Dec 17, 2:23 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Micah Ong 12/17/18 AT 12:48 AM Jupiter moon Europa may have supported some forms of life. This is what NASA will be trying to find out with its "tunnelbot."Observations from NASA's Galileo spacecraft's flybys of Europa between 1995 and 2003 showed evidence that there could be a liquid ocean beneath the surface of the Jupiter moon. Researchers speculated that this ocean could have microbial or remnants of what was once microbial life.Scientists generally agree that they need to look for lifeforms underneath the thick, planet-wide ice shell where water comes in contact with a rocky core as this was where biochemical ingredients for life may likely be found. However, one problem they faced was how exactly they could get there and burrow under the ice to collect samples.Andrew Dombard, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at the … [Read more...] about Europa Moon Mission: NASA’s Nuclear-Powered ‘Tunnelbot’ To Search For Life
A draft report seen by The Washington Post shows how effectively Russia twisted Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to influence the right voters and achieve its reported goal – the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. The goldmine of posts and comments provided by the big tech firms for the Senate allowed researchers the first major data dive into responses to Russian influence and is “the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign”The Post reported on Sunday. The Washington Post reported that it has seen the very first deep data analysis that covers post-by-post the social media behaviours across the known Russian accounts for a period spanning several years until the middle of 2017 when they were effectively unmasked. It is the first study of the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and it provides a new window into the many ways that Russia … [Read more...] about New report shows where Russia prevailed and failed in its mission to elect Trump and divide a nation
Nearly 50 years have passed since NASA’s Apollo 8 mission orbited the moon for the first time in history. On December 21, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell left the Kennedy Space Center to fly around the moon. They spent 20 hours in lunar orbit, then returned home after more than six days in space. The Apollo 8 mission was a critical step toward achieving President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon. Nine other lunar missions followed Apollo 8, bringing a dozen men to the moon and gathering hundreds of pounds of rock and soil samples for analysis. In almost five decades since then, however, no US spacecraft has landed on the lunar surface. That may change in the next few years. In November,NASA announced that it was offering up to $US2.6 billion in contracts to nine American companies that could land probes on the moon by 2022. NASA does not want to buy the lunar landers or take responsibility for launching, landing, or … [Read more...] about 50 years have passed since NASA’s Apollo 8 mission circled the moon for the first time — here is every Apollo mission explained
The big corporate tax cut in last year’s tax bill drew most of the attention, yet a very big change has come for nonprofits: a tax bill they haven’t seen before if they pay executives more than $1 million. Dance companies and community food shelves don’t pay million-dollar salaries, so this provision generally only applies to the big health care organizations that dominate the top of the annual Nonprofit 100 ranking. Of the top 10 nonprofit pay packages in this year’s ranking, all went to leaders of health care providers or health insurers, with the former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota at the top of the list. Now there’s an excise tax equal to 21 percent of any amount north of $1 million, the 21 percent figure matching the income tax rate on for-profit C corporations. Ranking Minnesota's 100 largest nonprofits by revenue, CEO compensation Mayo Clinic's top boss made $3.2M; see where other nonprofit leaders landed on our annual list. … [Read more...] about New tax on nonprofit salaries means less money going to the mission
Elon Musk said in May that SpaceX would launch more orbital missions in 2018 than any nation on Earth. Musk’s rocket company didn’t achieve that goal, as China successfully launched at least 35 rockets. But SpaceX broke the world record for most commercial rocket launches in a year, with 20. The company still has one more launch remaining on its 2018 manifest. Here’s a look at every SpaceX mission of 2018, including Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. This has been SpaceX’s most incredible year yet for launching rockets. In 2018, Elon Musk’s aerospace company achieved 20 successful launches. Those missions sent dozens of payloads into orbit, debuted two experimental Starlink internet satellites, and even shot a car past the orbit of Mars. The company still has one more launch planned for December. Musk was feeling good enough about SpaceX’s 2018 progress in May that he said the company might “launch more rockets than any other … [Read more...] about Elon Musk beat a world record for rocket launches in 2018. Here’s every history-making SpaceX mission of the year.