NASA gives the thumbs up for production of Dream Chaser space plane

Sending supplies and other cargo to the International Space Station is something that has to happen on a regular basis in order for crew to continue living their lives as they carry out missions while orbiting Earth. Exactly how that cargo gets delivered can vary and, as with all things, there's always someone who thinks maybe they can do it better. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has apparently convinced NASA that it can make cargo delivery to the ISS a bit easier with a high-tech space pl...
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China's Online Lending Crackdown May See 70% of Businesses Close

As few as 300 companies will remain by the end of the year, according to an estimate from Shanghai-based research firm Yingcan Group. Chinese leaders are dramatically shrinking a market that spawned the nation’s biggest Ponzi scheme, protests in major cities, and life-altering losses for thousands of savers. It has about 32,000 lenders with an outstanding principal balance of 4 billion yuan ($581 million), and expects to repay them within five years, Yidai said in statements in recent days.
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How a poor Victorian woman changed the way we do dinosaur science

Lyme Regis is an almost obnoxiously gorgeous town in Dorset in the west of England, perched atop the cliffs of the world-heritage listed Jurassic Coast. Thanks to a campaign set off by a local 10-year-old girl and her mother, the people of this town is raising funds to erect a statue to their famous citizen Mary Anning. As an expert on paleontology, I think this is a brilliant idea. Mary Anning was born in 1799. Her family was poor – and somewhat tragic. She was named after an older sister who h...
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Air War: B-21 Bomber vs. Russia's S-300 or S-400 Air Defense Systems (Who Wins?)

A future showdown? 
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Oil starts 2019 with gains, as traders gear up for volatile year

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) spot crude oil futures were at $45.85 per barrel, up 44 cents, or 1 percent. Traders said crude futures were lifted by a rise in stock markets, although overall oil market sentiment remains relatively weak. Oil prices ended 2018 with losses for the first time since 2015, after a desultory fourth quarter that saw buyers flee the market over growing worries about a supply glut and mixed signals related to renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran.
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We May Never See All of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 90-minute interactive film that boasts many twists, alternate endings, and reinterpreted versions of already-viewed scenes. And it turns out, there are even pieces we may never get to see.Read more...
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UK tests autonomous Martian robot

The UK has finished testing an autonomous Martian robot that will make its own decisions about where it explores when it reaches the planet. The rover, that uses artificial intelligence to work out where to go and how to get there, will be able to drive up to a kilometre a day by itself on the Red Planet. The software on the rover, developed by researchers at King's College London and aerospace company Airbus, will also make decisions about managing its resources. For example it can shut do...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Earth, Morocco, Airbus, Mars, Stevenage, Sahara Desert, UK Space Agency, Catherine Mealing Jones, UK SPACE AGENCY Airbus, European Space Agency ESA Exomars

2018’s heat set some records; 4 of Seattle’s 5 hottest years have now come this decade

With a record number of days reaching 85 degrees, Seattle recorded one of its hottest years in 2018. That's consistent with recent trends.
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The Government Shutdown Will Hit the FCC on Thursday If It Continues

From stalled investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to all-out chaos at understaffed national parks, the effects of the Trump administration’s government shutdown are being felt across agencies as it officially pushes into 2019. Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it too may need…Read more...
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U.S. oil prices rise by 1 percent amid expectations of volatile 2019

U.S. oil began 2019 in positive territory on Wednesday, although the general outlook for the year is weak amid soaring U.S. crude supply and concerns of an economic slowdown. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) spot crude oil futures were trading at $45.86 per barrel at 0024 GMT, up 45 cents, or 1 percent, from their final close in 2018. International Brent crude futures had yet to trade.
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NASA’s asteroid probe just entered orbit around Bennu in a record-breaking maneuver

NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe arrived at its target, a large space rock known as Bennu, in early December. The spacecraft's mission will take several years to complete, but it hit a major milestone to close out 2018 by entering orbit around Bennu. It might not sound like much, but it's actually a major accomplishment for NASA, and it's set a couple of new records in the process. As AP reports, the probe's successful maneuver to enter orbit around Bennu makes it the first ...
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Martian robot will explore the Red Planet with mind of its own

Scientists in the UK have finished testing a Martian robot that will make its own decisions about where it explores when it reaches the planet. The rover, using artificial intelligence to work out where to go and how to get there, will be able to drive up to a kilometre a day on the Red Planet. The software on the rover, developed by researchers at King's College London and aerospace company Airbus, will also make decisions about managing its resources. For example, it can shut down certain...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Earth, Esa, Morocco, Airbus, Mars, Wiltshire, Sahara Desert, Red Planet, Sherpa, Ergo, UK Space Agency, Catherine Mealing Jones, European Space Agency ESA Exomars

Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles Are Reportedly Facing Ongoing Attacks in Arizona

In Arizona, the same state where one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian, people have reportedly been vandalizing autonomous vehicles operated by Waymo, the Google spin-off owned by Alphabet.Read more...
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Terrawatch: landslide tsunami lessons from Anak Krakatau

Tsunami warning systems are in place around Indonesia, but they are tailored to earthquake tsunamisJust over a week ago, the Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau blew its top, losing about two-thirds of its height.Most of this 150m cubic metres of rock is thought to have slid into the sea in one go, generating a tsunami that killed more than 400 people. Tsunami warning systems are in place around Indonesia, but they are tailored to earthquake tsunamis, triggering only if an earthquake and large wave...
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Top Taiwan Investor in 2018 Plans to Deepen Bet on Tech Sector

Makers of chips, lenses and other components of smartphones are likely to offer high growth opportunities this year, Corrina Xiao of Allianz Global Investors Taiwan said in an interview. Tensions between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping has hit confidence in Taiwan’s technology sector as its companies weigh the future of manufacturing bases on the mainland. Xiao said the U.S. pressure will work to level the playing field with China and open up opportunities for loc...
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Google wins U.S. approval for radar-based hand motion sensor

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in an order late on Monday that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed. The FCC said the sensors can also be operated aboard aircraft. The FCC said the decision "will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology." A Google spokeswoman did not immediately comment on Tuesday, citing the New Year's Day holiday.
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Spacecraft opens new year with flyby on solar system's edge

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft pulled off the most distant exploration of another world Tuesday, skimming past a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles from Earth that looks to be shaped like a bowling pin.
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Manchester stabbings suspect may have mental problems as UK terrorism probe ongoing

Greater Manchester Police were, however, continuing to investigate the attack because of suspected links to terrorism, they said in a statement. A witness, a BBC producer who was at the busy station full of New Year's Eve revelers, said a man stabbed several people at the station, shouting "Allah" and linking his actions to "bombings in other countries." The station is very close to Manchester Arena, where a suicide bomb attack in May 2017 killed 22 people as they left a concert by pop star Ar...
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Russia's New Borei-Class Submarine: Armed with a New (And Deadly) Nuclear Missile and Super Stealth?

The Russian Navy is developing an advanced iteration of its Borei-class submarine line, called Borei II or Project 955A.
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Rescuers pull 'miracle' baby from collapsed Russian building

Russian rescuers Tuesday pulled a baby boy hurt but alive from the ruins of an apartment building where he spent the night in sub-zero temperatures after a gas explosion that killed at least nine people. With dozens of inhabitants still missing, authorities identified the 10-month-old boy as Ivan Fokine, and said he had been reunited in hospital with his mother, who also survived the ordeal. "A New Year's miracle has occurred!" Russia's emergencies ministry said in a statement that named the y...
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NASA space probe 'phones home' in landmark mission to solar system's edge

The nuclear-powered space probe has traveled 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) to come within 2,200 miles (3,540 km) of Ultima Thule, an apparently peanut-shaped, 20-mile-long (32-km-long) space rock in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt. Engineers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland cheered when the spacecraft's first signals came through the National Aeronautic and Space Agency's Deep Space Network at 10:28 a.m. EST (1528 GMT). "We have a healthy spacecraft," Mission O...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Nasa, Ultima Thule, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Alice Bowman, National Aeronautic and Space Agency

The Latest: Manchester police quiz alleged knife attacker

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing of three people in Manchester (all times local):
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The 'Godfather of Deep Learning' on Why We Need to Ensure AI Doesn't Just Benefit the Rich

Martin Ford made waves with his 2015 book, Rise of the Robots, which details the many accelerating trends in automation and how they’re slated to impact business and, especially, employment. For his next book, Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI from the People Building It, he, well, attempts to hone in on…Read more...
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NASA reaches the farthest target ever

NASA's New Horizons space probe passed by Ultima Thule, a tiny icy world four billion miles from the sun. It's the farthest target that humans have ever reached and will give scientists insight into the earliest days of our solar system. From NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory: "New Horizons performed as planned today, conducting the farthest exploration of any world in history — 4 billion miles from the Sun," said Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Rese...
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In a Year Without Game of Thones, The Walking Dead Took the Piracy Iron Throne in 2018

Turns out the only way you can beat Game of Thrones consistent record as the most pirated piece of TV around is... to hope for a year where it doesn’t air at all. At least that won’t be a problem after this year!Read more...
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Ultima Thule Looks Like a Bowling Pin in Space in New Horizons Flyby Photo

Early this morning (Jan. 1), NASA's New Horizons probe cruised past Ultima Thule, a small body that lies about 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) from Earth. At 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT), the spacecraft zoomed within a mere 2,200 miles (3,500 km) of Ultima — more than three times closer than New Horizons got to Pluto during its epic flyby of the dwarf planet in July 2015. The best images from the flyby won't start coming down to Earth until tomorrow (Jan. 2), but the mission team already...
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Selena Gomez Grabs Lunch with a Friend in Post-Treatment Outing on New Year's Eve

Selena Gomez Grabs Lunch with a Friend on New Year's Eve
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Selena Gomez Grabs Lunch with a Friend in Post-Treatment Outing on New Year's Eve

Selena Gomez Grabs Lunch with a Friend on New Year's Eve
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Selena Gomez Grabs Lunch with a Friend in Rare Post-Treatment Outing on New Year's Eve

Selena Gomez Grabs Lunch with a Friend on New Year's Eve
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Ultima Thule is getting clearer, and it looks like a big bowling pin

It looks like a giant bowling pin. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back its closest view of the most distant world humanity has ever visited, Ultima Thule, a snapshot taken on December 31. From half a million miles out, Ultima still appears fuzzy, but the irregularly-shaped object is becoming increasingly clear. The day prior, New Year's Eve, Ultima was just comprised of a few pixels — so this is a notable improvement. "Even though it’s a pixelated blob still, it's a bette...
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