10 Dec 2020

SpaceX’s Starship has flown a record 12.5 km into the air

SpaceX, Elon Musks’s space exploration and technology startup, conducted the first-ever high altitude flight of Starship yesterday. Starship is the rocket that the company plans to use as a commercial aircraft and fly humans to the moon and mars. Although the spacecraft did not make a safe landing and rather

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09 Dec 2020

French army gets ethical go-ahead for bionic soldiers

On Tuesday, a French military ethics committee released a report following a decision to allow the French armed forces to develop augmented soldiers. The report considers medical treatments, prosthetics, and implants to improve physical cognitive, psychological, and perceptive capacities. The technology could also allow for enhanced tracking or connectivity of

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09 Dec 2020

Army Looks to Launch Next-Level, Automated Warehouse at Fort Hood

The Army is seeking to transform an existing Supply Support Activity warehouse in Fort Hood into a model of technology use to be implemented in other locations. The warehouse will tap into artificial intelligence, robotics, and other cutting edge technology to speed up operations and reduce the workload on staff.

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09 Dec 2020

Huawei Tested Facial Recognition System That Identifies Uighurs, Report Claims

According to Pennsylvania-based research group IPVM, Chinese tech giant Huawei tested a facial recognition system that aims to specifically identify Uighur Muslims, an ethnic minority group that has been surveilled and oppressed by China. According to documents uncovered by IPVM, the system was built using Huawei cloud infrastructure and tools

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08 Dec 2020

SpaceX gets $886 million from FCC to subsidize Starlink in 35 states

The Federal Communications Commission has awarded a lucrative $885.51 million contract to SpaceX, seeking to have the company provide Starlink broadband to rural homes and businesses in 35 states. The funding is distributed over 10 years, allowing SpaceX to work with $88.5 million per year. The satellite company was one

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07 Dec 2020

China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

Google won international acclaim for its prototype quantum computer last year, which completed a calculation in minutes that would have taken supercomputer thousands of years. On Thursday, the Chinese quantum research group declared that it had achieved quantum supremacy, citing results acquired with its system called Jiuzhang, which completed calculations

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07 Dec 2020

China spacecraft is returning to Earth with moon samples in a first for the country

A Chinese spacecraft that collected lunar samples from the moon is preparing to come back to earth. This marks the first time that China has collected moon samples, making it the third country to retrieve lunar samples following missions launched by the US and Soviet Union in the late twentieth

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07 Dec 2020

Airbus Bets on Hydrogen to Deliver Zero-Emission Jets

In September, company Airbus SE laid out a five-year plan to develop a commercially viable hydrogen aircraft despite obstacles such as the issue of storing highly combustible hydrogen. Airbus is seeking to maintain carbon neutrality by 2050, virtually reinventing the trillion-dollar aviation industry. Airbus has placed more emphasis on the

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04 Dec 2020

China has done human testing to create biologically enhanced super soldiers, says top U.S. official

According to US Intelligence, China is allegedly conducting human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army, seeking to develop soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities. This alarming information represents the extent that China is willing to go to maintain military superiority. John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, states that the

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04 Dec 2020

Britain assembles a new cyber force of soldiers and spies

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Britain, announced on November 19 that the country would be investing in its biggest defense venture since the Thatcher era. The funding, roughly $8.7 billion, will go towards a new program that seeks to combine its intelligence forces and push technological advancements within the military.

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