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Exclusive: Boeing`s space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts

Exclusive: Boeing`s space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts

Published 03/02/2017

Product Development Engineer Jigar Patel works with a CAD image of a thrust reverser cascade in development at Oxford Performance Materials Inc., the maker of more than 600 parts to be used on Boeing's new Starliner manned spacecraft, in South Windsor, Connecticut, the maker of more than 600 parts to be used on Boeing's new Starliner manned spacecraft, in South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned space program are being built with additive manufacturing.

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SpaceX says fix underway for rocket turbine wheel cracking

SpaceX says fix underway for rocket turbine wheel cracking

Published 02/02/2017

SpaceX Falcon rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S., January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

SpaceX's final version of the Falcon 9 rocket, which Elon Musk aims to launch before the end of the year, will fix a potential problem with cracks in its turbopumps, the company said on Thursday. Its statement followed a report that the U.S. Government Accountability Office will flag turbine wheel cracks in the rocket's turbopumps as a safety issue. NASA, the U.S. space agency, and the Air Force are among SpaceX's customers.

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Machine beats humans for the first time in poker

Machine beats humans for the first time in poker

Published 01/02/2017

Artificial intelligence has made history by beating humans in poker for the first time, the last remaining game in which humans had managed to maintain the upper hand.

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Fit for an emperor – a virtual reality tour of Nero`s golden palace

Fit for an emperor – a virtual reality tour of Nero`s golden palace

Published 01/02/2017

A man wears a virtual reality device during a visit at the Domus Aurea, built by Roman Emperor Nero in 64 A.D. and later buried by Emperor Trajan in Rome, Italy, January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Emperor Nero, a technology enthusiast, would have loved it: his over-the-top golden palace in Rome is about to get the virtual reality treatment.

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Paralyzed patients communicate thoughts via brain-computer interface

Paralyzed patients communicate thoughts via brain-computer interface

Published 31/01/2017

The NIRS/EEG brain-computer interface system is worn by a model in Switzerland in this undated photograph released in London, Britain, January 31, 2017. Laurent Bouvier/Wyss Centre/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have developed a brain-computer interface that reads the brain's blood oxygen levels and enables communication by deciphering the thoughts of patients who are totally paralyzed and unable to talk.

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Adult swaddling therapy fad hits Tokyo

Adult swaddling therapy fad hits Tokyo

Published 31/01/2017

Wrapped up from head to toe in a white bag and gently rocking from side to side, five Japanese mothers are hopeful Tokyo's latest health trend can cure their post-pregnancy aches and pains.

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Your oldest ancestor was really weird and had a big mouth

Your oldest ancestor was really weird and had a big mouth

Published 31/01/2017

Artist's reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, based on the original fossil finds, whose actual size was probably no more than a millimeter in size, is shown in this image released on January 30, 2017. Courtesy Illustration by Jian Han/Handout via REUTERS

Don't take this the wrong way, but your oldest ancestor was not exactly a beauty.

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China girlfriend rental app gets leg up from Lunar New Year demand

China girlfriend rental app gets leg up from Lunar New Year demand

Published 26/01/2017

A page of a date-hiring app 'Hire Me Plz', which says 'rent now for 999 yuan an hour', is shown in this picture illustration in Beijing, China, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Illustration

As millions in China head home to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with their families, 24-year-old Luoluo is busy answering messages on a mobile app from desperate men looking to hire an instant girlfriend whom they can present to mom and dad.

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Metal Bulletin buys online news provider Fast Markets

Published 16/08/2016

The parent company of Metal Bulletin, which specializes in providing benchmark metals prices, has bought online news provider Fast Markets for $13 million.

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Bollore`s raider reputation rattles Berlusconis in battle of billionaires

Published 13/08/2016

File photo of Vincent Bollore, Chairman of media group Vivendi, reacts during the company's shareholders meeting in Paris, France, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

When French tycoon Vincent Bollore backed out of a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Italian broadcaster Mediaset (MS.MI), and instead proposed to take a large slice of the parent company itself, investors feared he was plotting another stealth raid.

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