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U.S. election: Here’s what the Biden team gets now that the transition is approved

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The U.S. government is set to begin working with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team now that the head of the General Services Administration has “ascertained” that he is the apparent winner of this month’s presidential election. Among other things, the ascertainment process gives the incoming president and his team access to officials at federal agencies and directs the Justice Department to work on security clearances for transition team members and Biden political appointees. It even gives his team access to official government website domains. Read more: U.S. agency to allow Biden transition to begin after delay: reports Here is […]

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University of Waterloo team competes in NASA retrieval robot competition

University of Waterloo team competes in NASA retrieval robot competition

TORONTO – A team of 60 engineers from the University of Waterloo competed against teams from across the globe on Thursday, hoping to impress NASA with their retrieval robot. NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge kicked off with small mechanical creatures searching through an 8,000-square-metre park at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. to track down and collect geological samples. The competition’s objective is to encourage innovation in “autonomous navigation” and “robotics technologies” to improve NASA’s missions both in space and on earth. The treasure hunt-like event sees robots search for samples in a variety of environments – from hills […]

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