One of the best parts of ‘Destiny’ is now a punishing experience in ‘Destiny 2’

For all of the improvements Bungie made between the first “Destiny” game from 2014 and “Destiny 2,” which just launched earlier this month, one of the biggest changes to the game is also one of the most disappointing. In “Destiny 2,” Bungie took shaders — one of the most fun, crowd-pleasing aspects of the first […]

Scientists have discovered a potentially suicidal problem with going to Mars

Cosmic rays are a powerful type of radiation that pose a risk to astronauts. Beyond Earth’s protective magnetic shield, they increase the risk of cancer and other health effects. The first Mars explorers may face a two-fold higher risk than previously thought, according to a recent study in mice. However, researchers may soon develop better […]

Why airlines pay to fly over other countries

Airlines pay a fee to fly over other countries. They’re called overflight fees. Just as countries have rights to their land, they have rights to the air above them. Most countries “rent” that airspace to foreign airlines, allowing them to fly through it. Some countries also provide air traffic control services. Part of the fee […]

The MINI Countryman hybrid is the funkiest SUV you can buy — here’s what it’s like to drive

One thing is perfectly clear with the MINI Countryman: this is not an ordinary SUV. It has bug-eye headlights and way too many embellishments for a traditional ride in New Jersey’s suburbs. But you don’t buy the Countryman for a normal SUV experience, you purchase it to have some fun. As my colleague Matt DeBord […]