Life Beyond Earth: Is interstellar space travel to TRAPPIST-1 possible?

Thomas Carlon In humans’ search for extraterrestrial life, we often find ourselves wondering if human life could exist elsewhere in the universe. Over the years, nearly 3,500 planets have been discovered orbiting stars in the universe, however, none have been quite as publicized as the TRAPPIST-1 solar system.[1] The discovery of TRAPPIST-1 could ignite new … Continue reading Life Beyond Earth: Is interstellar space travel to TRAPPIST-1 possible?

EPA to pull back on fuel-efficiency standards for cars, trucks in future model years

Gurshamsheer Kailey The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) intends to withdraw final determination on strict fuel-efficiency standards for future cars and light trucks. Standards for model year 2022 to 2025 would require 54.5 miles per gallon average for the cars and light truck fleet. EPA though agreed to review the 2022-2025 standards, decided against it and … Continue reading EPA to pull back on fuel-efficiency standards for cars, trucks in future model years

NY Times: A Lawsuit Against Uber Highlights the Rush to Conquer Driverless Cars

Teal Johnson Waymo (Google’s cousin company under their parent entity, Alphabet) filed a lawsuit in federal court against Uber accusing a former employee of planning to steal trade secrets regarding autonomous vehicles.  There is a rush to create self-driving cars because companies such as Alphabet and Uber view this as critical technology that may upend … Continue reading NY Times: A Lawsuit Against Uber Highlights the Rush to Conquer Driverless Cars

Limits to the International Reach of U.S. Patent Laws

Justin Farooq Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held for a California company in a patent infringement case that confines the international scope of U.S. patent laws.[1] The justices held, unanimously, that the company’s delivery of a single part of a patented invention for assemblage in a different country did not infringe patent laws.[2]  The California … Continue reading Limits to the International Reach of U.S. Patent Laws

Big Pharma: The Reputation Falls

Annie Millar Recently, issues have arisen arguing that large pharmaceutical companies exist simply to steal our money and endanger the poor by immensely skyrocketing prices of pharmaceuticals. Most of this is a result of Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who drastically increased the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 a … Continue reading Big Pharma: The Reputation Falls

Personal Airplane Television Screens Likely to Fade Away

Lindsey Marie Round While the overall trend worldwide seems to be to increase the amount of technology that individuals encounter daily, airlines may have a different idea in mind. The New York Times reports that many airlines are considering doing away with the television screens that are frequently found on the backs of the seats … Continue reading Personal Airplane Television Screens Likely to Fade Away

Germany Bans Talking Doll

Samantha Cirillo Concerned about a children’s doll recording day-to-day conversations, the Federal Network Agency announced a ban on the latest interactive doll, “Cayla”. The ban was centered around a concern of hacker’s ability to steal personal information by accessing Cayla’s recordings over an insecure Bluetooth connection. The Cayla doll was manufactured by a company based … Continue reading Germany Bans Talking Doll

Ford’s $1 Billion Movement into the Self-Driving Industry

Cecilia Santostefano Back in December, an artificial intelligence start-up known as Argo AI developed, focusing on developing autonomous vehicle technology.[1] Now, it has gained the support of one of the oldest automobile manufacturers in the country: Ford.[2] Over the course of the next five years, Ford will be making a $1 billion investment in the … Continue reading Ford’s $1 Billion Movement into the Self-Driving Industry

The Icing on the Cake: A Crack in Larsen C Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months

Emma Fusco A crack in Antarctica’s shelf, called Larsen C, has been inching closer and closer to a full break.  Since December, the crack has grown seventeen miles.  To put that statistic into a user-friendly perspective, that’s about the length of five football fields per day.  With only about 20 miles left to reach the … Continue reading The Icing on the Cake: A Crack in Larsen C Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months

D.C. the New Silicon Valley?

Brittany Charles  Take a walk around Washington D.C. and you might see something you never noticed before: an influx of technology companies in the area. It is true that Washington D.C. is the mecca for individuals seeking to work within all facets of American politics, from federal government to non-profit organizations. However, the historically government-oriented … Continue reading D.C. the New Silicon Valley?