Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

Warner Bros., the studio behind the movies, tried to crack down on all the fan fiction, bombarding fansites with threatening cease-and-desist letters; it took entertainment giants a long time to realize that fandoms actually generate enthusiasm (and therefore revenue).

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Gary Richards, founder of OneRoom, a company that offers livestreaming services to funeral directors in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US, says he’s noticed that many of the families that use his service are recent immigrants from the Philippines, Vietnam, or India, who are looking for a way to connect with family and friends from back home.

On 'Pose', the Past Is the Present

On 'Pose', the Past Is the Present

Like so many other trans women of color, Candy's story is one marked by sexual violence and communal grief.

The AI-Fueled, Anxious Hopefulness of Disney's Smart House

The AI-Fueled, Anxious Hopefulness of Disney's Smart House

I remember Smart House , which came out 20 years ago today, not just because it was cool—a Star Trek for our generation—but because it offered a view of the future where technology was designed to protect us, to look after us when our parents were away, to make us dinner on demand.

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the city names real-estate agent Elvis Tominovic as the central figure in the “lucrative unlawful hotel operation.” The city wants Tominovic and 13 other people and businesses alleged to be involved in the scheme to turn over all revenue, properties, and proceeds from illegal rental activity; pay fines and damages; and shut down their listings.

How to Make a 'Roomerang': A Boomerang You Can Throw Indoors

How to Make a 'Roomerang': A Boomerang You Can Throw Indoors

Competitive boomeranger Logan Broadbent, a former world trick shot champion and American Ninja Warrior star, says weather conditions are a critical factor in his sport.

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

When Rec Room launched in the summer of 2016, it didn't feel like a platform for social virtual reality as much as it did a collection of mini-games.

Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe

Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe

While Game of Thrones ultimately rejects the might-makes-right philosophy of Dany, the conclusion it offers is far less radical than you might expect from a show that relied so heavily on subverting expectations: that the best and perhaps only way to advance the cause of justice is not to break the wheel but to slightly rearrange the spokes.

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

Anki, maker of Vector, a toy-like autonomous countertop robot, is shutting down, and hundreds of people are losing their jobs. It’s a brutal answer to a question we asked last summer : Sure, home robots like Vector are cute, but is this something consumers actually want?

The Julian Assange I Met in 2010 Doesn't Exist Anymore

The Julian Assange I Met in 2010 Doesn't Exist Anymore

He introduced his guest as the cofounder of WikiLeaks, which “reveals corporate and government secret documents.” For the first time, Colbert continued gravely, his show would be using pixelated imagery and voice-altering technology during the interview.

DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records—They Write Code

DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records—They Write Code

Joanne Armitage (L) and Shelly Knotts of Algobabez perform a set of live electronic music on the first night of Algorithmic Art Assembly. While the musicians played, the audience watched a live projection of the code the duo was typing to generate the sounds.

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Any smart thermostat lets us set the temperature with an app, but this one has voice control: Ask its built-in Alexa to make it warmer or cooler, or to broadcast the latest news on your smart speaker.

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Rivera had picked up the Catherine Lee case after her husband contacted the NBI and requested that it look into her murder, the day after the body was discovered.

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

“They’ve demonstrated that in some situations, you really don’t need expensive sensors,” says Gordon Wetzstein, an electrical engineer at Stanford University, who was not involved with the work but is developing a similar camera, using lasers.

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

The Rise of the Swiss Army Gadget

“We already know that 80 percent of consumers are bringing a phone or a tablet into the bathroom to do something,” says Kohler project lead Jonathan Bradley.

The Samsung Space Monitor Liberates Your Desk

The Samsung Space Monitor Liberates Your Desk

Samsung As for space savings, Samsung claims that use of the Space Monitor will liberate your desk to the tune of a 40 percent increase in usable area, compared to a similarly sized traditional display.

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

As the final hours ticked by before InSight breached Mars’s atmosphere and headed to the surface, there was not much to do except wait, and worry.Engineers had sent the landing sequence commands to the spacecraft days ago, where they now sat onboard like little bombs, waiting for the proper time to execute themselves.

Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale | Katharine Murphy

Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale | Katharine Murphy

Morrison and the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, are currently fixated on conjuring up a short-term fix they can offer voters before the election – a noticeable reduction in power prices – never mind the obvious point that having a medium term roadmap would help deliver your short-term objective.

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

By the end of the century, there could be 33 of those very hot days annually in Cranford, according to a New York Times analysis, meaning that the number of “extreme heat days” during the school year could rise sharply.On Wednesday, three high school students at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School in Hackensack, N.J., were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat-related illness after running a mile in gym class as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees.“I’m very upset with the school,” said Joseph Dymarczyk, the father of a sophomore who was treated for exhaustion.

NatureNet Science Research Update: Nanotechnology

NatureNet Science Research Update: Nanotechnology

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