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Digital imaging pioneer Russell Kirsch dies at 91

Russell Kirsch, whose research going back to the ’50s underlies the entire field of digital imaging, died earlier this week at the age of 91. It’s hard to overstate the impact of his work, which led to the first digitally scanned photo and the creation of what we now think of as pixels. Born to Russian and Hungarian immigrant parents in 1929, Kirsch attended NYU, Harvard and MIT, eventually landing a job at the National Bureau of Standards (later the National Institutes of Science and Technology...
Tags: Photography, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Thomas, Walden, NIST, Kirsch, Russell Kirsch, NYU Harvard, SEAC

Mission Bio raises $70 million to help scale its tech for improving the development of targeted cancer therapies

California-based startup Mission Bio has raised a new $70 million Series C funding round, led by Novo Growth and including participating from Soleus Capital and existing investors Mayfield, Cota and Agilent. Mission Bio will use the funding to scale its Tapestri Platform, which uses the company’s work in single-cell multi-omics technology to help optimize clinical trials for targeted, precision cancer therapies. Mission Bio’s single-cell multi-omics platform is unique in the therapeutic industry...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, California, Drugs, Stanford, Cancer, Articles, Tech, Stem Cells, Biotech, Cancer Research, Crispr, Biotechnology, Life Sciences

The Very Best Retro Game Consoles

Modern video games and consoles offer a narrative experience that rivals Hollywood blockbusters, but also require a hefty commitment of your time to play through. Sometimes you just want to dive into the action, and your favorite 8 and 16-bit games of yesteryear are perfect for that. Retro gaming is more popular than…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Hollywood, Science, Video Games, Tech, Retro, Consumer Tech, Retro Gaming

Is Nike's Latest Auto-Lacing Basketball Shoe a Gimmick or a Game Changer?

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Tags: Fashion, Science, Bluetooth, Shoes, Tech, Nike, Sneakers, Foot Locker, Nike Adapt BB

India’s first private space launch startup Skyroot succeeds with upper stage engine fire test

The private space launch industry has expanded significantly since the debut of SpaceX, but some markets, like India, are just now getting the regulatory support to clear the way for private players to participate. Now that those barriers are coming down, however, private launch startup Skyroot is leaping ahead on its way to becoming the first private space launch vehicle maker in the country, making significant technical progress with a new, successful upper stage engine burn test. Skyroo...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, India, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Science and Technology, Raman, Vikram, Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization, Skyroot, Pawan Kumar Chandana, Solar Industries

The race to building a fully functional quantum stack

David Cowan Contributor Share on Twitter David Cowan is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and one of the world’s leading investors across cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, consumer and space technology. More posts by this contributor SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier Security For Startups Tomer Diari Contributor Share on Twi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Science, Developer, Finance, Tech, Mit, Api, Quantum, Bessemer Venture Partners, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Qubit, Quantum Mechanics, David Cowan

Mammoth Biosciences lands exclusive license to new CRISPR proteins that could boost gene editing precision

CRISPR pioneer Mammoth Biosciences has secured an exclusive license to a new family of CRISPR proteins, from UC Berkeley, which covers R&D and commercialization across all potential fields. This is a significant addition to Mammoth’s intellectual property holdings, since this new family of CRISPR proteins, known as the Casɸ family, is roughly half the size of Cas9, the protein that effectively launched CRISPR to begin with. In CRISPR, size actually matters quite a lot – the smaller size of Ca...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Tech, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Jennifer Doudna, Mammoth Biosciences, Douda, Casɸ

What herd immunity looks like in a maximum security prison

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, Just so you know, I spent well over 10 minutes trying to find a joke to start this newsletter off with. But nothing seems particularly funny right now.  The LA Times recently published an article detailing the plight of the inmates incarcerated at the San Quentin men’s correctional facility in Cali...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, LA Times, San Quentin, Coronavirus, California San Quentin

If You Can Turn a Screw, You Can Install These Networked Motion-Sensing Nightlights

Six years ago, SnapPower introduced its original Guidelight which cleverly turned plastic outlet covers into LED nightlights without requiring any wiring. A few iterations later, the company’s new ConnectLight introduces motion sensing and wireless connectivity that can be installed without an electrician, or even a…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Safety, Tech, Kickstarter, Night Light, Consumer Tech, SnapPower, Connectlight

How myths about the ‘female’ brain hold women back from pursing careers in science

In 1879, French polymath Gustave Le Bon wrote that even in “the most intelligent races” there “are a large number of women whose brains are closer in size to those of gorillas than to the most developed male brains.” He continued his insult with: “This inferiority is so obvious that no one can contest it for a moment; only its degree is worth discussion.” Today we have moved on, right? But whenever we attempt to explain the under-representation of women in science, debunked myths seem to sneak b...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Gustave Le Bon, Syndication

Prototype Reveals Your eReader Might One Day Fold Just Like a Real Book

In addition to low power consumption and excellent legibility in bright sunlight, E Ink’s electronic paper displays are just as flexible as OLED screens. So while folding phones and tablets are grabbing headlines, folding eBook readers could soon be a thing too, as this prototype from E Ink reveals.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Prototypes, E Ink, Consumer Tech, E Readers

IoT and data science will boost foodtech in the post-pandemic era

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Share on Twitter Sunny Dhillon is an early-stage investor at Signia Ventures in San Francisco where he invests in retail tech, e-commerce infrastructure and logistics, alongside consumer and enterprise software startups. More posts by this contributor From farm to phone: A paradigm shift in grocery An optimistic view of deepfakes Even as e-grocery usage has skyrocketed ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Internet Of Things, Science, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Supermarkets, Data Science, Venture Capital, Fda, Food Waste, Iot

R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers take on COVID-19, beetle backpacks, artificial spiderwebs, the “overwhelming whiteness” of AI and more. First off, if (like me) you missed this amazing experiment where scientists attached tiny cameras to the backs of beetles, I don’t think I have to ex...
Tags: Apple, TC, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Ucla, Shyam Gollakota, Extra Crunch

Here are a few ways GPT-3 can go wrong

Liz O'Sullivan Contributor Share on Twitter Liz O’Sullivan is a co-founder and VP of Commercial at Arthur, an AI monitoring and explainability company. She is also Technology Director of STOP, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, where she fights the ever-growing threat of technology-enabled surveillance. John P. Dickerson Contributor Share on Twitter ...
Tags: TC, Column, Science, Developer, Opinion, Wikipedia, Tech, Diversity, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, New York Times, Reddit, Machine Learning, Api, Black Lives Matter

Sony Has Practically Perfected Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones

With the release of the WH-1000XM2 headphones three years ago, Sony succeeded in besting the feature Bose’s headphones were best known for: noise-canceling. A year after that, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 update included some welcome improvements when it came to comfort, and while the new WH-1000XM4 continue to refine the…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Headphones, Wireless Headphones, Sony, Bose, Noise Cancelling, Consumer Tech

Eight trends accelerating the age of commercial-ready quantum computing

Ethan Batraski Contributor Share on Twitter Ethan Batraski is a partner at Venrock, where he invests across sectors with a particular focus on hard engineering problems such as developer infrastructure, advanced computing and space. Every major technology breakthrough of our era has gone through a similar cycle in pursuit of turning fiction to reality. It starts in the stages of scientific discovery, a pursuit of principle a...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Column, Science, Developer, Tech, Cryptography, Moore\'s Law, Venrock, Quantum Computing, Richard Feynman, Honeywell, CISO, Market Analysis, Yuri Manin

SpaceX successfully flies its Starship prototype to a height of around 500 feet

SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial fligh...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship

The RG350P Is the Retro Portable You Should Buy

Just five months ago I called the original Retro Game 350 the best portable retro gaming machine you could buy. It’s still an excellent device, but if you haven’t pulled the trigger yet, the new RG350P includes a handful of subtle but excellent upgrades that make it a better handheld in every way, and well worth…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Retro, Emulators, Consumer Tech, Rg350p, Retro Game 350p, Anbernic

The kids aren’t alright

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, I took a walk on the beach this morning before work. Everyone has a story about what they were going to do in 2020 if COVID-19 hadn’t shown up. Back in late January, when things started going sour, the year was young and full of potential.  We moved to a bungalow right on the beach at the end of Fe...
Tags: Startups, Science, Newsletter, Tech, Pacific Ocean, Coronavirus, COVID

Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity to 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course — but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the bo...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron

Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity by 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course – but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron

How thermal cameras can play a key role in slowing down the coronavirus spread

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the world has rushed to deploy infrared thermal imaging cameras (also known as infrared radiometers) to measure people’s temperature and the technology has become big business. Since the pandemic began, thermal cameras have been deployed in areas of high-density foot traffic such as airports, shopping centers, nursing homes, factories, office buildings, schools, even hairdressers. This is raising questions about their safety and accuracy. And while the ac...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication

Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

Virgin Galactic is making strides towards its goal of creating high-speed commercial aircraft that operates a little closer to Earth than its existing passenger spacecraft. The company revealed the initial design of the commercial passenger airplane it’s creating that’s designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 3 – faster than the average cruising speed of around Mach 2 that the original Concorde achieved. This concept design comes alongside a new partnership for Virgin Galactic, by way ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Concorde, Virgin, Aviation, Rolls Royce, Aerospace, Mach, xB

The Perseverance rover is our best bet for finding life on Mars

Next spring is going to be a busy time for Mars. In close succession, three spacecraft will arrive at the planet, joining the dozen or so craft already circling Mars. Two of the spacecraft were launched in the past couple of weeks by newcomers to martian exploration: the United Arab Emirates’ Al-Amal (meaning Hope) and China’s Tianwen-1 (which means Question to Heaven). The third vessel will be NASA’s Mars 2020, containing the Perseverance rover, which just took off successfully from Florida. Wh...
Tags: Startups, Space, Florida, Science, China, Tech, Nasa, United Arab Emirates, Mars, Syndication, Al Amal, Tianwen

SpaceX and NASA successfully return Crew Dragon spacecraft to Earth with astronauts on board

SpaceX and NASA have made history once again, successfully completing the crucial final phase of their Demo-2 mission for the Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX’s first spacecraft made for human flight. This marks the end of this last demonstration mission, which flew NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on May 30, where they remained for two months prior to making the return trip on Sunday. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appears to have performed exactly as int...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, America, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Gulf of Mexico

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon splash down in the Atlantic Ocean live as astronauts return to Earth

SpaceX and NASA are getting ready to complete their most important joint mission to date – Crew Dragon Demo-2, which is the culmination of the partners’ work on their Commercial Crew program designed to certify a SpaceX spacecraft for regular human spaceflight operations. NASA astronauts are already on board Crew Dragon making their way back to Earth during a multi-hour descent, and later on Sunday will be splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Behnken and Hurley un...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Gulf of Mexico, Spacecraft, Atlantic Ocean

Astronauts successfully depart the ISS aboard SpaceX Dragon, starting their trip home

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have successfully undocked from the International Space Station, which is the first crucial stage of their return to Earth. Next, they’ll travel on a coast phase that will take them on a descent course back through the atmosphere from space, shedding speed as they prepare to deploy the parachutes of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and drop into the Atlantic Ocean for recovery. The undocking, coast and splashdown phase are all meant to be perfor...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Astronaut, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Station, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley

Watch live as SpaceX brings NASA astronauts back from the Space Station aboard Crew Dragon

SpaceX and NASA are now in the final stages of preparation for the conclusion of its Demo-2 Crew Dragon mission, which will see astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley depart the International Space Station and return to Earth. Behnken and Hurley launched aboard the Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s first human spacecraft, on May 30 and have been working as part of the Station’s crew since then. The Crew Dragon is set to depart from the ISS at 7:34 PM EDT (4:34 PM PDT) tonight, but NASA is planning a day ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley, Outer Space, Behnken

Quantum physicists say time travelers don’t have to worry about the butterfly effect

What if I told you all your favorite time-travel films and books were actually created by big tech in order to wrest control of the time-travel industry from the proletariat? Think about it. Back to the Future, The Terminator, The Time Machine, all of these stories share a central theme where traveling through time is a dangerous proposition that could destroy the very fabric of our reality. It’s called the butterfly effect. The big idea is that you’d step out of your time travel machine and acc...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech

Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH fundings through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Accleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when co...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Articles, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Startup Company, UCSF, GSK

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