Google acquires Cornerstone Technology for mainframe migration

The Dutch Company, founded in 1989, helps companies migrate mainframe data through a highly-automated process, and it helps them convert languages and databases to prepare applications for modern environments. 
“As the industry increasingly builds applications as a set of services, many customers want to break their mainframe monolith programs into either Java monoliths or Java microservices,” Google’s Howard Weale wrote in a blog post. “This approach to application modernization is at the heart of the Cornerstone toolset. Through the use of automated processes, Cornerstone’s tools can break down your Cobol, PL/1, or Assembler programs into services and then make them cloud native, such as within a managed, containerized environment.”

Technosignatures' could help in search for alien life

Scientists are developing techniques to detect signatures from space in their search for alien life.
The Very Large Array (VLA) telescope, at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NARO) site in Socorro, New Mexico, will be used to constantly seek evidence of technosignatures.

A technosignature is a proxy for the existence of a technologically advanced, extraterrestrial civilisation, according to scientists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in California.
These include things such as the chemical composition of a planet’s atmosphere, laser emissions or structures orbiting stars.
The VLA is a collection of 27 radio antennas – and one spare – which work together to effectively act as a single huge telescope.