Tech & Science It's been 59 years since seven men were presented to the world as NASA's first-ever astronaut class. The men, called the Original Seven, became overnight sensations in the United States. They later became known as the Mercury Seven for Project Mercury, the program tasked with sending the first Americans into space to orbit the Earth, according to NASA. The process of choosing the seven men took months. First, doctors, pilots and engineers reviewed a group of more than 500 candidates and narrowed the group down to 110 candidates. That group of men was reviewed even further and just 32 of them moved forward in the process, according to NASA. The first seven astronauts NASA ever had, known as the Original Seven were selected and announced to the country on April 9, 1959. Back row: Astronauts Shepard, Grissom, Cooper. Front row: Schirra, Slayton, Glenn, Carpenter. NASA Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most … [Read more...] about Who Were the Original Mercury Seven? NASA’s First Astronauts Included John Glenn, Alan Shepard
Arkera, a new fintech app which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to aid personal investing, has raised £4m from investors including the co-founder of hedge fund Brevan Howard. Alan Howard led the funding round along with electronic trading firm XTX Markets, with additional input from payment services firm Docomo Digital, ex-Deutsche Bank chief operating officer Henry Ritchotte and other investors. Arkera plans to use the capital to expand globally, and develop its machine learning platform which connects world events and news directly to investment products. Read more: Brevan Howard London fund chief resigns "There is a niche in the market for artificial intelligence and machine learning to empower clients to make exciting investment decisions," said Arkera's co-chief executive Vinit Sahni. The company has said it aims to help financial institutions increase revenues by "equipping their clients with the knowledge and confidence to make and drive investment decisions". It was … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence investment firm Arkera grabs £4m from investors including Brevan Howard’s Alan Howard
The Gravity Assist Podcast is hosted by NASA's Director of Planetary Science, Jim Green, who each week talks to some of the greatest planetary scientists on the planet, giving a guided tour through the Solar System and beyond in the process. This week, he's joined by New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, to chat about what the July 2015 fly-by of Pluto revealed about this mysterious and diverse world, which has a heart-shaped glacier that's the size of Texas and Oklahoma, blue skies, spinning moons, mountains as high as the Rockies, and red snow! You can listen to the full podcast here, or read the transcript below. Jim Green: Just a few years ago we knew virtually nothing about Pluto, but in July 2015 New Horizons changed all that when it flew by the dwarf planet. What were the biggest surprises, Alan? [Soar Over Pluto and Charon in Dazzling New Horizons Videos] Alan Stern: I think my two biggest surprises were first, just how … [Read more...] about Gravity Assist Podcast: Pluto, with Alan Stern
release of The Imitation Game, the hotly anticipated biopic about World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, seen by many as one of the pivots that marked the turning point of the conflict. Working at the Bletchley Park listening post, Turing found the key to decoding "undecodeable" messages from the Nazi encryption engine Enigma. His achievement allowed British forces to mount attacks on complacent Nazi forces which believed that their moves were still secret. Turing was never given the recognition he deserved during his lifetime, in part because of the confidential nature of his work, but also because he was convicted for offences related to homosexuality, which was still illegal in the UK at the time. Turing was chemically castrated and ended up committing suicide aged just 41. Turing received an apology from the UK government in 2009 before finally being pardoned at the end of last year, but even then some campaigners felt that a pardon was insulting as he had done nothing wrong in … [Read more...] about Alan Turing biopic released as Google quadruples prize money in his honour
Alan Moore’s Watchmen is a step closer to being adapted once more, this time by Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof at the helm. HBO has given the project a pilot order and ordered additional scripts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yesterday, Lindelof posted an image to Instagram that depicted a trophy given to one of the heroes, Hollis Mason, when he retired from crime fighting in the comics. In June, THR revealed that the network had put the show into development with Lindelof. It’s the second try for HBO, which began discussing a Watchmen series with Zack Snyder in 2015, who directed the 2009 film adaptation. Lindelof is developing the show from scratch, according to Variety. Written by Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, Watchmen was published as a limited series between 1986 and 1987, and quickly earned considerable critical acclaim for its mature and satirical take on superheroes. It was eventually named in Time magazine’s List of the 100 … [Read more...] about Can Damon Lindelof successfully adapt Alan Moore’s Watchmen?