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Hello sunshine: We test McLaren’s drop-top hybrid Artura Spider

Enlarge / The introduction of model year 2025 brings a retractable hard-top option for the McLaren Artura, plus a host of other upgrades. (credit: McLaren) McLaren provided flights from Washington to Nice and accommodation so Ars could drive the Artura Spider. Ars does not accept paid editorial content. MONACO—The idea...

Mon Jun 17, 2024 03:22
Searching for a female partner for the world’s “loneliest” plant

Enlarge / Map from drone mission search for the Encephalartos Woodii in the Ngoye Forest in South Africa. (credit: CC BY-NC) “Surely this is the most solitary organism in the world,” wrote paleontologist Richard Fortey in his book about the evolution of life. He was talking about Encephalartos woodii (E. woodii), a plant...

Sun Jun 16, 2024 15:41
A scientific mission to save the sharks

Enlarge (credit: RamonCarretero/Getty) A hammerhead shark less than one meter long swims frantically in a plastic container aboard a boat in the Sanquianga National Natural Park, off Colombia’s Pacific coast. It is a delicate female Sphyrna corona, the world’s smallest hammerhead species, and goes by the local name cornuda...

Sat Jun 15, 2024 15:13
How do brainless creatures control their appetites

Enlarge (credit: CHOKSAWATDIKORN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY) The hydra is a Lovecraftian-looking microorganism with a mouth surrounded by tentacles on one end, an elongated body, and a foot on the other end. It has no brain or centralized nervous system. Despite the lack of either of those things, it can still feel hunger...

Sat Jun 15, 2024 14:09
Blue Origin joins SpaceX and ULA in new round of military launch contracts

Enlarge / Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket on the launch pad for testing earlier this year. (credit: Blue Origin) After years of lobbying, protests and bidding, Jeff Bezos's space company is now a military launch contractor. The US Space Force announced Thursday that Blue Origin will compete with United Launch Alliance...

Sat Jun 15, 2024 03:13
Ransomware attackers quickly weaponize PHP vulnerability with 9.8 severity rating

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Ransomware criminals have quickly weaponized an easy-to-exploit vulnerability in the PHP programming language that executes malicious code on web servers, security researchers said. As of Thursday, Internet scans performed by security firm Censys had detected 1,000 servers infected by a...

Sat Jun 15, 2024 03:13

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