Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

And yet: Lots of folk still think advancements like ride-hail and autonomous vehicles might be a balm to terrible traffic, and that tech innovation plus regulation could lead to fewer emissions and less time sitting behind the wheel.

How to Stream Super Bowl 2020 (and Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl)

How to Stream Super Bowl 2020 (and Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl)

Kitten Bowl VII (2 pm ET): The seventh Kitten Bowl will kick off the day's activities at 2 pm eastern time on the Hallmark Channel and will re-air at 5 pm.Puppy Bowl XVI (3 pm ET): The 16th Puppy Bowl kicks off an hour later, at 3 pm ET, and airs on Animal Planet.

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

At the beginning of this year, the science fiction and fantasy magazine Clarkesworld published a short story called “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” by Isabel Fall.

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), developed by scientists and engineers at Dagan, uses publicly-available, remote sensing data from Landsat and Sentinel 2 satellites to monitor trends in the adoption rate of soil health practices—no-till, conservation tillage and cover crops—each year.

Kitty Hawk’s New Flying Car Promises a (Near) Silent Flight

Kitty Hawk’s New Flying Car Promises a (Near) Silent Flight

Based on the altitude and flight characteristics demonstrated in a short video, Kitty Hawk appears to be relatively far along with the aircraft, compared with other electric vertical-lift aircraft (aka flying car ) efforts, many of which have showed concepts and prototypes but haven’t flown much.

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

A Rocket-Catchin' Copter, a Radioactive Russian Cloud, and More News

Rocket Lab. A helicopter may soon catch a rocket, a radioactive cloud from 2017 has been pinned to Russia, and porn made a surprise appearance on a livestream.Rocket Lab. A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia.

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Deel says the company plans to use HIAD technology and helicopter recovery to catch the powerful BE-4 engines from its next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket as soon as 2024.So far, SpaceX remains the only rocket company to have successfully recovered and reflown a booster from an orbital rocket.

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

For several decades, textbook publishers followed the same basic model: Pitch a hefty tome of knowledge to faculty for inclusion in lesson plans; charge students an equally hefty sum; revise and update its content as needed every few years.

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Though the Crewe factory employs just one robot —a rather disappointing rig that applies adhesive to windshields—it has automated sleds shuffling assemblies down the line, high-tech analytical gear for developing new materials, and several computerized leather cutters that map out all the bits and pieces for seats, steering wheels, and door panels that they can extract from a single hide, leaving just wispy remnants to go into the recycling.

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

The experiment was too simplistic to be useful for banks, but it’s a promising proof of concept; once bigger and smoother-running quantum computers are available, the researchers say, they hope to execute the algorithm faster than conventional machines.

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Epic Games has added a picture-in-picture option to the game, so when you launch Fortnite and enter the game lobby, you'll see a little window in the upper right inviting you to watch the livestream. The Fortnite World Cup finals tournament runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26–28.

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

Carrying improvements like seats that swivel between patient-bearing stretchers and enemy-facing machine guns, the Combat Rescue Helicopter could enter service next year. The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

How to Shoot Stellar Slow-Motion Video on Your Phone

How to Shoot Stellar Slow-Motion Video on Your Phone

Many phones let you record HD video (1080p) at even higher frame rates: 240 fps slo-mo has become pretty common among premium devices, like the Pixel 3, the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the Galaxy S9.

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

Sikorsky is pitching the funky, fast S-97 Raider as a replacement for today’s light attack and scout helicopters, via the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

If it’s the flashy colors of a fireworks display that you’re after, well, good news: we have lasers .The current state of this once-futuristic technology ranges from the safe and festive to the deliberately dangerous.

App Makers Are Mixed on ‘Sign In With Apple’

App Makers Are Mixed on ‘Sign In With Apple’

That’s the message Apple tried to get across when it announced its new feature this month at WWDC.During the keynote address at Apple’s annual developer conference, the company flashed onto the screen the standard login buttons from Facebook and Google—the same buttons you can use to sign into apps or websites today.

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

The Facebook optimization team could come up with a best guess as to the gender, race, and ethnicity of every user, and make sure that the delivery of ads within certain categories like housing and employment are unbiased.

How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

Log in to your Twitter, go into your account settings, then scroll to the bottom and click “Deactivate my account.” After that, you’ll be prompted to enter your password, and once you do so your account will be deactivated.

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

The Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter is an MBB BO-105, a multipurpose light-twin-engine German model introduced in 1970 and known for a “hingeless” rotor design that gives it high maneuverability, fast climb performance, and the ability to pull some crazy tricks.

Experimenting with Water Funds + Behavior Change

Experimenting with Water Funds + Behavior Change

Within the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund , TNC is experimenting with incentives to get thousands of farmers to adopt farming practices that reduce erosion across Kenya’s Tana River watershed.

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen

If you’re looking for playlists you’ve carefully crafted or saved, you’ll want to navigate out of Search and go to the Your Library tab on the bottom right.

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

That prompted a group at Princeton University, led by the biophysicists Thomas Gregor and William Bialek, to suspect something else: that the cells could instead get all the information they needed to define the positions of pair-rule stripes from the expression levels of the gap genes alone, even though those are not periodic and therefore not an obvious source for such precise instructions.

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off

A Tap-to-Fly Helicopter Shows How Flying Cars Might Take Off The blue and white chopper is the testbed for Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, a suite of systems to boost helicopter safety by reducing pilot workload to the point where the crew can focus on what they need to do rather than how to do it.

Apple iMac 2019: Specs, Price, Release Date

Apple iMac 2019: Specs, Price, Release Date

It can also be configured with a Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card, the same option that’s available on Apple’s top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro. The 27-inch iMac, which has a 5K display, will have even more oomph.

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

(They've since moved to a larger space on the Carnegie Mellon campus, with plans to expand again in the next year or two.) Codec Avatars, as Facebook Reality Labs calls them, are the result of a process that uses machine learning to collect, learn, and re-create human social expression.

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

The tool asks: “Do the tweets still spark joy or feel important to you?” You get three options: keep following the account, unfollow it, or add the account to a Twitter list.

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

On Seymour Norte, officials and conservationists are once again banishing the rats, but the war against invasive species for the purity of the world’s islands has only just begun. Fighting invasive species demands constant vigilance, as the return of rats to Seymour Norte shows.

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Replace the wheels with heavy-duty helicopter skids, add four buzzing dronelike electric fans to each one, and you’ll have something like Boeing’s prototype flying taxi.