Hubble Space Telescope boosts evidence for first exomoon seen circling alien planet

An artist’s impression shows the Jupiter-sized exoplanet Kepler-1625b transiting its parent star with the Neptune-sized candidate exomoon in tow. (Dan Durda Illustration) With a lot of help from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now feel confident enough to publish their evidence for the first moon detected in orbit around a planet beyond our solar system. But they’re still not completely confident. “At this point, it’s up to us to report what we’re seeing, hand it over to the community and let the community probe it,” said Columbia University astronomer Alex Teachey, one of the authors of a study about the find published in the open-access journal Science Advances. “If they… Read More

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Netflix is adapting the Chronicles of Narnia into movies and a series

Netflix today revealed it’d be creating a new series and films based on C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series, adding yet another arrow to the company’s quiver of fantasy adaptations in the works. Netflix has been on a tear lately, gathering up the rights to much-beloved franchises. It’s thus far snagged The Witcher (and former Superman Henry Cavill) and Diablo for upcoming series. Narnia could be an attempt to make a more kid-friendly (or teen-friendly) show, in the vein of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The news comes from the Facebook page for the Chronicles of Narnia series. According to its announcement, Netflix will be developing both a series and… Read More

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DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson explains what Amazon and Netflix can teach us about learning 

DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson on stage at the GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire) Many of the technologies we use every day are constantly learning from us. We train Netflix in what genres of TV and movies we like. Amazon learns what we’re interested in buying and when we may need to restock items. Why shouldn’t the same technology address something more pressing than convenience or entertainment? DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson raised that issue Wednesday during a fireside chat at the GeekWire Summit. She leads a company building software that can learn from students and create personalized math lessons like other technologies that have become prolific… Read More

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eBay CEO: ‘I want to get as far away from Amazon as I can,’ amid seller poaching allegations against e-commerce rival

eBay CEO Devin Wenig at the 2018 GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire) Amazon and eBay have been battling it out in e-commerce for years — for both buyers and sellers — though eBay CEO Devin Wenig doesn’t see it that way. Speaking at the GeekWire Summit, Wenig said the e-commerce world is big enough for a number of players, including both Amazon and eBay. He doesn’t view Amazon as a direct competitor, and wants eBay to continue to develop its own identity. “I don’t want to compete with Amazon; I want to get as far away from Amazon as I can,” Wenig said. “I want us to… Read More

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Blue Origin works on Blue Moon lunar mission with Germany’s OHB and MT Aerospace

An artist’s conception shows Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander on the lunar surface. (Blue Origin Illustration) Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space venture, Blue Origin, has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with Germany’s OHB Group and MT Aerospace on a future mission to the moon that’ll use Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lunar lander. The arrangement could mesh with OHB’s participation in a project to build a European-built module for the international lunar orbital platform known as the Gateway, which is due to take shape in the mid-2020s. OHB Systems is a key development partner for the planned logistics module, which is known as the European System Providing Refueling, Infrastructure… Read More

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Apptio buys Boston-based FittedCloud, adding a cloud infrastructure cost analysis tool to the mix

Apptio CEO Sunny Gupta speaks at the 2017 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Apptio completed its third acquisition Wednesday, announcing that it has bought FittedCloud, a fellow provider of tools for monitoring cloud spending, for an undisclosed amount. FittedCloud’s three Boston-based employees will join Apptio, and co-founder Prakash Manden will become vice president of cloud engineering at the Bellevue-based company. Apptio will continue to support FittedCloud customers, according to a company representative. There are lots of things about cloud computing that make life easier for technology managers, but keeping track of the cloud budget is not one of them. Prakash Manden, co-founder of FittedCloud and Apptio’s… Read More

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