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  • Boeing's Starliner Launch Abort Engine Suffers Problem During Testing

    07/23/2018 7:03:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 23, 2018 03:34pm ET | Jeff Foust
    Boeing confirmed July 21 that there was an "anomaly" during a recent test of the launch abort engines for its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle that could delay a key milestone needed for the vehicle to be able carry astronauts. The incident happened during a hot-fire test of the engines used by Starliner's abort system, integrated into a spacecraft service module. The static test, which took place in June at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, was a prelude to a pad abort test of the system planned for later this summer. "The engines successfully ignited and ran...
  • "Russian Launch Failures Aren’t a Bug, They’re a Feature"

    03/26/2018 8:27:16 AM PDT · by Voption · 15 replies
    Parabloic Arc ^ | March 26, 2018 | Doug Messier Managing Editor
    "Over the past few years, I’ve been keeping track of Russia’s annual launch failures. For reasons I can’t quite recall, the table I’ve used only went back to 2009. Recently, I saw a graphic on a Russian website about launch failures, and I realized I hadn’t gone back far enough. So, I dug into the records of the last 30 years from 1988 through 2017, which covers Russia and the last four years of the Soviet Union. And holy crap! There were a helluva lot of them. Launch failures are not a bug in the system, they’re a feature..."
  • North Korea says tests new ICBM, can reach all U.S. mainland

    11/29/2017 12:30:02 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 29/11/17 | Christine Kim and Phil Stewart
    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday it had successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach all of the U.S. mainland. .....
  • FL Turnpike breaks ground on test track for smart highway tech

    10/15/2017 12:14:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | July 19, 2017 | Mary Tyler March
    Dive Brief: The Florida Turnpike broke ground earlier this month on a new test track where it will experiment with high-speed toll technology as well as systems for vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, according to FleetOwner. The 400-acre SunTrax site, in Auburndale, FL, will test toll equipment and interoperable tolling systems, as well as smartphone-based payment methods. Other technologies to be tested include high-speed connected platooning trucks, moveable barrier systems and machine vision and materials testing for new pavement types, lane markings and signage. Construction on the site's oval track is expected to be complete in spring 2019 with the first...
  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

    04/25/2015 6:14:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    space.com ^ | Mike Wall,
    "The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) are investigating an experimental propulsion system on the X-37B on Mission 4," Capt. Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesman, told Space.com via email. "AFRCO will also host a number of advance materials onboard the X-37B for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the durability of various materials in the space environment," Hoyler added ... The Air Force owns two X-37B space planes, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. The solar-powered spacecraft are about...
  • Theranos founder's net worth goes from $4.5 BILLION to nothing amid fraud claims

    06/01/2016 11:50:25 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 June 2016 | Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com
    Last year she was on top of the world, but now Elizabeth Holmes has a net worth of zero. Holmes, who is the founder of blood-testing company Theranos, was at the top of Forbes' list of the richest self-made women in America with a net worth of $4.5billion last year. However, Forbes has lowered their estimate of her net worth to nothing, amid allegations that the blood-testing company she founded in 2003 has inaccurate tests and is being investigated by federal agencies. Theranos Inc was sued on Thursday, accused of endangering customer health through 'massive failures' that misrepresented the accuracy...
  • Which? iPhone battery life comparison test deeply flawed

    10/03/2016 5:34:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 69 replies
    AppleMac ^ | October 3, 2016 | By Jonny Evans
    How would an iPhone with half the battery of competing smartphones ever have won the test, and why didn’t Which test a similar device? Which? is getting lots of attention today on strength of its report that claims smaller batteries don’t last as long as larger batteries. That’s the only logical discovery the organization made in a flawed-by-design smartphone battery life test that’s being widely reported. What the report’s headline doesn’t make clear is that the iPhone 7 in the test has a 4.7-inch display, while all three of the other smartphone models tested are larger (5.1-inches, or more), and...
  • Statewide Student Test Scores Are In and the News Isn't Good

    09/07/2016 1:02:58 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/3/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Thank goodness for Michigan’s fifth-graders. The results are in for statewide student tests administered last spring, and fifth-graders provided the highlight: More than half made a score deemed ‘proficient’ on one of the four subject-area tests administered. But not by much. Specifically, 50.6 percent of fifth-graders scored ‘proficient’ or better in English, saving the state from having the majority of every grouping of grade and subject branded as less than proficient in English, math, science and social studies. The fifth-graders’ math test was one of 18 grade and subject groupings covering students from third to 11th grade in those four...
  • The Ohio Turnpike gears up for self-driving car testing

    08/26/2016 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    13 ABC ^ | August 25, 2016 | Lissa Guyton
    TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Self-driving cars are getting closer to becoming a reality in America. Testing is underway in a few places around the country and if you travel the Ohio Turnpike, you'll soon be sharing the road with them. We spoke with drivers and the head of the Ohio Turnpike Commission about the testing. The autonomous vehicles could be on the turnpike by the end of the year. The Ohio Turnpike will be turned into a test track of sorts for the emerging technology. Randy Cole is the Executive Director of the Turnpike Commission, "It's 241 miles of...
  • Why Not Ban The College Degree Box?

    07/08/2016 10:04:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 7, 2016 | George Leef
    Of late, the Obama administration has been applying pressure to ban the criminal record box – that is, to keep employers from asking if an applicant has ever been convicted. That is supposed to open up more job opportunities for people who have criminal records. It could, but then it could also have harmful consequences if people with past criminal records and current criminal intent are put in jobs where they can commit more crimes. (Another objection is that the federal government has no constitutional authority to dictate hiring policies, but let’s put that aside.) There is another hiring policy...
  • Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes banned from operating labs

    07/08/2016 4:53:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 7, 2016 | Elizabeth Lopatto
    Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of blood-testing company Theranos, has been banned from operating labs in the US for two years, the Silicon Valley company announced in a press release.
  • Apple iOS 10, macOS Sierra betas go public

    07/07/2016 9:23:55 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 8 2016 10:46AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Apple today kicked off its beta program for the new versions of its iOS mobile and macOS desktop/laptop operating systems. Users interested in testing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra need to sign up and accept a lengthy legal agreement. Apple warned that the betas are still in development, and recommended testers back up Macs and iDevices before installing the preview software so they can revert to older versions of the operating systems in case something goes wrong. MacOS and iOS 10 are designed to work better together: the Universal Clipboard copying feature makes data sharing between the two easier, while...
  • Pisa tests to include 'global skills' and cultural awareness

    05/27/2016 5:58:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | May 26, 2016 | Andreas Schleicher
    Pisa tests, an international standard for comparing education systems around the world, could include a new measurement of global skills in the next round of tests in 2018. The OECD, which runs the tests in maths, reading and science, is considering adding another test which would look at how well pupils can navigate an increasingly diverse world, with an awareness of different cultures and beliefs. The OECD's education director Andreas Schleicher explains why there is such a need for new rankings to show young people's competence in a world where globalisation is a powerful economic, political and cultural force.
  • Regulators Propose Banning Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes for at Least Two Years

    04/13/2016 12:08:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 13,2016 | John Carreyrou and Christopher Weaver
    Federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after concluding that the company failed to fix what regulators have called major problems at its laboratory in California.
  • iPhone SE Found Less Durable Than 6 Series in Bend, Drop, and Water Tests

    04/04/2016 10:01:10 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Monday April 4, 2016 5:00 am PDT | By Joe Rossignol<
    While the iPhone SE rivals the iPhone 6s series in performance with the latest internal hardware, a new video reveals that the recently launched 4-inch smartphone is less durable than its larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch siblings when bent under pressure, submerged in water, and dropped on its corner. Extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones. VIDEO SquareTrade noted that the...
  • Theranos Sounded Too Good to Be True—and It Is

    02/02/2016 6:40:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 2, 2016 | Samantha Allen
    When health care company Theranos announced that it could conduct dozens of blood tests with a finger prick, it sounded too good to be true. Once valued at a staggering $9 billion and greeted by the press with fawning magazine features, Theranos’ troubles have slowly been coming into focus since last fall. The company claimed last year that its proprietary technology can “perform hundreds of tests, from standard to year, from a pinprick and tiny sample of blood,” rather than from blood drawn through a vein in the arm. But last week, after months of heightened scrutiny, the government placed...
  • NY’s proposal to embarassing 63% pass rate in Algebra: make the test easier

    11/30/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it the Common Core Curve. The New York Times reports that the higher performance expectations cited frequently by Common Core curriculum advocates turned out to be a little embarrassing to Empire State educators when it came to proficiency in algebra. Under the new curriculum, performance on the statewide aptitude tests dropped from a pre-CC 72% to 63%. The answer? In New York, one proposal is to lower the bar: In 2013, concerned that high school graduates were not prepared for college, the State Board of Regents revamped the exams students must pass to graduate, starting with the English...
  • Principal says standardized testing is 'modern-day slavery'

    11/09/2015 1:36:13 PM PST · by Personal Responsibility · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/9/2015 | Carl Campanile
    n an online rant, a Bronx public school principal has likened standardized testing to slavery, redlining and crack cocaine in damaging the lives of minorities. “Public school high-stakes standardized testing is a form of modern-day slavery, and it is designed to continue the proliferation of inequality,” Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School Principal Jamaal Bowman says in an Aug. 31 blog entry titled “The Tyranny of Standardized Testing.” “America was born of horror for black people and that horror continues today for brown and poor people as well. Slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, crack cocaine and now standardized testing were...
  • China Just Flew This Gigantic Airship To the Edge Of Space

    10/28/2015 4:03:10 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 49 replies
    Fastcoexist.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Charlie Sorrel
    China Just Flew This Gigantic Airship To the Edge Of Space The technology could have communications and military advantages for China. China just flew a 250-foot airship to near the top of the Earth's atmosphere. The solar-powered behemoth can stay airborne for half a year and requires no fuel to get it more than 12 miles into the air—just fill it with helium and let it go; the sun powers it once it reaches its cruising altitude. Airships predate airplanes, but have been largely supplanted by them. However, they remain superior for pretty much anything that doesn’t require the speed...
  • Scientists think they know how to test the parallel universes theory - for real

    09/30/2015 9:03:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 09/30/2015 | EUGENE LIM, Published by The Conversation.
    The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics. But the idea that we live in a 'multiverse' made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility - although it is still a matter of vigorous debate among physicists. The race is now on to find a way to test the theory, including searching the sky for signs of collisions with other universes. It is important to keep in mind that the multiverse view is not actually a theory, it...