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On self-driving, Waymo is playing chess while Tesla plays checkers

Enlarge / A Waymo autonomous taxi in San Francisco. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tesla fans—and CEO Elon Musk himself—are excited about the prospects for Tesla’s Full Self Driving (FSD) software. Tesla released a major upgrade—version 12.3—of the software in March. Then, last month, Musk announced...

Wed May 22, 2024 15:47
The first crew launch of Boeing’s Starliner capsule is on hold indefinitely

Enlarge / Boeing's Starliner spacecraft on the eve of the first crew launch attempt earlier this month. (credit: Miguel J. Rodriguez Carrillo/AFP via Getty Images) The first crewed test flight of Boeing's long-delayed Starliner spacecraft won't take off as planned Saturday, and could face a longer postponement as engineers...

Wed May 22, 2024 10:42
Non-invasive zaps to the spinal cord can treat paralysis—but no one knows why

Enlarge / Trial participant Sherown Campbell manipulating a Rubik's Cube. (credit: UP-LIFT Trial) With a zap of electricity from well-placed electrodes on the back of the neck, patients with tetraplegia can regain some modest yet potentially "life-changing" functioning of their hands and arms, according to data from a...

Wed May 22, 2024 02:36
Google sends DOJ unexpected check in attempt to avoid monopoly jury trial

Enlarge (credit: picture alliance / Contributor | picture alliance) Last week, Google sent a cashier's check to the US government that it claimed in a court filing covers "every dollar the United States could conceivably hope to recover" in damages during the Google adtech monopoly trial scheduled to start this September....

Wed May 22, 2024 02:36
We get more useful energy out of renewables than fossil fuels

Enlarge (credit: Yaorusheng) It doesn't take a lot of energy to dig up coal or pump oil from the ground. In contrast, most renewable sources of energy involve obtaining and refining resources, sophisticated manufacturing, and installation. So, at first glance, when it comes to the energy used to get more energy—the energy...

Wed May 22, 2024 01:36
Surviving reentry is the key goal for SpaceX’s fourth Starship test flight

Enlarge / SpaceX's fourth full-scale Starship rocket undergoes a fueling test Monday. (credit: SpaceX) After three test flights, SpaceX has shown that the world's most powerful rocket can reach space. Now, engineers must demonstrate the company's next-generation Starship vehicle can get back home. This will be the central...

Tue May 21, 2024 23:34

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