Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

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Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

“Suddenly stopping solar geoengineering could cause the climate to change very rapidly, allowing ecosystems and economies less time to adapt to new conditions,” says Proctor.

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

But deploying a sea wall is a massive political and engineering problem in any country, to say nothing of Indonesia’s struggles with a literal underlying crisis: Jakarta’s people are pumping too much groundwater, and consequently the land is collapsing underneath them.

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

I’m sitting in one of General Motors’ fanciest new toys and most helpful new tools, the high-fidelity simulator the automaker’s engineers used to create the Chevy that the motoring world has talked about for decades and that I just crashed: the first mid-engine Corvette.

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

More than two centuries of trying to control the Mississippi with engineering and trying to protect New Orleans from floods and storms has made the city more vulnerable to severe weather—which is exactly what gets more likely with climate change .Levees along the Mississippi and its intersecting rivers, as well as channels for navigation and all kinds of other engineering, make the river as important to North America’s economy as it is to the continent’s hydrology.

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Over the first half of the BRAIN initiative, scientists and engineers have developed technologies to discover and catalog the unique electrical properties of brain cells and to begin to reveal how they work together to generate sensations and movements.

A Very Fast Spin Through the Hills in a Hybrid Porsche 911

A Very Fast Spin Through the Hills in a Hybrid Porsche 911

For $75,000, their Shadow Drive system will turn a wide range of Porsche 911s into high-performance hybrids, using a motor and a small battery to add 150 horsepower and pound-feet of torque to an already impressive powertrain.

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

New aviation startup Alaka’i says its Skai aircraft will be able to fly for up to four hours and cover 400 miles on a single load of fuel, which can be replenished in 10 minutes at a hydrogen fueling station.

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

How Dyson builds its batteries and motors will have just as much of an effect on how the car performs, if not more, as anything laid out in the patent applications.

A Hacking Spree, a Fight for Open Internet, and More News

A Hacking Spree, a Fight for Open Internet, and More News

Hackers are hacking, Portland is leading the charge for open internet, and Paris is pondering what to do with what's left of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Over the past three years, insidious supply chain attacks on at least six companies have all been tied to a single group of hackers .

Uber Hails a Ride to Wall Street, and More Car News This Week

Uber Hails a Ride to Wall Street, and More Car News This Week

Also in transpo people and companies trying to prove themselves: Tesla goes off-menu for the $35,000 Model 3, ostensibly to shore up cash and streamline production; another industry insider says, yes, self-driving car hype got ahead of reality; and Audi argues its slightly dispiriting E-tron range numbers matter little compared to its luxury features.

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

During the Falcon Heavy’s demo flight last year, the center core landed in the water and the resulting explosion damaged the drone ship. Although the Falcon Heavy had flown a demo mission once before, this rocket used new block 5 boosters, which are seven percent more powerful than the ones used for the demo flight.

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

However, for chemistry simulations, the noise would be representative of the physical environment in which both the chemical system (e.g., a molecule) and the quantum device exist.

Why a New Crop of Electric SUV Batteries Are Coming Up Short

Why a New Crop of Electric SUV Batteries Are Coming Up Short

The E-tron’s numbers are particularly unfortunate for Audi when compared with the current electric vehicle king, Tesla , which the EPA rates up to 295 miles on its comparable Model X SUV.

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

This comes as hiring needs in the industry are expected to grow 12 percent by 2026.Simply put, automating elements of the construction process is more than good engineering; it is also smart business.

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Think “robots with mohawks.” By contrast, the Spike Prime set aims for accessibility, opting for bright colors, friendly shapes, and drag-and-drop coding tools that gently nudge students towards learning.“We worked so hard on making it appealing to everybody, because we know that everybody will need this kind of skill in the future,” says Marianne Nytoft Bach, director of Lego’s secondary school team.

Bobble-Heading Through the Mud in the Jeep Gladiator Pickup

Bobble-Heading Through the Mud in the Jeep Gladiator Pickup

Production at Jeep’s Toledo plant starts in April, with deliveries slated for May. Buy now, and you’ll get that 3.6-liter gas engine, good for 285 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque, and an EPA-rated 19 miles per gallon.

The Huawei Threat Isn't Backdoors. It's Bugs

The Huawei Threat Isn't Backdoors. It's Bugs

A report on Thursday from a British government oversight group found that Chinese telecom-equipment maker Huawei has basic, but deeply problematic flaws in its product code that create security risks.

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal JPL/NASA It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming.

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

(Like other open source code, though, expect it to have some bugs.) Joyce also noted that the NSA views the release of Ghidra as a sort of recruiting strategy, making it easier for new hires to enter the NSA at a higher level, or for cleared contractors to lend their expertise without needing to first come up to speed on the tool.

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people—even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to copy the Chinese model.

Nike's New Self-Lacing Basketball Shoe Is Actually Smart

Nike's New Self-Lacing Basketball Shoe Is Actually Smart

I can hold down a button in the shoe's midsole, or I can use a new Nike app called Adapt, which pairs with the lacing engine via Bluetooth and lets you adjust the left and right sneakers independently.

Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines

Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines

Most work on 3D bio-printing is done in culture dishes, but this experiment was unique in that the team was able to do this in laboratory rats, and because the lab-grown cells then successfully bridged the gap of a cut spinal cord and partially restored movement to the animal's hind quarters.

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

Explaining its full shutdown plan in 2016, the MTA said the tunnel’s bench walls “must be replaced to protect the structural integrity of the two tubes [east and west] that carry trains through the tunnel.” Replacing these things involves jackhammering away concrete, removing the rubble, replacing the cabling inside, setting new concrete, and having it dry.

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight

Rotating Detonation Engines Could Propel Hypersonic Flight You know in movies, how the heroes are running away from an explosion, then get knocked forward by the shockwave?

Farewell, Chevy Volt: An Oral History of the Plug-In Hybrid

Farewell, Chevy Volt: An Oral History of the Plug-In Hybrid

To take a look back at the story and legacy of the Volt, we spoke with people who knew it intimately: Tony Posawatz, the high-level GM exec pulled out of the trucks division to shepherd the Volt into existence; Chelsea Sexton, who worked on the EV1 program, then started a career advocating for electric cars; John Voelcker, the journalist running Green Car Reports at the time; and Jeff U’Ren, who has had four Volts to date, and runs a Facebook group for his fellow owners.

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

The idea of the Urus is to be just as fun while racing, but capable of rolling over speed bumps and holding the kids and shopping bags.“It was a difficult project,” according to Lambo's CTO, “when you come from super sport car experience, to face a car with a higher center of gravity, that’s much heavier, and where you need to guarantee roominess and comfort.”

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

Autonomy has already killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona when she was hit by a self-driving Uber SUV.In an effort to make its technology safe, Zoox has brought on Mark Rosekind (left), who headed up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and aviation industry and safety engineering veteran Gonzalo Rey. ZooxAnd given that testing on public streets is the only way to make these vehicles ready for real, it’s incumbent on this young industry to guarantee that these things are safe.

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