What Happens to Astronauts During a Government Shutdown?

As the wheels of the U.S. government ground to a halt Friday at midnight, thousands of federal employees prepared to face days or weeks without work or pay until their offices reopened. Some employees will continue working through the government shutdown, however, including the three with the longest commute: NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joseph Acaba, and Scott Tingle. Despite the political tussle that closed most of the government on Saturday, the American part of the International Space Station remains open for business. Mission control staff, considered “essential” personnel, will keep working, too, to support the astronauts. Phew. And, well, obviously! After all, NASA can’t exactly press pause on the… Read More

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Limited talent pool is standing in the way of driverless cars

2017 was an exciting year for driverless cars: from Waymo testing driverless cars on city streets for the first time, to the UK Government’s plans to launch driverless cars onto the roads in 2021, in the past twelve months we’ve seen faster development of driverless car technology than ever before. This year could be even more exciting. However, in order to maintain momentum, we need to tackle one issue head on: training technical talent. Limitless potential, limited talent pool Self-driving cars have the potential to change the world in ways we haven’t yet fully realized. This untapped potential is what… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Here’s another sign that Android Oreo for the Galaxy S8 will be here soon

If you’re the owner of a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus then you’re no doubt wondering exactly when your Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade is coming down the pipe. Well, we’re still not completely sure, but there’s a new development that hints the update isn’t far off now. SamMobile spotted that the manual for Oreo has been uploaded to Samsung’s site in Brazil, a step that has preceded the pushing out of the upgrade for previous versions of Android. It means the Oreo software could be less than a month away now. Early 2018 has long been tipped as the time when Samsung S8 and S8 Plus owners would be… Read More

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Tech doesn’t need to be less addictive — it just needs to be better (AAPL, GOOG, FB)

The tech industry has been under increased scrutiny lately over the potential negative effects of its products. Many critics are charging that smartphones, social networks, and other tech products and services are encouraging “addiction” — but that’s likely overstating the case. Few people’s interactions with their devices or services actually meet the definition of addiction. The real problem with tech products is not that they encourage addiction, but that they’re annoying and disruptive — and that’s something tech companies need to fix. The tech industry is experiencing a whole new wave of backlash and scrutiny. This time, it’s not about fake news or Nazis spreading venom on Twitter. Instead, the… Read More

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