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Citizen scientists find a failed star in the Sun's neighborhood

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:14:00 -0400

(image) Citizen scientists may not have the time and equipment of their pro counterparts, but their dedication can sometimes lead to discoveries that would otherwise be impractical. Case in point: a NASA-backed citizen science initiative, Backyard Worlds: P...

Work starts on a massive underground neutrino experiment

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:05:00 -0400

(image) Neutrinos are notoriously difficult to understand, but work is underway to know them a little better. Researchers have officially broken ground on the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, the home to the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experimen...

Your Telegram chats now include disappearing photos

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:27:00 -0400

(image) Telegram's messaging app is better known for its security than catering to Snapchat fans, but it's blurring those lines. The company has updated its mobile apps with support for disappearing photos and videos in any private chat. All you have to do...

NASA backs deep space habitat made with old ISS cargo module

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:56:00 -0400

(image) NASA has given Lockheed Martin the go-ahead to build a full-scale prototype of the deep space habitat it proposed for the NextSTEP program. That means in around 18 months' time, it might start testing new space travel technologies for the agency. No,...

BMW denies conspiring with rivals on diesel emissions systems

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:28:00 -0400

(image) VW isn't the only German automaker reeling from the effects of diesel emissions scandals. BMW is denying Der Spiegel allegations that it not only colluded with Daimler and the Volkswagen Auto Group (including Audi and Porsche) on the designs and pri...

Dwayne Johnson and Apple made a Siri movie (update: live)

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:56:00 -0400

(image) Now here's something you probably didn't see coming. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has revealed that he's starring in a Siri-themed movie (The Rock x Siri) that launches July 24th on Apple's YouTube channel. He's shy about details (other than that it's t...

The best fan

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:30:00 -0400

(image) By Tyler Wells Lynch and Séamus Bellamy This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commis...

Forecast data model warns you of tornadoes hours in advance

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:01:00 -0400

(image) Meteorologists usually only issue warnings for tornadoes when they're imminent, which gives you precious little time to take cover -- the American average is just 13 minutes. NOAA researchers may soon give you much more time to get to safety, though...

'Pokémon Go Fest' issues refunds after tech problems ruin event

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:29:00 -0400

(image) After an up and down first year of existence, the Pokémon Go Fest was supposed to be a triumphant event where players could work together in news ways and earn unique awards. The event unfortunately suffered as cell networks and the game's ser...

After Math: Do you see?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) It was an illustrative week for machine vision. Sony's high-speed eyes allow robots to see at 1000 FPS, IBM trained a neural network to spot schizophrenia, and MIT's AI knows what's in your meal just by looking at it. Numbers, because how else do you...

Ben Heck's Super Glue Gun: Merging form and function

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) The team continues buckling down on its Super Glue Gun project. Felix brings together a custom-designed motor control circuit that will be used for extruding the glue. Meanwhile, Ben cuts up the perfboard to prototype the size of the printed circ...

Nissan preps its semi-autonomous driving assist for the US

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:32:00 -0400

(image) Nissan is one step closer to bringing its semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist feature to American roads. The automaker has shed more light on the US-optimized version of the assistant ahead of its launch in the new Leaf near the end of 2017. As Nissan st...

Twitch will stream the '80s arcade gaming show 'Starcade'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:33:00 -0400

(image) Starcade, the '80s TV show that had participants compete in arcade video games, will be back by the end of August. No, not as a reboot, which is in the works, but as a Twitch marathon. The video gaming platform has teamed up with Shout! Factory, the...

Yes, Microsoft is still working on a 'Halo' TV series

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:25:00 -0400

(image) Remember the Halo live action TV show Microsoft announced way back in 2013? Unlike Spartans that never die, it sure felt like the project's been dead for quite a while. The tech titan told AR12Gaming in an interview, though, that it has never stopped...

Wells Fargo accidentally leaks 50,000 clients' records

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:11:00 -0400

(image) Wells Fargo accidentally leaked thousands of sensitive documents, but not in the way you think. The bank wasn't hacked, and its computers didn't go on the fritz: it just inadvertently sent 1.4 gigabytes of files to a former financial adviser who subp...

'Westworld' season 2 trailer reveals a park gone horribly wrong

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:05:00 -0400

(image) Westworld won't return to TV until 2018, but we're getting a peek at what that return will entail... and things have clearly gone downhill. A new trailer for the second season reveals that the robots are rebelling against the humans who've treated th...

Latest 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer shows more of the crew

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:23:00 -0400

(image) No, CBS' much-delayed Star Trek: Discovery still isn't out yet, but you're at least getting a better look at how the streaming-focused series will play out. The broadcaster has released a hefty second trailer for the show that gives a better look at...

Watch the full 'Stranger Things' season 2 trailer

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:20:00 -0400

(image) At last, Netflix is offering more than minuscule teasers for Stranger Things' second season. The service just premiered a full-length trailer for season 2, and it sheds much more light on what to expect. It reveals just how much Will is affected by t...

Drowned security robot wasn't a victim of foul play

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:58:00 -0400

(image) By now you've probably heard of that security robot that fell into a fountain in Washington, DC-- it's practically the stuff of legend as far as the internet is concerned. But what really happened on that tragic day? We're starting to get a clearer p...

Watch the nostalgic trailer for Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:27:00 -0400

(image) After no shortage of hype, Warner Bros. is finally ready to show what Steven Spielberg's take on Ready Player One is all about. The studio has released the first trailer for the adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel, and it's clear that the flick is pla...

UK drone rules will require you to take safety tests

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:58:00 -0400

(image) US officials might be easing up on drone regulations, but their UK counterparts are pushing forward. The British government has instituted rules that require you to not only register any robotic aircraft weighing over 250g (0.55lbs), but to take a "s...

ASUS ROG Zephyrus review: Gaming laptops will never be the same again

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:30:00 -0400

(image) The ASUS ROG Zephyrus is an entirely new breed of gaming notebook. It packs in the most powerful laptop graphics hardware on the market, NVIDIA's GTX 1080, in a frame that's almost half the size of similar machines. Mostly, that's due to being one of...

Recommended Reading: Instagram's influence on restaurants

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Instagram Is Pushing Restaurants to Be Kitschy, Colorful and Irresistible to Photographers Casey Newton, The Verge It's no secret that Instagram is full of brunch pics and food porn, but restaurants have noticed the trend. The Verge details how fo...

Hobbyist developers will make $30 million via 'Roblox' this year

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Roblox has exploded over the past two years. It's not quite a game and not quite a development platform, allowing players to boot up millions of user-made projects, or create their own games and immediately publish them across all supported platforms...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We'll take a look back at some of the big stories from earlier this week, plus key updates like NASA's tips for viewing a solar eclipse.