The 15 Best Devices From CES That You Can Buy Now

The 15 Best Devices From CES That You Can Buy Now

These are our favorite things exhibited at CES that you can buy right now to scratch that itch.We're expecting this new model from the design-forward company to be one of the year's best noise-canceling headphones.

Scientists Have Sequenced Dire Wolf DNA. Thanks, Science!

Scientists Have Sequenced Dire Wolf DNA. Thanks, Science!

Dire wolves went extinct some 13,000 years ago, and for a long time researchers believed that Canis dirus (translation: “fearsome dog”) were a sister species to the gray wolf.What researchers found was that instead of just being some kind of beefed up gray wolf, dire wolves actually had very distinct DNA.

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

After nearly two decades as an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Chao had left the space agency to commercialize a seafaring generator that can harness the limitless thermal energy trapped in the world’s oceans.

Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human

Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human

It’s a dramatic departure from how a hardware developer like Boston Dynamics goes about teaching a robot how to move , using decades of human experience to hard code, line by line, the way a robot is supposed to react to stimuli like, um, a person’s foot.

This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf

This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf

Modernist's head chef, Francisco Migoya, opened its door and pointed at a cast-iron pot in the middle of it that was so dark, it seemed not to reflect any light.Thanks to that pot and a near-perfect recipe, I now make loaves of fantastic bread a couple times a week.

How to Cook in Your Tiny Kitchen (and Stay Sane)

How to Cook in Your Tiny Kitchen (and Stay Sane)

Ask yourself how often you really use that quesadilla maker, ice cream maker, bread machine, deep fryer, steaming basket, Crock-Pot, or rice cooker.A Dutch oven, like this enameled one from Lodge ($70), can replace several single-use pots or machines.

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

Ray and I reconnected over the summer, and after he told me his story, I wanted to learn more about the Central Air Data Computer and its place in history—and how his life might have branched around mine.

The Oldest Crewed Deep Sea Submarine Just Got a Big Makeover

The Oldest Crewed Deep Sea Submarine Just Got a Big Makeover

Since he first started working on Alvin as an engineer nearly 25 years ago, Strickrott has logged more than 2,000 hours in the deep ocean, where he learned to expertly navigate the seabed’s alien landscape and probe for samples with the submarine’s spindly robotic arms.

How NASA Scrambled to Save OSIRIS-REx From Leaky Disaster

How NASA Scrambled to Save OSIRIS-REx From Leaky Disaster

Another possibility, given the surprisingly viscous surface material, is that the regolith’s soft, malleable rocks wedged into the Mylar flap opening and weren’t able to make it all the way into the head, Moreau says.

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

“They produce this, I think, very eye-catching and also strong message that these two types of stocks—the biomass stock and anthropogenic mass—they are actually at a crossover point more or less in 2020, plus or minus a couple of years,” says social ecologist Fridolin Krausmann of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, who wasn’t involved in the research but was a peer reviewer for the paper.

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

A system called Jiuzhang produced results in minutes calculated to take more than 2 billion years of effort by the world’s third-most-powerful supercomputer.

Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus

Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus

“This is not a simple case of going to a market and picking up samples and testing,” says Peter Daszak, the president of the nonprofit research organization EcoHealth Alliance, who leads the Lancet commission task force.

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

That, at least, is the case for one Valve employee, who, as explained by Rock Paper Shotgun, abuseD his power over the game DOTA 2 in order to, uh, ban someone who made him mad.

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

“It’s really easy for someone to dismiss the idea and say, ‘On the back of an envelope, it looks great, but if you actually build it, you're never going to get those theoretical numbers,’” says Benkoski, a materials scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory and the leader of the team working on a solar thermal propulsion system.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

The object at this solar focal point will then get extremely hot, and you can use that hot thing to heat up water to produce steam and then turn an electric turbine.In fact it's mostly like the electrical energy from fossil fuels.

Update iOS Right Now to Fix Some Bad Security Bugs

Update iOS Right Now to Fix Some Bad Security Bugs

Click on the headlines to read them, and stay safe out there.iOS 14.2 Patches Three Actively Exploited BugsApple released its latest iOS update this week, and while the new emojis it comes with are exciting, you'll also want it to fix a raft of security issues for iPhone and iPad. iOS 14 patches 24 bugs in all, including three reported by Google's elite Project Zero team that are have been actively exploited by hackers.

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

In the name of “voter protection,” this team was working with a balky spreadsheet that was supposed to estimate the capacity of a given polling place based on data like how many check-in stations and voting machines it had, and how many people were likely to vote there—the numbers county election workers use to plan for what each station needs so everyone can vote fast.

@Team_Trump45 and the Hazards of Online Sleuthing

@Team_Trump45 and the Hazards of Online Sleuthing

I’ve lost and I can’t shut up!” Then the account shared another Clinton meme, showing the cover of her book What Happened alongside a phony cover featuring President Donald Trump and the words, I Happened.

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

But exactly who makes the suit and what they might think about its use for Asian giant hornet wrangling is something of a mystery.But when it hit max signal, he didn’t see a nest on the ground, which is where Asian giant hornets usually build them.

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

Finding previously undiscovered software bugs and motivating developers to patch them quickly is core to the group’s mission: “Make zero-day hard.” But in 2019, the team broadened its focus beyond just disclosing unique zero-days the researchers found themselves to tracking and studying those that hackers actively exploit in the wild—the exact types of flaws Stone had been stamping out on Android.“The key thing to remember is that the problem we’re working on is not theoretical.

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

But researchers discovered in 1911 that at low temperatures, electrons can induce vibrations in a metal’s atomic lattice, and those vibrations in turn draw electrons together into couples known as Cooper pairs.

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

“Most of their mods were extensions or duplications of what the Moto Z was already capable of doing—think camera, battery pack or speaker,” he says.Apple already learned some lessons from Motorola by not making MagSafe the unique selling point of the iPhone 12.

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

"The attacker just shines an image of something on the road or injects a few frames into a digital billboard, and the car will apply the brakes or possibly swerve, and that's dangerous," says Yisroel Mirsky, a researcher for Ben Gurion University and Georgia Tech who worked on the research, which will be presented next month at the ACM Computer and Communications Security conference.

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Dr. Colleen Handel, Research Wildlife Biologist and founder of the Landbird Ecology Program at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center, was the first to discover and connect prior curiosity and observations to these emerging deformities.

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

The malware the Kaspersky researchers discovered uses its UEFI foothold to plant a second, more traditional piece of spyware on the computer's hard drive, a unique piece of code Kaspersky has called MosaicRegressor.

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

This Meme Is the Only Good Thing to Come Out of the Debate

Based on his tweet, it seems like Slater hasn’t forgotten what became of his script, and on Tuesday night, he blessedly made himself the butt of his own joke in an attempt to bring some levity to the debate.

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

Weissmann’s book is the first to emerge from the famously tight-lipped special counsel’s office, and he paints an eloquent and ultimately dispiriting picture of a talented team of some of the nation’s best investigators stymied on three sides: by uncooperative witnesses, by Mueller’s “punctilious[ness] about due process and rectitude,” and most of all by a president who on multiple occasions criminally obstructed justice.

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

Meet Curly, the Curling Robot That Beats the Pros

But I’ll be honest, I did not see this one coming: A robot named Curly just mastered the sport of curling , beating two Korean national teams.

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

How to be hands-off in a hands-on job

With COVID-19 having put a stop to all Pacific travel for now, NIWA field staff have had to work out how to carry out their jobs without actually being there, making mastering the art of delivering training and support via video call an essential skill.