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Tuesday January 1, 2019. 08:22 PM
Enlarge (credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI; sketch courtesy of James Tuttle Keane) While people around the world were celebrating the arrival of 2019, people at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland were hard at work. Billions of miles away, the New Horizons probe ...
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Enlarge / The copyright to The Great Gatsby—the 1925 novel, not the 2013 movie starring Leonardo di Caprio—will expire two years from today. (credit: Warner Bros. Picture) As the ball dropped over Times Square last night, all copyrighted works published in 1923 fell...
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Two unlikely allies: the US Military and the video game industry. Who knew? Update: It's New Year's Day and Ars staffers are enjoying a winter break (inevitably filled with some wishful vacation research and cooking). As such, we're resurfacing a few favorites from the site ...
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Netflix/YouTube Netlfix bestowed a New Year's gift to all Stranger Things fans last night: the release date of the show's third season. Stranger Things 3 will debut on July 4, 2019. Just before 2018 ended, Netflix tweeted out another trailer for Stranger Things 3 (the...
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Enlarge / Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees speaks at Stephen Hawking's memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. (credit: Ben Stansall/WPA Pool /Getty Images) Human kind has long harnessed the fruits of scientific research into...
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Enlarge / Antarctica today. (credit: Eli Duke) Believe it or not, the geology at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is extraordinarily common. There, layers of sedimentary rock lie flat atop angled layers of significantly more ancient metamorphic rock. The gap there is...
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TOKYO—I'm not sure how much of my life has included dreams of traveling to Japan, but I know it's a majority. I'm a child of the '80s who grew up pledging allegiance to Japanese video game makers while drooling over the arcade and console games that that nation not only...
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(credit: Simon & Schuster UK) True crime has taken over entertainment. Regardless of what that says about our society, observe the fruits of this trend has been fascinating. It's a pick-your-poison landscape now, filled with riveting podcasts, multi-part streaming series,...
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Enlarge / The air-fried 'churros' were delicious, but they tasted nothing at all like churros. (credit: Megan Geuss) Earlier this month, Ars reviewed the June Oven, an Internet-connected, seven-in-one device that pushes the boundaries of the traditional toaster oven....
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Monday December 31, 2018. 09:32 PM
Enlarge On Sunday, auto blog Electrek reported that there were more than 3,300 Model 3 vehicles sitting in Tesla's US inventory, according to an unnamed source familiar with the matter. The source added that, although Tesla has been working to sell every last vehicle...
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Enlarge / Making champagne is fairly simple, but the physics behind its bubbly delights is surprisingly complex. (credit: Jon Bucklel/EMPICS/PA/Getty Images) It's New Year's Eve, and revelers around the globe will be breaking out the bubbly in massive quantities to usher in ...
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Video by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) Update: It's New Year's eve and Ars staffers are enjoying a winter break (inevitably filled with some joy rides and whatever that choose-your-own Black Mirror thing is). As such, we're resurfacing a few favorites from the site archives...
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Sunday December 30, 2018. 11:30 PM
Enlarge / Scroby Sands offshore wind farm, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. (credit: Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images) In November, a Danish asset management group called Momentum Gruppen recommissioned five turbines at a 20-year-old offshore wind...
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Enlarge / Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. (credit: Getty Images) Entrepreneurs Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman famously founded Reddit as college roommates in 2005. Tech journalist Christine Lagorio-Chafkin's recent book, We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life...
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Enlarge / In addition to all the new stuff we got to drive (see below), 2018 was the year we dove into the delightful world of Japanese imports. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Just as I finally got used to writing the date as 2018, it's time to learn a whole new number. As is now...
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Enlarge / Rio Tinto's AutoHaul autonomous train in Western Australia. (credit: Rio Tinto) On Friday, major mining corporation Rio Tinto announced that its AutoHaul autonomous train system in Western Australia had logged more than 1 million km (620,000 mi) since July 2018,...
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Enlarge / The Uber vehicle after it struck Elaine Herzberg. (credit: Tempe Police Department) As 2018 dawned, expectations for self-driving vehicles were sky-high: Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car company, was testing fully driverless cars and preparing for a...
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Saturday December 29, 2018. 06:30 PM
Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) On Friday, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it did not think that current mercury...
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Enlarge / The crew of the USS Orville stands ready for a new season of adventures in season 2 of The Orville. (credit: Fox Broadcasting) The Orville, Seth MacFarlane's warm homage to the Star Trek franchise, delighted viewers with the interstellar adventures of the crew...
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Enlarge / Computers, they're just like us! (credit: Cyrus Farivar) Every time I take my kids to the library, I gravitate toward the non-fiction section and, in particular, the space books. (Hey, it's a good primer for Star Trek!) This year, there have been some amazing new...
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