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Smart Summon Keeps Causing Teslas to Crash

Smart Summon Remember Smart Summon, the much-hyped Tesla feature that lets cars maneuver through parking lots autonomously? It finally rolled out last month, and Ars Technica just released a deep dive into how Tesla drivers are using the new feature. It’s a mix of good and bad news — the feature is technologically impressive, and […] The post Smart Summon Keeps Causing Teslas to Crash appeared first on Futurism.

Ford Patents Drone That Pops Out of a Car’s Trunk

Today, most drivers stash a spare tire in their vehicle’s trunk. But tomorrow, that tire might be joined by a drone. On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s office published a patent application submitted by American automaker Ford. That patent depicts a system that would allow drivers to deploy and control a drone they’d store […] The post Ford Patents Drone That Pops Out of a Car’s Trunk appeared first on Futurism.

Elon Musk: Tesla Is Making An “Armored Personnel Carrier”

Cybertruck Mercurial Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a rare update on the company’s in-development pickup truck Sunday night, tweeting that the upcoming vehicle will be “closer to an armored personnel carrier from the future” than any images we’ve seen publicly. Musk also gave the truck, previously known as the Model Y, a new name: the […] The post Elon Musk: Tesla Is Making An “Armored Personnel Carrier” appeared first on Futurism.

Airline Unveils Robot Avatars It Hopes Will Replace Flying

Commercial air travel is something of a necessary evil. Want to spend Christmas with your parents on the opposite coast? You’ll need to spend hours in line at the airport first. Is visiting the pyramids on your bucket list? Might as well add “spend 15 hours squished between two strangers” to the list before you […] The post Airline Unveils Robot Avatars It Hopes Will Replace Flying appeared first on Futurism.

A New Project Is Helping Map Every Cell in the Human Body

Each day more than trillions of cells in your body work in unison to keep you alive. Now, an ambitious new project, spearheaded by the National Institutes of Health, has set out to map each of those cells and to track the ways in which they work together. The workings of the human body are […] The post A New Project Is Helping Map Every Cell in the Human Body appeared first on Futurism.

NASA Engineer Says New Thruster Could Reach 99% Speed of Light

Thruster Buster New Scientist is reporting that NASA engineer David Burns is making some bold claims about a conceptual new spaceship thruster he calls the “helical engine” — a concept the magazine admits “may violate the laws of physics.” “The engine itself would be able to get to 99 per cent the speed of light […] The post NASA Engineer Says New Thruster Could Reach 99% Speed of Light appeared first on Futurism.

Study Retracted: Edits Won’t Doom CRISPR Babies to Early Death

In November 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced that he’d gene-edited human embryos, resulting in the births of the first CRISPR babies. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, the situation seemed even more troubling when, roughly six months later, a team of scientists from UC Berkeley published a study in the journal Nature Medicine claiming […] The post Study Retracted: Edits Won’t Doom CRISPR Babies to Early Death appeared first on Futurism.

New Chinese Military Aircraft Looks Exactly Like a Flying Saucer

Flying Saucer Images from an aviation expo in China show a new Chinese military aircraft that looks strikingly like a flying saucer out of a vintage UFO movie. Last week, photos started circulating online of a craft with an alien-looking outer shell and a central cockpit. By Friday, the state-run Chinese newspaper Global Times had seemingly confirmed […] The post New Chinese Military Aircraft Looks Exactly Like a Flying Saucer appeared first on Futurism.

2021 Moon Rover Will Have Legs Instead of Wheels

Space Legs The U.K. plans to send its first lunar rover to the Moon in 2021 — and the robot is unlike any that came before it. Not only will the lunar rover created UK-based space startup SpaceBit be the smallest one ever, but it will also have legs rather than wheels — a design […] The post 2021 Moon Rover Will Have Legs Instead of Wheels appeared first on Futurism.

Boosting NAD+ Levels May Be the Key to Effective Anti-Aging Treatments, Study Finds

Human beings have been searching for the fountain of youth since the dawn of time, whether we’re talking about a literal fountain or a figurative one. That may sound like high school term paper hyperbole, but it’s 100 percent true. Unfortunately, as you probably know, no such fountain exists. We simply cannot stop aging—not with […] The post Boosting NAD+ Levels May Be the Key to Effective Anti-Aging Treatments, Study Finds appeared first on Futurism.

Scientists Dug Through Teens’ Trash to See What They’re Smoking

One person’s trash can be another’s treasure — and the trash of teens can be the foundation for insightful scientific research. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the details of a “garbology” study conducted by a pair of University of California, San Francisco, researchers in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly […] The post Scientists Dug Through Teens’ Trash to See What They’re Smoking appeared first on Futurism.

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency is Collapsing in Front of Our Eyes

Facebook’s plans to establish Libra, its cryptocurrency, is on a collision course. After facing major backlash from governments around the world, many of the 28 original corporate backers have decided to jump ship. Last week, PayPal decided to withdraw from the Libra Association, the body that was meant to oversee Libra’s creation and rollout. And […] The post Facebook’s Cryptocurrency is Collapsing in Front of Our Eyes appeared first on Futurism.

Porsche and Boeing Want to Build This Sexy Flying Car Together

Flying Porsche German carmaker Porsche is teaming up with aerspace giant Boeing to build a luxuirous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for those who can afford it. The idea is to give rich people a fast and elegant way to glide over frustrated peasants stuck in road traffic below. “Porsche is looking to enhance […] The post Porsche and Boeing Want to Build This Sexy Flying Car Together appeared first on Futurism.

Watch a Giant 3D Printer Spit out an Entire Boat

Three for One The University of Maine just set three world records in one fell swoop. Using the world’s largest prototype polymer 3D printer, a UMaine team built the world’s largest 3D-printed boat, which also happened to be the world’s largest solid 3D-printed object — and a new time-lapse video lets you see the record-setting, […] The post Watch a Giant 3D Printer Spit out an Entire Boat appeared first on Futurism.

Scientists Keep Brain Tissue From Dead Mice Alive For Weeks

A team of researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan have developed a new way to keep brain tissue from animals viable for up to 25 days. So far, scientists have been limited to carrying out experiments with brain tissue for only a couple of days, according to Science Alert. By […] The post Scientists Keep Brain Tissue From Dead Mice Alive For Weeks appeared first on Futurism.

Our Ravenous Galaxy Keeps Stealing Smaller Galaxies

Galactic Thief Orbiting is par for the course in our universe. The Earth orbits the Sun, the Moon orbits the Earth, and more than 50 galaxies orbit the Milky Way, the biggest of those being the Large Magellanic Cloud. Now, new research indicates that at least six of the galaxies currently orbiting the Milky Way […] The post Our Ravenous Galaxy Keeps Stealing Smaller Galaxies appeared first on Futurism.

Sex Worker Website Hacked, Details on 250,000+ Users Now for Sale

Private Parts Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, but that doesn’t mean every Dutch person who engages in sex work — or hires a sex worker — wants their identity revealed. But many might have no choice in the matter as a sex worker website used by Dutch prostitutes and their customers to discuss experiences […] The post Sex Worker Website Hacked, Details on 250,000+ Users Now for Sale appeared first on Futurism.

A Climate Protester Just Glued Himself to the Top of an Airplane

Climate protestors from the global environmental pressure group Extinction Rebellion are climbing to new heights. Former Paralympian and bronze medal winner James Brown glued himself to the top of a British Airways plane at London’s city airport on Thursday. Video footage of the incident spread like wildfire online. The visually imapired athlete can be seen […] The post A Climate Protester Just Glued Himself to the Top of an Airplane appeared first on Futurism.

Scientist Wins Nobel Prize, Then Announces Belief in Aliens

Numbers Game Astronomer Didier Queloz is “convinced” alien life exists — and that we could find it before 2050. “I can’t believe we are the only living entity in the universe,” he said during an event on Tuesday — the same day he found out he’d won the Nobel Prize in Physics — according to […] The post Scientist Wins Nobel Prize, Then Announces Belief in Aliens appeared first on Futurism.

Check Out This Beautiful Design for a Moon Habitat

Professor Lewis Dartnell, professor of science communication at the University of Westminster, has an ingenious plan as to how to build a human colony on the Moon. His vision features most of the creature comforts we enjoy on here on Earth, but there are plenty of sacrifices we’d have to make as well. His “Moontopia” […] The post Check Out This Beautiful Design for a Moon Habitat appeared first on Futurism.

Mark Zuckerberg: Wearables Will Soon Read Your Mind

At an event hosted by Facebook-backed research center Chan Zuckerberg BioHub, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that the social network is still very much working on a brain-controlled wearable, CNBC reports. “The goal is to eventually make it so that you can think something and control something in virtual or augmented reality,” said Zuckerberg said, […] The post Mark Zuckerberg: Wearables Will Soon Read Your Mind appeared first on Futurism.

This Awful Tabloid Predicts a Killer Asteroid Almost Every Day

On Monday, October 7, 2019, three separate writers at the British tabloid Express published three separate articles about asteroids hurtling toward the Earth. If the headlines — our favorite is “Asteroid alert: NASA confirms huge rock soaring near Earth at unimaginable speed” — were to be believed, Earth would be under a constant barrage of […] The post This Awful Tabloid Predicts a Killer Asteroid Almost Every Day appeared first on Futurism.

Researchers Turn CRISPR Into a Virus-Killing Machine

On the surface, Ebola and the flu might not seem all that similar — one can cause organ failure and the other might force you to take a couple days off work — but they actually have the same underlying cause: an RNA-based virus. This type of virus is behind some of the most common […] The post Researchers Turn CRISPR Into a Virus-Killing Machine appeared first on Futurism.

This Is the First-Ever Smartphone Made Completely in Africa

Shop Local A Rwandan company called Mara Group just released two new smartphones — the Mara X and the pricier Mara Z — which are the first to be manufactured entirely within Africa. The two Android OS phones are more expensive than others available in the area, according to Fast Company, but Mara Group is […] The post This Is the First-Ever Smartphone Made Completely in Africa appeared first on Futurism.

It’s Almost 2020 and There’s a Cassette Tape Shortage

Today, Pitchfork reported that a material shortage has thrown a roadblock into the production of cassette tapes. Yes, you read that right: cassette tapes. Gamma ferric oxide is the is the most common material used in the magnetic strips of tape that store audio on cassettes. There’s only one factory used to refine […] The post It’s Almost 2020 and There’s a Cassette Tape Shortage appeared first on Futurism.

Here’s How the UK Avoided A “Vape Lung” Epidemic

America finds itself in the midst of a “vape lung” epidemic — but the mysterious lung illness afflicting vapers in the U.S. hasn’t hit the U.K. nearly as hard. The difference seems to stem from the differences in how American and British regulatory agencies and politicians have responded to e-cigarettes, according to Vice. […] The post Here’s How the UK Avoided A “Vape Lung” Epidemic appeared first on Futurism.

These Kinetic Pants Harness Your Body Heat to Stay Smooth and Wrinkle Free

Did you know that what you wear can directly influence how your brain works? It’s true. According to a team of psychological scientists from California State University, Northridge and Columbia University the clothes we wear directly influence the ways our brains process abstract thinking. When you dress to look and feel good, you’re actually activating […] The post These Kinetic Pants Harness Your Body Heat to Stay Smooth and Wrinkle Free appeared first on Futurism.

Don’t Like Shots? Swallow This Pill Full of Microneedles Instead

Without a dose of insulin at least once a day, people with diabetes can see their blood sugar levels reach dangerous heights. Unfortunately, the gastrointestinal tract breaks the protein down too quickly to make oral ingestion of insulin possible. The only option left: getting stuck with a needle on the reg. At least, that was […] The post Don’t Like Shots? Swallow This Pill Full of Microneedles Instead appeared first on Futurism.

The CA Blackouts Are Oh-so-Coincidentally Not Affecting Big Tech

Right now, hundreds of thousands of Californians are living without electricity — utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) hit the kill switch to prevent its own decaying infrastructure from sparking another wildfire. But suspiciously absent from the bizarrely-gerrymandered blackout map: the campuses of major tech companies like Google, Tesla, Facebook, Netflix, […] The post The CA Blackouts Are Oh-so-Coincidentally Not Affecting Big Tech appeared first on Futurism.

NASA Has a Plan to Encourage Private Space Stations

NASA is encouraging private companies to develop their own space stations, and has a fat wad of cash to invest in promising ideas. The space agency hopes to spur increased development in the space industry, both to assist and improve current operations and to launch new standalone projects, according to Space.com. NASA has […] The post NASA Has a Plan to Encourage Private Space Stations appeared first on Futurism.

Nobel-Winning Astrophysicist Says We’ll Never Colonize Exoplanets

Ain’t Happening It’s been a busy week for astrophysicist Michel Mayor. On Tuesday, he won a Nobel Prize for his work detecting exoplanets. Then, on Wednesday, he crushed the dreams of anyone hoping to one day colonize those planets. “If we are talking about exoplanets,” Mayor told Agence France-Presse, “things should be clear: we will […] The post Nobel-Winning Astrophysicist Says We’ll Never Colonize Exoplanets appeared first on Futurism.

Someone Deepfaked Barack Obama Into “Black Panther”

Wakanda Forever The deepfakers of YouTube have struck again. This time, former U.S. president Barack Obama takes over for Chadwick Boseman as the Marvel superhero Black Panther from the 2018 blockbuster of the same name. In the video, faux-Obama delivers a stirring speech at the United Nations about how the fictional nation of Wakanda is […] The post Someone Deepfaked Barack Obama Into “Black Panther” appeared first on Futurism.

Cyberstalker Locates Victim by Enhancing Reflection in Her Eye

Posting a photo to social media could’ve cost Japanese pop star Ena Matsuoka her life. On September 1, obsessed fan Hibiki Sato attacked Matsuoka outside her home, dragging her to a dark corner to molest her, according to an Asia One report — and he found her by analyzing a reflection […] The post Cyberstalker Locates Victim by Enhancing Reflection in Her Eye appeared first on Futurism.

NASA Boss Ends Feud With Elon, Plans SpaceX Factory Tour

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk seem to have made peace. Despite recent tension between the two of them, Bridenstine has scheduled a Thursday tour of SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California factory, Reuters reports. It’s nice to see them getting along, and the tour is a hopeful sign that public spats […] The post NASA Boss Ends Feud With Elon, Plans SpaceX Factory Tour appeared first on Futurism.

Homes Once Used as Meth Labs Can Make New Owners Sick Years Later

In October 2013, a family of five bought and moved into a home in Victoria, Australia. Soon, everyone in the family — including three children between the ages of 7 and 11 — began experiencing health problems. They couldn’t sleep and coughed all the time. The family’s youngest member started acting fearful and aloof. He […] The post Homes Once Used as Meth Labs Can Make New Owners Sick Years Later appeared first on Futurism.

Former NASA Scientist “Convinced” We Already Found Life on Mars

We’ve spent decades and billions of dollars to answer one simple question: is there life on Mars? But according to ex-NASA scientist Gilbert Levin, we’ve proved that we’re not alone in the universe a long time ago. His evidence: NASA’s Viking mission to Mars in 1976. NASA sent two separate Viking orbiter and lander pairs […] The post Former NASA Scientist “Convinced” We Already Found Life on Mars appeared first on Futurism.

Navy Scientist Known For “UFO-Like Tech” Patents Fusion Reactor

Space-Age The U.S. Navy’s infamous “UFO scientist” just patented a compact nuclear fusion reactor that could allegedly fit inside of a vehicle — and don’t worry, we’re going to try our hardest to unpack that for you. Salvatore Cezar Pais, the engineer who also patented room-temperature superconductors for the Navy, was granted a patent for […] The post Navy Scientist Known For “UFO-Like Tech” Patents Fusion Reactor appeared first on Futurism.

China Will Make Citizens Scan Faces to Sign Up for Internet

Starting on December 1, Chinese citizens will have to have their faces scanned by internet providers when signing up for internet services or new cellphone number. The post China Will Make Citizens Scan Faces to Sign Up for Internet appeared first on Futurism.

Daring Tourists Can Now Visit Chernobyl’s Control Room

It’s been over 33 years since nuclear reactor Number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced a critical failure, resulting in a massive explosion of steam and fire — the worst nuclear disaster in human history. Decades later, the site of the power plant has become a massive tourist attraction with many daring tourists […] The post Daring Tourists Can Now Visit Chernobyl’s Control Room appeared first on Futurism.

The Mega Rich Are Having Trouble Finding Pilots For Private Jets

Bad news for the extremely wealthy: airplane pilots are abandoning their gigs flying private jets for more steady work at commercial airlines. Oddly, pilots seem to be attracted to steady jobs that provide regular pay rather than the hourly wages and short notice that come with captaining some rich folks’ private planes, according […] The post The Mega Rich Are Having Trouble Finding Pilots For Private Jets appeared first on Futurism.

23andMe Just Opened a Pop-Up Shop in a Mall

23andMe is moving out of the home and into the mall. The popular at-home DNA testing company just opened its first store, a new Bloomberg story reveals, launching a pop-up retail shop at the Westfield Valley Fair mall in Santa Clara, California, on October 1. Now, rather than going online to order one of the […] The post 23andMe Just Opened a Pop-Up Shop in a Mall appeared first on Futurism.

The Side Effects of Adderall Are Real. But These Powerful Supplements Can Help.

October is ADHD Awareness month. And if you’re one of the millions of Americans who rely on prescription stimulants like Adderall to boost concentration, alertness, and energy, but you’re worried about possible long term damage the drug might be doing to your brain, here’s some very good news. A new company called Recoop has created […] The post The Side Effects of Adderall Are Real. But These Powerful Supplements Can Help. appeared first on Futurism.

No, Dads Don’t Need to Stop Drinking Six Months Before Conception

A massive analysis of 55 studies recently led a team of Chinese researchers to conclude that men who drank any alcohol at all in the three months prior to conceiving a child increased their offspring’s risk of having a congenital heart defect by 44 percent. They published their findings in the journal European Journal of Preventative […] The post No, Dads Don’t Need to Stop Drinking Six Months Before Conception appeared first on Futurism.

Criminals Hacked the “Sesame Street” Store, Stole Credit Card Info

Muppet Money Security researcher Marcel Afrahim made a startling discovery while browsing Sesame Street’s online store recently. Buried in the code of the site’s shopping cart was a piece of malicious software designed to pull customers’ credit card details and send them to an outside domain, a hack he describes in detail in a new […] The post Criminals Hacked the “Sesame Street” Store, Stole Credit Card Info appeared first on Futurism.

Tesla Screens Flash Warning: Charge Your Cars Before CA Blackout

Local electric utility company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is about to shut off power for almost a million people in the Bay Area in an effort to prevent potential wildfires. And electric car company Tesla has given its customers a heads up: charge your cars before its too late. “A utility company in your […] The post Tesla Screens Flash Warning: Charge Your Cars Before CA Blackout appeared first on Futurism.

Police Robot Ignores Woman Trying to Call Police

Those Knightscope security robots may not be so great at their jobs. When a woman in a park near Los Angeles saw people fighting and tried to summon help via a security robot patrolling nearby, the robot merely told her to “step out of the way” and continued along its pre-determined route, […] The post Police Robot Ignores Woman Trying to Call Police appeared first on Futurism.

Pigs Caught Using Tools in First-of-Its-Kind Video

Pigs are one of the smartest animals on Earth, right up there with elephants, crows, and dolphins. But while scientists have caught all three of the latter types of animals using tools — a hallmark of advanced intelligence — they’d never seen pigs exhibit the same behavior. Until now, that is, as a team of […] The post Pigs Caught Using Tools in First-of-Its-Kind Video appeared first on Futurism.

California Is Cutting Power For Nearly a Million Homes

On Wednesday, California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric started to cut power to nearly 1 million homes across the state. Apparently, the company is concerned that expected windy conditions could damage its equipment and spark devastating wildfires, CNBC reports, so about 800,000 customers in 34 California counties will need to go without […] The post California Is Cutting Power For Nearly a Million Homes appeared first on Futurism.

NASA Scientist Ponders Life on Planets Orbiting Black Holes

Black holes aren’t black — in fact, they’re the brightest source of radiation in the entire universe. But does that mean Earth-like planets could survive in their orbit, or would they burn up in a massive ball of hot gas? In a paper publsihed by preprint site arxiv, NASA scientist Jeremy Schnittman argues that it’s […] The post NASA Scientist Ponders Life on Planets Orbiting Black Holes appeared first on Futurism.

Oh Good, They’re Adding Guns to the Flying Iron Man Jet Suit

Gravity Industries’ Iron Man-style flying jet suit just got a new upgrade: a shoulder-mounted toy rifle. On Monday, engineer James Bruton uploaded a video detailing his work creating a turret for the jet suit at the request Gravity. The video goes on to show the company’s founder, Richard Browning, donning the suit to […] The post Oh Good, They’re Adding Guns to the Flying Iron Man Jet Suit appeared first on Futurism.