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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Net neutrality bill 38 votes short in Congress, and time has almost run out

Enlarge / The dome of the United State Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Phil Roeder) Legislation to restore net neutrality rules now has 180 supporters in...

What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes

Enlarge / The middle image shows the painting as it now appears, with close-ups of four centuries of damage and wear on the right. The asterisks mark the locations of Caselli...

Getting Vulcan up to speed: Part one of our interview with Tory Bruno

Enlarge / NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen, left, and President and CEO for United Launch Alliance Tory Bruno shake hands after viewing the ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket with...

Samsung embarrassingly partners with “counterfeit” version of Supreme

Enlarge Samsung had a product launch in China earlier this week, where it seemingly announced a partnership in China with the skateboard fashion brand Supreme. Branding partnerships are usually...

Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | TwilightEye) A small Massachusetts town has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network. Comcast offered to bring cable...

The Sun in its rearview mirror, Voyager 2 is in interstellar space

Enlarge / The Plasma Science Experiment, and the change in the solar wind it detected as Voyager 2 reached interstellar space. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT) On Monday, NASA announced that one of...

Uber manager in March: “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles”

Enlarge / NTSB officials inspecting the vehicle that killed Elaine Herzberg in a March crash in Arizona. (credit: NTSB) On March 19, the world learned that Uber had a serious...

Technical tour-de-force traps positrons

Enlarge / An abstract illustration of high-energy subatomic particles colliding. (credit: Girolamo Sferrazza Papa | Getty Images) We don’t often play with them, but plasmas are a central part of...

Testing the first commercial VPN provider to offer WireGuard connectivity

Enlarge / We don't recommend specific VPN solutions, but we sure like analyzing them. (credit: Pixabay) Following our earlier WireGuard coverage, commercial VPN provider IVPN's chief marketing officer reached out...

Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge (credit: g4ll4is / Flickr) There's a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows' venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already...