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Google unveils quantum computer breakthrough; critics say wait a qubit

BERLIN/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computing research by using a quantum computer to solve in minutes a complex problem that would take today's most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack. Read More

 

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Musk's satellite project testing encrypted internet with military planes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Air Force is using SpaceX's fledgling satellite network to test encrypted internet services for a number of military planes, the space company's president said on Tuesday, detailing results for the first customer of Elon Musk's planned constellation of thousands of broadband-beaming satellites. More »

 

Manure, trash and wastewater: U.S. utilities get dirty in climate fight

PIXLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Joey Airoso has always been proud of his cows, whose milk goes into the butter sold by national dairy company Land O'Lakes. Now he has something new to brag about: the vast amounts of gas produced by his 2,900-head herd is powering truck fleets, homes and factories across the state of California. More »

 

Bezos's Blue Origin partners with Lockheed, others on moon lander

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. billionaire Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday his space company Blue Origin has signed agreements with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and research and development organization Draper for development of its lunar lander designed to help NASA put humans on the moon by 2024.Blue Origin's so-called Blue Moon lunar lander, unveiled by Bezos in May, is in development and sits at the center of the space company's ambition to ferry humans into deep space and land key contracts from the U.S. space agency for space exploration.  More »

 

Two thumbs up - or is it four? Odd lemur has evolved extra 'finger'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For a strange little lemur native to Madagascar that boasts one of the most unusual hands in the animal kingdom, a "high five" is more like a "trick six." More »

 

German WW2 U-boat base in France reboots as data center

PARIS (Reuters) - The thick concrete walls of a long-abandoned World War Two German submarine base in Marseille, southern France, are set to find a new purpose: keeping banks of computer servers safe and cool. More »

 

U.S. tech firm Maxar taps startup's software for moon mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This October 22 story has been refiled to correct headline to say software rather than robotics, first paragraph to clarify that the Olis software would run on a Maxar robotic arm, paragraphs 2 and 3 to state that the robotic arm belongs to Maxar, and paragraph 4 to remove reference to Olis building the robotic arm) More »

 

China's next commercial rockets to make test flights in 2020, 2021: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will launch test flights for the next two space rockets in its Smart Dragon series meant for commercial use in 2020 and 2021, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, as an expected boom in satellite deployment gathers pace. More »

 

U.S. astronauts embark on the first all-female spacewalk

(Reuters) - Two NASA astronauts made space history on Friday, completing the first spacewalk by an all-woman team when they stepped outside the International Space Station. More »

 

NASA eyeing inflatable space lodges for moon, Mars and beyond

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - When astronauts orbit the moon or live on its surface in the decade ahead, they will probably be doing so inside inflatable space lodges now in development. More »

 

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