AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

has developed a platform that consists of off-the-shelf robot arms equipped with cameras, a special gripper, and plenty of computer power for figuring out how to grasp objects tossed into warehouse bins.

Wait, Is That Backpack … Floating?

Wait, Is That Backpack … Floating?

I mean, it’s a cool invention—the idea of the HoverGlide pack is to reduce the awkward bouncing and jolting you get with ordinary backpacks.After all, once you leave the ground, there is a gravitational force on both you and the pack.

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The company has put a $50 million infusion towards building out features that make it not just secure, but accessible to normals .A Clever New App Makes Suing Robocallers a CinchThe good people at DoNotPay have previously automated the arduous processes of fighting parking tickets and canceling subscriptions.

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

That’s the premise behind this video of the supposed “first wireless bungee jump.” Let me be real clear: It’s a fake.As the cord stretches, it exerts an upward force on the jumper in the same direction that the ground would push.

How the Extreme Art of Dropping Stuff Could Upend Physics

How the Extreme Art of Dropping Stuff Could Upend Physics

“Once you go to space, you can throw your object, and it will be in free fall for a long time,” says physicist Aurélien Hees of the Paris Observatory, a member of the team.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is a Lesson in Military Opposites

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is a Lesson in Military Opposites

This is on display again in the latest and final movie of the nine-film franchise, The Rise of Skywalker .At the outset of the film, things are so bleak for the Resistance that the only thing that can save them is realistic leadership, good force protection, and—let’s be honest—some kind of a miracle.

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' and Everything After

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' and Everything After

The Real Deal: There’s a shared concept that appears in the latest episode of The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker yet seems particularly new to both: The idea that Force users can heal other creatures by sharing life force.The Source: Canon comic Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren. Probability of Accuracy: Well, it’s official canon, so...

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

Learning that the disease could have been detected earlier if doctors had recognized the signs on previous mammograms, Barzilay, an expert in artificial intelligence , used a collection of 90,000 breast x-rays to create software for predicting a patient’s cancer risk.

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

But maybe a better way to approach gravity is to think not about being stuck on Earth but about being weightless.“What you’re really doing when you’re experiencing gravity isn’t being heavy in your chair, it’s falling weightlessly in the gravitational field,” says astrophysicist Janna Levin.

What a 5,700-Year-Old Piece of Gum Reveals About Its Chewer

What a 5,700-Year-Old Piece of Gum Reveals About Its Chewer

And just because she may have been noshing on duck before she chewed the birch pitch, doesn’t mean she wasn’t eating cultivated crops too.“There's actually nothing to tell us that on a Thursday she didn't do farming, and was eating duck on the weekend,” says Schroeder.

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

If you want to learn how to properly spin your ride around, it’s best to tap Knox for a real-life lesson.Plus, the latest news on artificial intelligence 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Google figures that since it has a big (encrypted) database of all your passwords, it might as well compare them against a 4-billion-strong public list of compromised usernames and passwords that have been exposed in innumerable security breaches over the years.

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

The disco clam is saved, and the mantis shrimp is not only out of a meal but is itself at risk of being eaten, by hanging out there like a punch-drunk prizefighter.

Star Wars News: No, Finn and Poe Aren’t Dating, Sorry

Star Wars News: No, Finn and Poe Aren’t Dating, Sorry

The Real Deal: But don’t just expect new things in The Rise of Skywalker; there’ll be some old too, it seems, with celebrated fan site Making Star Wars claiming to have confirmed that Anakin Skywalker is in the new movie … kind of.

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.

Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars

Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars

The Ewoks face a heavily armed force of storm and scout troopers, with several light armor platforms.The Imperial force has just captured the supposedly elite Rebel Alliance special operations detachment tasked with knocking out the shield generator that protected the second iteration of the Death Star—conveniently located on the small, heavily wooded moon of the planet Endor.

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

To compare, Musk’s assistants drop a metal ball on normal car glass, which cracks.So the guy tosses the ball at the driver’s window of the Cybertruck—and smashes it.“Well, maybe that was a little too hard,” Musk says.

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

Decades later, he’d become known as one of the Air Force’s great minds, the person tasked with hardest, weirdest problems—such as figuring out why people saw UFOs. For now though, he was still trying to make his name with a newly minted PhD in experimental psychology.

Measurements Are Often Full of Lies—and That's OK

Measurements Are Often Full of Lies—and That's OK

Recently in my physics lab, students were having trouble with the difference between mass and weight .Weight is a measure of the downward force an object exerts on whatever is supporting it.

A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit

A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit

The old space shuttle landing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center received an unusual visitor early Sunday morning when the Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane autonomously returned from orbit after a record-breaking mission.

Apple's New AirPods, Tesla's New Solar Roof, and More News

Apple's New AirPods, Tesla's New Solar Roof, and More News

Last Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed Version 3.0 of the Solar Glass Roof , a house-topper made of solar panels that looks like slate.

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Will Address the Toxic Rey-Kylo Relationship

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Will Address the Toxic Rey-Kylo Relationship

The real deal: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is either going to be a shipper's dream or their nightmare.The source: Former Star Wars voice actor Freddie Prinze Jr. Probability of accuracy: This one is very, very difficult to nail down.

Could an Astronaut Lost in Space Use Gravity to Get Around?

Could an Astronaut Lost in Space Use Gravity to Get Around?

As part of my introductory physics course, students have to create a numerical calculation to solve a problem.So we can simplify the math by chopping the process up into short time intervals and assuming a fixed force within each increment.

How a Bitcoin Trail Led to a Massive Dark Web Child-Porn Site Takedown

How a Bitcoin Trail Led to a Massive Dark Web Child-Porn Site Takedown

To "follow the money," as officials put it in Wednesday's press conference, law enforcement agents sent fairly small amounts of bitcoin—roughly equivalent at the time to $125 to $290—to the bitcoin wallets Welcome to Video listed for payments.

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

REI is one of our favorite retailers here at WIRED, and every autumn the company throws its End of Season sale , which is the best time to grab all the sweet gear you've been eying all summer.Buy the Noso Puffy Patch Lil' Bits Gear Repair Kit for $7 ($3 off).

Be Master of the Midway—With Physics!

Be Master of the Midway—With Physics!

If you swing the ball out to the side, it will circle around the pin like a planet orbiting a star, and the center of the orbit will be right below the spot on the ceiling where the string is attached.

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Won't Retcon 'Last Jedi'

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Won't Retcon 'Last Jedi'

With just a few months until the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and a couple of weeks until the debut of The Mandalorian on Disney+, there has clearly been an awakening in the Force.

Whoa! Is That Death Star Wreckage on That Planet?

Whoa! Is That Death Star Wreckage on That Planet?

As this equation shows, the magnitude of the gravitational force depends on the mass of each object (m1 and m2) and the distance (r ) between them.Think of the planet and space object as a system, where the total energy in the system is constant—there’s no external force acting on it.

Three Simple Tests Might Help Prevent Athletes' Injuries

Three Simple Tests Might Help Prevent Athletes' Injuries

The Redskins test players each week with the Sparta Science force plate and software program, according to head strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart.

Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence

Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence

But in this case, the threats made the news because local law enforcement officials took preventative action, including obtaining a court order that allowed them to temporarily remove 12 guns from the man's possession.