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Nasa refines thermal protection system for Orion’s next mission

In a bid to bolster its effort to prepare humans for deeper space missions, NASA engineers have refined the key thermal protection system of Orion – new exploration spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to asteroid and Mars. The team has been improving the spacecraft’s heat shield design and manufacturing process since the vehicle successfully travelled to space for the first ... Read More »

NASA directs SpaceX to launch astronauts from US soil to ISS

In a significant step toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and reducing its dependence on Russian launch facilities, NASA has ordered California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from US soil. “It is really exciting to see SpaceX and Boeing with hardware in flow for their first crew rotation missions,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s commercial ... Read More »

Smartphone app will now monitor food security

Scientists have developed a way to monitor food security using a smartphone app, which combines weather and soil moisture data from satellites with crowd-sourced data on the vulnerability of the population to malnutrition and other relevant socio-economic data. Drought and crop failure can often be predicted by monitoring the weather and measuring soil moisture. But other risk factors, such as ... Read More »

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin successfully tests reusable space rocket

  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday his space transportation company, Blue Origin, plans about two more years of test flights before it will offer rides to passengers. On Monday, Blue Origin successfully landed a suborbital rocket back at its launch site, a key step in its drive to make reusable rockets, the company said. “This flight retired a ... Read More »

Flyme 5 update for Meizu Pro 5 finally arrives

As expected, the Flyme 5 update for the Meizu Pro 5 flagship smartphone – which wasannounced with 5.7 inch display and Exynos 7420 chipset back in September this year – has finally arrived. While that’s certainly good news for Pro 5 owners, it’s worth mentioning that the update will not be available over-the-air (OTA) as it’s still in beta. This ... Read More »

Facebook to open source artificial intelligence technology

Facebook is releasing the designs of a new computer server for free – twice as fast as those used by Facebook earlier, it designed to put more power behind artificial-intelligence software, MIT Technology review reported. Facebook’s new server design, dubbed Big Sur, was created to power deep-learning software, which processes data using roughly simulated neurons. The invention of ways to ... Read More »

Technology Will Save Our Future, According To Japanese SF Author Taiyo Fujii

I’ve been increasingly interested in translated science fiction novels, and one of the best ones that I picked up this year was Taiyo Fujii’s debut Gene Mapper. Gene Mapper takes place in a future where augmented reality and genetic engineering is commonplace. When a freelance gene mapper named Hayashida finds that a project that he had worked on is collapsing, ... Read More »

3D technology to transform the future of consumer electronics

With smartphones, drones, automobiles, 3D printing and the Internet of thingsconverging to deliver novel high-tech concepts, the 3D technology will transform how consumer electronics are manufactured and consumed, according to Dassault Systemes — the world leader in 3D design software. “3D is going to transform how consumer electronics are manufactured and consumed in the coming years. We have been pushing ... Read More »

College Campuses Are The New Test Facilities For Emerging Technology

College campuses have long been sites of innovation and technology. Housing superior research and development facilities, a plethora of advisory resources and brilliant thinkers, higher-ed institutions are natural hubs for creating next-gen systems. We saw the first general purpose computer emerge from the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, the first retractable, locking seatbelt come from the University of Minnesota in ... Read More »

Otay Mesa border crossing launches testing of facial recognition technology

For the first time on the U.S. southern border, authorities are conducting facial and iris scans on foreigners entering the country, part of a congressionally mandated effort aimed at cracking down on those who remain in the United States with expired visas. Under a pilot program launched last week at the Otay Mesa port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border ... Read More »