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What Americans are asking Google about guns

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:59:22 EST

The devastating deaths of 17 Florida high school at the hands of a troubled teen armed with an AR-15-style rifle have brought the ever-simmering debate over gun control to a boil not seen since Sandy Hook.



Walmart takes bruises from Amazon battle in fourth quarter

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:55:47 EST

Walmart is taking some bruises from its battle with online leader Amazon.



Civil engineers devise a cost-saving solution for cities

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:44:43 EST

Why fix a road today if it's slated to be ripped up for new sewers next summer?



Whirlpool recalls 310,000 kettles over safety fears

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:41:44 EST

US appliance giant Whirlpool announced Tuesday it was recalling 310,000 kettles worldwide that are potentially dangerous because of faulty handles.



Phase-transition cubic Gallium Nitride doubles ultraviolet emission efficiency

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:58:55 EST

Novel photonics materials are becoming pivotal for energy conversion, communications, and sensing, largely because there is a global desire to enhance energy efficiency, and reduce electricity consumption. As Dr. Can Bayram, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, notes, "Who doesn't want to consume less electricity for the same quality of lighting?"



Study shows autonomous vehicles can help improve traffic flow

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:48:45 EST

Improvements in traffic flow and fuel consumption are boosted when even a few autonomous vehicles are immersed in bulk traffic, according to research by a Rutgers University-Camden scholar, Benedetto Piccoli, and a team of researchers who recently presented their findings to policymakers in Washington, D.C.



Now there's a game you can play to 'vaccinate' yourself against fake news

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:20:01 EST

The term "fake news" is everywhere these days. After gaining steam during the 2016 US election, it's become a catch-all phrase used by people from across the political spectrum. Yet "fake" stories – or stories that have been entirely made up – have been around since the dawn of man. And on top of that, stories don't have to be completely fake to be misleading. Terms such as "propaganda", "disinformation", "misinformation" and "post-truth" are used by many people, as though they mean the same thing.



Technology to improve the resilience of bridges

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:07:38 EST

Bridges change shape, which is why they are usually built with expansion joints. At TU Wien, a technology has been developed that makes it possible to forego these joints, thus saving time and money.



Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:01:38 EST

Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP's strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016.



No, you can't tap your hand to get on the train - where biohacktivists stand under the law

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:30:01 EST

A brave step forward for cyborg rights? A media stunt? Or just indifference to contract law? Those are the questions raised by news that biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow plans to take Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to court after it cancelled his digital travel card.



Venezuela's digital coin makes debut

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:14:02 EST

Venezuela on Tuesday will become the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move it hopes will provide a much-needed boost to its credit-stricken economy.



Augmented reality takes 3-D printing to next level

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:40:55 EST

Cornell researchers are taking 3-D printing and 3-D modeling to a new level by using augmented reality (AR) to allow designers to design in physical space while a robotic arm rapidly prints the work.



New robotic system could lend a hand with warehouse sorting and other picking or clearing tasks

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:10:52 EST

Unpacking groceries is a straightforward albeit tedious task: You reach into a bag, feel around for an item, and pull it out. A quick glance will tell you what the item is and where it should be stored.



Sony jumps into Japan taxi market with AI app plans

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:14:15 EST

Electronics giant Sony announced a plan Tuesday to provide an AI-based ride-hailing system to Japanese cab companies, while another taxi firm said they were in talks with Uber on a tie-up.



German court could open way to bans on diesel cars

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:22:43 EST

One of Germany's top courts will decide Thursday whether some diesel vehicles can be banned from parts of cities like Stuttgart and Duesseldorf to reduce air pollution, a possible landmark judgement for the "car nation".



Fake news 'vaccine': Online game may 'inoculate' by simulating propaganda tactics

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:00:01 EST

A new online game puts players in the shoes of an aspiring propagandist to give the public a taste of the techniques and motivations behind the spread of disinformation—potentially "inoculating" them against the influence of so-called fake news in the process.



Gates says billionaires should pay 'significantly' more taxes

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:14:13 EST

Bill Gates says he has paid more than $10 billion in taxes over a lifetime but billionaires like him should pay "significantly" more because they benefit more from the system.



Ex-Googlers strike startup gold—again—with $1.9 billion sale to drugs giant

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:10:01 EST

A two-man entrepreneurial team who attended an elite college together where they founded a startup they sold to Google for a reported $81 million have just sold a second company they founded together for nearly $2 billion.



Google's firing of Damore in 'monoculture' case found legal

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:02 EST

Google's firing of an engineer over his controversial memo criticizing its diversity policies and "politically correct monoculture" didn't violate U.S. labor law, a federal agency lawyer concluded.



Meet the new 'renewable superpowers'—nations that boss the materials used for wind and solar

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:38:49 EST

Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics?



Siemens plans to float Healthineers in first half of 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:31:40 EST

Industrial giant Siemens on Monday said it plans to list its Healthineers medical unit in the first half of 2018, in what is expected to be Germany's largest initial public offering in over two decades.



Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling (Update)

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:03:50 EST

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.



Artificial intelligence poses questions for nature of war: Mattis

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:46:32 EST

Artificial intelligence and its impact on weapons of the future has made US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis doubt his own theories on warfare.



Blockchain revolution comes to world of humanitarian aid

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:50:01 EST

Blockchain, the technology behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin, is taking root in a sector far from finance: the world of humanitarian aid.



After stunning growth streak, Amazon ambitions seem boundless

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:30:01 EST

Triumphant in online retail, cloud computing, organic groceries, and streaming television, Amazon founder and chief disruptor Jeff Bezos is turning his seemingly limitless ambition to health care.



Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:15:20 EST

Palmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body.



UK church spires used to boost phone, wi-fi signal

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:14:33 EST

Church spires across Britain will be used to boost broadband, mobile phone and WiFi connectivity in rural areas, under a deal struck between the government and the Church of England, it was announced Sunday.



Amazon: from online book seller to market shaker

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:13:57 EST

Amazon has grown from a humble beginning as an online bookseller to a colossus of the internet. It recently devoured Whole Foods Market, and is now biting into health care.



Stretchable electronics a 'game changer' for stroke recovery treatment

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:00:03 EST

A groundbreaking new wearable designed to be worn on the throat could be a game-changer in the field of stroke rehabilitation.



Cyberattacks are costly, and things could get worse: US report

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:59:33 EST

Cyberattacks cost the United States between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, a White House report said Friday, warning of a "spillover" effect for the broader economy if the situation worsens.