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If You Give Sheep Cameras, They'll Help Create Street Maps

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:00 -0500

The Faroe Islands didn't have Google street view, but they wanted to. So they strapped 360-degree cameras on the backs of sheep to make their own.

Backflipping Robot Is A Giant Leap For Robot Kind

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:39:00 -0500

As it jumps, twists and lands a full backflip, Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot takes another step toward full functionality in a world designed for humans.

FAA Approves Drone As 'Cell Phone Tower In The Sky' For Puerto Rico

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:18:55 -0500

The aircraft is called the Flying COW, for Cell on Wings. Developed by AT&T, it can provide voice, data and Internet service for 40 square miles and up to 8,000 people at a time.

Young Men, Frequent Drivers Most Likely To Get Distracted While Driving

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:47:00 -0500

Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Phones don't help. But personality and gender may play a role, too, researchers say.

Government Outlines When It Will Disclose Or Exploit Software Vulnerabilities

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:04:51 -0500

The Trump administration put out guidelines for how the government will decide what software vulnerabilities it will share with tech companies to fix, and which ones it will keep to itself for spying.

The Big Idea Behind Big Data

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:02:00 -0500

As we find our way in a world shaped by Big Data, it's not the reams of information we gather but the networks they illuminate that's the newest addition to science's index of things, says Adam Frank.

Tesla Unveils Its Electric 'Semi' Truck, And Adds A Roadster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:06:00 -0500

Elon Musk unveiled the Roadster's return toward the end of an event that was supposed to be all about Tesla's new Semi trucks.

The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:51:00 -0500

A two-story tall, digital camera is taking shape in California. It will ultimately go on a telescope in Chile where it will survey the sky, looking for things that appear suddenly or change over time.

Why Google Home Has Hard Time Recognizing The Smash Hit 'Despacito'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

The Latin Grammy nominated song "Despacito" is a smash hit on YouTube. But if you ask Google's personal assistant to play "Despacito" it can't understand the command. Even though YouTube is part of Google. It's a learning moment about artificial intelligence, how natural language processing works and why machines still struggle with translation and foreign accents.

Gamers See A Dark Side To New 'Star Wars' Video Game

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:28:00 -0500

Players are angry at Electronic Arts over the soon-to-be-released Star Wars Battlefront II game after it was revealed that some of the franchise's most iconic characters and other content cost extra.

How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:28:59 -0500

Internet freedom declined again in the past year and "manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role" in 18 countries' elections — including the U.S., according to an annual report.

Struggling For Investments, Silicon Valley Women Reluctant To Speak Out On Harassment

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:15:00 -0500

In Silicon Valley, it's difficult for women to come forward if they want to join the ranks of its richest. Some think the best way to fight harassment is to tread carefully and get to the top.

Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Researchers say there's huge potential for harnessing ocean waves to create electricity. The Energy Department is backing one effort in Oregon.

FDA Approves First Digital Pill That Can Track Whether You've Taken It

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:37:18 -0500

Abilify MyCite is a tablet with an embedded sensor activated by fluid in the stomach. Although the drug's approval is a big step for digital medicine, there are concerns about privacy and cost.

India Declares War On Unsafe Selfies

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:37:00 -0500

India's authorities have a message to share for all takers of selfies: Stay away from wild animals, cliffs, crashing surf and monsoon floods. Is anyone listening?