Stoke Space and Sequoia Scientific win NASA funding to advance tech innovations

Stoke Space Technologies’ second-stage engine injector undergoes a test firing at the company’s component test facility. (Stoke Photo) Two Washington state companies have won grants of up to $750,000 each from NASA to take space-related technologies they’re already working on to the next stage of development. The awards to Renton-based Stoke Space Technologies and Bellevue-based Sequoia Scientific are part of the latest batch of NASA Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grants. Nationwide, $105 million in awards were allocated to 140 projects proposed by 127 small businesses spread across 34 states and Washington, D.C. The aim of the program is to encourage the development of innovations that could contribute to… Read More

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Ex-Apple employee claims company fired him and knew about his past comments on women, people of color (AAPL)

Summary List Placement Former Apple employee Antonio García Martínez has disputed the company’s account of his departure, claiming on Twitter on Friday the company fired him and that it was aware of the content of his autobiography, which came under fire from employees this week. “Apple was well aware of my writing before hiring me. My references were questioned extensively about my bestselling book and my real professional persona (rather than literary one),” García Martínez tweeted. Apple employees earlier this week internally and publicly criticized the company’s decision to hire García Martínez, circulating a petition, first reported by The Verge, calling past comments from his autobiography “misogynistic” and saying his… Read More

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TV Cancelations: Did Your Favorite Show Get the Axe?

We’ve reached the end of the most unpredictable television season in history, as the Covid-19 pandemic altered shooting schedules and shortened episode orders. But while no one wants to look back these days, at least it’s now time to move forward. Most broadcast networks have released their schedules for the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022, which means that plenty of dramas and comedies are set to premiere… … or set to return for another season. Others, however, have been canceled. Did your favorite program get the axe? Scroll down to find out and then go ahead and let it out if so. This is a safe space..… Read More

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A guide to end-to-end encryption, the system that keeps your transmitted data and communication secure

Summary List Placement There’s more interest in secure and private online communication than ever. One tool used by many modern communication services is end-to-end encryption.  End-to-end encryption, explained What makes end-to-end encryption unique is that whatever you’re sending is encrypted on your device and travels in encrypted form all the way to its destination. It’s only decrypted there so it can be read by the recipient.  The best way to understand end-to-end encryption is in contrast to a more traditional system called encryption-in-transit. Typically, if a service uses encryption, it will be encrypted on your device and sent to the server. There, it is decrypted for processing, then re-encrypted and… Read More

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Biden told staff not to serve leafy greens because he didn’t want to be photographed with leaves in his teeth, report says

Summary List Placement Häagen-Daz ice cream, Special K cereal, and a plethora of fruit and vegetables were always on hand when President Joe Biden lived in the vice president’s residence from 2009 to 2017, according to The New York Times. But the one food item you wouldn’t see at an official event? Leafy greens. In a new report detailing the Democratic president’s first few months settling into the White House, The Times reported Biden put the kibosh on leafy greens at public events for a precautionary and relatable reason: He didn’t want to be photographed with leaves in his teeth. The White House Press Office did not immediately respond to… Read More

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