The Physics of Drafting in the Tour de France

Power is the most important thing in road bicycle racing like the Tour de France. If you want to move along on a bike at a constant speed, you have to use energy. There are no free rides. But there is one thing that can make a big difference in a rider’s energy use—and that’s …

SessionM customer loyalty data aggregator snags $23.8 M investment

SessionM announced a $23.8 million Series E investment led by Salesforce Ventures. A bushel of existing investors including Causeway Media Partners, CRV, General Atlantic, Highland Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also contributed to the round. The company has now raised over $97 million. At its core, SessionM aggregates loyalty data for brands to …

Russia may send a robot ‘crew’ to space in 2019

According to Defense One, the FEDOR androids will, in an unprecedented move, fly on the unmanned Soyuz spacecraft not as cargo, but as crew members. The Roscosmos space agency has reportedly given the flight its preliminary approval. We’ve reached out for further confirmation on this front. FEDOR, an abbreviation of Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, …

Surface Go is available in a third flavor with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD

Microsoft recently launched a new Surface Go tablet with two different initial configurations for the affordable slate, and now it looks like a third variant is also available, but apparently only through Costco in the US at the moment. The base model of the Surface Go (pitched at $399.99, £379.99 or AU$599.99) has 4GB of …

This Bomb-Simulating US Supercomputer Broke a World Record

[embedded content] Brad Settlemyer had a supercomputing solution in search of a problem. Los Alamos National Lab, where Settlemyer works as a research scientist, hosts the Trinity supercomputer—a machine that regularly makes the internet’s (ever-evolving) Top 10 Fastest lists. As large as a Midwestern McMansion, Trinity’s main job is to ensure that the cache of …

Uber’s Indian rival Ola is aiming for an IPO in 3-4 years

Ola, Uber’s chief rival in India, is planning to go public potentially as soon as in three years time, according to its CEO. Co-founder and chief executive officer Bhavish Aggarwal told the audience at an event in Bengaluru last week that seven-year-old Ola is poised to become a cash flow positive business — having recently hit operational …

Qualcomm’s 5G antennas are primed for next year’s phones

If you recall, a bunch of major smartphone makers, including Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC and Xiaomi already said they’ll be working with Qualcomm, and most of them commited to delivering X50-powered phones by the first half of 2019. Those devices will likely use the new antenna and RF modules announced today. Qualcomm told Engadget it …

UK Government promises new regulations and investment for full fibre and 5G

The government is proposing a major package of regulatory changes, public funding and new legislation to bring full fibre connectivity to the entire of the UK by 2023. At present, just four per cent of the UK is connected to fibre to the premise (FTTP) technology which can deliver gigabit speeds. This pales in comparison …