Month: December 2020

Japan’s solution to space junk problem is wooden satellites that would burn up upon reentry

Japanese researchers are working on satellite technology that would use wood components to eliminate excess space junk, allowing objects to burn up upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere, according to a new report.

Sumitomo Forestry, a 400-year-old Japanese woodworking company, is partnering with Kyoto University to develop the technology, the BBC reported Tuesday.

NASA estimated more than a decade ago that 95% of manmade objects in orbit were space junk. They come from defunct satellites, discarded rocket stages and other discarded mission materials.

NASA CONFIRMS MYSTERIOUS OBJECT ORBITING EARTH IS 1960S-ERA ROCKET BOOSTER

Most of it is relatively small, according to

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Better Buy: Fidelity MSCI Information Technology Index ETF vs Technology Select SPDR Fund

If you’re looking for a good long-term investment, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that’s focused on the technology sector is a great place to look. The sector has driven the market to new highs for the past decade and has been one of the top-performing sectors for decades, even through periods of volatility.

As you seek out the right technology-focused ETF to invest in, know that they’re not all the same. Some invest in a much broader swath of the sector, while others are more concentrated and focus on just information technology, for example, or some other area. Some look at

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Apple supplier Lens Technology used forced Uighur laborers

Lens Technology is one of at least five companies connected to Apple’s supply chain that have now been linked to alleged forced labor from the Xinjiang region, according to human rights groups. Lens Technology stands out from other Apple component suppliers because of its high-profile founder and long, well-documented history going back to the early days of the iPhone.

“Our research shows that Apple’s use of forced labor in its supply chain goes far beyond what the company has acknowledged,” said Katie Paul, director of the Tech Transparency Project.

Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said the company has confirmed that Lens

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These 5G Stocks Could Set the Market on Fire in 2021

Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) did well in 2020, as shares of both companies rose nicely despite a big correction in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, their gains fade in comparison to the broader market’s rise.

As the chart below shows, Micron and Synaptics underperformed the tech-heavy NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector index in 2020. But it will not be surprising to see the two companies step up their game in 2021 and beat the market handsomely, as they are likely to win big from several catalysts, one of which should be a sharp spike in sales of

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How Biden will approach the U.S. battle with China over technology

US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Electoral college certification at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware on December 14, 2020.

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GUANGZHOU, China — President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to reverse President Donald Trump’s challenge to China’s technology industry and companies — but Biden will likely be more targeted in his approach and collaborate with allies, experts told CNBC.

During his presidency, Trump has looked to challenge China’s technology industry through sanctions, executive orders and other actions. Biden will likely continue such a policy.

“The bullet has left the chamber. Trump has

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