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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.

MIT Team Develops Lightweight and Strong 3-D form of Graphene

MIT Team Develops Lightweight and Strong 3-D form of Graphene

Graphene has been termed as a wonderful material for its strength, conductivity and light weight. However, graphene based technologies still needs lot of research and development before they can be used in commercial sector. MIT scientists have successfully fused graphene flakes under high pressure and temperature to develop three-dimensional graphene. Earlier, only one-atom thin graphene sheets could be manufactured in labs and they have limited usability. Additionally, it was difficult to join those very thin sheets of graphene for use in commercial applications.

MIT Scientists Develop Porous, Lightweight, 3-D forms of Graphene with Amazing Strength

MIT Scientists Develop Porous, Lightweight, 3-D forms of Graphene with Amazing Strength

Material scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a lightweight, three dimensional and porous material by fusing graphene flakes. The 3D graphene based material features an amazing strength and its lightweight. Under heat and pressure during a lab experiment, MIT scientists managed to fuse graphene flakes into a strong material with structural form similar to coral. The research has been published in the journal Science Advances.

Hyundai Fuel Cell SUV with 348 Mile Range Coming in January 2018: Nikkei

Hyundai Fuel Cell SUV with 348 Mile Range Coming in January 2018: Nikkei

Green cars and automated technologies have been termed as the future of automobile industry. While many companies are working on electric vehicles, some are also trying their luck in fuel-cell technology including Asian car makers Hyundai, Toyota and Honda. Nikkei has reported that Hyundai could launch second-generation of its Fuel Cell SUV in January 2018. Hyundai has been working on improving the range of its SUV and the newer version could reach 348 miles before it would need refueling.

NASA Engineers Planning to Build Ice House on Mars: Report

NASA Engineers Planning to Build Ice House on Mars: Report

NASA engineers are planning to build ice house on Mars as per suggestions shared by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Planet Mars will be challenging mission for NASA and it would be interesting to see what solutions scientific community can offer to astronauts to stay safely on Mars. The Red Planet has extreme temperatures and the atmosphere doesn’t provide adequate protection from high intensity radiation on Mars. Scientists at NASA have suggested Ice house as an effective technique for astronauts to stay on Mars.

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