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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 SES-12 into orbit using previously flown first stage

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Monday, June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and its payload occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT. The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. Falcon 9’s first stage for the ...

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Survey: Americans Believe Tech Makes Their Lives Better But Society Worse

The vast majority of Americans believe that smartphones and internet technology have improved their lives, yet consumers are extremely concerned about tech’s impact on society as a whole – especially in relation to data security, the growing gap between rich and poor, and job opportunities. Americans do not believe that policymakers are keeping up with the pace of technological change ...

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Nearly 40% of U.S. Broadband Households Own a Streaming Media Player

New research today shows that ownership of streaming media players has risen from about six percent of U.S. broadband households in 2010 to almost 40% at the beginning of 2018. Parks Associates’ consumer data indicates that Amazon’s share of streaming media players owned in U.S. broadband households has increased by 4% since last year, taking some of Google’s share of the ...

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Watch: That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

It rained for 2 million years

At the beginning of the Triassic Period, with the continents locked together from pole-to-pole in the supercontinent of Pangea, the world is hot, flat, and very, very dry. But then 234 million years ago, the climate suddenly changed for the wetter.

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3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media

A new survey found that 3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media when it comes to protecting their privacy online. Despite increased use of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat and use of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, most Americans have little or no trust that these platforms, or current laws, will protect them, according to the ...

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U.S. Consumers Will Buy More Than 485 Million Connected Devices in 2021

A new report released at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference says that U.S. consumers will purchase more than 485 million connected consumer devices in 2021, including smart home, connected health, mobile, and connected entertainment products. By 2022, sales will exceed 520 million units. The event takes place this week in San Francisco, starting today with the opening keynote address “The Impact of Artificial ...

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Microsoft Introduced the new Suface Hub 2 – Despite the stupid name, I want one .. or four

Microsoft announced its newest gadget last week and for the first time in … forever .. they’ve actually produced something original – the Surface Hub 2. The first Surface Hub was little more than a giant touchscreen monitor with a built-in computer. It did what it was supposed to, but it wasn’t portable, and certainly didn’t change the game. The Surface ...

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27% of U.S. Broadband Households Own at Least One Smart Speaker

A new report “Global Connected Living Outlook: Expanding IoT Momentum” reports 27% of U.S. broadband households reported owning at least one smart speaker. The research firm will host CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conferenceon May 22-24 in San Francisco to examine the impact of voice and AI innovations on consumer experiences in the smart home. “Smart speakers with personal assistants represent the early stages of innovations that ...

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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

NASA is sending something to Mars that no one before has, a helicopter. The Mars Helicopter will be included in the Mars 2020 Rover mission which was announced on May 11.   Once landed, the autonomous flying rover will undergo a 30-day test cycle to understand the viability of flying a heavier-than-air craft across the Martian terrain. “NASA has a ...

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SpaceX launches satellite atop first Block 5 Falcon 9 Rocket on second attempt

Falcon 9 FORMOSAT-5 8-24-17

update: The Block 5 Falcon 9 successfully launched and deployed the satellite on Friday afternoon. Both the Thursday aborted attempt and the Friday success videos are below. SpaceX was set to launch a satellite Thursday on the first flight of a block 5 Falcon 9 vehicle. Block 5 is the first iteration of the booster that is intended to be ...

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Elon Musk touts new tunnel under L.A. in video, promises free rides [video]

Elon Musk, CEO of The Boring Company, SpaceX and Tesla released a video late Thursday night showing the first tunnel that his “boring” company has completed underneath Los Angeles. “First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months,” Musk said in the description next ...

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Google’s CEO announces robot assistants that can do everything for you

Google announced several exciting technologies that they’re working on and expect to release in coming weeks during the I/O’18 conference Tuesday. CEO Sundar Pichai delivered the keynote address Tuesday during which he talked about their artificial intelligence, voice technology, image enhancement, chip technology improvements and more. Wait until you see the part on Google ‘Duplex’ where the google assistant will ...

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What is NASA’s InSight Mars Mission? [Launch Video and Info]

InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, launched at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The rocket is on its way, carrying NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) to begin its ...

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Liver Fix Thyself

How Some Liver Cells Switch Identities to Build Missing Plumbing  By studying a rare liver disease called Alagille syndrome, scientists from Cincinnati Children’s and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered the mechanism behind an unusual form of tissue regeneration that may someday reduce the need for expensive and difficult-to-obtain organ transplants. The team’s findings, published in the journal Nature, show that when disease ...

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NASA offers Tour of the Moon in 4K

Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain. Music Provided By Killer Tracks: “Never Looking Back” – Frederick Wiedmann. “Flying over ...

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