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MIT’s ‘Sun in a Box’ Could Solve Our Energy Storage Woes

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The push toward renewable energy is essential to fight climate change, but it’s also a vital part of planning for future power needs. As the world needs more energy, we can’t let all this free solar power just bounce off the planet. Even if we develop more efficient solar panels, how do we store that

Curiosity’s Newly Dust-Free Penny Shows Strength of Martian Winds

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We often hear about the dust storms and wind on Mars, but it’s hard to visualize conditions on the ground when the planet’s only inhabitants are robots. Today, the Curiosity rover has provided a handy visual example of how the wind blows on the red planet. The record consists of two images of a penny,

Probe Headed for Mercury Fires Most Powerful Ion Drive Ever Built

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The BepiColombo Mercury probe is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The probe is intended to study Mercury’s magnetic field, magnetosphere, interior, and surface structures. It consists of two vehicles — the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetosphere Orbiter (MMO). No word yet on

The Weirdest Cars of the 2018 LA Auto Show

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The 2018 LA Auto Show is so broad, expansive, and exciting, it was no problem picking a dozen best-of-show cars. Now, here are our favorite different cars — weird cars, to put a finer point on it — from LA 2018. These are the vehicles with oddly creased surface detailing, massive grilles, or wrongly sized rims for

Secrets of PlayStation Classic: Sony’s Hidden Menu, Support for More Games

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Sony’s PlayStation Classic has not been reviewed particularly well. As we detailed in our roundup, the collective opinion of the community boils down to “bare-bones implementation with a so-so library.” There’s been plenty of speculation about why the system ended up shipping with such a weak selection of games, with the imminent release of various

One More and Done: VW to Phase Out Combustion Engines

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Volkswagen’s next generation of combustion engines will roll out starting in 2026. It will be VW’s final generation as well. VW will modify those engines through their lifetime of a decade, maybe two, but that’s it: no more new generations of combustion engines. Volkswagen is convinced the future of cars is the electric car. The

Waymo Launches Consumer Self-Driving Car Service in Arizona

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google’s self-driving car program started as a secret project in the company’s “Google X” research arm, but it didn’t stay there. Google spun it off into Waymo as part of the Alphabet reorganization several years ago. Waymo has been quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) testing autonomous driving technology, and now it’s finally rolling out

Epic Games Is Gunning for Steam, Plans to Launch Rival Streaming Service

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Life is strange sometimes. Three days ago, I was openly wondering what gaming service might emerge to provide a better set of features and capabilities than Steam. This week, Epic Games announces that they’re coming out with their own service — and they’ve got at least one serious hook ready to land right between Gabe

Industrial Plants Are Producing Man-Made Snow in Nebraska

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. It is the time of year for snow to be falling in Nebraska, and indeed the conditions are right for moisture to fall from the sky as snow. However, there are no suitable weather systems moving through the state. No matter — Nebraskans are making their own weather today thanks to a few industrial plants,

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Probe Reaches Asteroid Bennu

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. After two years in space, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe has reached its destination: the asteroid Bennu. The rendezvous is already a significant achievement, but the mission is far from over. Eventually, OSIRIS-REx will graze the surface of Bennu to pick up a tiny bit of material to send back to Earth. OSIRIS-REx is part of NASA’s