Last Night's Routine Rocket Launch Was Thankfully Routine

Last night saw the launch of a resupply mission to the ISS atop a Russian Progress rocket — a pretty routine event (as far as firing things into low-earth orbit will ever be routine), but an important one given recent events. Thankfully, it seems like everything went fine and nothing exploded this time around. » 7/03/15 10:02am 7/03/15 10:02am

How the First Laptop Was Held Back by Its Humongous Price... And Sexism

History remembers technology progressing at the speed of Moore's Law, galloping between semiconductors and clock speeds. But the real challenge has always been getting people to accept it into their lives. And as Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic reminds us, that has, from time to time, meant overcoming ingrained… » 10/12/12 2:40pm 10/12/12 2:40pm

Air Traffic Controllers Go From Napping to Movie Watching

The Federal Aviation Administration, the country's top federal agency for documenting instances of unauthorized nappy time, has yet another embarrassing incident on its hands. This time, the air traffic controller wasn't asleep—he was just watching a terrible Samuel L. Jackson movie. (But not the one about the snakes… » 4/19/11 10:20am 4/19/11 10:20am

Intel Doubles Capacity of Phase-Change Memory, the Next Step After Flash

Sure, its exciting to see flash memory drop in price and increase in capacity, but flash isn't the end-all-be-all. In fact, we already know what it'll be replaced by before it's even become the de facto standard: phase-change memory. And Intel just figured out how to double the capacity of phase-change memory,… » 2/04/08 3:05pm 2/04/08 3:05pm

Scientists Figure Out How to Grow Gas From Bacteria

In our current quest to stop giving the kings of Saudi Arabia billions of dollars to build yachts and bombs via our love affair with gasoline, some scientists at a company called LS9 claim to have figured out a way to grow petroleum from bacteria. The exciting prospect could shoot us to energy independence in a matter… » 8/01/07 1:50pm 8/01/07 1:50pm