Google will purchase enough solar and wind power by some point in 2017 to cover all of the energy used by its data centers and offices. The company is already the largest corporate buyer of renewable power in the world. Google is also releasing environmental update reports.
Uber is forming an AI research lab following its acquisition of Geometric Intelligence, an AI startup based in New York. The research is centered around technologies that'll be useful in the autonomous vehicle space. Geometric's 15 specialists are joining the lab to assist Uber.
Virgin Galactic's first independent flight with its VSS Unity spacecraft was successful. The craft went on a gliding flight over California's Mojave Air & Space Port after being released from the VMS Eve. It successfully returned to Earth from an initial 15 km altitude.
SpaceX's first launch since its September explosion is scheduled to occur on December 16. It'll use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch 10 satellites from Iridium Communications. When the Falcon 9 exploded a few months ago, it destroyed both the rocket and a satellite.
The Progress MS-04, a Russian resupply vehicle bound for the International Space Station, has been destroyed. Russian authorities lost contact with the ship after its launch from the Naikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last night. It was carrying three tons of food and fuel.
Ta'u, a small island in American Samoa that's inhabited by 600 people, has been upgraded from diesel fuel to solar power. A SolarCity/Tesla initiative is now supplying "nearly 100 percent" of the island's energy needs, significantly reducing its use of diesel.
In a visceral, emotional court case that made law history, a british, 14-year-old teenage girl suffering from a rare form of cancer won a landmark legal case in the UK courts, granting her the right to be cryogenically frozen until such a time as a cure is found for her disease.
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking, who happens to harbor serious concerns about AI, believes humans could be limited to living on Earth for just a thousand more years. Humanity will need to find a new place to set up shop if it's going to remain around for many more generations.
A lung cancer patient in China has become the first human on Earth to receive an injection of cells modified with CRISPR, a gene editing tool. Oncologists at Sichuan University used the CRISPR cells in the patient on October 28 and it appears the first injection went fine.
HB, a 58-year-old ALS patient, has become the first person with her condition to use an at-home brain implant for communication. Like many others with ALS, the disease has already removed her ability to talk, leading to the development of "locked-in" syndrome.
SpaceX should be on track for another rocket launch this year and it is close to figuring out the cause of its September rocket explosion. When the next mission occurs, it'll be the first since a Falcon 9 exploded on a Cape Canaveral launchpad, destroying the rocket.
More resources will be directed to projects involving microsatellites due to a plan from the White House. Mini satellites are increasingly being employed as a way to cover larger pieces of the planet at a lower cost. Multiple US agencies are involved in the White House plan.
Contact with the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars lander is gone. Data was sent from the Schiaparelli lander during the descent, but it suddenly stopped and no contact has been regained since. According to the ESA, contact was probably lost before the landing occurred.
There's a race for Mars taking place in the semi-private space industry, with SpaceX receiving most of the attention. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says his company will put humans on the red planet in the next decade and eventually establish a growing colony.
Blue Origin's latest test run involving its New Shepard rocket and a vehicle escape system went smoothly, including the landing of the rocket. Observers and Blue Origin itself weren't entirely sure the rocket would do anything other than crash into the desert.
A spaceplane that could one day be the largest in the world is being developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, a government-backed company. Information was shared by Lui Haiquang, a rocket scientist, during the International Astronautical Congress.
Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket will be tested again today. During the test, Blue Origin will try out its escape system capsule, which can keep astronauts safe is something goes wrong during a launch. This test is both important and likely to ruin the rocket.
SpaceX still doesn't know what caused the Falcon 9's explosion last month, though it has reportedly been considering sabotage as an explanation. The rocket exploded on a Cape Canaveral launch pad on September 1, destroying SpaceX's equipment and an internet satellite.
SpaceX is developing the technology required for Mars expeditions, including manned missions, and one piece of that technology is a more powerful engine. The company's Raptor engine, which is 3x more powerful than those on the Falcon 9, has been test fired.
False positives are an issue throughout medicine and incorrect readings of mammograms have received a large amount of attention. One solution to the issue may be found in artificial intelligence. A team has created software with a very high accuracy rating.