Technology

July 22, 2019

Watch Deep Blue, the Giant Great White Shark That Could Be Biggest Ever Filmed, Eating Sperm Whale off Hawaii Coast

A giant great white shark that is thought to be one of the biggest ever recorded has been filmed eating a sperm whale off the coast of Hawaii. The footage was released by National Geographic, which featured it in the documentary World's Biggest Great White?
July 22, 2019

Did Ancient Vikings Smoke Pot in North America?

Researchers have discovered traces of cannabis at the only known Viking settlement on the North America mainland, raising the possibility that Norsemen were using the plant for medicinal or recreational purposes.
July 22, 2019

Tiny, Adorable and ‘Exceedingly Rare’ Species of Pocket Shark That Glows within the Dark Discovered by Scientists

Scientists have identified a tiny new species of pocket shark from the Gulf of Mexico which secretes a glow-in-the-dark liquid as a method to attract prey.
July 22, 2019

Equifax agrees to settlement of as much as $700 million over 2017 information breach

Equifax has agreed to a settlement over its 2017 data breach that saw as many as 147 million people’s personal information, including names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers, exposed by the company. As part of the settlement, the company will pay at least $575 million, but this could rise to as much as $700 million depending on the amount of compensation people claim. The company has agreed to provide free credit monitoring services to anyone affected for up to 10 years, as well as cash payments of up to $20,000 per person to refund any costs incurred as a result of the breach.
July 22, 2019

Micro-naps for vegetation: Flicking the lights on and off can save vitality with out hurting indoor agriculture harvests

A nighttime arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport flies you over the bright pink glow of vegetable production greenhouses. Growing crops under artificial light is gaining momentum, particularly in regions where produce prices can be high during seasons when sunlight is sparse.
July 22, 2019

Waiting for an undersea robotic in Antarctica to name house

“Call! Just call!” I think loudly in my head. “Did something happen? Are you okay?”I might seem like a worried parent waiting for a teenager to report in from an unsupervised outing. Rather, I’m a research biologist with the Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s late February 2019, and I am waiting for an autonomous underwater glider in Antarctica to surface and call me via satellite, so I can give it new diving instructions. The longest it’s supposed to go without surfacing is eight hours, and it’s now been nine.
July 22, 2019

French inventor will try and cross English Channel on jet-powered hoverboard

The inventor of the Flyboard Air, Franky Zapata, says he plans to cross the English Channel on his jet-powered hoverboard on Thursday to mark the 110th anniversary of the first airplane flight between Britain and France, The Guardian reports. Zapata says he’ll fly between Sangatte and St Margaret’s Bay in a crossing that should only take around 20 minutes at speeds up 140 km/h (around 87 mph).
July 22, 2019

Delivery apps like DoorDash are utilizing your tricks to pay staff’ wages

When you order food through an app and tip the worker who delivers it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the money you give goes directly to that person. But in reality, some delivery apps use your tip to make up the worker’s base pay — essentially stealing the money you’re trying to give someone to maximize their profits.
July 22, 2019

Elon Musk guarantees new Hyperloop tunnel after pace document damaged

TUM Hyperloop has set a new speed record of 463 km/h (288 mph) at the fourth SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. The win was announced by Hyperloop’s official Twitter account. After confirming the speed record, Elon Musk announced that next year’s competition will take place in a 10 km vacuum tunnel with a curve rather than the current 1 mile (1.6 km) straight above-ground tube at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
July 22, 2019

Asus’ ROG Phone II is probably the most spec-heavy gaming cellphone but

Asus’s first ROG gaming phone was one of the most maximalist takes on the concept to date, so it’s only appropriate that the company follow up with a new model to stay on the bleeding edge. The ROG Phone II sounds like a spec bump more than a design revolution — Asus hasn’t provided official press images of the device yet, which is why there’s a picture of the original model above — but as spec bumps go, it’s a pretty hefty one.