• Google I/O 2020 Has Been Completely Cancelled

    As the coronavirus outbreak worsens, companies have been cancelling their events that involve large gatherings. Earlier this month, Google announced that they too will be cancelling Google I/O 2020, or at least the physical version of the event. However, the company also hinted that they would be looking at ways to maybe host the event digitally and online.

    Unfortunately, if you were hoping to enjoy Google I/O from the comfort of your own home, it seems that will no longer be happening. This is because Google has since announced that this year’s I/O event will be cancelled in its entirety, where even plans for an online event will not be happening anymore.

    According to Google, “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent “shelter in place” orders by the local Bay Area counties — we sadly

  • An Ancient Magma Flood Offers Clues About Global Warming

    Roughly 60 million years ago, circulation changes deep within our planet generated a hot current of rock—the Iceland plume—causing it to rise from the heart of Earth’s mantle. When the mantle rock pierced the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean, lava spurted across Scotland, Ireland and Greenland, scabbing into spectacular columned landscapes like the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and Scotland’s Fingal’s Cave.

    Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences.

    That opening salvo was followed 4 million years later by a second gigantic pulse of hot mantle rock, which once again rode up the Iceland plume. It swelled under the seafloor and lifted a wide region of ocean floor between Greenland and Europe into the air, forming

  • Hybrid cars can be more fun than you think. Here’s why.

    This story is brought to you by Honda Malaysia.

    When hybrids first came onto the scene, they were viewed as something exclusive to those with a lot of spare cash, due to small production numbers and the general ‘newness’ of the technology.

    Now though, there’s a hybrid vehicle on every street corner, with some municipalities and governments even adopting the technology on a grander scale to promote more environmentally-friendly public transport. Even Formula 1 uses hybrid technology now.

    The small 1.6L V6 engines were featured as supporting technology for the Formula 1 2014 season.

    Congrats to Honda for their P1 finish in Austria with Red Bull and Max Verstappen! IMAGE: Autosport

    Kicking off the hybrid era of Formula 1, the switch to smaller and more efficient engines signaled a changing tide in the world’s most lucrative racing sport. With such gargantuan power-to-weight ratios, it was hard to fathom just how

  • AT&T CEO addresses major surge in mobile, Wi-Fi usage as people work from home

    AT&T’s networks have seen a surge of usage since companies around the United States have asked employees to work from home and schools have moved online following the COVID-19 outbreak.

    CEO Randall Stephenson told CNN’s Brian Stelter on today’s Reliable Sources that “mobile volumes are up 40 percent,” and “Wi-Fi calling volumes are up 100 percent.” Stephenson added the network infrastructures are “performing quite well,” but noted the company is seeing some stress as more people work from home.

    AT&T itself currently has approximately 90,000 employees working from home, according to Stephenson. Stephenson added that considering how many people are working from home, and how this will change the future of work once the crisis is over, AT&T will “come out of this crisis [and] continue investing in 5G and new technology.”