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A TuSimple autonomous semi-truck being tested in Tucson, Arizona.TuSimple Mention self-driving vehicles and people probably envision Waymo’s minivans or test models from General Motors’ Cruise or Uber, which have drawn the lion’s share of funding and media attention. But the impact of autonomous technology may be felt earlier in the vast and lucrative commercial trucking
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WASHINGTON — As NASA works to keep the James Webb Space Telescope on track for a 2021 launch, the chairman of the mission’s independent review board believes that the mission was “a step too far” for the agency. Speaking at a meeting of the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Academies’ Space Studies
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Neanderthals are often depicted as barrel-chested, hunched-over cavemen, but a close inspection of their fossils is telling a different story. For the first time, an international team of researchers has reconstructed the ribcage and upper spine of a Neanderthal man who died roughly 60,000 years ago. The findings suggest that contrary to popular images, these
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Baidu Apollo FAW Hongqi Autonomous SUVBaidu You can already hail an autonomous taxi in Singapore. And Tokyo. And Moscow. China doesn’t want to be left behind in this AI party, so Chinese Internet giant Baidu announced that it’s working on a slate of self-driving passenger vehicles, including robo-taxis, that will go into testing as soon as next year in Changsha,
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This article originally appeared in the Oct. 22, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Space system engineers, who once saw additive manufacturing as a way to trim the size and weight of conventional components, are beginning to see its true potential, said Stewart Deadman, Burloak Technologies’ space products manager. “I’ve seen the biggest change in mindset
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American photographer Brad Goldpaint has beaten thousands of amateur and professional stargazers around the world for the title of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018. Goldpaint’s image bagged the top prize in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 competition of £10,000 and a place in a new exhibition
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WASHINGTON — Planetary Resources Inc., once a high-flying company backed by billionaires with aspirations to mine asteroids, only to later suffer funding problems, has been acquired by a blockchain company, the firms announced Oct. 31. Planetary Resources said in a statement that it was acquired by ConsenSys, Inc. in an “asset-purchase transaction.” The companies did
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Strap yourselves in, because CERN has something up its sleeve. On Thursday 1 November, Large Hadron Collider (LHC) physicists will be discussing the fact that they may have found a new and unexpected new particle. “I’d say theorists are excited and experimentalists are very sceptical,” CERN physicist Alexandre Nikitenko told The Guardian. “As a physicist
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The Soyuz rocket is launched with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018. NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Soyuz rocket launch failure this month was caused by a faulty sensor, Russian news agencies reported citing an
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There is an unprecedented growth in the percentage of aging population throughout the world, particularly in growing economies such as Europe, Japan and China. Form 2000 to 2050, the percentage of the world’s population who is 60 years of age and older will approximately double from about 12% to 22% (from 605 million to 2
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SEATTLE/ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk flew to the Seattle area in June for meetings with engineers leading a satellite launch project crucial to his space company’s growth. FILE PHOTO: SpaceX headquarters is shown in Hawthorne, California, U.S. September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Within hours of landing, Musk had fired
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