• Science Updates
    Rocket Carrying Astronauts to ISS Fails in Mid Air, Crew Safe After Emergency Landing

    A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing. The rocket was carrying US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. Footage from inside the Soyuz showed the two men being shaken around […]

  • Science Updates
    Japan Delays Touchdown of Hayabusa2 Probe on Asteroid Ryugu

    A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system will now land on the rock several months later than planned, officials said Thursday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) told reporters the Hayabusa2 probe is now expected to touch down on the Ryugu asteroid in “late January” at the earliest, […]

  • Internet
    Google Is Trying to Build a Censored Chinese Search Engine, CEO Pichai Confirms

    Google on Monday confirmed a secretive project that’s been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its search engine that complies with China’s online censorship regime. The project, code-named Dragonfly, is not only real but is already performing to the satisfaction of top Google executives. And it could […]

  • Science Updates
    Record ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ Detected From Deep Space: Study

    Australian researchers on Thursday said they have detected a record number of radio waves from space, including the closest and fastest one that may help understand the matter between galaxies. “We’ve found 20 fast radio bursts in a year, almost doubling the number detected worldwide since they were discovered in 2007,” said Ryan Shannon from […]

  • Education
    MIT, AI, and the Future of Higher Education

    MIT’s announcement of a $1 billion commitment to artificial intelligence discovery through a new College of Computing is a big deal. The question is will this be a big deal for shaping the future of the higher ed? In reading the MIT announcement, I can’t find mention of the relationship between this new College and MIT Open Learning. My […]

  • Internet
    IBM Challenges Pentagon’s $10 Billion Cloud-Computing Effort Days Before Bids Are Due

    IBM is challenging the Defense Department’s decision to turn to a single provider for its $10 billion (roughly Rs. 74,000 crores) department-wide cloud-computing infrastructure, a company executive said Wednesday. This latest legal challenge to complicate the Pentagon’s plans comes just days before bids are due. An IBM executive familiar with the company’s strategy confirmed Wednesday that […]

  • Science Updates
    ESA’s Gaia Spots Stars Flying Between Galaxies

    A team of astronomers using European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia telescope to look for signs of distant stars being kicked out of the Milky Way galaxy instead found stars heading inwards perhaps from another galaxy. The discovery, led by a team from the Leiden University in the Netherlands, found 20 stars going so fast they expect them […]