Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Elon Musk making “kid-sized submarine” to rescue teens in Thailand cave

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Elon Musk making “kid-sized submarine” to rescue teens in Thailand cave

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Enlarge / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that a team of SpaceX engineers is hours away from completing work on a “tiny kid-sized submarine” that could be used to extract 12 teenagers and preteens who are stranded with their…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Outlook.com the latest site to copy Ars, offer “dark mode”

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Outlook.com the latest site to copy Ars, offer “dark mode”

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The most popular feature request for Microsoft’s Outlook.com has been to add a dark/night theme that replaces the eye-searing white with a calming dark grey, making it less visually traumatic to check your e-mail after dark. Microsoft has now announced that this is coming soon, as spotted by The Verge. The new theme will be…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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This is the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. Jonathan Gitlin After the relatively bloated third-generation (NC), the current MX-5 is almost the exact size of the 1989 original. Jonathan Gitlin As long as you fit, there are few more enjoyable places to drive than from behind this wheel. Jonathan Gitlin The engine is now a…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Monster energy project wants to use Loch Ness as a giant battery

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Monster energy project wants to use Loch Ness as a giant battery

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Enlarge / Loch Ness, seen from Fort Augustus in Scotland. Getty Images (Jeff J Mitchell)A company called Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) is proposing a huge 2.4 gigawatt-hour pumped hydroelectric project right next to the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. The project, called “Red John” after the Scottish name for a source pool in the…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Marvel Comics legend, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko found dead at 90

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Marvel Comics legend, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko found dead at 90

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Enlarge / Even at the biggest Marvel Comics-related museum exhibit in the world, currently running in Seattle, WA, Steve Ditko’s presence is limited by his famously reclusive nature. Sam MachkovechNew York police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that one of Marvel Comics’ legendary staffers, Steve Ditko, was found dead in his apartment this…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Spiders Use Electricity To Fly For Miles Without Wings

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Spiders Use Electricity To Fly For Miles Without Wings

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Look, spiders are great. They’re an important part of the ecosystem and benefit humans by eating insects, including mosquitoes and agricultural pests. That said, many people are afraid of spiders, even the kinds that pose no risk to humans. To those people, please, don’t read any further. Because scientists have discovered more about a process…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Professor Hanington’s Speaking of Science: Huge storm hits Mars this week

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Professor Hanington’s Speaking of Science: Huge storm hits Mars this week

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Something bad is happening to Mars this week that may cause trouble for one of the rovers exploring rocky surface. A sudden 15.8-million-square-mile dust storm — roughly the size of North and South America — has hit the red planet, reducing visibility and sunlight needed to keep the tiny explorer alive. The darkness has prevented…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Hawaii just banned your favorite sunscreen to protect its coral reefs

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Hawaii just banned your favorite sunscreen to protect its coral reefs

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From Banana Boat to Coppertone, major sunscreen brands will soon have to revamp their products or stop selling them in Hawaii. State lawmakers passed legislation in May that would ban skin-care companies from selling and distributing sunscreens on the islands that contain two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs. The bill was opposed by various…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Future of Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Anti-Science Legacy

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Future of Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Anti-Science Legacy

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Gone is the boss who loved first-class travel to places like Morocco and Rome, forced his staffers to find him an apartment (and a used Trump hotel mattress), and asked fast-food executives to hire his wife. But EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s many scandals haven’t been the real bugaboo for environmental advocates—rather, it’s been his rollback…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Sonos’s IPO Filing Shows Risks of Relying on Amazon and Apple

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Sonos’s IPO Filing Shows Risks of Relying on Amazon and Apple

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There are smart speakers, which connect wirelessly to other devices, and then there’s the new era of smart speakers, designed to offer services through voice-controlled virtual assistants. Sonos, for a long time, was all about the former, having been a pioneer of high-quality, Wi-Fi–connected speaker systems. Now it has entered the next era with products…