WEIRD SCIENCE

Massive Earth-buzzing asteroid found to have two moons

  Michael Irving – The 4.5-km (2.8-mi) wide asteroid Florence, which whizzed past Earth last week, has been found to have two moons orbiting it (Credit: NASA/JPL) Recently, Earth was buzzed by asteroid 3122 Florence, the largest space rock NASA has seen come this …

Protecting your devices from cryptojacking

Protecting your devices from cryptojacking By Jason Adler – Assistant Director, Midwest Region – Instead of min(d)ing their own business, are scammers using your computer as their virtual ATM? Three years ago, the FTC warned the public and took action against cryptojacking. That’s …

Kitty Hawk demos its production-ready solo sport Flyer

  Loz Blain – With pontoon-shaped landing skids, the Flyer is clearly designed to be flown over water (Credit: Kitty Hawk). Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk startup has been beavering away on several different personal flight projects, including a self-piloting, electric VTOL air taxi that …

Carpii’s wacky 4-wheel stepper bike raises eyebrows

  Loz Blain –  The Carpii 4ciclet’s fairly narrow frontal profile makes it reasonably nimble in traffic (Credit: Carpii) Here’s an odd little commuting curiosity from Romania called the Carpii 4ciclet. It’s a four-wheeled stepper cycle targeted at older riders that transfers most of …

Hovershoes are separate hoverboards for each of your feet

​Fans of human-powered transport can already choose between having both feet on a skateboard, or each foot in a rollerblade. If you’re more into motorized self-balancing devices, though, you’ve been pretty much stuck putting both feet on a Segway-like hoverboard. That’s not the …