Japan's Emperor Tries to Make Amends for World War II

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New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real world test

Enlarge / “Seth Darling, Jeff Elam, Ed Barry conduct research experiments with the Oleo Sponge in Santa Barbara, California.” In March 2017, Ars wrote about a new material that could soak up oil like a sponge. The so-called Oleo Sponge could be wrung out, the oil could be collected, and the sponge could be used […]

VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own. […]

Resorts World Catskills: Financial struggles grow for new casino, report shows

Joseph Spector Albany Bureau Published 6:08 p.m. UTC Aug 15, 2018 ALBANY — Resorts World Catskills, the $1 billion casino that opened in February, incurred a $58 million loss in the first six months of the year, including $37 million in the last three months. Recent financial disclosures by the casino’s owner, Empire Resorts, to […]

Stern of World War II US destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island

For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol. Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast, […]

Italy bridge collapse: furious ministers blame highways firm

Italy bridge collapse: furious ministers blame highways firm

Furious ministers from Italy’s coalition government have rounded on the company that manages the country’s motorways, as authorities struggled to quell growing anger over the bridge collapse in Genoa on Tuesday that killed 39 people. A vast span of the Morandi bridge caved in during a heavy rainstorm in the northern port city, sending about […]