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Democratic senators question Juul about its Altria deal

By | altria group, ecigarettes, Gadgets, Government, Health, juul labs, Startups, TC

Eleven democratic senators, led by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), have penned a letter to Juul Labs, asking a series of questions around the product’s marketing, its effectiveness as a tool to help people quit smoking combustible cigarettes, sales figures and, perhaps most importantly, more information on the deal that gave Altria a minority stake in […]

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Mars helicopter bound for the Red Planet takes to the air for the first time

By | drones, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, jpl, mars 2020, NASA, Robotics, Science, Space, TC, UAVs

The Mars 2020 mission is on track for launch next year, and nesting inside the high-tech new rover heading that direction is a high-tech helicopter designed to fly in the planet’s nearly non-existent atmosphere. The actual aircraft that will fly on the Martian surface just took its first flight and its engineers are over the moon.

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Intel and Cray are building a $500 million ‘exascale’ supercomputer for Argonne National Lab

By | cray, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, Intel, Science, supercomputers

In a way, I have the equivalent of a supercomputer in my pocket. But in another, more important way, that pocket computer is a joke compared with real supercomputers — and Intel and Cray are putting together one of the biggest ever with a half-billion-dollar contract from the Department of Energy. It’s going to do exaflops!

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SpaceX makes history by completing first private crew capsule mission

By | commercial crew, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, international space station, ISS, NASA, Space, SpaceX

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule has safely splashed down in the Atlantic, making it the first privately built crew-capable spacecraft ever to complete a mission to the International Space Station. It’s one of several firsts SpaceX plans this year, but Boeing is hot on its heels with a crew demonstrator of its own — and of course the real test is doing the same thing with astronauts aboard.

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