Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Near-Earth asteroid CubeSat goes full sail

NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, a small satellite the size of a shoebox, designed to study asteroids close to Earth, recently performed a full-scale solar sail deployment test. The test was performed in an indoor clean room to ensure the deployment mechanism's functionality after recent environmental testing.

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BA probes crew member's anti-Nigerian Snapchat rant

The woman mocked accents and made lewd remarks about Nigerian people in a video shared on the app.

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Yomee wants to take the guesswork out of culturing yogurt at home

 In a post-Juicero world, the bar has been set high for any piece of smart kitchen hardware that only makes one type of food. Enter Yomee, which bills itself as the Keurig of fresh yogurt and is now raising funds on Kickstarter. Lecker Labs, the startup behind Yomee, hopes that its relatively low price (each unit will retail for $99) and cost-savings will let it succeed where Juicero failed. Read More


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UK's first subsidy-free solar opened in Bedfordshire

The solar farm will generate enough electricity for about 2,500 homes, its backers said.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Search on for personal flying machine

Boeing offers $2m to any team of engineers, students or hobbyists who can design a flying machine.

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Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise edition, snaps up Walmart as a customer

 Workplace — Facebook’s bid to take on the Slack, Microsoft and the rest of the players in the market of business chat and collaboration — is getting a big push today by way of a significant customer win. The company has signed on Walmart, the retailing giant and the world’s biggest employer with 2.2 million employees on its books. Walmart is rolling out Workplace to… Read More

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Video game voice actors do a deal to end strike

Video game actors reach a potential agreement to end a strike which has lasted nearly a year.

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Cartography of the Cosmos

There are hundreds of billions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, interspersed with all manner of matter, from the dark to the sublime. This is the universe that one group of researchers is trying to reconstruct, structure by structure, combining telescope surveys with next-generation data analysis and simulation techniques currently being primed for exascale computing.

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Dyson to make electric cars from 2020

The firm known for vacuum cleaners and fans will challenge the industry with a battery-powered car.

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Microsoft Excel is about to get a lot smarter

 Microsoft Excel users rejoice. Your favorite spreadsheet is about to get a lot smarter, thanks to the help of machine learning and a better connection to the outside world. As Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s general manager for Office, and Rob Howard, the company’s director of Office 365 ecosystem marketing, showed me during a briefing at the company’s Ignite conference today,… Read More

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