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Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place …

Mobile Devices

Oil companies can’t be sued for climate change even though it’s real, judge rules

‘The issue is not over science,’ Judge Alsup wrote<p>Five major oil companies got their wish when a federal judge ruled to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland. The cities sued Big Oil for the damage wrought by global warming and sea level rise.<p>In his order to dismiss …

Oil & Gas Industry

Germany's Massive Nuclear Fusion Machine Just Smashed Another Plasma Record

Woohoo!<p>One of the world's leading plasma research facilities just broke a new record, showing we really are getting closer to the wonderful goal of …

Physics

Volvo is making a true ‘Autopilot’ that’ll let you eat, sleep, or watch movies – coming in 3 years

Self-driving cars have gone from DARPA project to roaming our streets much faster than anyone predicted, but if you bring the topic up with a grouchy …

Volvo

The Craziest Thing About Elon Musk's 'Express Loop' Is the Price

The $1 billion construction estimate is a fraction of what subterranean transit projects cost.<p>The Boring Company, the tunneling venture Tesla CEO Elon Musk started in 2016 out of his personal frustration with surface-level gridlock, has made a significant step towards evolving beyond …

Elon Musk

USB-C was supposed to be a port paradise, but it’s become a nightmare

When the transition to USB-C began, we were all promised a better life. Connections would be faster and simpler. One connection to end all …

Volkswagen using quantum computers to build better EV batteries

Making high-performance batteries for electric vehicles is a complicated, time-consuming process. So much so that engineers at Volkswagen have started using a quantum computer to simulate the chemical structures like lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains much faster. The idea is to continue using …

Judge orders EPA to disclose any science backing up Pruitt’s climate claims

EPA will have to comply with an information request by July.<p>In March 2017, Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of Donald Trump’s Environmental …

Inside the New Technology That Could Transform the Solar Power Industry

The future of solar power has looked increasingly bright in recent years thanks to the plummeting cost of silicon solar panels and a global push for …

Clean Energy

Amazon.com was going anyway

Amazon's Australian arm should have found it easer than eBay's to levy the goods and services tax on sub-$1000 items bought from overseas sellers, …

Elon Musk thinks you can crowdsource truth, but that’s not how the internet works

Putting reality up to a vote is no way to increase the public’s trust in the media<p>In the beginning, the reason for the internet’s existence was to connect people as vastly and as easily as possible. Its fatal flaw, perhaps, is that nobody thought about the horrible things people might do once those …

Cloud computing sticker shock is now a monthly occurrence at many companies

Many chief financial officers as well as CIOs are gasping at the unexpected expenses seen in their monthly cloud bills, survey finds.<p>Spinning up that …

Personal Finance

SpaceX’s prototype internet satellites are good enough for gaming, Elon Musk says

It’s been three months since SpaceX launched the first prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband internet network, and there’s been precious …

Space Travel

Mesmerizing Slow Motion Footage of Small Magnets Completely Engulfing Larger Magnets

The YouTube channel Magnetic Games has posted a wonderfully mesmerizing slow motion video that shows how small magnets completely engulf a larger …

Robert Downey Jr. is making a YouTube Red series about artificial intelligence

Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, producer Susan Downey, are making an artificial intelligence documentary series on YouTube, the company announced today. The series will have eight episodes that are each an hour long and it’s set to air on the paid membership-based YouTube Red platform next …

Researchers just proved why it's so scary that digital assistants are always listening

As if we needed more reasons to be freaked out by increasingly powerful digital assistants, there's a new nightmare scenario: The music you listen to …

Tesla releases rare details about Model 3’s battery cells, claims highest energy density and less cobalt

Tesla has been quite secretive about its latest generation of battery cells, the 2170 li-ion cells, which they designed for Model 3 and Panasonic is manufacturing them at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.<p>The company has now released rare details about the battery cells – claiming the highest energy …

“Death Star Dad” Returns With A Massive Millennium Falcon On His House

A sleepy San Francisco suburb has once again been transformed into a sci-fi spectacle with a new appearance of a <i>Star Wars</i> icon on the roof of one of its homes.<p>Two years ago, with the launch of the first new <i>Star Wars</i> sequel in a decade, Lafayette, CA dad Colby Powell and his family and friends …

DNA analysis site that led to the Golden State Killer issues a privacy warning to users

As more details emerge about the arrest of the man suspected to be the Golden State Killer, it’s clear that one of the most infamous unsolved cases of all time was cracked using a popular free online genealogy database.<p>The site, known as GEDmatch, is a popular resource for people who have obtained …

A Worrying Number Of People Believe In Fake Causes Of Cancer

Cleaning products, microwave ovens and stress are among a number of things that the public think cause cancer, but with no clear scientific evidence backing this up, a new study has shown.<p>The research, carried out in England and published in the European Journal of Cancer, surveyed 1,330 people, …

Cancer

DIY Dining Room Table (with Copper Legs!)

We've been making some major progress these past few weeks at our studio house. This past week we've been ripping through dining room and kitchen …

Why This Outdoor Space Is Just As Cool As You Think It Is

For the last several months I've had the image above saved on my computer. When I first came across it, I had one of those, "I want to go to there" …

20 Simple Habits That Will Make You Happier

I am fascinated with the habits that affect happiness, health, productivity and success. I read everything I can get my hands on related to these …

Happiness

Japan Just Found a Huge Rare-Earth Mineral Deposit That Can Supply The World For Centuries

This could change the global economy.<p>Researchers have found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for …

Rare Earth

Web standard brings password-free sign-ins to virtually any site

Tech companies have been trying to do away with web passwords for years, but now it looks like they've reached a key milestone. The FIDO Alliance and W3C have launched a Web Authentication standard that makes it easier to offer truly unique encryption credentials for each site. That, in turn, lets …

If You Don't Do These 4 Things, Your Meetings Might Just Be a Complete Waste of Time

The truth that most leaders don't want to hear.<p>Have you ever stopped to do the math behind meetings?<p>Every time you bring 10 people together in an one hour meeting, you are basically trading 10 hours of productivity for one. That means you're sacrificing nine hours in the process.<p>Considering that …

Time Management

The Parkland teens wield real power. Just ask Laura Ingraham and Frank Stallone.

Two minor right-wing celebrities, two half-assed apologies that feel more forced than sincere. They might have gotten away with it too, if not for …

Social Media

Alcoa Teams With Phinergy to Develop Claimed 1,000-Mile Aluminum Air Battery Technology (w/video)

Is a 1,000-mile EV battery even possible? Well, Israeli-based Phinergy claims it certainly is. Here’s a look at the claims presented:<p><i>Aluminum-air</i> …

Electric Vehicles

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

If You Don't Fully Understand the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Read This Simplified Version

Here's the "SparkNotes" version of what actually happened, and why you should care.<p>Over the past week or so, I have seen countless headlines regarding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Yet, none of them have helped me fully understand what happened. On a basic sense I knew that my, and many other …

Social Media