takyon writes:A study has found that pregnant women exposed to air pollution (as inferred by their residential addresses, not lung biopsies or something) give birth to babies with shorter telomeres, considered a sign of premature aging damage:
takyon writes:A Government Accountability Office report has found that the U.S. is unlikely to produce enough Plutonium-238 for NASA missions about a decade from now. The isotope has been used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) on missions such as Voyager, Cassini, and the Mars Science Laboratory:
takyon writes:After Catalonia's leader missed a deadline to clarify the government's stance on an independence referendum, and missed another deadline (Thursday calling for an unambiguous renouncement of the independence referendum, the Spanish government plans to strip Catalonia of its autonomous status:
DeathMonkey brings us this story from The Independent:Donald Trump has threatened to shut down NBC and other American networks, saying that they peddle fake news."With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" Mr Trump wrote in a tweet.Mr Trump's tweet came in response to a story written by NBC, which said that Mr Trump had sought to increase America's nuclear arsenal tenfold after taking a look at a briefing slide that showed stead reduction of the US nuclear arsenal since the 1960s. The story cited three officials who were reportedly in the room when Mr Trump made the comments.Source: Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise himOriginal SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
takyon writes:Samsung has qualified its 8nm "low power plus" process for production 3 months earlier than planned. It is a slightly improved version of the company's 10nm process, and a stop-gap before Samsung begins production of a 7nm process using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. TSMC will release its 7nm process chips before Samsung, but won't use EUV for the initial generation. Samsung's 8LPP chips will improve power consumption by 10% and reduce die size by 10% (compared to 10LPP):
takyon writes:In a move intended to align with the National Space Council's call for NASA to return to the Moon, the United Launch Alliance intends to launch a Bigelow Aerospace B330 inflatable module into low Earth orbit, and later boost it into lunar orbit using a rocket which can have propellant transferred to it from another rocket:
Celestial writes:The DragonFly BSD developers have released version 5.0 of the operating system. The big changes are the introduction of the HAMMER2 file system, video driver updates, and better support for both AMD Ryzen and EFI.
takyon writes:The head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command is "completely committed" to launching future missions using reused SpaceX rockets, following certification of the reused boosters for military use: