D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million quantum computer

D-Wave has its first customer for a million quantum computer The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,… Source: Engadget Link: D-Wave […]

University Very, Very Sorry It Gave Lab Students 'Easily Fatal' Doses of Caffeine

University Very, Very Sorry It Gave Lab Students 'Easily Fatal' Doses of Caffeine During a lab test at Northumbria University last March, sports science students were supposed to receive around 300 milligrams of caffeine. Due to a misplaced decimal point, prosecutors say two of them were given 30,000 milligrams—equal to 300 cups of coffee or […]

New Measurements of the Universe Expanding Tell a Confusing Story

New Measurements of the Universe Expanding Tell a Confusing Story Humans don’t know much about the universe, but we do know that most of the gravity holding it together—around 85 percent of it—comes from something we can’t see or touch called dark matter. And some other force we can’t see or touch, called dark energy, […]

NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey

NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey Someone at Boeing has been on a serious Kubrick kick, as evidenced by the new spacesuits it made for Boeing Starliner astronauts. The blue suits, which were revealed today, combine a retro flare with a modern feel. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: NASA's […]

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid… Source: Engadget Link: Obama's […]

Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo

Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo This is easily one of the best pictures ever captured of Mimas, revealing intricate surface features and shadows cast across its iconic impact crater. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Looks Spooky as Hell in New Cassini Photo

NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket Just Hit a Critical Milestone

NASA’s Most Powerful Rocket Just Hit a Critical Milestone Late next year, NASA is hoping to launch its Space Launch System—a powerful next generation rocket capable of exerting two million pounds of thrust. NASA engineers have now completed construction of a stand sturdy enough to test its enormous fuel tank. It’s an important milestone, and another […]

Grown-Ass Dogs Don’t Care About Your Stupid Baby Talk

Grown-Ass Dogs Don’t Care About Your Stupid Baby Talk You know that thing you do where you talk to your dog like it’s a baby? New research shows that puppies respond well to this silly form of speech, but older dogs could give a crap. So, stop doing it when your dog grows up. Read […]

Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban For Anyone Born After 2015

Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban For Anyone Born After 2015 Aside from meddling in the United States election, there’s another thing the Russian Federation seems to be worrying a lot about these days: cigarette smoking. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban For Anyone Born After 2015

Look at These Weird Clouds

Look at These Weird Clouds These clouds are weird. Usually, clouds look like fluffy puffs or big, mean anvils. But these clouds… these clouds look like stripes. These clouds are weird Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: Look at These Weird Clouds

This Magical Spray Can Modify a Plant's Genes

This Magical Spray Can Modify a Plant's Genes If you wanted to, say, turn a red pepper yellow, you have a few options. You could directly tinker with with the plant’s genetic code, tweaking the genes that control its color. Or, perhaps, you could just mist the plant with a spray that changes its gene […]

The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World

The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth’s dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world’s most prestigious underwater photography competition has just announced its winning images for 2016—and they’re absolutely spellbinding. Read more… Source: […]

MIT's 3D graphene is ten times stronger than steel

MIT's 3D graphene is ten times stronger than steel An awful lot of ink has been spilled about how graphene is going to basically save the world with its myriad applications and powers. But chances to actually see evidence of how and why the hexagonal lattices are so strong in a life-size way have bee… […]

After More Than 100 Years, California's Iconic Tunnel Tree Is No More

After More Than 100 Years, California's Iconic Tunnel Tree Is No More The Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was tunneled through in the 1880s, has fallen due to severe winter weather. It was believed to be hundreds of years old. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: After More […]

George Hotz wants Comma AI to be the Android of autonomous driving

George Hotz wants Comma AI to be the Android of autonomous driving Hacker, entrepreneur, rabble rouser and freeform rapper George Hotz joined us on the Engadget stage at CES to talk about the decision to open source his autonomous-car research and the state of self driving. He also weighed in on California's regulat… Source: Engadget […]

Catch Up on the Biggest Scientific Discovery of 2016 in Nine Minutes

Catch Up on the Biggest Scientific Discovery of 2016 in Nine Minutes A lot of cool science happened in 2016, but the obvious “holy shit!” moment came when physicists announced they’d confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. Read more… Source: Gizmodo Link: […]

Yet Another Reason the Dinosaurs Were Screwed

Yet Another Reason the Dinosaurs Were Screwed Why did the dinosaurs go extinct? We may never be completely sure, although a giant asteroid and a bunch of enormous volcanic eruptions probably had a lot to do with it. But here’s another factor you may not have considered: too much time in the egg. Read more… […]

Rideshare Carpooling Could Completely Eliminate the Need For Taxis in New York City

Rideshare Carpooling Could Completely Eliminate the Need For Taxis in New York City A computer model developed by researchers at MIT shows that just 3,000 Uber and Lyft vehicles, when carpooled, could replace New York City’s entire 14,000-strong taxi fleet. It’s a finding that highlights the potential for ridesharing apps to revolutionize transportation in big […]

Eight Futuristic Foods You'll Be Eating in 30 Years

Eight Futuristic Foods You'll Be Eating in 30 Years We ate some weird shit in 2016. A person born in the year 1000 AD definitely wouldn’t comprehend a Dorito. He certainly wouldn’t understand why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and if you showed him a Twinkie, he’d probably burn you at the […]