Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Jupiter, get ready for your close-up: Juno is coming

Spacecraft don’t get to sleep in on the weekend—and neither do their scientists. On Saturday at 5:51 a.m. Pacific, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will swing within roughly 2,500 miles of Jupiter’s cloud tops, the closest it will get to the gas giant during its planned mission.<p>It will also be the first time …

Space

The monetization promise and pitfalls of Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has been downloaded more than 100 million times since its July debut, making it the biggest-growing mobile game ever.<p>Naturally, the phenomenon has drawn much commentary about what this means for marketing, but I am more interested in what it teaches us about making money.<p>It’s not easy to …

Pokémon

Woolly Mammoths Could Soon Become A Protected Species

Woolly mammoths could soon receive legal protection under wildlife and conservation trade rules, despite the fact that they have been extinct for …

This Is What Ancient Greek Statues Used To Look Like In Color

Greek statues never used to be so pale. When they were originally painted, they were adorned with vivid hues and bright colors, but it’s hard for …

Statues

Watch a Clever Scottish Octopus' Return to the Sea

<i>Photo: Marine biologist Dr. Lauren Smith prepares to release Macduff Marine Aquarium's favorite octopus. Credit: Macduff Marine Aquarium</i><p>Scotland's …

Animals

49 Health 'Facts' You've Been Told All Your Life That Are Totally Wrong

Carrots give you night vision. Swimming after eating will give you cramps. You need to drink eight glasses of water a day. Organic food is more …

Here's Why Some Big Brand Names Are Suddenly Missing A's, B's And O's

Watch Video<br>Some of the world's biggest companies and iconic landmarks are suddenly missing three key letters from their names: A's, B's and O's.And …

Sydney Opera House

Facebook is launching its own PC gaming platform

Facebook's gaming aspirations didn't stop with <i>Farmville</i> and its $2 billion Oculus VR acquisition. Nope, the social network is also launching a dedicated PC gaming platform today. Said platform will lean heavily on developers using the ubiquitous Unity game engine, according to a release from the …

Facebook

Smart glasses make hands-free 'Pokémon Go' a reality

<i>Pokémon Go</i> has taken the world by storm. It's not uncommon to see dozens of people walking around parks and city streets with their heads buried in their phones, trying to catch cute cartoon monsters. Unfortunately, doing so means you're not keeping your eyes on the road, which has already led to a …

Augmented Reality

There's A Test That Tells You If You're A 'Super-Recognizer' Of Faces, And You Can Take It Right Now

I've seen a lot of faces that I can't forget.<p>No, I'm not talking about being in love, as The Beatles lyrics might imply. Instead, I may be a …

Pokemon Go 'transformed teenager's life'

Media playback is unsupported on your device<p>A mobile phone game that has caught the attention of the world also appears to have caused a breakthrough …

Autism

Intel will start building ARM-based smartphone chips

Intel has entered into a new licensing agreement with competitor ARM to produce ARM-based chips in Intel factories. The deal, announced today at the Intel Developer Forum, is a strategic move from the Santa Clara, CA company to offer its large-scale custom chip manufacturing facilities, which …

Apple News

The iPhone's Retina display isn't good enough anymore

As much as I love my iPhone, its screen is starting to look just terrible compared to the displays on other phones.<p>The screens on Samsung's flagship Android phones leapfrogged the iPhone's years ago and continue to scoop up gold medals for best smartphone displays. The company's new Galaxy Note 7 …

Mobile

7 Strange And Surprising Ways That Humans Have Recently Evolved

Google’s New Video Calling App Is a Simple Skype Alternative

Duo is incredibly easy to use<p>Apple has FaceTime. Microsoft has Skype. Now Google is rethinking the video calling experience with a new app called Duo, designed specifically for mobile devices.<p>Duo, which is available for iOS and Android and was first unveiled during Google I/O in May, will start …

Skype

This Is What Earth Will Look Like In 100 Years – If We're Lucky

At this point, you're probably fully aware of how hot it is. But in case you're unaware: It's really, really hot.<p>In fact, 2016 is likely to be the …

Science

Developer T-Shirt

The second shirt of the NERDpraunig collection is the “<b>Developer</b>” t-shirt. I wanted to create a t-shirt for the classy, female developer, therefore I …

Women of Color

She Used Body Paint To Show The Last 100 Years Of Bathing Suit Trends

It's crazy how much bathing suit trends have changed in the last 100 years. If someone wore a 2016 bathing suit in 1916, they probably would have …

Bathing

Pokemon Go to get more Pokemon, trading, and customizable PokeStops

Pokemon players will eventually be able to fill out their collections via trades, which is very good news for people eyeing region-specific Pokemon like Australia’s Kangaskhan from the other side of the world. Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed at a San Diego Comic Con panel that Niantic is indeed …

Pokémon

Tim Cook just reignited speculation about Apple's 'bigger' plans for TV

Investors and Apple fans have long been waiting for Apple to do something big with TVs.<p>Sure, Apple has sold the Apple TV box for years. But that box is really just a streaming box that attaches to your television, not much different from a Roku.<p>The real hope is that Apple would completely re-invent …

Tim Cook

A professor is working with NASA to 3D print houses on the moon — here’s his plan

We're not too far off from living in space.<p>In fact, NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay gathered some of the greatest scientists in 2014 to discuss setting up a small base on the moon — something he reasoned is entirely doable by 2020. Why the moon? Because it would provide a blue print for what we …

Moon Missions

The creators of Pokémon Go are hiring somebody to help them fix the servers

Niantic, the developer of the smash-hit smartphone sensation Pokémon Go, is hiring for a lot of jobs. But the very first position on its careers site: "Software Engineer - Server Infrastructure."<p>Niantic can use the help — as the company scrambles to keep up with the continuing influx of demand, the …

Pokémon

Expiration dates are bogus — here's the best way to tell if a food's gone bad

Expiration dates are a scam.<p>The "sell by" dates on food products aren't a reliable means of telling whether a food is safe to eat, according to the National Resource Defense Council.<p>Instead, expiration dates merely indicate when a food will reach its limits for something called "optimal quality," …

Food

Star Trek’s Photon Torpedoes Are Almost Possible

Engaging the general public with science tends to be much easier under the glossy film of science-fiction, so it’s not surprising that the latest …

Star Trek

The CEO behind Pokémon Go just dropped some big hints to the future of the game

Niantic CEO John Hanke, the chief executive behind the smash-hit smartphone game Pokémon Go, stopped by San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday to drop some big hints as to the future of the game.<p>Here's what Hanke revealed, in a conversation with host and Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick, as reported by …

Pokémon

Pokémon Go Shatters Apple App Store Record

Another indication that this augmented reality game is very, very popular.<p>The phenomenon that is <i>Pokémon Go</i> just keeps on going.<p>The popular mobile game brought in more downloads during its first week of release on the Apple App store than all other apps during their first week released on the store, …

Apple News

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

Waterless toilet turns waste into clean water and power

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> With every flush, this toilet creates water and electric power for those who need it most.<p>The "Nano Membrane Toilet," developed by a group at Britain's Cranfield University, received a grant during the second round of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet …

Toilets