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rocket lab makes it into orbit, nears commercial operations

share this story rocket lab called the second launch of its electron vehicle, shown here, "still testing." rocket lab the launch occurred saturday night, us time, from new zealand. rocket lab the first and second stage of the rocket performed nominally. rocket lab it was sunday afternoon, 2:42pm, new zealand time. rocket lab electron reached orbit and deployed customer payloads at 8 minutes and 31 seconds after lift-off. rocket lab electron launches from mahia peninsula in new zealand. rocket lab the electron 'still testing' vehicle is shown at lc-1 with vp of launch, shaun d'mello. rocket lab last sunday afternoon in new zealand, rocket lab successfully made it into orbit on just the company's second fli...




today’s the day you can go to amazon go—a store with no queues and no cash

enlarge/ "let's go shopping!" "no, let's amazon go shopping." "dave, i hate your puns."sam machkovechshare this storyafter over a year of testing, amazon will open its convenience store with no checkout queues and no cashiers, dubbed amazon go, to the public. the allure of amazon go is customers' ability to enter the store, put their items into their own shopping bags, and walk out. amazon go has no human cashiers to interact with, as all transactions are made wirelessly through the amazon go app and your amazon account.the online retailer announced amazon go in december 2016, opening its single location to amazon employees only. customers have to scan the amazon go app on a turnstile-like entryway before they can go into the store and...




tesla owner attempts autopilot defense during dui stop

enlargecalifornia highway patrolshare this storya san francisco tesla owner has learned the hard way that tesla's autopilot feature does not excuse getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. on saturday, january 13, police discovered a man in his tesla vehicle on the san francisco–oakland bay bridge. the san francisco chroniclereports that "the man had apparently passed out in the stopped car while stuck in the flow of busy bridge traffic at 5:30pm, according to the california highway patrol."when police woke the man up, he assured officers that everything was fine because the car was "on autopilot." no one was injured in the incident, and the california highway patrol made a snarky tweet about it:needless to say, other tesla owner...




amazon go debuts, and its prying cameras foil our shoplifting attempts

enlarge/ amazon go: the bottle.sam machkovechshare this storyseattle—a little more than one year ago, i tried, and failed, to sneak into amazon go. the pilot version of amazon's first grocery store experiment advertised a first in the world of brick-and-mortar shopping: if you want to buy something, just pick it up, toss it in your bag, and walk out. a camera system watches you and uniquely tags every item you pick up, then the store automatically charges a pre-registered credit card for the purchases. no clerks, no check-out aisles.amazon's late-2016 announcement of this store was more about building buzz than letting the public in, however. initially, it was limited only to amazon employees. worse, promises that the shop would open...




an end to in-flight wi-fi misery is at hand with gogo’s 2ku

enlarge/ you'll know your plane has 2ku if you see a larger radome on it, like the one pictured above.gogo airshare this storyfor this demo, gogo air provided a round-trip ticket on delta air lines from dca>dtw>dca. i sat in coach and never left detroit airport before boarding the return leg.if you're one of those people with the misfortune to follow me on twitter, you might have noticed the occasional complaint about the poor state of in-flight internet service. after all, it's incredibly frustrating when you're on a deadline and unable get any work done because you can't even load the ars cms. but there is light at the end of the tunnel, as i discovered late last year. gogo air, which provides in-flight connectivity on most of the major ...




tesla’s model x: a lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition

share this story here it is, the tesla model x. jordan golson is it an suv? a minivan? we're not entirely sure. jordan golson does my butt look big? jordan golson the infamous falcon wing doors. jordan golson the model x main instrument display. jordan golson it has been quite an unexpected decade at tesla. in 2007, if you said that the ev company would release an all-electric sedan that became one of the fastest accelerating vehicles of all time and sold tens of thousands of units with numerous hardware and software improvements along the way, you’d have been sent to the loony bin. and if you then predicted the company would release an all-electric suv that would do the same and develop and release (sort of) an af...




rocket lab makes it into orbit, nears commercial operations

share this story rocket lab called the second launch of its electron vehicle, shown here, "still testing." rocket lab the launch occurred saturday night, us time, from new zealand. rocket lab the first and second stage of the rocket performed nominally. rocket lab it was sunday afternoon, 2:42pm, new zealand time. rocket lab electron reached orbit and deployed customer payloads at 8 minutes and 31 seconds after lift-off. rocket lab electron launches from mahia peninsula in new zealand. rocket lab the electron 'still testing' vehicle is shown at lc-1 with vp of launch, shaun d'mello. rocket lab last sunday afternoon in new zealand, rocket lab successfully made it into orbit on just the company's second fli...




today’s the day you can go to amazon go—a store with no queues and no cash

enlarge/ "let's go shopping!" "no, let's amazon go shopping." "dave, i hate your puns."sam machkovechshare this storyafter over a year of testing, amazon will open its convenience store with no checkout queues and no cashiers, dubbed amazon go, to the public. the allure of amazon go is customers' ability to enter the store, put their items into their own shopping bags, and walk out. amazon go has no human cashiers to interact with, as all transactions are made wirelessly through the amazon go app and your amazon account.the online retailer announced amazon go in december 2016, opening its single location to amazon employees only. customers have to scan the amazon go app on a turnstile-like entryway before they can go into the store and...




america finally gets honda’s best: the 2018 civic type r

share this story "but grandmother, what big teeth you have!" the type r has what you might call a lot of trunk. jim resnick g-force gauges give this car's target demographic exactly what it wants. jim resnick it's well known that the "r" near the shift column increases the speed of the driver's reactions 50 percent. jim resnick "subtle" is not in this car's vocabulary. jim resnick the red motif dominates the interior... jim resnick ...and also shows up under the hood. jim resnick the triple exhaust is a little unusual for a four-cylinder engine. jim resnick red brake calipers are flashy, but the vented discs are highly functional. jim resnick type r-ism has long been vacant in the american car ...




realizing you can’t have enough jk simmons, new sci-fi spy series doubles him

enlarge/counterpart is ready to give you all the jk simmons you can handle.starzshare this storywarning: the following preview outlines general details for the premise of counterpart, a new starz sci-fi series debuting this weekend.the “actor as multiple roles” genre has been done in a seemingly infinite amount of ways as of late: clones, siblings, whatever cloud atlas was. with starz' new series counterpart debuting this sunday (8pm et), the premise gets a slight twist. beloved institution jk simmons (everything from those insurance ads to justice league and whiplash) portrays mild-mannered office man howard and alternate-universe spy bad-ass howard prime.confused? luckily, audiences get the gist of this situation early in the seri...




tesla’s model x: a lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition

share this story here it is, the tesla model x. jordan golson is it an suv? a minivan? we're not entirely sure. jordan golson does my butt look big? jordan golson the infamous falcon wing doors. jordan golson the model x main instrument display. jordan golson it’s been quite an unexpected decade at tesla. in 2007, if you said that the ev company would release an all-electric sedan that became one of the fastest accelerating vehicles of all time and sold tens of thousands of units with numerous hardware and software improvements along the way, you’d have been sent to the loony bin. and if you then predicted the company would release an all-electric suv that would do the same and develop and release (sort of) an af...




poison arrows inspire new male contraceptive, scientists report

enlarge/ aim carefully.getty | brian seed share this storyaccording to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre.the poison in question has spattered from the tips of african weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors. but, according to a study in the journal of medicinal chemistry, a crotch shot of an ancient toxin called “ouabain” can also take out sperm. by tweaking the poison’s chemical backbone (or scaffold), it can selectively paralyze trouser troops and prevent them from storming eggs, the authors report.the study’s authors, led by shameem sultana syeda of the university of minnesota, are optimistic that, with further aiming, the poison’...




here’s how to make sure hawaii’s missile warning fiasco isn’t repeated

share this storythis is a guest post from steve bellovin, a professor in the computer science department and affiliate faculty at the law school at columbia university. his research focuses on networks, security, and public policy. his opinions don't necessarily reflect the views of ars technica. enlargeeugene tanner/afp/getty imagesby now, most people have heard about the erroneous incoming icbm alert in hawaii. there has been scrutiny of how the emergency alert system works and how international tensions and the flight times of missiles can lead to accidental nuclear war. i'd like to focus instead on how the systems design in hawaii led to this problem—a design that i suspect is replicated in many other states.one possible factor, of ...




poison arrows inspire new male contraceptive, scientists report

enlarge/ aim carefully.getty | brian seed share this storyaccording to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre.the poison in question has spattered from the tips of african weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors. but, according to a study in the journal of medicinal chemistry, a crotch shot of an ancient toxin called “ouabain” can also take out sperm. by tweaking the poison’s chemical backbone (or scaffold), it can selectively paralyze trouser troops and prevent them from storming eggs, the authors report.the study’s authors, led by shameem sultana syeda of the university of minnesota, are optimistic that, with further aiming, the poison’...




realizing you can’t have enough jk simmons, new sci-fi spy series doubles him

enlarge/counterpart is ready to give you all the jk simmons you can handle.starzshare this storywarning: the following preview outlines general details for the premise of counterpart, a new starz sci-fi series debuting this weekend.the “actor as multiple roles” genre has been done in a seemingly infinite amount of ways as of late: clones, siblings, whatever cloud atlas was. with starz' new series counterpart debuting this sunday (8pm et), the premise gets a slight twist. beloved institution jk simmons (everything from those insurance ads to justice league and whiplash) portrays mild-mannered office man howard and alternate-universe spy bad-ass howard prime.confused? luckily, audiences get the gist of this situation early in the seri...




tesla’s model x: a lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition

share this story here it is, the tesla model x jordan golson is it an suv? a minivan? we're not entirely sure. jordan golson does my butt look big? jordan golson the infamous falcon wing doors. jordan golson the model x main instrument display. jordan golson it’s been quite an unexpected decade at tesla. in 2007, if you said that the ev company would release an all-electric sedan that became one of the fastest accelerating vehicles of all time and sold tens of thousands of units with numerous hardware and software improvements along the way, you’d have been sent to the loony bin. and if you then predicted the company would release an all-electric suv that would do the same and develop and release (sort of) an aff...




here’s how to make sure hawaii’s missile warning fiasco isn’t repeated

share this storythis is a guest post from steve bellovin, a professor in the computer science department and affiliate faculty at the law school at columbia university. his research focuses on networks, security, and public policy. his opinions don't necessarily reflect the views of ars technica. enlargeeugene tanner/afp/getty imagesby now, most people have heard about the erroneous incoming icbm alert in hawaii. there's been scrutiny of the how the emergency alert system works and of how international tensions and the flight times of missiles can lead to accidental nuclear war. i'd like to focus instead on how the systems design in hawaii led to this problem—a design that i suspect is replicated in many other states.one possible factor...




realizing you can’t have enough jk simmons, new sci-fi spy series doubles him

enlarge/counterpart is ready to give you all the jk simmons you can handle.starzshare this storywarning: the following preview outlines general details for the premise of counterpart, a new starz sci-fi series debuting this weekend.the “actor as multiple roles” genre has been done in a seemingly infinite amount of ways as of late: clones, siblings, whatever cloud atlas was. with starz' new series counterpart debuting this sunday (8pm et), the premise gets a slight twist. beloved institution jk simmons (everything from those insurance ads to justice league and whiplash) portrays mild-mannered office man howard and alternate-universe spy bad-ass howard prime.confused? luckily, audiences get the gist of this situation early in the seri...




tesla’s model x: a lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition

share this story here it is, the tesla model x jordan golson is it an suv? a minivan? we're not entirely sure. jordan golson does my butt look big? jordan golson the infamous falcon wing doors. jordan golson the model x main instrument display. jordan golson it’s been quite an unexpected decade at tesla. in 2007, if you said that the ev company would release an all-electric sedan that became one of the fastest accelerating vehicles of all time and sold tens of thousands of units with numerous hardware and software improvements along the way, you’d have been sent to the loony bin. and if you then predicted the company would release an all-electric suv that would do the same and develop and release (sort of) an aff...




for new form of male birth control, scientists turn to poison arrows

enlarge/ aim carefully.getty | brian seed share this storyaccording to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre.the poison in question has spattered from the tips of african weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors. but, according to a study in the journal of medicinal chemistry, a crotch shot of an ancient toxin called “ouabain” can also take out sperm. by tweaking the poison’s chemical backbone (or scaffold), it can selectively paralyze trouser troops and prevent them from storming eggs, the authors report.the study’s authors, led by shameem sultana syeda of the university of minnesota, are optimistic that, with further aiming, the poison’...