After a month off, SpaceX returns with two launch attempts in three days

Enlarge / SpaceX’s last mission for Iridum, in June, launched amid foggy conditions in California. SpaceX reader comments 67 Share this story SpaceX has made 13 successful launches this year, and with every additional flight it continues to add to its record for total number of missions in a calendar year. The company’s previous high-water […]

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Saying goodbye to the proto-social network of AOL Instant Messenger

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty reader comments 62 Share this story Many people remember specific, weird things about September 11, 2001. For me, it was a headline about stamps tucked into the chaos. As I started to absorb the horror of the day through TV and online news sources that Tuesday morning, I noticed an […]

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Smart jewelry tested: do beautiful devices have the brains to compete?

Enlarge Valentina Palladino reader comments 29 Share this story Technology is shrinking, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting more subtle. Smartwatches are gaining popularity in the wearable world, but most make themselves painfully known by looking like high-tech gadgets. Not all wearables are fashion crimes, though; there’s a sector of smart jewelry trying to thrive […]

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Head, limbs of Kim Wall found, sinking story of suspect in submarine murder

Enlarge / Peter Madsen, inventor and submarine and space enthusiast, after his rescue from the waters off Copenhagen. It appears he sank his sub to destroy evidence of the murder of his passenger. BAX LINDHARDT/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 247 Share this story Danish investigators have announced that divers discovered bags containing the head, arms, legs, […]

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Nate makes nine Atlantic hurricanes in a row—unprecedented in modern era

Enlarge / Hurricane Nate, now in the Gulf of Mexico, makes nine Atlantic hurricanes in row. NOAA reader comments 89 Share this story Hurricane Season 2017 The Atlantic just finished its busiest hurricane month on record “Potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Maria set to strike Puerto Rico Jose hanging on, Maria intensifying as the Atlantic tropics sizzle […]

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FBI may keep secret the name of vendor that cracked terrorist’s iPhone

Enlarge Kārlis Dambrāns reader comments 3 Share this story A federal judge ruled Saturday that the FBI does not have to disclose the name of the vendor, and how much it was paid by the government for a hacking tool that unlocked the iPhone of a terrorist behind the San Bernardino, California attacks that left […]

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EFF: Stupid patents are dragging down AI and machine learning

Enlarge EFF reader comments 30 Share this story Each month, the patent lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation shine a spotlight on one particular patent they believe is a drag on innovation. This month, they’re looking at one of the fastest-growing sectors of technology: machine learning and artificial intelligence. EFF lawyer Daniel Nazer has picked out an artificial […]

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