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Huawei ban threatens U.S. national security, tech companies warn Trump administration

(Jason Lee/Reuters) U.S. technology companies have told the Commerce Department that the Trump administration’s ban on selling to the Chinese tech giant Huawei could significantly harm their bottom lines and might damage their ability to develop new technological innovations, including those needed by the U.S. military. The companies are making the claims in applications for […]

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This beautiful map of the sky traces key sources of X-rays as seen from the ISS

This image of the whole sky shows 22 months of X-ray data recorded by NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload aboard the International Space Station during its nighttime slews between targets. NASA/NICER This beautiful image was captured by an instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER). […]

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Facebook AI study: Major object recognition systems favor people with more money

Computer vision for recognizing household objects works better for people in high-income households, according to analysis of 6 major object detection systems shared today by Facebook AI researchers. The study examined object classification systems made by Facebook, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, AWS, IBM Watson, and Clarifai. Results show the 6 systems work between 10-20% better […]

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The best Wi-Fi 6 routers

The standard for Wi-Fi routers has been “ac” for years, to indicate the latest protocol and compatibility with all the new mobile devices. Now a brand new standard has appeared, “802.11ax” or “Wi-Fi 6,” which means a whole new crop of routers is here. That’s good news! Wi-Fi 6 promises new speeds, fewer problems, and […]

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Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is wrapped in a vast mantle of cool gas

Artist’s impression of a ring of cool, interstellar gas surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. New ALMA observations reveal this structure for the first time. NRAO/AUI/NSF; S. Dagnello At the center of our galaxy, approximately 26,000 light-years away, is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A* (pronounced A Star). […]