Microsoft and Kaspersky comment on newest ransomeware attack

Microsoft has commented on the newest ransomeware attack. The attack is effecting airlines, banks, and utilities across Europe. “Our initial analysis found that the ransomware uses multiple techniques to spread, including one which was addressed by a security update previously …

Tool Helps Novices and Experts Make Custom Robots

A new interactive design tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute enables both novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3-D-printed components and off-the-shelf actuators. Using a familiar drag-and-drop interface, individuals can choose from a …

Oneweb building High-Volume Satellite Manufacturing Facility

OneWeb Satellites, a 50-50 joint venture between would-be constellation operator OneWeb and satellite manufacturer Airbus, has inaugurated the first serial-production line for its planned 900 communications satellites for OneWeb’s low Earth orbit constellation. “This facility is a pivotal step toward …

Confirmation of orbiting supermassive black holes

For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they’ve been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth – a discovery more …

Progress to stable laser propelled sails

Stable flight of a laser sail is an essential requirement of beam-driven propulsion. Centauri Dreams talked to James Benford about work towards stable beam flight. It places considerable demand upon the shape of the sail and beam. James Benford takes …