Yearly Archives: 2018

Florida’s Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide

Greg Allen, writing for NPR: Florida this week declared a state of emergency because of a slow-moving natural disaster — red tide. Red tide is toxic algae that have persisted off Florida’s Gulf Coast for nearly a year. In recent

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Microsoft and Amazon Begin Public Rollout of First Alexa-Cortana Integrations

Starting today, Amazon and Microsoft will begin rolling out the first integrations between the digital assistants, allowing users to rouse Cortana on Echo devices and conjure Alexa on Windows 10 PCs and Harman Kardon Invoke speakers. From a report: “The

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India To Launch First Manned Space Mission By 2022

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022, the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, which could make it the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China. From a report: Modi

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Apple Argued That Buildings at Its Headquarters Were Worth $200, Not $1B, To Reduce Its Tax Bill: Report

Apple argued that buildings it owned around Cupertino, where it is headquartered, were only worth $200 instead of the $1 billion tax assessors deemed in 2015, according to appeals reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. From a report: The report

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Scientists Find Way To Make Mineral Which Can Remove CO2 From Atmosphere

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists have found a rapid way of producing magnesite, a mineral which stores carbon dioxide. If this can be developed to an industrial scale, it opens the door to removing CO2 from

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Mobile Internet Goes Free, National For a Day In Cuba

More than 5 million cellphone users in Cuba received free internet on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before the government launches sales of the service. The test marks the first time internet services were available nationwide. Reuters reports: Cuba is

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SpaceX Reveals the Controls of Its Dragon Spacecraft For the First Time

On Monday, SpaceX let reporters take a look inside its Crew Dragon capsule for the first time, as well as hear from the four astronauts: Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins. Ars Technica writes about several pieces

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Scientists Calculate the Speed of Death In Cells And It’s 30 Micrometers Per Minute

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Scientists found that death travels in unremitting waves through a cell, moving at a rate of 30 micrometers (one-thousandth of an inch) every minute, they report in a new study published

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Verizon Nears 5G Launch Deals With Apple and Google: Bloomberg

In a statement Tuesday, Verizon announced deals making Apple and Google its first video providers for a 5G wireless service its planning to launch in four cities later this year. From the report: The home broadband service will debut in

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WWV Shortwave Time Broadcasts May Be Slashed In 2019

New submitter SteveSgt writes: A forum thread on QRZ.com indicates that the shortwave time broadcasts by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from stations WWV (Colorado) and WWVH (Hawaii) may be slashed in budget year 2019. [One of

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