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SpaceX landed three of its boosters for the first time, and yep, it was impressive

Three is certainly a magic number.SpaceX landed three of its Falcon Heavy rocket boosters for the first time on Thursday, as part of a mission which was delayed from the day before due to bad weather.SEE ALSO: The black hole photo you've seen everywhere is thanks to this MIT grad's algorithmThe Falcon Heavy launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 6:35 p.m. EDT, carrying the Arabsat-6A communications satellite in its payload.Eight minutes after takeoff, the spaceflight company la...
Tags: Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Nasa, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Falcons, Middle East Africa, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Alexandra Smith, Engin Bozkurt, Caley Burke


Black hole named 'Powehi' by Hawaii university professor

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.
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PG&E appoints Nora Mead as board chair

The company also appointed former U.S. ambassador Jeffrey Bleich as chair of the board of its subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Bill Johnson, who was appointed as PG&E's chief executive earlier in April, will start his role from May 1, the company said.
Tags: Science, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bill Johnson, Jeffrey Bleich, Nora Mead


Uber Makes IPO Case That It’s About the Platform, Not the Losses

Less than two years after being tapped to take Uber to its initial public offering destination, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi’s stamp on the company has been branding it as a “platform” -- a word that appears more than 700 times in its IPO prospectus. Khosrowshahi, who quit his CEO job at Expedia Group Inc. to join Uber, is pitching the ride-hailing giant as an interconnected web of promising businesses. “Our continued success will come from stellar execution and the strength of th...
Tags: Science, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Expedia Group Inc


Toshiba shares slump after sale of U.S. LNG business canceled

Toshiba Corp shares fell more than 5 percent on Friday after an agreement to offload its U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) business collapsed, a blow for the Japanese conglomerate which has been shedding assets to turn around its business. Toshiba said late on Thursday that China's ENN Ecological Holdings Co had scrapped an agreement to take over the LNG business due to a failure to get approvals from shareholders and a U.S. panel that monitors foreign investments. Toshiba shares fell as much ...
Tags: Science, China, Toshiba, Toshiba Corp, U S LNG, ENN Ecological Holdings Co


Toshiba shares fall after sale of U.S. LNG business canceled

Toshiba Corp shares fell on Friday after the collapse of an agreement to offload its U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, a new blow for the Japanese conglomerate which has been shedding assets to turn around its business. Toshiba said late on Thursday that China's ENN Ecological Holdings Co had scrapped an agreement to take over the LNG business due to a failure to get approvals from shareholders and a U.S. panel that monitors foreign investments. Toshiba shares fell as much as 5.4 per...
Tags: Science, China, Toshiba, Toshiba Corp, U S LNG, ENN Ecological Holdings Co


It’s not quite Wall-E, but MIT’s recycling robot can detect paper, plastic, and metal by touch

Automating recycling seems like the smart thing to do when considering the incredible amount of waste we humans produce every year. But robots can't easily tell materials apart just by looking at them with the help of cameras. That's why sifting through piles of recycled material that can include paper, plastic, and metal is often a laborious task for machines.But MIT's RoCycle robot concept can tell paper from plastic and metal and dispose of the objects fed to it accordingly. The r...
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Black hole named ‘Powehi’ by Hawaii university professor

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment. University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The world’s first image of a black hole revealed Wednesday was […]
Tags: Science, News, Nation, Hawaii, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Hilo Hawaii, Larry Kimura, Powehi, University of Hawaii Hilo Hawaiian


SoftBank's Masayoshi Son Has a $7.7 Billion Uber Ticket to Ride

Investors in the Vision Fund, and in Masayoshi Son’s listed SoftBank Group Corp., are rightly expecting a windfall. Son opened his checkbook very late in Uber’s life, taking a stake less than 18 months ago and in the final rounds of equity financing.
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Apple's TV Box Will Probably Get Disney+, Despite Rival Platform

The new Disney+ app will “in all likelihood be available through traditional app distributors, Apple being one of them,” Disney chief Bob Iger said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang. While the studio behind “Star Wars” and Marvel movies said during an earlier presentation that consumers will be able to subscribe on Roku and PlayStation, it held back from naming others.
Tags: Apple, Science, Disney, Roku, Emily Chang, Bloomberg Television, Bob Iger


Disney Drops All the Details on Its Upcoming Netflix Competitor

Joining the increasingly crowded streaming space, the Walt Disney Company on Thursday delivered more details about its anticipated service Disney+. And if there was any question that this product would directly compete with Netflix, there certainly isn’t now.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Netflix, Streaming, Walt Disney Company, National Geographic, Disney Plus


SpaceX's Falcon Heavy conducts first commercial flight 

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload. "T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space," SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a livestream. Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy’s two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a syn...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force, John Insprucker


Oil prices firm amid OPEC supply cuts, U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela

Oil prices were firm on Friday, supported by ongoing supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and by U.S. sanctions on petroleum exporters Iran and Venezuela. International Brent crude oil futures were at $71.01 per barrel at 0042 GMT, up 18 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $63.78 per barrel, up 20 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their previous settlement.
Tags: Science, Opec, Iran, Venezuela, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI


Why didn’t scientists photograph the black hole at the center of the Milky Way?

After years of work and a whole lot of hype, researchers working with the Event Horizon Telescope project finally unveiled the very first image ever captured of an actual black hole this week. The relatively low-res image was nonetheless fantastic, and the fact that scientists were able to capture an image of the black hole from a distance of approximately 55 million light-years away is absolutely mind-boggling.But wait, we live in the Milky Way galaxy, and at the center of it is what scientist ...
Tags: Science, Earth, Event Horizon Telescope, Messier


An Emergency Car Battery Starter That Actually Works

This Imazing IM25 unit will probably come to the rescue the next time your car battery dies. Last week we reported on two small rechargeable batteries that claimed they could be used to jumpstart a car with a dead battery.  One of them utterly failed to do so, and the other one had ambiguous results.We suggest you should (re)read that review, because it includes a more general discussion on the topic of emergency starting a car with a dead battery.  What follows here is simply another review wit...
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Baseball stat heads tracked 4M pitches to prove that umpires really are blind

It’s been less than a month since Opening Day. The 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB), like more than a century of professional baseball seasons before it, has already seen its share of controversial calls by the game’s most hated employees: umpires. For the home plate umpire, life can be a bit tricky. He stands inches behind the catcher, zeroing in on another man, the pitcher, standing 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate. In a fraction of a second, he’s responsible for determining whether a pitch t...
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The Die Is Cast on an Emotionally Exhausting Star Trek: Discovery

After an entire season of build up, this is it. Star Trek: Discovery has come crashing into its endgame and the battle against Control is ready to begin. But before that, we have to go through what might be the ultimate realization of the show’s strengths and weaknesses: getting away with a lot of contrivance through…Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Streaming, Cbs, Cbs All Access, Control, TV Recap, Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Discovery Recaps


Man charged with shooting officer at South Carolina hospital

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A shooting inside a South Carolina hospital on Thursday left both a police officer and the suspected gunman wounded, authorities said, in what was the second shooting inside a hospital in the state in two days.
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This high-tech toilet seat can monitor your heart health, detect congestive heart failure

This toilet seat could eliminate all kinds of problems for people with heart disease.
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Elon Musk's SpaceX sends world's most powerful rocket on first commercial flight

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload. "T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space," SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a livestream. Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy’s two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a syn...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Hawthorne California, John Insprucker


Here’s why Israel’s first moon landing ended in an awesome crash

Israel‘s first attempt at landing an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon today ended in a hard landing after an engine failure caused it to miss its descent window. While it’s unfortunate the craft’s journey ended abruptly, the mission should be lauded as a total success. The craft, named Beresheet (translated: in the beginning), was slated to touch down on the surface of the Moon at approximately 3:25 PM PST, but communications with the vessel were lost upon impact. The Israeli Aerospace Industry’s...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Israel, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Beresheet


SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called Arabsat, the rocket’s first […]
Tags: Spacex, Science, News, Ap, Nation, Falcon Heavy, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla


SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches Arabsat-6A as its first commercial payload

More than a year after SpaceX sent its Falcon Heavy rocket on a majestic test launch, the second Falcon Heavy put a satellite in orbit today for its first customer. Back in February 2018, the test payload was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with a mannequin nicknamed Starman in the driver’s seat. This time around, the payload was the 13,200-pound Arabsat-6A satellite, which is destined to go into geostationary orbit to provide telecommunications services to the Middle East, Africa and Euro...
Tags: Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Falcon Heavy, Tesla Roadster, Middle East Africa, Arabsat


Thousands of Amazon employees call on CEO Jeff Bezos to tackle climate change

More than 5,000 Amazon workers called on founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to tackle climate change in the latest example of tech workers rallying to change company policies from within. Within a day of posting an open letter to Bezos and the company's board of directors to implement a company-wide plan to combat climate change, 5,237 Amazon employees signed the document, which was posted to Medium on Wednesday. "Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is...
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SpaceX launches mega rocket year after debut with sports car

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched its second supersized rocket from Florida, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy blasted off Thursday evening with a communication satellite called Arabsat — the rocket’s first paying customer. The Falcon Heavy is the most […]
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, News, Ap, Nation, Falcon Heavy, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla


SpaceX carries out first commercial launch

SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on Thursday with its Falcon Heavy rocket tasked with placing a Saudi satellite in orbit. The bright white rocket rose with a mighty roar and spewed thick gray smoke on the ground as it made its way up into clear blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket exerts 5.1 million pounds of thrust -- that of more than a dozen jetliners, SpaceX said.
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Trifecta! SpaceX launches first mission on Falcon Heavy and lands all three boosters

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle successfully undertook its first commercial mission today, taking a communications satellite to orbit and proving the viability of its heavy-lift rocket platform. And as a piece de resistance, all three rocket cores autonomously landed themselves back on Earth and will soon be ready to fly again. The mission is still underway, but the most dangerous moments are over with, and the system passed with flying colors. It’ll be some time before the next second s...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Earth, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral, Arabsat


U.S. EPA to revise proposed freeze of vehicle fuel economy rules

In August, the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed freezing requirements for new cars and trucks at 2020 levels through 2026 but EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in an interview at the agency's headquarters "our final regulation is not going to be the same as our proposal." "We've taken constructive comments, criticisms, concerns from a whole host of different interest groups," Wheeler said. "I hope our final regulation is something that everybody can g...
Tags: Science, Obama, Wheeler, Epa, Trump, Andrew Wheeler


The Mandalorian Will Be Available on Disney+ From Day One [Updated]

The Mandalorian, Disney and Lucasfilm’s first live-action Star Wars television series, will be leading the charge as part of the first offerings available on Disney+.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Clone Wars, Alan Tudyk, Cassian Andor, The Mandalorian, Mandalorian Disney, Disney Plus


The Mandalorian Will Be Available on Disney+ From Day One

The Mandalorian, Disney and Lucasfilm’s first live-action Star Wars television series, will be leading the charge as part of the first offerings available on Disney+.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Clone Wars, Alan Tudyk, Cassian Andor, The Mandalorian, Mandalorian Disney, Disney Plus



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