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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03 Dec 2020

Face recognition software making progress at recognizing masked faces

The NIST has found that facial recognition algorithms have improved their ability to detect identities even when the individual is wearing a mask. Since the beginning of the pandemic, numerous studies have been conducted to test the effect of masked faces on algorithms, as facial recognition software pre-pandemic was unable

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02 Dec 2020

NPS Officials Share Fresh Details on Forthcoming Self-Driving Shuttle Pilot

The first-ever autonomous vehicle pilot is on track to be implemented at Yellowstone National Park in May, according to the National Park Service (NPS). The organization has been developing the technology for months and plans to appeal to its next generation of visitors while cutting costs. The NPS is looking

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02 Dec 2020

This Company Uses AI to Outwit Malicious AI

Startup Robust Intelligence is experimenting with AI and how to mitigate the risks posed by malicious AI. Robust Intelligence is responding to threats of attacks on commercial AI algorithms, with the first one being reported in 2019 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As AI continues to be

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01 Dec 2020

Lawmakers Want Data to Decide the Future of America’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

New bipartisan legislation focused on securing a detailed plan for the government’s support of electric vehicles was recently introduced in the House. The bill would form a grant program to fund local governments, electric utility companies, and universities. The locations were targeted due to their potential as convenient and sensible

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30 Nov 2020

UK bans installation of new Huawei 5G equipment from September

The UK government has reportedly released an update on their plans to phase out Huawei technology by 2027, now introducing a ban on the installation of new Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021. The decision follows plans announced in July declaring that UK firms will be barred from purchasing new

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30 Nov 2020

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be tested in a new trial after questions over its data

The Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine will go through another global trial, according to CEO Pascal Soriot. The program had originally been planning to add a subdivision to its existing US trial, however, has decided to re-enter global testing amid criticism over the data to date. The organization has claimed

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