Back to life: U.S. House of Representatives Democrats want to re-establish the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), which Republican lawmakers killed in 1995. They intend on allotting $6 million it. The OTA was dismantled in 1995 by Newt Gingrich and his Republican caucus, claiming that the office was duplicative and biased against Republicans. http://bit.ly/2VEKnmz

A binary milestone: Astronomers believe they have witnessed for the first time, a black hole devouring a neutron star. According to Nature, “At 15:22:17 UTC on 26 April, the twin detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the United States and the Virgo observatory in Italy reported a burst of waves of an unusual type. Astronomers are still analysing the data and performing computer simulations to interpret them.” https://go.nature.com/2VE9iqf

Quantum Prize awardees announced: Scientists engaged in quantum computing and communication have been bestowed awards by a private organization in China. The Micius Quantum Prize awarded six scientists one million yuan (about US$150,000) each for their research. https://go.nature.com/2VKFcle

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