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

AMD Radeon VII Won’t Offer Full-Speed Double Precision

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Ever since AMD surprise-announced the Radeon VII at CES, there have been questions about what kind of features or capabilities the GPU might bring to market to compete against the RTX Turing. We already know that features like ray tracing aren’t really on the table (you can absolutely run ray tracing workloads on a GPU

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

Oddball Cars and Car Tech of CES 2019: Some of Them Make Sense

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. LAS VEGAS — Call it the Car Electronics Show. The honchos at CES were so remote from tech in the early 1990s that somebody else grabbed the CES.org URL before it could be landed by what was until recently the Consumer Electronics Show. Now they’ve gotten religion so much that CES 2019 has become as

AMD Comments on Threadripper 2990WX Scheduling Issues

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Ever since AMD launched its Threadripper 2990WX, there have been questions about how effectively it could scale in multi-threaded workloads. Initially, the performance drops and slowdowns in certain workloads were attributed to the asymmetric memory controller configuration — only some Threadripper die have direct access to memory controllers, while others connect only indirectly. This appeared

After Telltale’s Implosion, The Walking Dead: The Final Season Returns

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. After the awful demise of Telltale Games last year, the majority of the staff was left out in the cold, and the fate of the current season of The Walking Dead was up in the air. Many months later, this last season is back on track at a different company, and some ex-Telltalers are ready

The Self-Driving Industry Is Finally Becoming More Realistic

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Over the last decade, most of the buzz around self-driving has focused on the vision originally launched by Google (now Waymo) and later Tesla and others, of a Level 5 (fully, really, truly, autonomous no matter what) personal automobile that you could afford and blissfully relax in the back seat of from then on. You

The AMD Radeon VII’s Core Configuration Has Been Misreported

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. CES is always a hectic time for reviewers and companies — I’d argue it’s one of the busiest weeks of the year if you’re a tech reporter. Because of this, it’s not unheard of for incorrect information to leak into the channel, despite the best efforts of all involved. In this case, there’s a correction

AMD Shares More Radeon VII Details, Performance Projections

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. AMD’s Radeon VII announcement earlier this week came as something of a surprise. The company has previously discussed its Radeon Instinct family of hardware and disclosed stats on the MI50 and MI60 at its Next Horizons event but gave no hint that it intended to launch a new high-end Vega GPU. Now the company has