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Scientists Spot Largest Supernova on Record in Distant Galaxy

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A supernova is, by definition, a huge event. We’re talking about exploding stars, after all. Still, some supernovae are bigger than others, and astronomers recently identified what appears to be the largest supernova we’ve ever observed. The event, dubbed SN2016iet, included a long duration, unusual chemical signatures, and more conundrums. The researchers believe this supernova

Plex Announces New Desktop App, Leaves HTPCs Behind

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The media managing and streaming service Plex has rolled out a new app today, and it might mean some painful adjustments for long-time users. Starting today, there’s a new Plex desktop app for both Windows and macOS — this will replace the existing Plex Media Player client. That marks the end of old-fashioned HTPC support

Jupiter’s Core May Have Been Shattered By a Massive Protoplanet Impact

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Jupiter may have been struck by a huge protoplanet long ago, spreading the heavy material inside the planet’s core across a much wider area inside the planet than we’d typically expect to find. That’s the current theory of researchers examining data beamed back by the NASA probe Juno, which is designed to take measurements of

Bring More Tech (and Amazon Boxes) Into the Garage With a Smarter Opener

Most every premium garage door brand these days has a Wi-Fi remote that lets you check the status of your garage door from your smartphone and open or close the door remotely. Increasingly, Wi-Fi remotes tie into home control services including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and let you monitor who comes in and when. They all beat the old clip-on open-close remotes that attach to your car’s sun visor.

Astronomer: Earth’s Atmosphere Could Become the Lens of a Massive Telescope

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The conventional wisdom is that if you want to look at more distant objects in the universe, you need a bigger telescope. What if you didn’t have to build one, though? A new analysis claims it may be possible to use the Earth’s atmosphere as a giant lens to observe far-away stars and galaxies on

Nvidia Unveils Conversational AI Tech for Smarter Bots

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Now that nearly every possible mobile device and appliance has either adopted or at least experimented with voice control, conversational AI is quickly becoming the new frontier. Instead of handling one query and providing one response or action, conversational AI aims to provide a realtime interactive system that can span multiple questions, answers, and comments.

ExoMars Parachute Test Fails Again, Casting Doubt on Launch Plans

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The European Space Agency (ESA) is hoping to launch a new ExoMars mission to the red planet next year, but the future of that mission is in doubt after a second parachute failure. The ESA confirms a recent parachute test here on Earth has failed, making this the second failure in the last few months. 

Bosch Wants 3D Displays in the Car

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Bosch aims to make your car’s instrument panel a 3D display, no goggles required. Crucial warnings would be in 3D; for instance, the forward collision warning — BRAKE! — but not the current fuel level, and perhaps not a low-fuel warning. A 3D warning would visually float above the rest of the instrument panel. The

Astronomers Spot Mysterious Flash From Our Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You don’t usually think of a supermassive black hole as something that can go unnoticed, but many of these interstellar monsters are quite placid. For instance, Sagittarius A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A Star”) in the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. It’s usually very dim, but astronomers recently saw Sagittarius A* flare up — in

2019 Range Rover Sport HSE P400e Hybrid Review: The Premier Off-Roader Conquers the HOV Lane

Land Rover’s 2019 Range Rover Sport HSE P400e is a big, roomy plug-in hybrid SUV. A battery motivates its 5,500 pounds for about 25 miles before handing off to a turbo-four-cylinder engine, at which point the battery still providing reserve electric power under acceleration. The HSE costs a ton, the driver’s seat is not for small people, and a full recharge takes 14 hours or more if you use 120-volt