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Nov 23, 2020

Robots invade the construction site

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Builder eBob —

A new generation of machines is automating a tech-averse industry.

Nov 23, 2020

The Trillion-Transistor Chip That Just Left a Supercomputer in the Dust

Posted by in category: supercomputing

Researchers pitted the biggest computer chip in the world against a supercomputer to simulate combustion—and the megachip won the race by a mile.

Nov 23, 2020

This inkless metal pen can write forever, and it’s on sale

Posted by in category: futurism

Your hand will give up before this pen does.

Nov 23, 2020

BMW’s Mini created a futuristic concept electric car that looks like a living room inside and has seats that can turn into a daybed

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

When the Mini Vision Urbanaut is parked, the dashboard can turn into a daybed among other lounging-related abilities in the concept car.

Nov 23, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Stands to Force Changes in U.S. Spy Services

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, climatology, security, sustainability

After years of underplaying soft threats like disease and climate change, the national-security establishment faces calls for a new approach in light of Covid-19 crisis.

Nov 23, 2020

Airflow studies reveal strategies to reduce indoor transmission of COVID-19

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists studying the aerodynamics of infectious disease share steps to curb transmission during indoor activities. Credit: Kelby Kramer and Gerald J. Wang VIRTUAL MEETING (CST), November 22, 2020 — Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. Avoid large gatherings. As the world awaits a safe and effective vaccine, controlling the COVID-19…

Nov 23, 2020

China is launching a moon probe to collect the first lunar rocks since 1970s

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, satellites

China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks — the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s.

The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect material that can help scientists understand more about the moon’s origins and formation. The mission will test China’s ability to remotely acquire samples from space, ahead of more complex missions.

If successful, the mission will make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples, following the United States and the Soviet Union decades ago.

Nov 23, 2020

Astronomers Discover New “Fossil Galaxy” Buried Deep Within the Hidden Depths of Our Own Milky Way

Posted by in categories: evolution, space

Scientists working with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys’ Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) have discovered a “fossil galaxy” hidden in the depths of our own Milky Way.

This result, published today (November 20, 2020) in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, may shake up our understanding of how the Milky Way grew into the galaxy we see today.

“APOGEE lets us pierce through that dust and see deeper into the heart of the Milky Way than ever before.” —

Nov 23, 2020

Rover that will explore Mars moon Phobos starts landing tests

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

The first rover to explore the moon of another planet has started practicing for its landing, even though that historic touchdown is at least six years away.

The 55-lb. (25 kilograms) robot is part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2024 and arrive at the Red Planet the following year.

Nov 23, 2020

GoDaddy Employees Used in Attacks on Multiple Cryptocurrency Services

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode

Fraudsters redirected email and web traffic destined for several cryptocurrency trading platforms over the past week. The attacks were facilitated by scams targeting employees at GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

The incident is the latest incursion at GoDaddy that relied on tricking employees into transferring ownership and/or control over targeted domains to fraudsters. In March, a voice phishing scam targeting GoDaddy support employees allowed attackers to assume control over at least a half-dozen domain names, including transaction brokering site