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Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ private space company, broke ground Friday on its new rocket engine manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama. “Alabama is a great state for aerospace manufacturing and we are proud to produce America’s next rocket engine right here in Rocket City,” Robert Meyerson, president of Blue Origin, said in a statement. (Article Continues
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Another major headline-grabbing climate study suggesting oceans have warmed faster than previously thought is full of “factual errors and misleading statements,” according to independent scientist Nic Lewis. Lewis challenged the climate paper’s central arguments that more recent estimates of ocean heat content (OHC) are higher than those cited in the United Nations’ 2014 climate report
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The New York Times is pushing the theory that cold snaps are becoming more frequent because of global warming. However, many scientists disagree that global warming is making U.S. winters colder. “Such claims make no sense and are inconsistent with observations and the best science,” said one scientist. Large swaths of the U.S. are experiencing
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers are worried that so-called “deepfake” videos will be the next frontier for bad actors who attempt to spread disinformation online ahead of political elections. Artificial intelligence is making it easier for people to manipulate videos in a way that blurs the lines between fact and fiction, according to tech experts
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YouTube announced a ban Tuesday on videos that endorse dangerous pranks and challenges, which pose risks of injury or death. The move was not in response to a particular challenge, according to YouTube. “We heard feedback from creators that we could provide some clarity on certain Community Guidelines, so we published additional materials detailing
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Facebook is creating new rules limiting employee’s ability to change colleagues’ minds about politics and religion, Business Insider reported Tuesday, citing internal documents reflecting the change. The rules prohibit bullying, bans attempts to change employee’s politics or religion, and outlaw harassing speech, an internal Facebook memo said Monday. Employees have described the Silicon Valley company’s
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Posted by: Duncan Idaho in Science and Technology, Syndicated Posts January 12, 2019 On Friday, January 11 at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC, SpaceX successfully launched the eighth and final set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites for Iridium’s next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Falcon 9’s first stage delivered the
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Private rocket company SpaceX said Friday that it will let more than 6,000 employees go citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.” “To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted
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New York Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” won’t impact global warming, according to a climate model. It would only avert 0.14 degrees Celsius of projected warming by 2100 — that’s not even measurable. “The year-to-year variation is very close to the total amount of warming that would be ‘saved’ by 2100,” one scientist said. Democrats are
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The government shutdown is threatening to derail a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Facebook’s use of people’s private information, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing former government officials. The FTC has been investigating whether the company violated a consent order it made in 2011 promising to notify people when their private information is handled
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Facebook’s secretive rule book regulating how employees censor certain forms of expression contains numerous biases and outright errors, according to internal documents The New York Times obtained Friday. The nearly 1,400 page document shows the Silicon Valley company’s guidebook is riddled with mistakes and is not nimble enough to handle cultural nuance, the report notes.
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One of Amazon’s newest projects is researching ways to make Alexa a more human-like communicator for customers, but sometimes the virtual assistant’s language comes as creepy and offensive. New research is making Alexa better mimic human response, Reuters reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The research sometimes results in awkward moments for people
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For tax year 2018, the rules have changed on business cell-phone deductions, and they are completely wrong. The IRS is a dinosaur and it’s proving it with the changes to how cell-phones are deducted as a business expense in 2018. Prior to 2018, it was the cost of service and that’s it. Now, it’s a percentage
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Shipping companies are considering a modern version of a centuries-old concept to power tankers essential for international trade and travel, The Washington Post reports. Tech companies are pitching “rotor sails,” which look like spinning columns, to shipping companies who are beginning to test the motors on select ships. When enough wind is present, the columns
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  by Gavin Hanson Scientists still can’t agree on what caused a continuous and dull subterranean rumbling interrupted by regular bursts near Madagascar that shook every seismograph on Earth on Nov. 11 for 30 minutes, according to a Thursday Gizmodo report. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) For 30 minutes the Earth grumbled with a deep tremor that, besides enigmatically timely
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Next-Generation Machine Learning to Complement Entire BlackBerry Technology Portfolio Integrated BlackBerry Solutions to be First to Intelligently Protect Fixed and Mobile Endpoints Embeddable AI Technology to Accelerate Development of BlackBerry Spark EoT Platform BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Cylance, an artificial intelligence and
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  by Gavin Hanson Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reportedly directed his managing staff to use only Android phones, according to The New York Times. (Article Continues Below Advertisement) This order came after Apple CEO Tim Cook took aim at Facebook’s advertising-based business model, although Facebook denies it was a direct result of his comments. Tim
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