Craig Cmehil

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What Are the Strongest Gen 2 Pokemon in Pokemon Go?

<i>Pokemon Go</i> players are probably spending this weekend scouring their neighborhood for some of the 80 new Pokemon added to the game earlier this week. …

Forget drones, here's the first flying robot bat to the rescue

Bruce Wayne would have been proud of this invention.<p>Why are bats are classified as mammals and not birds, considering they can fly?<p>The answer lies in …

How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone with these third-party apps

Sleep tracking has been one the most oft-requested features for Apple Watch, but Apple itself has yet to implement a solution. That hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own watchOS apps for doing it, though.<p>One of the more popular apps for sleep tracking with Apple Watch is called …

Smartwatches

Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it …

Automation

Energy giant AES partners with Measure to improve worker safety with drones

Major power producer AES Corp. is ramping up the use of drones with an eye toward shielding workers from industry hazards. Rather than buy all their own unmanned aerial systems, they’ve engaged D.C.-based drone services provider Measure to get access to a more extensive fleet. Measure recently …

Drones

Nasa engineer joins Uber to develop flying cars

Uber has stepped up its efforts to transport the commuters of tomorrow in flying cars by hiring a Nasa veteran to lead research into the technology.<p>The company wants to ease congestion on roads by operating fleets of airborne taxis, which would let commuters hop across cities.<p>It has now hired Mark …

Uber

Japan goes fishing for space junk but 700-metre 'tether' fails

Mission to clear up Earth’s orbit ends after device created with a fishing net company fails to deploy<p>An experimental Japanese mission to clear space junk from the Earth’s orbit has ended in failure, officials said on Monday, in an embarrassment for Tokyo.<p>More than 100m pieces of rubbish are …

Space

UK electric car sales reach a record high

Electric car sales are slowly rising in the UK. Fresh figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 7,279 "alternatively fuelled vehicles" were registered in January. That's a 19.9 percent increase from the 6,072 reported last year. The category is still dwarfed by …

Electric Vehicles

Someone built a 60-hour 'Pokémon' game into 'Minecraft' and it's beautiful

There's a <i>Pokémon</i> game on PC now. Sort of.<p>For all the ways that <i>Minecraft</i> has been twisted and transformed over the years, <i>Pokémon: Cobalt and Amethyst</i> is something new. It's a full-blown game built inside of <i>Minecraft</i>, with what developer Phoenix Projects says is "60 to 80 hours" of gameplay.<p>At its …

Minecraft

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

Quantum Mechanics

Caterpillar invests in Airware bringing drone tech to mining and construction enterprises

The venture arm of Caterpillar Inc., a major manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, has invested in San Francisco drone tech startup Airware. Rather than make its own unmanned aerial vehicles, Airware has focused its efforts around providing software and services that help large …

Drones

Self-driving cars are mostly getting better at navigating California’s public roads

Human drivers have to take over far less often.<p>Yesterday, Feb. 1, the California Department of Motor Vehicles published its annual performance report on the 11 companies testing self-driving cars on public roads in the U.S. state.<p>Because it’s only the second time the DMV has published this report, …

Driverless Cars

The MagicBridge Turns Your Keyboard And Trackpad Into A Lap-Friendly Surface

Whether they admit it or not, one of the big reasons people buy Macs is simply because of how damn good they look. Just gaze at that thing sitting in …

Gear & Gadgets

Missing Continent Was Destroyed By India And Madagascar's Tug-Of-War

Continents have disappeared throughout Earth’s history at a rather surprising pace.<p>Around 40 million years ago, the formation of the Himalayas forced …

Earth Science

New Pokemon Go Sprites Allegedly Found Online

Some new Pokemon sprites have been discovered for <i>Pokemon Go</i>. Sprites for Espeon, Umbreon, and Tyrogue recently appeared on the "Spriters Resource", a …

Pokémon

Tesla just ramped up its Autopilot system

After a delay, Telsa's new Autopilot is finally ready for mass rollout.<p>Tesla mastermind Elon Musk first teased the new system, Enhanced Autopilot, for the automaker's HW2 hardware package (which has been included in all new models since October) back in December, but the software release was …

Tesla

Microsoft launches program to take on Chromebooks in schools

In an effort to stem the academic migration to simpler, cheaper Chromebooks, Microsoft has launched the Intune for Education program. Based on the company's corporate Intune service, it helps educators manage and set up student Windows 10 PCs and apps. As part of the initiative, the software giant …

Microsoft

Pokemon Go Study Sheds Light on 10 KM Eggs

If you're an avid <i>Pokemon Go</i> player, you're probably curious about the odds of obtaining a 10 KM egg from a PokeStop. Players have known for a while …

A Long-Lost Dark Age Kingdom Has Been Rediscovered In Scotland

Once upon a time in Britain, shortly after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, barbarians swept the lands and chaos reigned. Kingdoms quickly rose …

Ancient History

Fatal Tesla Autopilot accident investigation ends with no recall ordered: report

The federal investigation into the fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode has ended, with no vehicle recalls being ordered. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which had been investigating the crash for over six months, released a report largely exonerating Tesla …

Tesla

The Internet Of Things Could Finally Get The Common Language It Needs

In the home and beyond, it's more important than ever that gadgets get standard ways to talk to each other. And there are signs of progress.<p>Smart home gadgets were everywhere at the CES trade show in January, from useful iterations on connected light bulbs and door locks to odder endeavors such as …

IT

Here's How Scientists Invented Real-Life Sonic Screwdrivers

When it comes to science, harnessing energy is arguably what humanity does best. We often focus on the rather remarkable way we can redirect light, …

Pokemon Go's Next Update Could Add Much Needed New Moves

A datamine of an upcoming <i>Pokemon Go</i> update hints at big additions to the popular augmented reality game. Dataminers from The Silph Road, a prominent</i> …

Here's A List Of Every Upcoming Space Mission For The Next Twenty Years - And Some Of Them Are Unbelievably Awesome

It seems like almost every week there's a new exciting space mission announced, from fanciful journeys to Mars to serious scientific expeditions.<p>But …

Astronomy

Nissan will begin testing its self-driving Leaf electric cars in London next month

Nissan will begin conducting tests of its self-driving cars in London starting in February, according to a report in <i>Reuters</i>. The Japanese automaker, which announced recently its plans to produce a new version of its Leaf electric vehicles, said it will test modified versions of that model on public …

Driverless Cars

Amazon Alexa Smartphone In The Works? Company Seeks FCC Approval For Mobile Bands Based Technology

An Amazon application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) emerged Saturday. The original application, which was first revealed in a …

Net Neutrality

The first self-driving bus on U.S. public streets is carrying passengers in Las Vegas

A small autonomous bus called an Arma is running a short route along Las Vegas’ Fremont Street, marking, according to transit operator Keolis, the first time a self-driving bus has moved passengers on an American public road.<p>The route is short—just three blocks. And this is only a pilot test, which …

Hyperloop

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket months after explosion

Engineers burst into cheers when rocket landed on barge in Pacific Ocean Launch was first since September, when rocket exploded on launchpad<p>SpaceX launched its first rocket since a big explosion last year, when one of the private spaceflight’s rockets annihilated a $200m satellite in a spectacular …

Pokemon GO Guide: How To Control Eevee’s Evolution

After a series of failed theories, it seems like Pokemon GO players have finally figured out how to control Eevee’s evolution into Flareon, Jolteon, …

Israel builds world’s tallest solar thermal tower in Negev Desert

Rising from the desert landscape what will be the world’s tallest solar thermal tower.<p>It is still under construction 250 meters high in the Negev Desert.<p>The project is made up of three plots, with a fourth planned for the future, each with a different solar technology. The centerpiece is the solar …

Renewable Energy