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Boeing received 'unnecessary' contract boost for astronaut capsule, watchdog says
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:11:20 -0500
Boeing's multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an "unnecessary" extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency's program to restart domestic human spaceflight.
China completes crucial landing test for first Mars mission in 2020
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:48:06 -0500
China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.
China's huge mysterious extinct ape 'Giganto' was an orangutan cousin
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:21:58 -0500
Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans.
Membrane in a minute: Singapore scientists produce in-vitro human skin
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:11:48 -0500
A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.
NASA unveils its first electric airplane - a work in progress
Sat, 09 Nov 2019 04:40:31 -0500
NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.
Prehistoric ape from Germany was a pioneer of two-legged walking
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:37:04 -0500
Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.
New Zealand base for methane-measuring satellite mission
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 01:03:31 -0500
A satellite mission to measure global methane emissions from oil and gas facilities will be based in New Zealand, the government said on Wednesday, in a collaboration with a U.S. environmental group.
NASA probe provides insight on solar system's border with interstellar space
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:20:26 -0500
(The Nov 4 story corrects speed of cosmic rays in paragraph 10.)
Boeing tests space taxi, one of three parachutes does not open
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:18:46 -0500
Boeing Co said on Monday that one of three parachutes failed to deploy during an otherwise successful safety test of its unmanned CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, being developed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
China launches high-res satellite able to provide stereo imagery - CCTV
Sun, 03 Nov 2019 02:39:36 -0500
China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite capable of providing stereoscopic imagery on Sunday, state-run media said, marking another important step as Beijing seeks to reduce reliance on foreign technology in topographic mapping.
Time for fungus? Indonesian watchmaker turns to mushroom leather
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:06:27 -0400
A watchmaker in Indonesia's Bandung city thinks the next step in sustainability is a wristwatch with a strap made out of the complex root structure of a mushroom.
Czech lab grows mustard plants for Mars
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 10:38:04 -0400
Czech scientists have opened a lab to experiment growing food for environments with extreme conditions and lack of water, such as Mars.
Humankind's ancestral 'homeland' pinpointed in Botswana
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:23:45 -0400
A large ancient wetlands region spanning northern Botswana - once teeming with life but now dominated by desert and salt flats - may represent the ancestral homeland of all of the 7.7 billion people on Earth today, researchers said on Monday.
Secretive military spaceplane lands in Florida after record-long orbital flight
Sun, 27 Oct 2019 16:08:41 -0400
The Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.
NASA plans to send water-hunting robot to moon surface in 2022
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 14:46:56 -0400
NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024 to possibly use it for astronauts to drink and to make rocket fuel, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.
Post-apocalyptic fossils show rise of mammals after dinosaur demise
Thu, 24 Oct 2019 14:03:59 -0400
A revelatory cache of fossils dug up in central Colorado details as never before the rise of mammals from the post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid smacked Earth 66 million years ago and annihilated three-quarters of all species including the dinosaurs.
Google unveils quantum computer breakthrough; critics say wait a qubit
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:23:57 -0400
Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computing research by using a quantum computer to solve in minutes a complex problem that would take today's most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack.
Explainer: Google hails 'quantum supremacy', but don't chuck out your PC just yet
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:04:28 -0400
Researchers at Google say they have achieved 'quantum supremacy', in which a computer harnessing the properties of sub-atomic particles did a far better job of solving a problem than the world's most powerful supercomputer.
U.S. tech firm Maxar taps startup's software for moon mission
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:16:15 -0400
(This October 22 story has been refiled to correct headline to say software rather than robotics, first paragraph to clarify that the Olis software would run on a Maxar robotic arm, paragraphs 2 and 3 to state that the robotic arm belongs to Maxar, and paragraph 4 to remove reference to Olis building the robotic arm)
Manure, trash and wastewater: U.S. utilities get dirty in climate fight
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:08:28 -0400
Joey Airoso has always been proud of his cows, whose milk goes into the butter sold by national dairy company Land O'Lakes. Now he has something new to brag about: the vast amounts of gas produced by his 2,900-head herd is powering truck fleets, homes and factories across the state of California.
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Google's collection of medical records sparks privacy concerns
Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:50:53 +0000
The apparent whistleblower who revealed Google is collecting medical records from about 50 million Americans said "Project Nightingale" raised red flags, including a security risk of "placing medical data in the digital cloud." Google said it's using the information to improve health care and reduce medical costs, under strict privacy and security standards. Wired Editor-in-Chief Nick Thomson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the privacy and security concerns.
High tide in Venice could hit twice normal level
Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:51:53 +0000
Venice, Italy, is facing the second worst flooding in nearly 100 years, and high tide could hit nearly twice the normal level on Friday. At least two people have died, and the city's mayor has closed the historic St. Mark's Square. Holly Williams reports.
Instagram testing policy to hide likes
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 02:38:56 +0000
Instagram said it wants to create a healthier environment for users. So it's testing out a new policy in parts of the U.S. to hide likes. Jamie Yuccas explains.
USS Grayback, submarine missing for 75 years, found off Japan
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:35:41 +0000
A U.S. Navy submarine missing for 75 years has been found off Okinawa, Japan. The USS Grayback sailed out of Pearl Harbor on January 28, 1944, for its 10th combat patrol. Two months later, it was listed as missing and presumed lost.
Why dating apps are causing burnout
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:36:02 +0000
An estimated 25 million American adults used dating apps in the past year. Some experts say dating apps keep people locked in an endless cycle of matches and rejections, and many end up feeling more disconnected and lonely. CBSN Originals executive producer Adam Yamaguchi joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss their new documentary, "Dating Apps."
Apple Card accused of gender discrimination in its algorithm
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:34:40 +0000
One of Apple's co-founders, Steve Wozniak, is accusing the company's new digital credit card of gender discrimination. Apple introduced the card in August, partnering with Goldman Sachs as the issuing bank. Last week one tech entrepreneur said the algorithms being used are sexist. CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nick Thompson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the claims.
MIT's "virtually indestructible" mini cheetah robots show off flips
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:56:02 +0000
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are making headlines for their small army of “mini cheetah robots.” According to MIT News, the robots weigh about 20 pounds and researchers say they are "virtually indestructible." But don't expect them to hit store shelves anytime soon. MIT said it created the bots to be a tool for researchers.
Instagram to hide "likes" from users starting next week
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:10:03 +0000
Major changes are coming to Instagram. Starting next week, the social media platform will start hiding likes. The company is testing whether reducing popularity contests will make a safer online environment for users.
Emergency auto-land technology hopes to prevent small plane crashes
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 22:39:22 +0000
Around 250 people die every year in small plane crashes. But new technology gives pilots and passengers the option of hitting what is basically a panic button to automatically land an aircraft. Kris Van Cleave took a test flight.
Major cities around the world could be underwater by 2050, report shows
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 22:43:25 +0000
In our Eye on Earth series, we explore a new report that shows many major coastal cities around the world could be underwater by 2050. Scientists from Climate Central say that means 300 million people would be waterlogged in 30 years. Climate Central chief meteorologist Bernadette Woods Placky joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the findings.
Air Force X-37B spaceplane successfully returns to earth after 780-day mission
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 21:42:02 +0000
Air Force X-37B spaceplane successfully returned to earth Saturday after a 780-day mission, a record flight for a top secret U.S. military plane with no pilot. The solar-powered plane is believed to be a flying lab for testing advanced technology.
Thanks to hidden cameras in Siberia, poaching of snow leopards has virtually stopped
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:19:07 +0000
Only about 4,000 snow leopards are left in the wild. Now considered a "vulnerable species," they roam across Central Asia where climate change and poaching further threatens their survival. A program in the remote mountains of Russia and Mongolia is trying to save the local species, and it's working. Elizabeth Palmer reports.
Autobraking tech will be standard in cars by 2022, but drivers complain of "phantom braking"
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:22:27 +0000
Automatic emergency braking will be standard in most cars in 2022. It's expected to cut the number of rear-end crashes in half. But hundreds of drivers say sometimes the system slams on the brakes apparently for no reason. Kris Van Cleave reports.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg grilled on Capitol Hill
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:54:15 +0000
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg found himself on the hot seat. He went to Capitol Hill to talk about social media's global currency plans. But as Ed O'Keefe reports, he ended up getting grilled on a range of controversial issues.
Egypt reveals details about 30 ancient coffins found with mummies inside
Sat, 19 Oct 2019 22:18:36 +0000
Egyptian archaeologists recently discovered 30 colorful ancient wooden coffins in the city of Luxor. On Saturday, they were opened to reveal perfectly preserved mummies.
All-women Delta crew flies 120 girls to NASA to encourage female aviators
Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:08:04 +0000
To celebrate International Girls in Aviation Day, Delta took 120 girls, ages 12 to 18, to NASA's headquarters to learn about STEM and careers in aviation and aerospace.
Fires rage across Amazon rainforest at record pace
Sun, 06 Oct 2019 23:07:44 +0000
Fires are raging across Brazil's Amazon rainforest at a record pace. There were roughly 20,000 fires there last month alone. Many are manmade, caused by forests being cleared for farming. Manuel Bojorquez reports.
Paralyzed man walks using exoskeleton
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 23:46:36 +0000
A man in France, paralyzed from the shoulders down, is now able to walk using a robotic suit controlled by his mind.
Robots could be to blame for workers' stagnant wages
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 19:46:04 +0000
Researchers say workers may be cautious about asking for higher pay out of fear they may be replaced by automation.
Southern states facing record heat in first week of fall
Sun, 29 Sep 2019 18:59:33 +0000
As the Northwest is looking at record snow, the south is facing record heat, both in the first week of fall. Jeff Berardelli reports.
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