GM reclaims top US sales from Toyota after losing 90 years

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EVpicture: General Motors The General has stolen first place from Toyota again, Stellantis is anticipating another poor production year in Italy and Jaguar has a new plan for the future: to be a Range Rover. All that and more in this Tuesday’s edition of The morning shift for July 5, 2022 1st … Read more

10 years after the discovery of the Higgs boson, physicists still can’t get enough of the ‘God particle’

Ten years ago, jubilant physicists working on the world’s most powerful science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, announced the discovery of the Higgs boson — a particle scientists had been searching for since 1964, when its existence of it was first predicted. † “For particle physicists, the Higgs boson was the missing … Read more

Eurozone hit by runaway inflation, ‘fragmentation fears’ after years of negative interest rates and reckless quantitative easing

Frenzied inflation started in mid-2021, but the ECB called it temporary. In June it was between 6% and 22%! By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET. Eurozone inflation rose to a new record in June, according to preliminary data released today by Eurostat. The headline CPI rate accelerated from 8.1% in May to 8.6% in June … Read more

The S&P 500 just had its worst first half in more than 50 years, which has “stressed” this classic investment strategy

Stock traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Spencer Platt | News from Getty Images | Getty Images The S&P 500 index, a barometer of US stocks, just had its worst first half in over 50 years. The index has fallen 20.6% in the last six months from its peak in early … Read more

Nuclear power is gaining support after years of decline. But old hurdles remain

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was shut down in 2019. Exelon Generation blamed a lack of government subsidies for the closure. Such subsidies are increasing amid fears such closures will fuel climate change. Matt Rourke/AP Hide caption toggle caption Matt Rourke/AP The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was shut down in 2019. … Read more

After the worst start in 50 years, some see more pain for the stock market

Wall Street set records for the first half of the year, none of which were good. The economy is on the brink of recession, battered by high inflation and rising interest rates, eating away at paychecks, eroding consumer confidence and leading to corporate cutbacks. As it faltered, markets plummeted. The stock market is on track … Read more

The riskiest asteroid known to mankind in the past year won’t hit Earth for at least 100 years

Dangerous Asteroid Approaching Earth

Asteroid ‘2021 QM1’ has been officially removed from ESA’s asteroid risk list. Another 1,377 asteroids remain. (Artistic impression of an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.) Impact ruled out in 2052 as the European Space Agency (ESA) counts down to Asteroid Day Just in time for global Asteroid Day: a looming space rock has topped risk lists … Read more

Google’s Worst Hardware Floppy Launched 10 Years Ago Today

The Nexus Q was such a deceptive product that Google decided to pull the plug before the device was ever released to consumers. Ten years after its launch at I/O 2012, the $299 media player positioned as a “social streaming device” remains a unique debacle in Google’s hardware story. Say what you will about Google … Read more

“Atari was very, very hard” Nolan Bushnell on Atari, 50 years later

Nolan Bushnell It’s been 50 years since Nolan Bushnell co-founded Atari, bringing video games to the mainstream. To celebrate, we asked Bushnell what he learned in those early years — and what we’ve lost track of since. Atari in the Nolan Bushnell Era When you hear the name “Atari”, if you’re of a certain generation, … Read more

‘Stretching’ the continents 56 million years caused global warming, study finds

The 'stretching' of the continents 56 million years ago likely led to one of the most extreme periods of global warming in Earth's history, new research suggests.  Pictured is a false color satellite image of the Faroe Islands - one of the locations studied by scientists

The stretching of the continents 56 million years ago likely led to one of the most extreme periods of global warming in Earth’s history, new research suggests. During this time, the planet experienced a temperature rise of 5-8 °C (9-14 °F), culminating in the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which lasted about 170,000 years. It caused … Read more