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Japan will participate in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project for the Artemis program

Japan has officially announced that it will participate with NASA’s Lunar Gateway project (via NHK), which will seek to establish an orbital research and staging station around the Moon. The Lunar Gateway is a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first American woman and the next American man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. Japan’s involvement was confirmed on Friday at a meeting of the country’s Strategic Headquarters for National Space Policy, at which Japan Prim...
Tags: TC, Asia, Space, Japan, Science, US, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, United States, Shinzo Abe, Moon, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft

AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets

Machine learning and AI may be deployed on such grand tasks as finding exoplanets and creating photorealistic people, but the same techniques also have some surprising applications in academia: DeepMind has created an AI system that helps scholars understand and recreate fragmentary ancient Greek texts on broken stone tablets. These clay, stone or metal tablets, inscribed as much as 2,700 years ago, are invaluable primary sources for history, literature and anthropology. They’re covered in lette...
Tags: Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Archaeology, Machine Learning, Deepmind, Delphi, Pythia

These new implants are helping us link our brains to computers

Cyborgs are no longer science fiction. The field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) – which use electrodes, often implanted into the brain, to translate neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external systems such as a computer or robotic arm – have actually been around for some time. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, is aiming to test their BMI systems on a human patient by the end of 2020. In the long term, BMI devices may help monitor and treat symptoms of neurolo...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Syndication, Neuralink

US House rejects Trump’s 2024 Moon landing plan

The House budget committee today told NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine it would not fund the administration’s efforts to change the Moon landing timeline from 2028 to 2024. The reason? NASA won’t put a final price tag on the program. The project is called the Artemis Program. Originally it was slated to launch a crewed mission to the Moon in 2028, but President Trump demanded that not only should the timeline be moved up to 2024, but that NASA should skip the Moon and go straight to Mars. Now, it’s un...
Tags: Startups, Space, Politics, Science, US, Tech, Nasa, House, Mars, Trump, Jim Bridenstine

Feast your eyes on the first interstellar comet ever directly observed

The solar system has another interstellar visitor, but there’s no question of this one being an alien spacecraft. It’s a true comet and the first we’ve ever confirmed that comes from interstellar space, and the Hubble Space Telescope captured some amazing imagery of it. Good thing, too — because it’s never coming back. You probably remember ‘Oumuamua as the interstellar object that launched a thousand headlines — mostly around the idea that it could be an alien ship of some kind. Needless to say...
Tags: Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Hubble, Crimea, Comets, Hubble Space Telescope, Ucla, Borisov, Oumuamua, Gennady Borisov, David Jewitt

In the Accelerator over the Sea

In our oceans the scale of disasters is measured in millions, billions, and trillions, while solutions amount to single digits: individuals or institutions working to impact a chosen issue with approaches often both brilliant and quixotic. Putting such individuals in close contact with both whales and billionaires is the strange alchemy being attempted by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s Accelerator at Sea. I and a few other reporters were invited to observe said program, a five-day excursion in...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Conservation, Alaska, Silicon Valley, Biotech, Robotics, GreenTech, Bahamas

The Ultimate Game Boy Clone Perfectly Plays Every Classic Handheld Game You Ever Loved

It’s become painfully clear that Nintendo has no plans to release a throwback console to celebrate the Game Boy’s 30th birthday this year. But you won’t lament the Game Boy Classic Edition not happening now that the Analogue Pocket has been revealed. It’s a portable console that flawlessly plays cartridges from almost…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nintendo, Analogue, Consumer Tech, Game Boy, Analogue Pocket, Game Gear

Disgusting DNA app falsely claims it can tell how gay you are

In what’s an obvious scam, a developer going by the name Joel Bellenson who allegedly works for a company called Insolent AI, created and developed a DNA analysis app that can supposedly tell “how gay” you are. Of course it cannot. According to science – and the app’s own description on the marketplace it’s sold – there is no one gay gene. The only thing the “How Gay Are You” app can tell you about yourself, if you buy it, is that you make very poor purchasing decisions. You cannot tell how gay ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Science, Tech, Insider, Joel Bellenson

Engineers Develop a Hyper-Compressible Material Using Artificial Intelligence

You may not realize that among more conventional applications of artificial intelligence like apps and search engines, emerging technologies are transforming yet another unexpected area of design: materials. A fascinating new material study released by Delft University is showing how machine learning may upend our assumptions of how materials are capable of behaving.The Delft study, led by assistant professor of materials science and engineering Miguel Bessa, has developed a new meta material th...
Tags: Science, Design, Tech, Materials, Machine Learning, Delft, Delft University, BESSA, Artificial Intellige, Miguel Bessa

NASA engineer says Viking missions discovered life on Mars in the 1970s

Gilbert Levin, a NASA engineer who worked on the Viking missions, says he’s “convinced we found evidence of life of Mars in the 1970s.” In a Scientific American article published today, Levin explains how two separate craft landed on the surface of the red planet and conducted a series of tests to determine if there were was life. One particular test, based on the same experiment Louis Pasteur conducted to prove the existence of microbes, came back positive. The results were confirmed in a repli...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Mars, Viking, Levin, Louis Pasteur, Gilbert Levin

Everything Google Announced Today

In a somewhat unconventional spectacle that included a fireside chat about the company’s environmental initiatives and photographer Annie Leibovitz dropping by to talk about smartphones, Google’s Pixel 4 event in New York today included few surprises, and at times, even fewer details on its new hardware.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, New York, Science, Video Games, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Smartphones, Headphones, Wifi, Annie Leibovitz, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Stadia, Google Assistant

New Google Nest Wifi Brings Mesh Nodes That Double As Smart Speakers

The original Google Wifi promised reliable and fast internet across your entire home using a series of identical mesh nodes positioned around your house. It’s the same approach that’s used for the company’s new and renamed Nest Wifi. But now, a central router is employed with satellite nodes that double as smart…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Wifi, Routers, Consumer Tech, Google Wifi, Nest Wifi, Made By Google 2019, Nest Wifi Router, Nest Wifi Point

The Google Nest Mini Can Now Hang on Your Wall Like a Piece of Art That's Always Listening to You

As one of the search giant’s most popular hardware products, Google isn’t tampering with the design for its next-generation Home Mini smart speaker, first introduced back in 2017. But in addition to a name change, it’s now easier to put the new Google Nest Mini exactly where you want it.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Speakers, Tech, Nest, Consumer Tech, Smart Assistant, Made By Google 2019, Google Nest Mini

How AI could help dementia patients live more independently

You might already have what’s often called a “smart home,” with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri. But when researchers talk about smart homes, we usually mean technologies that use artificial intelligence to learn your habits and automatically adjust your home in response to them. Perhaps the most obvious example of this are thermostats that learn when you are likely to be home and what temperature you prefer, and adjust themselves accordingly w...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, Syndication

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Space, Music, Science, Design, News, Internet, Trains, Russia, Environment, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Cities, Diamonds

Why migrating to another planet is a stupid and implausible idea

Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor, whose work detecting exoplanets recently earned him a share in the Nobel prize for physics, says humans will never migrate beyond our own solar system. Maybe it’s time we started taking this whole “climate change” thing seriously. The first exoplanet with the potential to host life as we know it, meaning it was orbiting a star similar to the one we call ‘the sun,’ was discovered by Mayor and fellow Nobel winner Didier Queloz in 1995. In the time since, research...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Mayor, Insider, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 October 2020

Yes, an aurora. But this is the Aurora Australis, not the better known Aurora Borealis. Read about our tour to see the Aurora Australis, immediately below. Good morningIt is great to be back, after what has been quite a while since a Travel Insider newsletter appeared in your Friday in-box.  I’ve been busy with the two tours that ran back-to-back in September, but it has been a great sort of being busy, with wonderful experiences and delightful groups in both Scotland and France.I again point ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Yahoo, Congress, California, France, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Hotels, China, Singapore, India, Miscellaneous

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 October 2019

Yes, an aurora. But this is the Aurora Australis, not the better known Aurora Borealis. Read about our tour to see the Aurora Australis, immediately below. Good morningIt is great to be back, after what has been quite a while since a Travel Insider newsletter appeared in your Friday in-box.  I’ve been busy with the two tours that ran back-to-back in September, but it has been a great sort of being busy, with wonderful experiences and delightful groups in both Scotland and France.I again point ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Yahoo, Congress, California, France, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Hotels, China, Singapore, India, Miscellaneous

Elon Musk says that NASA is free to share all SpaceX IP with “anyone it wants”

SpaceX CEO joined NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne today to provide an update on the commercial crew launch program that the company is working on with the agency. During the remarks, which detailed the current state of the program and next steps, Musk reiterated twice that the intellectual property it’s developing in working with the agency is free for NASA to share with whoever it should wish. Early on in the Q+A portion of the event, Musk said that the learnings...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Earth, Information Technology, Dragon, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft

How do you weigh a whale without bothering it? Drones

Whales are the largest animals on the planet and important predators in the marine ecosystem. As a marine biologist I have been lucky enough to see them up close. It’s an amazing experience to watch a whale mother, 14 meters long and weighing nearly 40 tonnes, gently push her “tiny” five-meters baby, already weighing nearly one tonne at birth, up to the surface to breathe. But how do I actually know that whale weighed 40 tonnes? After all, we can’t exactly capture an animal the size of a bus and...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, World, Syndication

Creators of modern rechargeable batteries share Nobel prize

If you had to slip a couple AAs into your smartphone every morning to check your email, browse Instagram, and text your friends, chances are the mobile revolution would not have been quite so revolutionary. Fortunately the rechargeable lithium-ion battery was invented — a decades-long task for which three men have just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The prize this year honors M. Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough, and Akira Yoshino, all of whom contributed to the development of wha...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Batteries, Battery, Whittingham, John Goodenough, Nobel Prize, Lithium-ion, Akira Yoshino, Stanley Whittingham John Goodenough, Fred Gamble

You Can Connect an Iomega Zip Drive to Your Apple Watch Like It's 1994

As Ian Malcolm in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park famously said, “...your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” YouTuber napabar should have heeded that advice before trying to get his Apple Watch to connect to an old Iomega Zip drive. But surprisingly, he…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Hacks, Apple Watch, Spielberg, Consumer Tech, Ian Malcolm, Iomega

Want to run more efficiently? Tie your feet together, say scientists

It used to be that tying someone’s shoes together was a nasty prank, but now it’s a performance-enhancing feat of bio-mechanical engineering. A team of researchers and engineers at Stanford University have developed a radical new method to increase the running efficiency of humans: they put a rubber band between a pair of shoes. This might not sound like a feat of modern technology, but the science behind it is actually quite interesting. According to the team’s research paper, we’re poorly engi...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Stanford University, Distract

The first spacecraft that can service satellites to extend their life launched today

Up until now, commercial satellites have essentially been disposable. Even the massive, multi-ton ones that can have service lives spanning a decade or more eventually just become so much space trash once they’re out of fuel, or they experience some kind fo terminal mechanical failure. A new spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman and launched aboard a Russian Soyuz today (via could change all that, however. The MEV-1, as its known, is a satellite service spacecraft, which has the spe...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Debris, Northrop Grumman, Outer Space, Northrop, Intelsat, TC Disrupt, Orbit Fab

Nobel Prize in Chemistry split 3 ways for lithium-ion battery research

From left: Akira Yoshino, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham and Dr. John Goodenough (Charles Dharapak / Yoshiaki Sakamoto / Kyodo News / Binghamton University) The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists whose work developing lithium-ion batteries made mobile phones, iPads, laptops, and electric cars possible. The three recipients are U.S. engineer John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham of the U.K., and Akira Yoshino of Japan. They will share the 9 million Swedish kronor...
Tags: Post, Business, Japan, Science, Technology, News, Tech, Chemistry, Associated Press, Nobel, Lithium Ion Batteries, Mobile Tech, New York University, Lithium Ion, U K, University of Texas

Saturn declared most moonfluential planet after follower count reaches 82

A team of researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science recently announced the discovery of 20 new planets surrounding Saturn. This moves the ringed planet past Jupiter as the most ‘moonfluential’ denizen of our solar system. The new moons were discovered using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii. After careful observation, the team determined that the new moons were similar in size and, with the exception of three, orbiting the planet backwards. According to a press release from Carnegie: Ea...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Hawaii, Jupiter, Carnegie Institution For Science

Mirror’s $40 Personal Training Sessions Sound Like a Deal but Here’s the Catch

It is a universal truth that personal trainers can be an expensive part of a fitness routine. To get around that, Mirror—that at-home, interactive mirror/LCD screen you see ads for everywhere—is launching one-on-one personal training for $40 a session. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fitness, Tech, Mirror

This Incredibly Customizable Controller Will Make You Better at the Switch

Nintendo makes an excellent standalone controller for those who prefer gaming with something more substantial than the Switch’s Joy-Cons. The Pro Controller was always what I recommended to anyone looking for a Switch gamepad, but not any longer. 8BitDo’s SN30 Pro+ isn’t perfect, but its biggest draw—its ability to be …Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nintendo, Consumer Tech, Controllers, 8bitdo, Sn30 Pro

This startup just raised $8 million to help busy doctors assess the cognitive health of 50 million seniors

All over the globe, the population of people who are aged 65 and older is growing faster than every other age group. According to United Nations data, by 2050, one in six people in the world will be over age 65, up from one in 11 right now. Meanwhile, in Europe and North America, by 2050, one in four people could be 65 or over. Unsurprisingly, startups increasingly recognize opportunities to cater to this aging population. Some are developing products to sell to individuals and their family memb...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Europe, Science, Aging, Neuroscience, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United Nations, Medicare, Fda, Houston, North America, David Eagleman, HIPAA

Researchers discover quantum vibrations at room temperature

A team of researchers from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have successfully coaxed a single quantum vibration from a diamond at room temperature. This breakthrough represents yet another giant chip in the veneer separating the classical universe we see from the quantum one beneath. Another way of putting it: The hippies were right about quantum vibrations and the power of crystals. Under normal circumstances, in order to observe quantum phenomena, scientists have to work with ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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