Asics is using microwave technology to create custom midsoles in as little as 15 seconds

It’s been a fascinating couple of years for high tech sneaker heads, between self-lacing Nikes and Adidas’ experiments with 3D printed midsoles and biodegradable yarn. Asics isn’t generally uttered in the same breath as those sorts of bleeding edge offerings, but the running shoe company has just debuted a pretty compelling new take on the …

Politifact inadvertently hosted a digital currency miner

While the culprits aren’t known at this point, they used familiar tactics. The JavaScript relied on CoinHive, a third-party service that makes these web-based currency miners possible. It’s not hard for sites to fend off these hidden mining operations, and you can thwart them yourself by running script blockers like NoScript or, well, closing the …

Coal power plant closures ramp up in spite of White House plans

Luminant isn’t shy about the reasons for the decisions, which will unfortunately lead to roughly 950 people losing their jobs. It blames an “oversupplied” renewable energy market, but it also points to low prices for both natural gas and wholesale electricity. These coal plants haven’t been money-makers for a while, and there was nothing to …

Elon Musk banters and answers rocketry questions on Reddit

Elon Musk did an AMA on Reddit yesterday, and while he didn’t provide every missing detail on SpaceX’s ambitious BFR program, he was (as always) engaging and informative in a more general way. Here are the highlights of the Q&A. SpaceX plans to put satellites around Mars before any manned mission Musk’s talk at IAC …

Mobile phone companies appear to be providing your number and location to anyone who pays

You may remember that last year, Verizon (which owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch) was punished by the FCC for injecting information into its subscribers’ traffic that allowed them to be tracked without their consent. That practice appears to be alive and well despite being disallowed in a ruling last March: companies appear to be able …

Trump Decertifying the Iran Deal Could Have Unseen Cyberattack Consequences

On Friday, President Trump announced that he will not certify Iran’s cooperation with the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration. The move doesn’t eliminate or rework the deal, possibilities its proponents feared given Trump’s longstanding criticism of the agreement. But it does kick the accord to Congress for reconsideration. There, lawmakers could leave …