Virgin Orbit Pushes Back First Rocket Launch From Jumbo Jet

Strap a rocket to the underside of a plane. Fly it up several miles. Drop it. The engine ignites, and the rocket and its payload zoom to space.
That is what Virgin Orbit, one of the multitude of companies started by Richard Branson, plans to do Sunday or Monday. It is a demonstra..

Moderna Vaccine Trial: How Upbeat Coronavirus News Fueled a Stock Surge

When the biotech company Moderna announced early on Monday morning positive results from a small, preliminary trial of its coronavirus vaccine, the company’s chief medical officer described the news as a “triumphant day for us.”
Moderna’s stock price jumped as much as 30 percent…

The Drones Were Ready for This Moment

New Yorkers strolling along the East River early last month glanced up to see an unsettling sight: a mysterious drone claiming to represent something called the “Anti-Covid-19 Volunteer Drone Task Force” barking orders to pedestrians below to maintain social distancing.
“Please m..

Can You Gather With God Over Zoom?

Quakerism goes virtual, offering an intimate window into silent worship.

SpaceX Gets Go-Ahead for NASA Astronaut Launch Next Week

NASA officials gave the go-ahead on Friday for SpaceX and the agency to continue preparations for a historic liftoff of two astronauts on a rocket from Florida to the International Space Station next week.
The launch, scheduled for 4:33 p.m. on Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space..

Amazon Angles to Grab Back Customers

As millions more Americans turned to online shopping during the pandemic, Amazon struggled to keep up with the demand, and its rivals pounced. Target’s online sales shot up 141 percent last quarter, while Walmart’s rose 74 percent. Etsy’s were up almost 80 percent in April.
Now A..

Why All the Shouting About Google?

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You may have seen (or ignored) a gazillion articles about the U.S. government preparing to sue Google for possibly being an illegal monopoly.
This is going to get weird. So here’s what yo..

3-D Sound and a Zoom Apocalypse: The Plays That Come to Life Online

SHEFFIELD, England — There’s a voice inside your head, and it’s telling you the story of a man who went into the Amazon and came out with a new understanding of human consciousness. It whispers in your left ear, then your right. Then it seems to take up residence right inside you..

Grandmother’s Refusal to Remove Photos From Facebook Tests Privacy Law

Handling pictures of children and grandchildren is usually a private affair.
Not in the case of one Dutch grandmother.
A woman’s refusal to remove photos of her grandchild on Facebook and Pinterest boiled over into court in the Netherlands this month, turning what started as a fa..

Facebook Starts Planning for Permanent Remote Work from Home