells. According to lead researcher Prof. Tal Dvir, the new technology makes it possible to engineer “any kind of tissue” from one small fatty tissue sample and, after transplantation, efficiently regenerate any diseased or
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Amazon.com Inc’s autonomous toy car, The AWS DeepRacer, one-eighteenth the size of a real race car, aimed at helping web developers try some some of their own self-driving technology, is shown in this handout photo provided November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Amazon.com/Handout via REUTERS LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Self-driving cars, meet Amazon’s self-driving toys. Amazon.com Inc’s cloud
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A female honeybee with two fathers — and no mother — has been discovered; the first ever of her kind observed in nature Female worker honeybee, Apis mellifera.(Credit: Cumnor Hill, Sharp Photography / CC BY-SA 3.0)Cumnor Hill via a Creative Commons license A team of scientists discovered a female honeybee that has two fathers —
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HOUSTON — The next two years will be a key period for the small launch vehicle industry as several companies prepare for first flights of their vehicles and try to find their niche in a market of uncertain size. During a panel discussion at the SpaceCom Expo here Nov. 27, representatives of three small launch
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This op-ed originally appeared in the Nov. 12, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. It is difficult to read a story about national security space these days without hearing dire warnings about the ominous threats facing the United States in space and bold proclamations about purported solutions to address them. Unfortunately, while there are indeed real
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