This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This story begins thousands of feet up in the air with migratory birds, and ends with a robotic fish swimming through the water below. To prepare for their journeys, birds fatten up big time, perhaps doubling their weight, essentially turning themselves into feathered batteries. Over many days and many miles, they burn that energy reserve…

By NIKESHOE June 20, 2019 0

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Long before Facebook formally announced its new cryptocurrency, Libra, lawmakers were uneasy about the company’s ambitions to reach into the financial lives of its users. The fears centered on privacy, given Facebook’s prior breaches of trust, and how the company would handle that financial data. On Tuesday, officials awoke to a far more daunting prospect:…

By NIKESHOE June 20, 2019 0

US to Russia on Nuke Experiments: Do as We Say, Not as We Do

In a maze of tunnels 900 feet beneath the Nevada desert, US nuclear weapons scientists have since the 1990s been intermittently agitating flecks of plutonium with chemical high explosives, carefully trying to push them to the brink of a chain reaction capable of yielding nuclear force. In a separate network of underground tunnels about 4,800…

By NIKESHOE June 19, 2019 0

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The flooding that devastated the Midwest this spring damaged infrastructure and prevented farmers from getting crops planted on time. Though scientists can’t say if one storm or one wet season is the result of climate change, so far this year’s heavy rains are a perfect illustration of what scientific models of climate change predict for…

By NIKESHOE June 19, 2019 0

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Scroll through Twitter and you'll find all manner of jokes about Alexa's on-demand shopping abilities. In response to internet drama: "Alexa, order me popcorn." In response to sad news: "Alexa, order me a box of tissues." In response to climate change: "Alexa, order us a new planet." Amazon's chatty bot, like its voice-assistant brethren, was…

By NIKESHOE June 18, 2019 0