Technology

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

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

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

Scientists Measure the Total Brightness of the Universe: 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Our local star is very bright by human standards—just looking at it for a few seconds can wreck your vision. That’s just an infinitesimal fraction of the total brightness of the universe. How bright is it? Well, we finally have an answer to that. Using new measurement techniques, researchers have counted almost all the photons

With Spintronics, Intel Sees Efficiency, Density Scaling Far Beyond CMOS

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Conventional CMOS scaling has entered a state of terminal decline. That’s the bottom-line takeaway, when you cut through the marketing spiel from companies and look at the expected improvements offered at future nodes. 7nm will still offer a significant improvement over 16/14nm, 5nm is expected to deliver smaller (though still noticeable) gains, and past that

New Stone Tools Discovery Rewrites the History of Ancient Humans

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Ever since Mary and Louis Leakey’s work at Olduvai Gorge, we’ve known that East Africa served as the cradle of humanity thanks to the bones and early stone tools found at that site. The tools recovered at Olduvai are referred to as Oldowan, and they represent the earliest widespread stone tools ever manufactured. An even

Police Pull Over Self-Driving Tesla with Sleeping Man Behind the Wheel

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. There may come a day when cars can truly drive themselves and you can take a nap during your commute, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, the ever-advancing state of self-driving technology has made some people a bit too comfortable turning over control to a system that can’t respond as effectively as a

Nvidia AI Can Render Complete Urban Environments in Unreal Engine 4

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Interest in artificial neural networks has skyrocketed over the years as companies like Google and Facebook have invested heavily in machines that can think like humans. Today, an AI can recognize objects in photos or help generate realistic computer speech, but Nvidia has successfully built a neural network that can create an entire virtual world