July 2022 Current Events: Science & Technology News

Updated August 22, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the Science and Technology news events you need to know so far for July 2022:

  1. Apple Launches New Software That Will Block Spyware Attack
  2. Image Of Deep Space Captured By James Webb Telescope Released
  3. Microsoft Announces Launch Of Drone System Trainer
  4. United State Senate Passes Bill To Boost Chip Manufacturing

Apple Launches New Software That Will Block Spyware Attack

Apple storefront

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 – Tech Giant Apple unveiled a Lockdown mode. This new feature will protect high-risk users from spyware cyber-attack. 

The company’s iPhones, iPads, and Macs will support Lockdown Mode starting in the fall with the release of the newest operating system. The option restricts calls from unidentified users and inhibits certain functions.

Apple is presently suing Israeli spyware company NSO Group, alleging that it used its potent Pegasus spyware to target people in 150 different nations. The company’s software might infect Android and iPhone gadgets, enabling users to extract emails, images, and messages, record phone conversations, and covertly turn on microphones and cameras.

NSO Group argues that it only provides Pegasus to armed forces, law enforcement, and intelligence organisations from nations with solid reputations for respecting human rights. The company claims that its tools are designed to target terrorists and criminals.

Source: BBC

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Image Of Deep Space Captured By James Webb Telescope Released

James Webb telescope space images released

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – The James Webb Telescope has been on observation since its launch six months ago and released several pictures to mark its readiness to begin operations. Webb is considered superior to the Hubble Space Telescope and is expected to take images for the next 20 years.

The Observatory for the project was formed between the US, Canadian and European space agencies and is specifically tuned to see the sky in lights of longer wavelengths. This allows it to view more profound into the Universe than the Hubble Space telescope. 

Given the enhanced imagery and resolution, Astronomers would be equipped to study the planets in the Milky Way and continue the search for extraterrestrial life. 

British Researcher Gillian Wright commented that the first set of images exposed the discoveries that the telescope can make and would change how humans observe the Universe.

Source: BBC 

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Microsoft Announces Launch Of Drone System Trainer

Microsoft drone updates

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – Microsoft has announced creating a new project called AirSim. It is a flight simulator that companies can use to train and develop their flight systems.

According to Microsoft, the project makes it possible to test flight sequences in places that would otherwise be dangerous. 

Microsoft’s Chief Executive, Josh Riedy, mentioned that the drones would be capable of flying autonomously while being controlled by someone on the ground. Apart from the ease of control, the project also allows developers to try out many scenarios in a simulated and controlled environment.

Ashish Kapoor, the creator of the original open-source AirSim, stated in a statement that he hoped data collected on the new platform would assist in putting “many more vehicles in the sky, helping to monitor farms, inspect critical infrastructure, and transport goods and people to the most remote locations.”

Source: BBC

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United State Senate Passes Bill To Boost Chip Manufacturing

Nancy Pelosi

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – On Wednesday, the United State Senate, in a bid to subsidize the domestic semiconductor industry, passed sweeping legislation. They aim to boost companies as they compete with China and reduce a persistent shortage that has affected everything from cars to weapons and video games. 

After the Senate's 64 to 33 bipartisan vote, the long-awaited bill was passed to the House of Representatives, where they plan to vote on Thursday. If approved as expected, President Joe Biden plans to sign it into law next week. 

In order to compete with China, the legislation would also authorize more than $170 billion over five years to boost U.S. scientific research. 

The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said, “This legislation is going to create a good-paying job, it will alleviate supply chains, it will help lower costs, and it will protect America’s national security interests.”

Source: Reuters

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