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Google Selling Terra Bella Satellite Imaging Business to Planet Labs

Google Selling Terra Bella Satellite Imaging Business to Planet Labs

Google’s parent company Alphabet is selling its Terra Bella satellite imaging business to earth-imaging company Planet Labs. Planet Labs offers satellite imagery for many projects in agriculture, ecological research and other mapping related projects. Terra Bella was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500 million and the business was earlier named as SkyBox. Both the companies have confirmed the news about sale of Terra Bella but the amount of transaction has not been disclosed yet. Terra Bella currently collects data using its seven SkySat satellites.

As Opioid Overdose Cases Rise, Drug Company Kaleo Aims at Making Quick Money

As Opioid Overdose Cases Rise, Drug Company Kaleo Aims at Making Quick Money

Opioid overdose cases have been rising and health experts have alarmed about the overdose issues. However, Virginia-based pharmaceutical company making auto-injectable version of naloxone is trying to make quick bucks in this situation. Virginia-based Kaleo has increased the price of its auto-injectable from $690 to $4,500. Naloxone was first released in 1971 as an antidote to opioid overdose. However, the quantity of Naloxone to given to the patient is important. The drug delivery injector plays an important role.

Space physically impacts astronauts’ brains: Study

Space physically impacts astronauts’ brains: study

It has long been known that spending time in space can have detrimental effects on the human body. Now, a new research has revealed that space physically impacts astronauts on multiple levels, including human brain.

The new research, conducted by a team of University of Michigan researchers, suggested that microgravity during spaceflights can affect the human brain in ways that scientists are still struggling to understand.

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Koycera Launches Washable Smartphone in Japan

Koycera Launches Washable Smartphone in Japan

Japanese company Kyocera has launched a smartphone which can be washed with soap and water. While other smartphone vendors are boasting about water-resistant or waterproof smartphones, Kyocera has gone a step ahead and suggested that users can wash their smartphone with water and soap. Kyocera has launched ‘Rafre smartphone’ in Japan. The smartphone is the second washable phone launched by the company after its first in December 2015. The phone’s touchscreen even works while you wash it under faucet.

FCC Approves $170 Million for New York Broadband Expansion

FCC Approves $170 Million for New York Broadband Expansion

The FCC has approved $170 million grant for broadband rollout in New York State. As digital economy is important in the current times, high speed broadband has become a necessity and Federal funding for broadband has been appreciated by local leaders from New York. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai approved $170 million in Federal funding for New York state broadband under Connect America program. The funds will be spent on improving access for underserved and rural areas in New York state.

Five Teams Remain in Google-backed Lunar X Competition

Five Teams Remain in Google-backed Lunar Project

Five team have reached next stage of $30 million Google-supported Lunar mission, informed XPrize Foundation. These teams have till December 31 to launch their lunar mission and the teams are working hard to succeed in Lunar XPrize challenge. The five teams currently in the race have been shortlisted from 16 teams that were in the previous stage of Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) competition. The winning team has to launch a private space mission to the moon and explore the lunar surface, XPrize Foundation informed.

Cambridge Team Working on Solution for Fake News Online

Cambridge Team Working on Solution for Fake News Online

Cambridge scientists have claimed to find an effective solution for dealing with fake news on social networks and popular websites. The study team from the University of Cambridge said that misinformation is sticky and spreads fast, like a virus. It is important to deal with misinformation and Cambridge team is working on a solution. The study results have been published in the journal Global Challenges. The study team suggests using pro-active warnings designed to contextualize and expose web users to related information in advance.

Uber hires Google Search Head Amit Singhal as SVP

Uber hires Google Search Head Amit Singhal as SVP

Ridesharing service Uber has picked former Google search head Amit Singhal as senior vice president Engineering, a move seen by Silicon Valley experts as a major step for the company which has been growing at an impressive rate. Singhal has played important roles at Google and has been working with search engine major for last 15 years. Singhal will report to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and will lead the mapping and marketplaces division at Uber.

Gene Cernan from Apollo Mission dies at 82

Last man to walk on the Moon dies at 82

U.S. astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, at the age of 82, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) confirmed.

Confirming Cernan’s death on its official website and social media channels, the U.S. space agency noted that late astronaut was surrounded by his family at the time his death.

Former Android Chief Andy Rubin Aiming to Take on iPhone with Feature-rich Smartphone

Former Android Chief Andy Rubin Aiming to Take on iPhone with Feature-rich Smartphone

Former Android Chief Andy Rubin is about to make a comeback on technology scene with a new smartphone competing with high end iPhone from Apple. Andy Rubin co-founded Android, the project that was acquired by Google in 2005 and has been credited with the most used mobile operating system. Rubin left Google two years back and new reports suggest that he is aggressively building a team of engineers to work on many technology products and a feature rich smartphone is among those. As per Bloomberg report, Rubin is working with a team of 40 smart people, most of them from Apple or Alphabet.

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