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From: Gizmodo - The Newly Discovered TRAPPIST-1 Star System Was Hiding In Elite: Dangerous All Along

NASA had some big news this past week. No, it wasn’t aliens. It was the next best thing: the discovery of seven new “Earth-sized exoplanets,” a few of which could be hospitable to life. Now, it turns out that Elite: Dangerous actually predicted the existence of the TRAPPIST-1 star system where they’re located.

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From: GeekWire - FAUB on the job: Watch robots work with mechanics to put together Boeing 777 jets

FAUB robots
Automation isn’t just a job for the robots: It takes flesh-and-blood workers to make robotic manufacturing work, as shown in a new video about the machines that set fasteners on Boeing’s 777 jets. Boeing’s Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, works with operators and mechanics at the company’s plant in Everett, Wash., to do some of the heavy lifting for 777 assembly. So far, more than 40 jets have gotten the FAUB treatment. The job begins when teams of mechanics move the panels that form the forward and aft sections of the fuselage into place. Pairs of robots, inside and out, move… Read More

From: GeekWire - HyperSciences raises $690K to use rocket technology for geothermal drilling


HyperSciences, a startup that uses rockets to drill for geothermal energy, has raised $690,000 of a $1 million funding round. The fresh cash comes from Washington Research Foundation, Kick-Start II, Cowles Company and The Toolbox, HyperSciences CEO Mark Russell confirmed on Friday. The Spokane, Wash. startup is designing new drilling methods to make it more cost-effective to access geothermal energy. It will use the funding to continue development of its HyperDrill and HyperBreaker tunneling machine prototypes, in addition to testing its ThermoElectric Generator (TEG) technology. Having worked for NASA, Boeing and Blue Origin, Russell is bringing space technology to drilling. After using projectiles to… Read More

From: GeekWire - HyperSciences raises $690K to use rocket technology for geothermal drilling


HyperSciences, a startup that uses rockets to drill for geothermal energy, has raised $690,000 of a $1 million funding round. The fresh cash comes from Washington Research Foundation, Kick-Start II, Cowles Company and The Toolbox, HyperSciences CEO Mark Russell confirmed on Friday. The Spokane, Wash. startup is designing new drilling methods to make it more cost-effective to access geothermal energy. It will use the funding to continue development of its HyperDrill and HyperBreaker tunneling machine prototypes, in addition to testing its ThermoElectric Generator (TEG) technology. Having worked for NASA, Boeing and Blue Origin, Russell is bringing space technology to drilling. After using projectiles to… Read More

From: Gizmodo - This Week’s Big New Exoplanet Discovery Is Becoming Science Nerd Fanfic

On Wednesday, Earthlings were shocked—and certainly relieved—to finally get a push notification about planetary discovery, not political corruption. News broke that an international team of scientists had spied seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby star TRAPPIST-1. Three of those planets are located in the…

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