Russian Motor Spontaneously Explodes in Orbit, Creating Debris Cloud

Russian Motor Spontaneously Explodes in Orbit, Creating Debris Cloud

Space agencies are trying to figure out ways to mitigate the effects of space debris.Photo: Arne Dedert (PA) An old Russian motor that’s been aimlessly floating through space for more than a decade has finally met its demise in a sudden explosion, producing at least 16 shards of orbital debris that now threaten satellites and … Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Smoke Detectors

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Smoke Detectors

Photo: Charles Brutlag (Shutterstock) Smart smoke detectors are one of many smart technologies entering the market for homeowners. These modern smoke detectors have more safety features than traditional smoke detectors, and many of them connect right to your smartphone and will send emergency alerts. Here is everything you need to know about smart smoke detectors, … Read more

Russia’s attack on Ukraine halts half of world’s neon output for chips

Russia's attack on Ukraine halts half of world's neon output for chips

An image of a semiconductor wafer. I-Hwa Cheng | Bloomberg | Getty Images Ukraine’s two leading suppliers of neon, which produce about half the world’s supply of the key ingredient for making chips, have halted their operations as Moscow has sharpened its attack on the country, threatening to raise prices and aggravate the semiconductor shortage. … Read more

NHTSA Says Self-Driving Cars Don’t Need Brake Pedals

NHTSA Says Self-Driving Cars Don't Need Brake Pedals

Photo: Future Publishing (Getty Images) Autonomous vehicles don’t need steering wheels, brake pedals, drivers’ seats, or other manual driving controls meant for us meat machines any longer. New rules announced late Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reverse the agency’s previous requirements for cars to pass crash standards. The NHTSA said the … Read more

Charts Paint a Grim Picture 2 Years Into the Coronavirus Pandemic

Charts Paint a Grim Picture 2 Years Into the Coronavirus Pandemic

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The coronavirus pandemic is now stretching into its third year, a grim milestone that calls for another look at the human toll of covid-19, and the unsteady progress in containing it. The charts below tell various aspects of the story, from … Read more