Waymo autonomous taxi freaks out in construction zone and blocks traffic

Autonomous vehicles have come a long way in the last several years, but every now and then, something pops up showing they have a way to go. A YouTuber called “JJRicks Studios” has been making videos of his rides using the Waymo autonomous taxi service in Chandler, Arizona, since it’s been available. Those who don’t live in areas served by … Continue reading … [Read more...]

James Webb Space Telescope launch may be delayed

A new report has been published that suggests the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope will be delayed. The delay has nothing to do with the telescope itself, which is apparently 100 percent ready to go. However, an anomaly has been identified in the Ariane 5 launch vehicle that will push the telescope into orbit. Launch for the telescope … Continue reading … [Read more...]

Perseverance rover finally gets to work on the Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance rover has been on Mars for several months, and so far, it’s been busy but hasn’t gotten down to any of its real scientific work. The rover has been serving as a communications base station for the spectacularly successful Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and documenting test flights. NASA has let Perseverance conduct some basic scientific operations in its immediate … Continue reading … [Read more...]

Rocket Lab launch on Saturday morning ends in failure

One of the companies that is performing commercial space operations is Rocket Lab. Saturday morning, Rocket Lab launched its 20th mission using its Electron rocket and ran into a significant issue. Not long into the flight, the second stage engine failed shortly after ignition. The assumption is the second stage engine shutdown was due to an automated emergency shutdown process … Continue reading … [Read more...]

2021 Yenko/SC Silverado California Edition has 710 horsepower

Specialty Vehicle Engineering has been taking various cars and trucks and making them faster for a long time. Its latest offering is the 2021 Yenko/SC Silverado California Edition, which started life as your typical Chevrolet Silverado pickup. Once the guys at SVE are done with it, it’s much faster than it was originally. The California Edition truck can be built … Continue reading … [Read more...]

Plutonium-244 discovered in the Earth’s crust deep under the ocean

A rare elemental called plutonium-244 has been discovered in the Earth’s crust deep beneath the ocean. The discovery of the radioactive element is giving scientists clues about how heavy metals form inside stars. Scientists have researched the isotope and determined that it may have arrived on Earth in tandem with iron-60. Iron-60 is a lighter metal that forms in supernova … Continue reading … [Read more...]