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Feb 17, 2020

300 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship are back in the US, including 14 who have coronavirus

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

In the blink of an eye, the US cases jump from 15 to 29.


Fourteen Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship on US-chartered flights have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the US departments of State and Health and Human Services said.

The passengers were among more than 300 Americans who had been quarantined on the ship since February 4 at the Japanese port city of Yokohama.

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Feb 17, 2020

The world’s most jaw-dropping projects fail for these reasons

Posted by in category: transportation

Megaprojects like airports and transit lines are large and complex, but help is on the way.

Feb 17, 2020

Deformed object in the Kuiper Belt defies planetary formation theory

Posted by in category: space

Arrokoth is weird — it is also proving revelatory.

Feb 17, 2020

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites for new megaconstellation, misses rocket landing

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit Monday (Feb. 17), but missed a landmark booster landing at sea.

Feb 17, 2020

VAYU: NASA scientist starts world’s first yoga university outside India

Posted by in category: education

The announcement by the university came within three months of receiving official recognition from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, California to offer yoga-based higher education programmes in November 2019.

VAYU would facilitate collaborative research, credit transfers and joint programmes with multiple premier universities across the world.

“As Swami Vivekananda said education is the manifestation of perfection already in man, VAYU aims at providing man-making and nation-building education by promoting an all-round personality development in students of generation next,” Nagendra said in a statement to PTI.

Feb 17, 2020

How dark is the cosmic web?

Posted by in category: space

A dark web ties the universe together. Now, we can see it.

Feb 17, 2020

Robot analysts outwit humans on investment picks, study shows

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, employment, robotics/AI

They beat us at chess and trivia, supplant jobs by the thousands, and are about to be let loose on highways and roads as chauffeurs and couriers.

Now, fresh signs of robot supremacy are emerging on Wall Street in the form of machine stock analysts that make more profitable investment choices than humans. At least, that’s the upshot of one of the first studies of the subject, whose preliminary results were released in January.

Buy recommendations peddled by robo-analysts, which supposedly mimic what traditional equity research departments do but faster and at lower costs, outperform those of their flesh-and-blood counterparts over the long run, according to Indiana University professors.

Feb 17, 2020

Op-ed | A Space Force needs spaceships

Posted by in categories: government, military, satellites

It has taken until the second decade of the 21st century, but the U.S. government has finally designated space to be a legitimate domain of military operations and has stood up the U.S. Space Force — that’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that the U.S. Space Force has no routine, reliable access to space.

The Space Force will operate in the near-Earth and cislunar domains like our current military operates in the domains of land, sea, and air. The Army and Marines have their land and air vehicles, the Navy has its surface ships and submarines, and the Air Force has its airplanes. But the assets being transferred to the Space Force — satellites and expendable launch vehicles — are akin to lighthouses, buoys, dirigibles, and coastal artillery because we have so far only treated space as a support service.

The U.S. Space Force must acquire responsive, routine, and reliable access to space — starting with launch systems optimize for reaching low Earth orbit (LEO). The Space Force must be equipped with a fleet of responsive, spacefaring vehicles under the operational purview of the Space Force’s equivalent of an Air Force colonel or Navy captain. Currently, the resource requirements for space launch are so large that only a three-star general of above to approve a mission; for launch to be truly operationally responsive, the required resources — and decision-making authority — must be driven down to a level comparable to what’s been required to send a B-2 Stealth Bomber or the now-retired SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft aloft.

Feb 17, 2020

How to prevent hair loss?

Posted by in category: futurism

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Feb 17, 2020

Your DNA is a valuable asset, so why give it to ancestry websites for free?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

DNA testing companies are starting to profit from selling our data on to big pharma. Perhaps they should be paying us, says science writer Laura Spinney.