Technology

Why You Need Winter Tires: Tips for Driving in Cold Weather

Did you put off thinking about winter tires until there’s a snowstorm bearing down? No problem. What you need to know can be digested in a couple of minutes. Winter tires, the tire-industry-preferred term for snow tires, make a significant difference in driving when it snows. Or when there’s snow on the ground, or slush, or ice. If a set of winter tires costs $ 500 and your collision damage

Don’t Miss the ‘Super Blood Moon’ Eclipse This Weekend

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You might want to clear some time in your schedule this weekend to look up at the night sky. Those in the western hemisphere will be treated to a rare celestial alignment known colloquially as the “super blood moon.” It sounds pretty cool, but it’s just science — cool science. The super blood moon will

Bizarre 4-Star System Forms Planets in a Vertical Disk Orbit

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. One of the common features of star systems is that both stars and their planets tend to orbit in the same plane. That means the equator of the star tends to align with the plane of the planets in orbit around it. In our own solar system, for example, all of the major planets follow

Best Cars of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. DETROIT — Even with few European automakers present, the final January North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) had a sizable yield of first-rate introductions — more than a dozen if you count cars also shown the previous week at CES 2019. Highlights this year included the new Ram HD (heavy duty) pickup truck, the sixth-generation

AMD Claims It Has Enough Radeon VIIs to Meet Demand

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. AMD’s Radeon VII announcement at CES earlier this month was the major surprise of the event. While the company had previously launched a 7nm Vega-based GPU design, AMD had given every impression that the GPU was intended strictly for the professional market, where it would compete as an AI and machine learning card against Nvidia’s

2020 Ford Explorer: Performance, Cop Car Packages, Tesla-Like Display

DETROIT — Ford is busy killing the sedan business, getting cozy with VW, and envisioning a self-driving, electrified future. Meanwhile, nothing is as important to the Ford of today as the sixth generation Ford Explorer midsize SUV introduced this week at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show. The Explorer name is the umbrella for the kind of car so many Americans want — big, and not a sedan — with

CERN Reveals Plans for Particle Collider Four Times Larger Than LHC

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Science requires finesse, but sometimes it also needs more power. CERN took the latter approach when it built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile (27 kilometers) particle accelerator that smashes protons together with so much energy they fracture into subatomic confetti. By studying the remnants of those collisions, scientists have learned more about the

We Can’t Correct for Magnetic Pole Shifts Thanks to the Government Shutdown

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We have Earth’s churning metallic interior to thank for the magnetic field that keeps us safe from the harsh radiation of space, but it’s churning a little faster than expected lately. That means the magnetic pole is wobbling around, causing various navigation issues across the globe. Luckily, there’s a model that corrects for this wobble.

First Plants Sprout on Moon Aboard Chang’e 4 Lander

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. China’s Chang’e 4 mission already made history when it completed the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon. Now, it’s accomplished another first: An experimental module on the lander filled with seeds has succeeded in growing the first Earth plants on another world. Eventually, the lander could be home to a miniature

Researchers Create Steam-Powered Space Probe

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The steam engine powered the industrial revolution, but humanity has long since moved beyond this archaic method of generating locomotion. However, we might not be done with steam power just yet. A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) has constructed a prototype for a steam-powered space probe that could theoretically explore forever by