NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

Bot Mafias Have Wreaked Havoc in World of Warcraft Classic

Bot Mafias Have Wreaked Havoc in World of Warcraft Classic

Bots are terrorizing World of Warcraft Classic servers, stealing precious resources, monopolizing rare monsters, and inflating the virtual economy with truckloads of illicitly earned gold.Others turn a profit by automating groups of accounts that kill specific monsters and farm specific resources to earn mass amounts of in-game gold.

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

Code-named Alia, the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) airplane is the successor to Ava, a smaller prototype the company used to experiment with propulsion strategies and learn about the tricky aerodynamics of small, electrified, vertical-lift flight.

The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home

The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home

“It may be years before academic research institutions reach a new normal,” the paper concludes.Scientists have redirected their energy toward fighting the novel coronavirus and have shared their data; already over 13,000 papers have been written on the topic, and over 3,000 preprints related to Covid-19 research have been shared on open-access preprint sites like bioRxiv and medRxiv.

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

Google's Chrome, too, is adding privacy and security features , like enhanced "safe browsing" designed to warn users about phishing sites, and a password manager that automatically checks your passwords against collections of leaked user credentials.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

Minecraft Dungeons Makes Dungeon Crawlers Accessible to All

Minecraft Dungeons Makes Dungeon Crawlers Accessible to All

Minecraft Dungeons, the first Minecraft spinoff developed directly by Mojang Studios, the studio that helms the core game, feels distinctly of a piece with those old Lego titles.

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

That said, the Air Koryo fleet is pretty cool in a retro kind of way, and a passionate band of aviation buffs happily spend their days taking joyrides.All told, Mebius has made 24 flights aboard 10 different kinds of aircraft, most of which were all but empty.

How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet

How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet

“Games are very rapidly solved these days,” says Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of World of Warcraft.Hazzikostas, known to the World of Warcraft community as Watcher, has developed the 16-year-old massively multiplayer online role-playing game since 2008.

Nintendo Confirms Some 160,000 Accounts Might've Been Hacked

Nintendo Confirms Some 160,000 Accounts Might've Been Hacked

Earlier today, Nintendo confirmed that a recent hacking attempt on its system compromised the login IDs and passwords of some 160,000 Nintendo Network ID accounts.

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

Clark says the stations can be set up in tight urban spaces, where the 20-foot-high landing platform would help ensure safe approaches and departures for all types of rotorcraft, whether full-sized passenger-carrying air taxis or small delivery drones.

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

And one of the very first things NASA does when a spacecraft lands on another planet is to have it take a selfie: “Let me see your wheels in the dirt so I know you got there safely.” Or “Snap a photo of your solar panels so we can see how dirty they are.” A simple selfie can tell a science team if an instrument is broken, say, or how close it might be to an object.

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Humans saw the Earth from space for the first time in 1946 from a V-2 rocket, and subsequent images of the planet can make people feel a little, well, protective.Photograph: NASA/JPLEach of NASA’s Apollo missions had a shot list of photos to take, but this image, Earthrise, was not one of them.

Space Photos of the Week: Pretty Planets, Gorgeous Galaxies

Space Photos of the Week: Pretty Planets, Gorgeous Galaxies

Gill/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSNASA’s Cassini spacecraft spent 13 years orbiting Saturn and studying the planet and its moons in depth.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteDo you see a penguin?Photograph:NASA/JPL-CaltechOnce you're done, head over here to look at more space photos.

Space Photos of the Week: Perfectly Safe Celestial Coronas

Space Photos of the Week: Perfectly Safe Celestial Coronas

The word “corona” has Latin roots, meaning essentially “crown.” The solar corona is the outermost region of the Sun’s atmosphere, a hazy aura made of colder plasma that is released from the surface of the star.

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

“One of the main things we are investigating is why some winter storms are very snowy and some are not,” she says.“You can tell by the shape of the snowflake at which temperature and how high in the atmosphere the snow is developing,” says Sova.

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

“Unless you’re really a super shooter,” says Vicki Stover Hertzberg, “gravity takes over.” Hertzberg, who studies how disease moves through planes at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, says you can confine your wary looks to your immediate neighbors in your row, the one in front of you, and the one behind.

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Photograph: NASA/JPLNASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter studied the planet for over a decade and while it was there, it captured this stunning photo.Photograph: NASAMost terrestrial planets have channels like the ones we see here: On Earth they are mostly formed by water, on Mars by lava flows.

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus launched the design program in 2017, and the Maveric, which is 6.5 feet long with a 10.5-foot wingspan, first took flight last year.The interior of a Maveric-like plane would have fewer window seats but would allow for new seating configurations.

A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

A 747 Set a New Record for Crossing the Atlantic

It landed at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 4:43 am local time—a crossing time of just 4 hours and 56 minutes, and a new record for subsonic aircraft.

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Bell and Hyundai Soar Into the Air Taxi Race

Hyundai’s partnership with Uber, announced formally at CES, will facilitate the carmaker’s transition to aircraft manufacturing, says Nikhil Goel, Uber’s head of product in its aviation efforts.

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

How physics prevented a man in a panic attack from opening an aircraft door in midair .Elon Musk wins his defamation trial , which may have turned on what “pedo guy” means .Researchers say they’ve taught self-driving car software to distinguish between selfish and considerate human drivers in the space of two seconds.

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

Every quarter, the military branch sees 10,000 part requests go unfilled, despite its readiness to pay an exorbitant amount of money to replace bits and bobs that once cost pennies—try $10,000 for a toilet seat cover in a C-17 Globemaster III.“We’re gonna have to find better ways to keep old things flying,” says Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition technology and logistics.

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

“No one has ever seen an active asteroid up close like this,” says Carl Hergenrother, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and the scientist who proposed Bennu as the target for OSIRIS-REx.

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

It will also be the centerpiece of SFO’s plan to protect itself from the steady rise of San Francisco Bay. Since the 1980s, SFO has installed a variety of features to protect itself from the risk of flood associated with rising waters, including berms, concrete walls, and the kind of sheet piling construction projects use to keep water out of building sites.

Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

The photo was taken with NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer—a telescope with a very wide lens that looks at the universe in infrared light.

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

)Photograph: Bill Ingalls/NASAWhen NASA’s MESSENGER mission was in orbit around Mercury, it took photos of the planet in unprecedented detail, including this photo of the rim of the Rembrant basin.

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth takes an astoundingly detailed look at the same planet: You can see its telltale bands, the iconic Great Red Spot, and smaller individual storms.

NASA Is Getting Serious About an Interstellar Mission

NASA Is Getting Serious About an Interstellar Mission

Indeed, the group says that if their mission is selected by NASA it could fly as soon as 2030.“This is humanity’s first explicit step into interstellar space,” says Pontus Brandt, a physicist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory who is working on the interstellar probe study.

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

That red button is easily accessible from both the front seats and the passenger seats behind them, and Safe Return is hardwired into the $2 million Vision Jet’s controls, using autopilot functionality and the small jet’s simplified engine management system to steer the aircraft to a smooth landing and brake to a stop.