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Intel is working with DARPA on advanced cloud encryption

Intel has signed up as a DARPA research partner on a project centered around fully homomorphic encryption, or FHE for short. The Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program is looking into ways of advancing the FHE field to improve privacy. In a nutshell, FHE enables encrypted data to be processed without first having to …

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China five-year plan aims for supremacy in AI, quantum computing

China’s tech industry has been hit hard by US trade battles and the economic uncertainties of the pandemic, but it’s eager to bounce back in the relatively near future. According to the Wall Street Journal, the country used its annual party meeting to outline a five-year plan for advancing technology that aids “national security and …

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Canada will invest billions to electrify mass transit

Mass transit isn’t getting much use during the pandemic, but Canada wants to be sure it’s eco-friendly when the crisis is over. The Canadian government plans to invest $2.75 billion CAD (about $2.17 billion US) into electrifying mass transit across the country over five years.This will include buying more zero-emissions buses in addition to other …

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FedEx plans for an all-electric delivery fleet by 2040

FedEx will replace its current delivery trucks with electric models until its entire fleet is made up of zero—emission vehicles by 2040. The company is making the transition as a way to help it achieve its goal to reach carbon neutral status in the same year. In its announcement, FedEx says its will slowly phase …

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Hitting the Books: Elon Musk and the quest to build a better rocket engine

Putting people safely into orbit is no small feat, especially without the seemingly limitless R&D budgets afforded to national space programs. However that has done little to dissuade a new generation of the private spaceflight companies from looking to the heavens above and thinking, “yeah, I can get up there, no sweat.” In Liftoff: Elon …

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NFL hopefuls are adding AI video analysis to their arsenal

More than 130 football players have been training under the watchful eye of the athletic performance development company EXOS in Arizona, all in hopes of landing a first-round NFL draft pick. As it turns out, though, the eyes they’ve been working in front of aren’t exclusively human. Intel today said that EXOS’s latest batch of …

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SpaceX’s first lunar tourist is looking for eight crew members

Japanese fashion billionaire Yusaku Maezawa purchased the right to be SpaceX’s first lunar tourist on a mission that’s scheduled for 2023, but he won’t be going alone. Maezawa bought all the seats on the flight, and announced plans to choose eight people to take the week-long trip to orbit the Moon with him (and two …

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Scientists sequence 64 human genomes to better reflect genetic diversity

The Human Genome Project shed light on our species in 2001, but it was a patchwork of different humans’ genes that didn’t really reflect humanity’s genetic makeup. Flash forward 20 years, however, and science is taking a significant leap forward. Researchers have revealed a new dataset of 64 sequenced full human genomes that should better …

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NASA says some Earth organisms could temporarily survive on Mars

We could unknowingly contaminate Mars and any other world we’re exploring in the future with microorganisms from our planet. Scientists from NASA and the German Aerospace Center launched several fungal and bacterial organisms to the stratosphere back in 2019 as part of the MARSBOx experiment. The stratosphere, the second major layer of the Earth’s atmosphere …

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One of the first known black holes is more massive than once thought

Astronomers might need to adjust their expectations for black holes. According to the New York Times, an international research team has determined that Cygnus X-1, one of the first discovered black holes, is considerably more massive than once thought. The binary-system based hole was originally pegged at ‘just’ 15 solar masses, but is now believed …

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