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MIT system predicts the best way to deflect an Earth-bound asteroid

We’re not in immediate danger of any asteroids colliding with Earth – at least not as far as anyone’s aware. But it’s not like it hasn’t happened before, and there is an expected near-miss coming up in 2029. Accordingly, it’s probably best to be prepared, and MIT researchers have developed a system that could help determine the best possible method to avoid a collision – long before the situation becomes desperate. An MIT team led by former MIT graduate student Sung Wook Paek describe a ‘decisio...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Time, Tech, Earth, Mit, Asteroid, Aerospace, Bennu, Apophis, Sung Wook Paek


Hasbro Is Bringing Back Tiger Electronics' Handheld LCD Games

Toy Fair 2020 is just a couple of days away and soon the internet will be abuzz with all the new toys arriving this year, but all the old toys as well. Continuing a trend seen at the show for the past couple of years, Hasbro today revealed it’s bringing back Tiger Electronics’ handheld video games in four new…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Video Games, Tech, Hasbro, Consumer Tech, Toy Fair, Handhelds, Tiger Electronics, Toy Fair 2020


This Japanese Smartphone Uses AI to Prevent Users From Saving and Sharing Naked Selfies

Worried about what online shenanigans your child might get into with their first smartphone? In Japan, a company has released a budget phone with at least one feature you won’t find on a flagship iOS or Android device: an AI-powered sensor that prevents naked selfie shots from being saved or shared.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Japan, Science, Technology, Teens, Selfies, Censorship, Tech, Smartphones, Tone Mobile, Tone E20


SpaceX and a new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across eight separate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


SpaceX and new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across high serrate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients to ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


New artificial evolution research could finally prove Darwin was right

An international team of researchers may have just figured out why single-celled organisms such as the AIDS virus and cancer cells manage to be so incredibly successful. And, in doing so, they may also have unraveled the mystery behind the origin of life. Hooray for science! Life on Earth emerged as the result of a bunch of chemicals swirling around in a primordial ooze until they turned into amino acids, then proteins, and eventually cells. The spark of life happened at some point and those non...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Darwin, Neural


Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense. Meanwhile, we saw significant progress in SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and plenty of activity among startups big and small. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives in Florida The spacec...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite


The First Wacom LCD Tablet That Works With Your Smartphone Needs Cord Management Skills

With continued competition from Apple as cheaper iPads are now gaining support for the Apple Pencil, Wacom has followed up on its $650 Cintiq 16 from last year with the even cheaper $400 Wacom One. As with larger Cintiq displays and tablets, the Wacom One is a secondary display, not a real tablet with a dedicated OS,…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Tablets, Wacom, Consumer Tech, Cintiq, Wacom One, Apple Pencil Wacom, First Wacom


Wacom One Review: Well Balanced, But Cable Management a Chore

With continued competition from Apple as cheaper iPads are now gaining support for the Apple Pencil, Wacom has followed up on its $650 Cintiq 16 from last year with the even cheaper $400 Wacom One. As with larger Cintiq displays and tablets, the Wacom One is a secondary display, not a real tablet with a dedicated OS,…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Tablets, Wacom, Consumer Tech, Cintiq, Wacom One, Apple Pencil Wacom


Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway

Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency’s CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit – the same orbit that NASA will eventually use for its Gateway Moon-orbiting space station. The launch is scheduled to take place in 2021. The CAPSTONE launch will take place at Rocket Lab’s new Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) facility at Wallops Fligh...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Virginia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Satellite, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Spaceport, Outer Space


‘Sensorized’ skin helps robots understand where the hell they are

Clumsy robots have been offered hope of improving their coordination after MIT researchers found a new way to help them find their bearings. The system gives soft robots a greater awareness of their movements by analysing motion and position data through a ‘sensorized’ skin. It works by collecting feedback from sensors on the robot‘s body. A deep learning model then analyses the data to estimate the robot‘s 3D configuration. [Read: Scientists used stem cells to create a new life-form: Organic ro...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


Blue Canyon Technologies chosen by Made in Space for orbital manufacturing demo mission

In-orbit manufacturing startup Made in Space has tapped Colorado’s Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to help support its Archinaut One demonstration mission contracted by NASA, which is currently set to take place in 2022. The mission will see Made in Space show off the assembly of two ten-meter solar arrays on orbit, which will then be used to power an ESPA-class satellite, providing up to five times more power than is available via power sources used for those satellites not assembled in orbit. B...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Colorado, Tech, Nasa, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Additive Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman, Jpl, Cubesats, Crum


SpaceX hires ex-NASA human spaceflight expert and shows off Crew Dragon set to carry astronauts

SpaceX is gearing up for its historic first human spaceflight, with a crewed demonstration mission of its Crew Dragon spacecraft tentatively set for May 7 (though that date is flexible right now). The company on Tuesday showed a clip of the completed Crew Dragon spacecraft that will carry astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley undergoing testing, and CNBC revealed that it had hired former NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier. Gerstenmaier serv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Ars-technica, Nasa, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Cnbc, Roscosmos, Space Station


Trump’s new budget pours billions into AI and quantum R&D

The US Office of Science and Technology today released more information about President Donald Trump‘s FY 2021 budget and, as it stands, it looks like the White House and Pentagon are finally getting serious about AI and quantum computing technology. The new budget contains billions of dollars earmarked for AI research and development (R&D) spread out over various government agencies. This includes a record $1 billion set aside for non-military AI research. The National Science Foundation has a ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, White House, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, National Science Foundation, Neural, US Office of Science and Technology


Sony Now Lets Anyone Make Their Own Remotes for Its Cameras

Sony announced on Tuesday another feature for its digital cameras that the company hopes will expand their adoption among professional photographers: a software development kit that allows third-party developers to create their own custom tools to remotely control and operate the cameras.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Science, Tech, Software, Cameras, Sony, Sdk, Consumer Tech, Alphas


Solid rocket fuel startup Adranos raises $1 million to scale up manufacturing

Indiana-based rocket fuel startup Adranos has raised $1 million, after closing an oversubscribed round led by Archibald Cox Jr., chairman of private investment firm Sextant Group. The funding will be used to Adranos to build out its manufacturing capability, and to pursue additional key hires to build out its team. Adranos is building a new kind of solid rocket propellant called ‘ALITEC,’ which the company says can both increase the overall performance of a rocket vs. traditional solid fuels, an...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Science, Tech, Indiana, Rocket, Weapons, Aerospace, Chairman, Cto, Blue Origin, Rocketry, Firearms, Purdue University, Brandon Terry


2021 NASA budget request includes $3.3B for human lunar landers, $430M for Moon resource development

The Trump White House today issued its , and it included a 12% increase in requested funding to NASA’s coffers, as expected. That puts the total request for NASA at $25.2 billion, nearly half, or $12.3 billion, of which is earmarked specifically to support NASA’s efforts to return to the surface of the Moon and to eventually land people on Mars. Highlights from the proposed budget, which was issued by the Office of Management and Budget on Monday, include $3.3 billion specifically designate ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Moon, Orion, Mars, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Office of Management and Budget


Mitsubishi’s Fake LED Skylights Simulate Sunlight to Make Offices Feel Less Depressing

The technologies that once promised to free us from soul-crushing office jobs have mostly resulted in just the opposite. But Mitsubishi is leveraging one technology in an attempt to make working in a sea of cubicles feel less depressing. It’s developed an LED-lit panel that can simulate natural light coming in from…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Mitsubishi, Lighting, Consumer Tech, Lcds, Misora


NASA and ESA’s Solar Orbiter begins its nearly two year journey to the Sun

After years of development, an exciting new scientific research spacecraft has launched on its journey to study our solar system’s central player: the Sun. The Solar Orbiter, developed jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) and built by Airbus, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday night, launching as planned at 11:03 PM EST (8:03 PM PST). Solar Orbiter launched atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, feating a special, unique config...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, Sun, European Space Agency, Airbus, Aerospace, Venus, Spacecraft, Plasma Physics, European Space Agency ESA


For $65 This Handheld Console Isn't Perfect But It Gets the Important Things Right

If you assumed that Nintendo was the only company still making handheld gaming devices, you’re missing out on some excellent hardware coming out of China. The New Pocket Go might not be as polished as the Switch or the 3DS, but for its price, it’s a fantastic little handheld that puts decades worth of emulated gaming…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, China, Tech, Nintendo, Consoles, Portables, Consumer Tech, Handhelds, Pocket Go 2, New Pocket Go


NASA confirms two Boeing Starliner issues would’ve led to spacecraft loss without intervention

NASA and Boeing are sharing more details about the issues that were encountered during the Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew spacecraft uncrewed demo mission in December, and their progress on investigating the causes and implementing fixes. In a new , NASA lays out the three different specific issues that occurred, and notes that for two of them, the spacecraft would’ve been lost without direct intervention by the ground crew. The first issue identified is the mission timer issue that Boeing and N...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Spacecraft, Outer Space, NASA Boeing, Starliner, Boeing Starliner


NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-setting stay in space

Astronaut Christina Koch made the return trip from the International Space Station (ISS) early on Thursday, along with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. The three boarded a Soyuz capsule docked at the ISS at around 12:50 AM EST, and had a safe landing as planned at around 4:12 AM EST (3:12 PM local time) in Kazakhstan. Koch’s trip was significant because it set a record, officially making her the U.S. astronaut with the second-longest stay in space wit...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, United States, International Space Station, Kazakhstan, Mars, Astronaut, Astronauts, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Scientists built an AI to figure out what the universe is made of

A multi-university team of researchers from Japan recently used the world’s fastest astrophysics-simulation supercomputers to develop an AI system capable of predicting the structure of the universe itself. The scientists hope that in doing so they’ll unlock the mysteries surrounding dark matter and dark energy. Dubbed “Dark Emulator,” the AI system parses gigantic troves of astrophysics data and uses the information to build simulations of our universe. It taps into a massive database full of i...
Tags: Startups, Space, Japan, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Calling all cosmic startups – pitch at TechCrunch’s space event in LA

Founders – it’s time to shoot for the stars. For the first time ever, TechCrunch is hosting a brand new event TC Sessions: Space on June 25th in Los Angeles. But that’s not all, because on June 24th TechCrunch will host a Pitch Night exclusively for early stage space startups. Yep, that’s right. On top of a packed programming day with fireside chats, breakout sessions and Q&As featuring the top experts and game changers in space, TechCrunch will select 10 startups focused on any aspect of s...
Tags: Space, Science, Hardware, Enterprise, La, Government, Los Angeles, Tech, Venture Capital, Aerospace


Programmable living robots can help cure cancer — but how ethical are they?

A remarkable combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and biology has produced the world’s first “living robots”. This week, a research team of roboticists and scientists published their recipe for making a new lifeform called xenobots from stem cells. The term “xeno” comes from the frog cells (Xenopus laevis) used to make them. One of the researchers described the creation as “neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal”, but a “new class of artifact: a living, programmable org...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication


Rocket Lab readies parachute tests for its rocket recovery and reuse program

Rocket Lab is proceeding as planned with its efforts to recover and reuse spent rocket boosters from its Electron launch vehicle, and has completed its first prototype parachute for use in the recovery process. Rocket lab CEO Peter Beck announced last year that it would be aiming for reusability with the first stage of its rocket, using a system that includes the booster re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, then deploying a parachute to slow its descent so that it can be caught mid-air by a helico...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Beck, Tech, Ceo, Earth, Flight, Rocket, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop


“Living” Concrete Made From Bacteria

Developed by researchers at the University of Colorado, a new concrete alternative could provide a carbon-free option for buildings in remote places—where lugging traditional concrete ingredients proves difficult. Only two components—photosynthetic bacteria and gelatin—make up this “living” concrete. Due to its photosynthetic nature, it starts off green before drying into a brown hue. Perhaps most impressive of all, the concrete can regenerate: “When half of …
Tags: Science, Design, Tech, Bacteria, Materials, Studies, Carbon Emissions, Buildings, Building, Linkaboutit, University Of Colorado, Concrete, Material Innovation


Elon Musk to solve self-driving with a ‘Super Fun’ AI hackathon

Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday announced that he’s throwing a “Super Fun AI Party/Hackathon” with Tesla engineers and a select group of invitees. Tesla will hold a super fun AI party/hackathon at my house with the Tesla AI/autopilot team in about four weeks. Invitations going out soon. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020 This comes on the heels of last week’s fourth quarter earnings call, where Business Insider reports Musk admitted Tesla was at least a “few months” from rolling out “feature...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Science, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Musk, Insider


NASA sets 2022 launch for air quality sensor that will provide hourly updates across North America

NASA is sending to orbit aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite (whose primary mission is to provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers) a payload that could help improve air quality forecasting, the agency announced today. NASA’s new air quality measurement tool is called “TEMPO,” which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, and it’ll provide hourly measurements of the levels of gases in the atmosphere over North America, including ozone, nitrogen di...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Space, Science, La, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Palo Alto, European Space Agency, Private Equity, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Spaceflight, Aerospace


NASA sets 2022 launch for air quality sensor that will provide hourly updates across North American

NASA is sending a payload that could help improve air quality forecasting to orbit aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite whose primary mission is to provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers, the agency announced today. NASA’s new air quality measurement tool is called ‘TEMPO,’ which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, and it’ll provide hourly measurements of the levels of gases in the atmosphere over North America, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Space, Science, La, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Palo Alto, European Space Agency, Private Equity, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Spaceflight, Aerospace



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