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The Google Lunar X Prize's commercial space race to the moon enters its final year with five contestants. Who are you rooting for?
The organizers of the Google Lunar X Prize competition confirmed that five teams have been cleared to go after the $20 million grand prize.
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are backing the acquisition of an AI-powered search-and-discovery startup.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative plans to acquire a startup called Meta that is developing artificial intelligence tools that sift through scientific studies.
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Oo-rah! The U.S. military joins the Aussies, Ukrainians and Israelis in using Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality headsets for immersive training.
Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality headsets have been used to fight video-game aliens in space, and now they've been enlisted for wargames on Earth.
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Purple, purple everywhere when the University of Washington's Hyperloop team unveils its pod racer for this month's finals at SpaceX:
The University of Washington's Hyperloop team showed off its sleek pod racer and let fans take a peek under the carbon composite hood.
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What can we read into Donald Trump's declaration that we're "ready to unlock the mysteries of space" and "harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow"?
Donald Trump's first address as president may have sounded like a "Make America Great Again" campaign speech, but he did include at least a few bright word
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Elon Musk may be the alpha geek when it comes to billionaire rocketeers, but Jeff Bezos is no slouch.
Now for something completely different from Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos: His latest mass email isn't about jobs. It's about a rocket engine boost pump.
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That Starliner spacesuit patch looks like a nice bit of swag. (Hint, hint.)
Boeing's Starliner space taxi won't be carrying astronauts for more than a year, but we may soon find out what they'll be wearing.
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Feast your eyes on the first pictures sent down to Earth from NOAA's newest weather satellite, GOES-16:
Two months after its launch, the GOES-16 weather satellite is sending back its first images – and they're spectacular.
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Would you spend eight months in Hawaii if you had to spend most of that time cooped up with five other make-believe Marstronauts?
Six volunteers have begun an eight-month stay in a Hawaii habitat, participating in a NASA-funded experiment that's meant to simulate life on Mars.
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What's up at NASA? The FCC? OSTP? We make sense of the alphabet soup that's being served up in science and technology policy.
Although President Donald Trump says he's ready to delve into the mysteries of space, he still has to make key appointments at NASA and other agencies deal
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One interesting finding is that Facebook ranks just as highly as a news source for Republicans as well as Democrats. But is it the same Facebook?
Will America come together in the wake of this week's presidential inauguration? The prospects for that appear dim, based on a trio of surveys.
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Tens of thousands of volunteers contributed surplus computer cycles to molecular protein studies that eventually could save lives.
Scientists enlist cutting-edge trends in genomics and big data to address one of the grand challenges of biotech: figuring out how protein molecules fold.
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Quantum fluctuations in space, science and society, chronicled by Alan Boyle
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Cosmic Log (est. 2002) brings together news about Mars, Hubble, SpaceShipTwo, ancient mysteries and scientific quirks, as told by science writer Alan Boyle.
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