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Duncan is a science and technology editor for CDN. Any opinions expressed in his articles are his own and not necessarily shared by CDN, its staff, officers, or their pets.

Watch: SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 with SAOCOM satellite

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 mission Sunday night in which it will launch the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The private space company expects to recover the first stage at Vandenburg Air Force Base for the first time in the company’s history. The satellite is expected to observe soil saturation ...

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Space Station Crew Returns Safely to Earth

ISS International Space Station

Three members of the Expedition 56 crew returned safely to Earth Thursday from the International Space Station, where they spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 7:44 a.m. EDT (5:44 p.m. in Kazakhstan) southeast ...

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Microsoft launches Military Spouse Technology Academy Program

Microsoft Corp. will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the launch of the Military Spouse Technology Academy (MSTA) pilot program serving military spouses in and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Friday, Sept. 28. The ceremony marks the expansion of Microsoft’s commitment to transform the lives of the military and veteran community through meaningful career opportunities by providing relevant and in-demand technical and soft-skills training, ...

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How to get the most money quick when you sell your iPhone in 2018

Online buyback stores are the best places to sell used iPhones, according to a new Flipsy.com report that compares iPhone selling options for a variety of metrics. Key findings include: Online buyback stores offer the best balance of price, convenience, payout times and trust, requiring minimal effort to receive a high price for used iPhones iPhone values depreciate at a ...

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Google and RapidSOS Now Provide Emergency Location for 911 Calls

Life-saving location data is provided to 9-1-1 during emergency calls from Android devices A New York company announced today that it is teaming up with the Google to offer location services to emergency agencies for cell phone activated 9-1-1 calls across the nation. RapidSOS today announced the partnership which delivers life-saving 911 caller location information to public safety agencies nationwide. With ...

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Study: Organizations Gearing Up for Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence

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A new study shows that business leaders are taking steps to ensure responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) within their organizations. Most AI adopters – which now account for 72 percent of organizations globally – conduct ethics training for their technologists (70 percent) and have ethics committees in place to review the use of AI (63 percent). AI leaders – ...

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Watch: How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Survive the Sun

Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is heading to the Sun this summer. Over the course of seven years of planned mission duration, the spacecraft will make 24 orbits of our star. On each close approach to the Sun it will sample the solar wind, study the Sun’s corona, and provide unprecedentedly close up observations from around our star — and armed with ...

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Here’s what you need if you want to design your own PCBs

Arduino microcontroller

If you are looking to taking your Arduino or other electronic projects beyond prototyping boards, printed circuit boards (PCB) will get you there, but what do you need to design PCB’s and how can you turn your design into a finished board? What are PCBs? Electronic circuit boards and circuits in the engineering industry are generally manufactured on Printed Circuit ...

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WATCH: ‘Transparent Aluminum’ technology from Star Trek is a real thing

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the crew travels back to 20th century Earth and needs to build an aquarium onboard their ship. Scotty delivered the formula for a future technology called transparent aluminum to a manufacturer in trade for the materials they need to finish their mission. 21st-century scientists have now made a high-strength, lightweight, optically-clear material called ...

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Watch: SpaceX launches Telstar satellite on block 5 Falcon 9

Spacex Launch Falcon 9 CRS-15

SpaceX is set to launch the newest version of it’s Falcon 9 rockets early Sunday morning in a mission to put a Telstar communications satellite into orbit. The launch is scheduled within a window between 1:50 a.m. EDT and 5:50 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This will be the second launch of a block 5 ...

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Aerospike Engines – Why Aren’t We Using them Now?

X-33 with Aerospike engine

Over 50 years ago an engine was designed that overcame the inherent design inefficiencies of bell-shaped rocket nozzles, but despite much research in the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s and was to power the replacement for the Space Shuttle. But 50 years on and it still yet to be flight tested. So why aren’t we using Aerospike rocket engines?

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10% of U.S. Broadband Households Watch Esports, and 62% Play Video Games at Least One Hour Per Week

New research released Tuesday on the rise of esports, shows that 10% of U.S. broadband households are watching this new form of content. Parks Associates’ new industry report Digital Natives: The Rise of Esports and the 360 Deep Dive Sports vs. Esports: Audience, Spending, and Consumption define esports as professionally or semi-professionally organized competitive video gaming events, including popular gaming titles such as “League of Legends,” ...

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Google Maps Nearly 6x More Popular Than Other Navigation Apps, Says New Survey

Google Maps is almost 6x more popular among smartphone owners than other navigation apps, according to new survey data from The Manifest, a business news and how-to website. Nearly 70% of smartphone owners use Google Maps the most, compared to 12% who use the second-most popular app, Waze. Google Maps’ dominance is attributed to its in-depth data curation and attention to ...

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Overwatch: NEW Hero Wrecking Ball Gameplay! – ALL Abilities Breakdown

Overwatch Wrecking Ball gameplay

Overwatch has allowed the release of video showing off their brand new hero – Wrecking Ball. Hammond, the clever hamster controlling a quad-cannon-equipped mech, is a clever tank/off-tank with amazing mobility, a good escape, and some cool abilities: Roll: Convert into a rolling ball that makes Wrecking Ball one of the most mobile tanks Minefield [ultimate] : deploy a field ...

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