A woman has been fatally struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona, causing the ride-hailing company to suspend its autonomous vehicle program across the United States and Canada. The accident occurred in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, and marked the first fatality from a self-driving vehicle, which are being tested around the globe. The Tempe Police stated that the vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel at the time of the accident, which occurred overnight on Sunday local time. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
British physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England during the early hours of this morning at age 76. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever," said professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency. Continue reading for a fascinating documentary and more information.
Here's a first look at the Samsung Galaxy S9 in a trailer that the company accidentally released ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The handset features a 5.8-inch QHD+ Infinity Display that runs to the edges of the phone, curved at the edges, a 12MP dual-aperture sensor camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery. Continue reading for another video comparing it to the iPhone X and more information.
Amazon is set to take on UPS and FedEx with their new "Shipping with Amazon" (SWA) service that will see drivers retrieving packages directly from businesses and shipping them to their customers. The company is expected to begin testing SWA in Los Angeles within the next few weeks, and third-party sellers who offer their goods on Amazon will have the choice of selecting this option, but it should be accessible to other businesses as well later on. A company spokesperson stated that pricing will be similar to that of UPS and FedEx. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Liftoff was set for 3:45 p.m. ET the maiden launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, and it was a complete success, despite the concerns about upper-level winds. Thousands of spectators swarmed to viewing areas surrounding the launch site at Kennedy Space Center's, and the crowd stretched for more than 5-miles this morning. In a stunning image straight from a movie, the twin Falcon 9 boosters landed at Cape Canaveral in Florida, after a flawless test launch of the world's most powerful rocket yet. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Anyone in the southeast Michigan area were left a bit shaken Tuesday night after a big bright flash lit up the sky and shook the ground beneath them. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it wasn't a flying saucer. The National Weather Service tweeted the next day that "USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake." It was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, Michigan, located about 40 miles northeast of Detroit. Continue reading for two more videos of the meteor, along with a bonus clip that has an alternate theory.
Social media channels went crazy Saturday after screenshots of smartphone emergency alerts warning of a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii" began circulating, which US officials have dismissed as false. According to US military spokesman David Benham, the US Pacific Command "has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error," adding that the US state would "send out a correction message as soon as possible." Continue reading for the full news report, a bonus video, and more information.
SpaceX will launch its biggest rocket yet, called the Falcon Heavy, later today. At 2,500 tons of thrust, the rocket is equivalent to eighteen Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle. Elon Musk revealed that it would first carry out a test fire with a full launch scheduled for the end of the month. Instead of a customer's payload, Musk will launch an original Tesla Roadster playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" into "a billion year elliptic Mars orbit." Continue reading for a live stream video (begins in 4-hours) and more information.
Los Angeles is currently battling several wildfires right now, and drivers have captured apocalyptic footage of their destruction. The La Tuna fire started Friday in Burbank, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, and has burned more than 7,000 acres. Firefighters in Southern California began battling a new wildfire yesterday that engulfed an area near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. The smoke can even be seen from space, as the International Space Station shared photos of the fires on Twitter Wednesday. Continue reading for more footage and information.
Elon Musk officially unveiled the new 2020 Tesla Roadster, and it's a doozy. While power numbers have not yet been released, the supercar is claimed to do 0-60mph in a mere 1.9-seconds, 0-100mph in 4.2-seconds, and the 1/4 mile in just 8.9-seconds, making it the fastest production car yet. It will come equipped with a 200kwh battery pack, good for a 630-mile range when fully charged, which means you'll be able to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and back, without recharging. For those wondering, it's a 2 by 2 four-seater, and slated for release in 2020, priced from $200,000, with the first 1,000 sold being Founder's Series models at $250,000 each. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of nine pointless tech gadgets.