Chevrolet brings back the Blazer SUV

The new Blazer will go on sale next year.

An all-new Chevrolet Blazer that will go on sale next year was unveiled at an event in Atlanta on Thursday.

General Motors (GM), Chevrolet’s parent company, hasn’t made a Blazer since 2005. But the world has gone mad for SUVs, so an automaker like GM needs to offer one of every imaginable size. This new Blazer is designed to be a little bigger and roomier than the compact Chevrolet Equinox but smaller than the big Traverse crossover SUV with its three rows of seats.

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Apollo Moon Landing Mystery Solved By Discovery Of Long Lost NASA Tapes

The big Moon mystery has now been solved. And yes, humans are to blame.

A decades-old lunar mystery has now been solved thanks to the recovery of once lost data tapes and a massive amount of sleuthing.

The results confirm that inexplicable changes in the moon’s temperatures recorded in the 1970s were not the result of some strange inner heat source, but rather the by-product on astronauts stomping around and stirring up moon dust.

Source: Apollo Moon Landing Mystery Solved By Discovery Of Long Lost NASA Tapes

Amazon Factory Employees Forced to Work 100 Hours of Overtime in Unsafe Working Conditions: Report

Amazon Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers are produced by Chinese laborers who work long hours for low pay without proper safety training, finds a new report by China Labor Watch, a U.S.-based humanitarian group.

China Labor Watch launched a nine-month investigation into the Hengyang Foxconn factory, which produces some of Amazon’s most sought after products. Amongst a number of labor violations, the group discovered that laborers were required to work at least 100 hours of overtime per month– Chinese law caps overtime at 36 hours per month.

Source: Amazon Factory Employees Forced to Work 100 Hours of Overtime in Unsafe Working Conditions: Report

Kia recalls over 500K vehicles for ineffective airbags – LOCALSYR

Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may not work in a crash.

DETROIT (AP) – Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may not work in a crash.

Combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, the affiliated automakers are recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths.

The moves by both Korean automakers came after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problems in March. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars. Four people died and six were injured.

Vehicles covered by the Kia recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. Also covered are Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012

Source: Kia recalls over 500K vehicles for ineffective airbags – LOCALSYR

US vs. China – America reclaims “world’s fastest” supercomputer title | Fox Business

China held the top spot for the past two years. The U.S. hasn’t been No. 1 for six years

Computers will be a million times smarter in 30 years: Softbank CEO

Softbank Group CEO Masayoshi Son discusses the future of robotics at the Saudi Arabia investment conference.

The supercomputer, named Summit, is located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and can perform 200,000 trillion calculations per second, according to IBM. That’s eight times more powerful than Cray’s Titan supercomputer and nearly twice as fast as the peak speed for Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight.

Source: US vs. China – America reclaims “world’s fastest” supercomputer title | Fox Business

New NOAA weather satellite suffers instrument anomaly – SpaceNews.com

A cooling problem with a key instrument on a new NOAA weather satellite could degrade its performance, officials said May 23.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the cooling system of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on the GOES-17 weather satellite did not startup as planned during on-orbit checkout a few weeks ago. The satellite, previously known as GOES-S, launched on an Atlas 5 March 1.

The cooling system is needed to keep ABI’s detectors at an operating temperature of 60 kelvin. That system is not working sufficiently for 13 of the instrument’s 16 bands, at infrared and near-infrared wavelengths, during part of each orbit. Three other bands, which operate at visible wavelengths, are not affected by the cooling issue. Other instruments on the spacecraft are also not impaired.

Source: New NOAA weather satellite suffers instrument anomaly – SpaceNews.com

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation – BBC News

Israel confirms the US-made F-35, from the world’s costliest military programme, was used recently.

  • Developed by Lockheed Martin and first flown in 2006, the main reason for the fighter is its versatility, projected to serve the US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy in one design
  • Three variants: conventional takeoff (A); short takeoff and vertical landing (B) and carrier-based catapult (C)
  • Stealth is clearly a key factor, its airframe and design materials allow pilots to penetrate areas without being detected by radar
  • This gives it a small radar cross-section, which is said to allow it to engage enemy aircraft before they see it. A helmet-mounted display system means the jet does not have to be pointing at its target to fire weapons
  • But it’s the sensors, communications and avionics that it trumpets the most – data is shared immediately with operational commanders, and pilots can track the enemy, jam radars and thwart attacks

Source: F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation – BBC News

Google to warn over ‘realistic’ bots

Humans will be told if they are talking to bots that can convincingly mimic human speech.

Google says it will take steps to ensure that humans are not fooled when they get called by software bots that can convincingly mimic the human voice.

Anyone called by the bot will be told they are conversing with a machine, Google told tech news site the Verge.

The vocal skills of the Duplex bot were demonstrated at Google’s I/O developer conference this week when it was shown booking a hair appointment.

The demo left one technology expert “horrified” by what she had seen.

Source: Google to warn over ‘realistic’ bots

Facebook Opens New A.I. Research Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh | Digital Trends

Facebook has opened two new A.I. research labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh. The company has hired professors from local universities which some worry could make it harder to train new researchers. Facebook says that is working to ensure a symbiotic relationship.

Source: Facebook Opens New A.I. Research Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh | Digital Trends