The driverless cars cometh. Waymo just became the first company allowed to test fully self-driving cars, you can click for more info here—the kind with no carbon-based beings behind the wheel—in the state of California.
Monthly Archives: October 2018
Surgery students ‘losing dexterity to stitch patients’
Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says young people have so little experience of craft skills that they struggle with anything practical.
How much does a cable box really cost? The industry would prefer you don’t ask
Spectrum TV and internet customers will see their rates go up again in November. Among other increases, the broadcast TV surcharge will rise to $9.95 from $8.85 a month, and the monthly fee for a set-top box will jump to $7.50 from $6.99.
What no one tells you about the mall apocalypse and the future of malls
We’ve all read about the disruption to retail as e-commerce eats brick-and-mortar’s lunch and is causing the demise of so many malls, often referred to as the mall apocalypse.
‘Twisted’ fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster
The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency, scientists say.
Hubble Telescope’s Broken Gyroscope Seemingly Fixed After Engineers Try Turning It Off and On Again
If you’ve ever worked in IT, you know that most problems require eye-rollingly simple solutions. One, check that the device is plugged in. Two, turn the device off and back on again. Three, wiggle some things around.
Your Poop Is Probably Full of Plastic
Every minute, a dumptruckful of plastic plops into the world’s oceans. That’s eight billion metric tons every year. Once waterborne, whatever doesn’t wash ashore eventually breaks down into itty bits.
The Map You Grew Up With Is A Lie. This Is What The World Really Looks Like
The world is not quite what it seems. Most of the maps you see day-to-day are based on Mercator projection. Designed almost 450 years ago, even Google Maps used a variant of this projection until just a few months ago.
Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift
Facebook Will Use Data Collected From Its Portal in-Home Video Device to Target You With Ads
We wrote that because that’s what we were told by Facebook executives. But Facebook has since reached out to change its answer: Portal doesn’t have ads, but data about who you call and data about which apps you use on Portal can be used to target you with ads on other Facebook-owned properties.
The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing
Amazon comes to conquer brick-and-mortar retail, not to bury it. In the last two years, the company has opened 11 physical bookstores. This summer, it bought Whole Foods and its 400 grocery locations.
Smartphone pioneer Palm’s latest product is basically an over-sized Apple Watch …
The movement to reduce our usage of smartphones shows no sign of slowing. Palm, one of the pioneers of the personal digital assistants that grew into smartphones, is back with a miniature phone designed to minimize our usage of the device … Simply called Palm, the 3.
Sculpture that unravels in space could become most widely viewed artwork of all time
This November, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 70 satellites into Earth’s orbit including one that comes from the Nevada Museum of Art. It’s called “Orbital Reflector,” and it’s the latest work by artist Trevor Paglen.
Global Internet Outage Over Next 48 Hours Could Affect Some Users, According To ICANN
ICANN has scheduled the Root Zone Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover for today, and it could affect some DNS users all over the world.
Waymo’s driverless cars have logged 10 million miles on public roads
Alphabet’s driverless-car company Waymo announced a new milestone today (Oct. 10): its vehicles have driven a collective 10 million miles on US roads.
‘Facebook Unveils the Portal, a Video Chat Camera for the People Who Still Trust Facebook’
The Portal is a sleek new video camera and screen that makes chats with family and friends look great. It has just one problem: It was made by Mark Zuckerberg.
Rich Mogull on How the Apple Watch Series 4 Will and Won’t Save Lives
Now that Apple has put its stake in the ground, I expect a few advancements moving forward. It sounds corny to say that a new digital watch is going to save lives, but I think it’s undeniably true here. Dozens, hundreds, thousands? I don’t know the number.
Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s
VideoThe enigmatic artist’s “Girl With Balloon” sold for $1.4 million before being shredded by a rigged frame at Sotheby’s auction house in London on Friday.
Richard Branson says Virgin Galactic will be in space in ‘weeks not months’
British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson believes Virgin Galactic is “more than tantalizingly close” to its first trip to space. “We should be in space within weeks, not months.
‘I don’t know any words, in any language, to match the beauty of an orbital sunrise’: Stunning space station shots revealed
The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth. It has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.
Gerst attained the unique perspective from 250 miles above the surface, aboard the orbiting International Space Station. The stunning photo offers a glimpse into the views seen only by the astronauts on the ISS who must take an SLC English tuition course for preparation. Gerst is currently leading the Horizons mission on the ISS, in his second stint at the orbiting lab.
ISS studies have investigated human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy and meteorology. The US space agency, NASA, spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, with the remaining funding coming from international partners, including Europe, Russia and Japan.
So far 244 individuals from 19 countries have visited the station, and among them eight private citizens who spent up to $50 million for their visit. There is an ongoing debate about the future of the station beyond 2025, when it is thought some of the original structure will reach ‘end of life’. Russia, a major partner in the station, plans to launch its own orbital platform around then, with Axiom Space, a private firm, planning to send its own modules for purely commercial use to the station at the same time.