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Asteroid Mining Might Just Work—If Only We Can Land on the Dang Things 1
Posted Thursday, Jul 5, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Landing Small exploratory spacecraft on asteroids and comets is an incredible engineering feat. Some of these “rocks” are only a few miles wide. Talk about finding a needle in a haystack…  – Jeff   By Ryan F. Mandelbaum The Rosetta mission’s Philae lander descended toward the two-and-a-half-mile-wide comet at a human’s walking pace. For…

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AMD Tackles Coming "Chiplet" Revolution With New Chip Network Scheme 2
Posted Monday, Jun 25, 2018 by Jeff Safire

The time may be coming when computers and other systems are made not from individually packaged chips attached to a printed circuit board but from bare ICs interconnected on a larger slice of silicon. Researchers have been developing this concept called “chiplets” with the idea that it will let data move faster and freer…

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Alphabet's DeepMind Makes a Key Advance in Computer Vision 3
Posted Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Researchers at Alphabet’s DeepMind today described a method that they say can construct a three-dimensional layout from just a handful of two-dimensional snapshots. So far the method, based on deep neural networks, has been confined to virtual environments, they write in Science magazine.

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Microsoft’s Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy 4
Posted Friday, Jun 15, 2018 by Jeff Safire

GitHub—a website that has become popular with scientists collaborating on research data and software—is to be acquired by Microsoft for US$7.5 billion. In the wake of the takeover announcement on 4 June, some scientists and programmers voiced concerns about the deal on social media.

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Amazon’s new all-in-one and laptop designs could get Alexa<br/>into even more PCs 5
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Amazon has just announced four new designs for PC manufacturers to work off of, which could make it easier to integrate Alexa in more PCs. The new Windows 10 PC designs have been pre-tested and are “final-product designs.”

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