A fourth prototype of SpaceX’s next generation Starship rocket exploded right after a test at the company’s south Texas test site on Friday.
Monthly Archives: May 2020
Detroit Three have a new competitor in the electric pickup war — it’s called Endurance
The next time you might be considering an F-150, Silverado or Ram pickup, Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns wants you to know something. Some might say “them’s fightin’ words” in the truck wars. But it’s not only getting out of the mud that Burns bets the Endurance can do first.
Which U.S. states are using Apple’s Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing? – 9to5Mac
Apple and Google announced plans to build COVID-19 tracing into iPhone and Android operating systems on April 10. The move marked a major partnership between the top two mobile operating system competitors in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Earth’s magnetic field, which protects us from solar radiation, is mysteriously weakening
Earth’s magnetic field, which is vital to protecting life on our planet from solar radiation, is mysteriously weakening.
Artificial eye that ‘sees’ like a human could transform robotics
Scientists have developed an artificial eye that could provide vision for humanoid robots, or even function as a bionic eye for visually impaired people in the future.
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
Please read this link to learn about the author and background to these posts. It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted.
Doordash and Pizza Arbitrage
If capitalism is driven by a search for profit, the food delivery business confuses the hell out of me. Every platform loses money. Restaurants feel like they’re getting screwed. Delivery drivers are poster children for gig economy problems. Customers get annoyed about delivery fees.
Porter Cable as a Cordless Power Tool Brand in 2020?
Someone asked the other day about where they can buy Porter Cable tools or accessories now that they’ve become scarce at Lowe’s. But even if they can find new Porter Cable cordless gear, should they invest any more money into the system?
Wink on Twitter
We’ve received a lot of feedback regarding the announcement of our subscription service. We’re grateful for those that have shown support. We can appreciate that some customers may need additional time so we have extended the deadline to subscribe by an additional week until 5/20
My Theory Is That Quibi Is a Dumb Idea
Jeffrey Katzenberg hasn’t left his Beverly Hills home in nearly 50 days.
World-first “impossible” rotating detonation engine fires up
The vast majority of engines, of course, use combustion rather than detonation to achieve their output goals. Combustion is a relatively slow and controlled process resulting from the reaction between fuel and oxygen at high temperatures, and it’s very well understood and mature as a technology.
Scientists find life in dead brain cells
A team of scientists from Yale University detected electrical activity in brain cells from dead pigs. The unexpected results raise questions about what it means for a cell to be dead.
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X-37B Space Plane’s Microwave Power Beam Experiment Is A Way Bigger Deal Than It Seems
When the X-37B launches on May 16, it will carry a technology that could eventually allow drones to stay aloft indefinitely anywhere on the globe.
Elon Musk: Neuralink Will Do Human Brain Implant in “Less Than a Year”
For the second time in two years, entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk sat down with podcaster Joe Rogan to chat about the future of AI and its role in the symbiosis of man and machine.
Apple and Google release sample code, UI and detailed policies for COVID-19 exposure-notification apps
Apple and Google are providing additional resources for developers working with the first version of their Exposure Notification API, the development tools the companies have created and are working on in order to provide a cross-platform way for public health agencies to notify individuals of a po
Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour ‘Express’ grocery delivery service
Record usage of grocery delivery services amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to delayed orders, fewer open delivery windows and, on occasion, an inability to even book a delivery time slot.
Volvo bucks the industry, will sell LIDAR-equipped self-driving cars to customers by 2022
Most new cars sold today include a bevy of sensors such as cameras and radar to help power modern conveniences like automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.
Researchers Use Computer Chip In Patient’s Brain To Restore Sense Of Touch After Spinal Cord Injury
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A scientific breakthrough has given a man in Ohio the chance to reclaim a major part of his life after a devastating injury. Ian Burkhart suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2010 while on vacation from Ohio University.
A Black Hole Is ‘Almost on Our Doorstep’
In the night sky, far south of the equator, there’s a curious collection of faint constellations embedded in the tapestry of stars. They do not bear the names of myths and legends, because the ancient Greeks couldn’t see them from the Northern Hemisphere.