Link Tank: 9 Facts About Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book, Huawei, Howard Schultz, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Project Blue Book

A new computer interface can translate thoughts into speech.

“Neuroengineers have created a new system that can translate simple thoughts into recognizable speech. Using artificial intelligence and a speech synthesizer, a team of New York-based researchers was able to reconstruct words using only brain activity, an innovation that could pave the way for brain-controlled technologies like, say, a smartphone that can translate your thoughts into SMS texts.”

Read more at Inverse.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is reportedly planning to run for President.

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“Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is reportedly preparing to enter the 2020 presidential race as an Independent candidate, and pretty much everyone agrees that’s an absolutely terrible idea. The consensus among Democrats and everyone else who doesn’t want to see Donald Trump reelected is that if Shultz entered the race, it would basically guarantee Trump a second term. Because while Schultz says he’d be an Independent, he would inevitably draw far more votes from the left than from Trump’s base.”

Read more at The Mary Sue

New pictures have been taken of the asteroid Bennu.

“The asteroid-orbiting OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has released some of its most detailed images yet of its target, the asteroid Bennu. And they’re breathtaking. The spacecraft took these images on January 17 when it was only a mile (1.6 kilometers) above Bennu’s surface, using its NavCam 1 navigation camera, according to a NASA release. That camera is, as the name suggests, used for keeping track of OSIRIS REx’s orbit around Bennu.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

The U.S is charging Huawei with financial fraud.

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“US federal investigators have charged Chinese vendor Huawei with financial fraud for stealing intellectual property from T-Mobile and trying to sidestep US sanctions on Iran. On Monday, the US Department of Justice announced 23 criminal charges against Huawei, claiming it conspired for years to violate US law.”

Read more at PCMag.

Here are nine facts about Project Blue Book.

“Between 1952 and 1969, the U.S. Air Force conducted a series of studies on UFO sightings called Project Blue Book. Not only is there a new History Channel series about the program, this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the project’s termination. Get to know the secretive program better.”

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Here are the most underrated breweries in each state.

“Think about your favorite craft brewery in the state you live in. Because we can read your mind (… don’t worry, we’ll leave your brain better than we found it), we’ve probably mentioned that brewery in our story about the best brewery in every state.”