Emerging Tech

Planet Nine could be a miniature black hole hiding in our solar system

An artist’s impression of a black hole. ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The concept of a ninth planet in our solar system which orbits far beyond Neptune captured the public’s imagination in 2016, and earlier this year the idea gained steam again when astronomers found more evidence in support of “Planet Nine’s” existence. Now, a different […]

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The interstellar comet passing through out solar system gets an official name

Gemini Observatory two-color composite image of C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) which is the first interstellar comet ever identified Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA The interstellar comet that was discovered passing through our solar system on August 30 has been officially named 2I/Borisov.  The comet formerly known as C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) — a mouthful, to be fair — was discovered […]

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A.I. researchers create a facial-recognition system for chimps

Kyoto University, Primate Research Institute From unlocking smartphones to spotting criminals in crowds, there’s no shortage of reminders that facial recognition technology has gotten pretty darn good. Among humans, that is. But now researchers from the U.K.’s University of Oxford and Japan’s Kyoto University want to expand the tech’s capabilities — by making a facial […]

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The sun shakes the solar system with interplanetary shocks

[embedded content] The sun shakes the solar system by sending out dramatic interplanetary shocks, and NASA has observed these shocks for the first time. NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) consists of four spacecraft which have been in orbit around Earth since 2015, moving through our planet’s magnetosphere to study a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. The phenomenon […]

Gears & Gadgets

Huawei announces its first operating system, HarmonyOS

Enlarge Ever since the Trump administration’s export ban on Huawei threatened the company’s Android phones, Huawei has been making claims that it didn’t really need Android and could start its own operating system if it needed to. Today, Huawei’s saber-rattling reached a new volume with the announcement of “HarmonyOS,” Huawei’s very own, home-grown operating system. […]

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Microsoft buys Express Logic, adds a third operating system to its IoT range

Enlarge / Multi-threading. Jamie Golden / Flickr Not content with having a Windows-based Internet of Things platform (Windows 10 IoT) and a Linux-based Internet of Things platform (Azure Sphere), Microsoft has added a third option. The company has announced that it has bought Express Logic and its ThreadX real-time operating system for an undisclosed sum. […]