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Sunday June 23, 2019. 04:00 PM
Enlarge (credit: NASA) With the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing fast approaching, there's a veritable deluge of programs, events, and media of various forms, all dedicated to recapturing an astonishing moment in humanity's collective history. All of these things...
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Enlarge / Assemble just the right deck, and draw just the right cards, and you'll get the equivalent of a universal Turing machine within the game, a new study finds. That makes it the most computationally complex real-world game yet known. (credit: Gordon Chibroski/Portland ...
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Enlarge / The most recent graduate from Ford's police academy, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan. In 2013, Amy Krekelberg received an unsettling notice from Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources: An employee had abused his access to a government driver’s license...
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Saturday June 22, 2019. 05:10 PM
Cal and BD-1 scope out upcoming danger. [credit: EA / Respawn ] LOS ANGELES⁠—How much is a solid single-player Star Wars adventure game from EA worth in 2019? That answer might have been different six years ago, when EA's brand-new investment in the Star Wars...
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On Wednesday of this week, an Israeli firm called Regulus Cyber issued a press release stating that 'spoofing attacks on the Tesla GNSS (GPS) receiver could easily be carried out wirelessly and remotely.' In the firm's demonstration attack on a Model 3, 'the car reacted as...
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Enlarge / From the animist deck. I hope you like spiders... Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Card battle games are a cornerstone of analog gaming. From the venerable...
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Enlarge (credit: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) Early Sunday morning, all of mainland Argentina lost power in an “unprecedented” blackout event that left most of the country’s 44 million citizens in the dark until the evening. The blackout also...
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Enlarge (credit: Peter KovalevTASS via Getty Images) Bitcoin's price has soared above $10,000 for the first time since early 2018, a new milestone in the virtual currency's latest comeback. The price has more than tripled since hitting rock-bottom last December around...
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Friday June 21, 2019. 11:40 PM
Enlarge / Baltimore, Maryland; Riviera Beach, Florida. Both got ransomware, and the outcomes were... the worst of times, and the worst of times. Earlier this week, the city of Riviera Beach, Florida, faced a $600,000 demand from ransomware operators in order to regain...
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Enlarge / Physicist C.J. Holloway in his atomic recording studio at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland. (credit: J. Burras/NIST) Scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, have brought us one step ...
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Here we are, on a quest to collect a bunch of magical detritus. Three years ago, Nintendo and Niantic released Pokémon Go, and the resulting game became an instant cultural phenomenon on hundreds of millions of mobile phones. In retrospect, the formula seems simple...
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Enlarge / The result of a fluid mechanics simulation with multiple Erniettas. (credit: Dave Mazierski) What drove the evolution of the earliest animal life? In modern animals, it's easy to infer a lot about an organism's lifestyle based on its anatomy. Even back in the...
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The plucky teens from Hawkins, Indiana, are back in Netflix's hotly anticipated Stranger Things season 3. You know that annoying houseguest who overstays their welcome and just won't leave? It looks like the interdimensional monster known as the Mind Flayer, from Stranger...
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Enlarge / How it's made: silicon wafers! (credit: Micron) At Micron's memory chip fabrication facility in the Washington, DC, suburb of Manassas, Virginia, the entire manufacturing area is blanketed in electronic detectors in all their various forms. But the primary...
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Enlarge / Google's customary 'We're going to kill this service soon' pop-up. Another day, another dead or dying Google product. This time, Google has decided to shut down 'Hangouts on Air,' a fairly popular service for broadcasting a group video call live over the...
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Enlarge / Horns and bull, a succinct summary of this news. (credit: Getty | Tim Graham) The Washington Post on Thursday published a story suggesting that the use of mobile devices is causing young people to sprout horns from their skulls. But a look at the scientific data...
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Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace) Welcome to Edition 2.04 of the Rocket Report! We've got some up-to-the-minute news this week, with updated launch dates for NASA's commercial crew missions, BE-7 rocket engine tests, and a Falcon Heavy...
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The new Google Pixel Slate. [credit: Valentina Palladino ] Google and tablets just don't mix. The company tried over and over again to make Android tablets work, peaking with the 2013 Nexus 7 and ending with the Pixel C in 2015. After a three-year hiatus from the...
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Enlarge / Cars and trucks drive along Interstate 75/85 June 25, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. (credit: Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images) The Trump administration has been trying to roll back Obama-era fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles out to model year 2025. But the...
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The 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. [credit: Andrew Cunningham ] Today, Apple sent out a press release and published a customer support document announcing a new voluntary recall-and-replace program for certain MacBook Pro models that contain batteries that may...
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