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Bikeshare cycles dumped en masse in China

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:00:01 EST

More than 500 bicycles from China's flourishing bike-sharing companies have been dumped in huge piles on the streets of the southern city of Shenzhen, reports said.



New blades and generators for more efficient small wind turbines

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:53:40 EST

Small wind turbines, for domestic and small scale commercial use, are currently relatively expensive and struggle to compete with solar solutions. The key to increasing their competitiveness is bringing down their cost and improving performance.



Baidu hires Microsoft expert in artificial intelligence push

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:51:25 EST

Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular Internet search engine, says it has hired a former Microsoft executive with a background in artificial intelligence to improve its competitiveness in the field.



Sonar maps from MH370 search will reveal more about seafloor

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:24:11 EST

The deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may not have found the plane but will reveal more about how land beneath the Indian Ocean formed over millions of years and where oil fields could lie.



Now drivers can hear ambulances no matter how loud their music is playing

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:52:43 EST

If you've ever been startled by the sudden appearance of an ambulance while blasting music in your car, then you appreciate the value of a loud siren. Fortunately, your car is probably equipped already to receive warning signals on its audio system, thanks to a new solution developed by students in Sweden.



Report: Trucking firms using gadgets to cheat on emissions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:51:53 EST

German public broadcaster ZDF reports that trucking companies in Europe may be using electronic equipment to commit large-scale emissions fraud.



After long decline, St. Louis tries to rebuild with startups

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:27:58 EST

It's tough to rebuild a city's image when the national perception is that it peaked a century ago, and when recent news has sometimes been dismal.



Opinion: What does Trump's election mean for digital freedom of speech?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:12:42 EST

As the shock of Donald Trump's election victory is giving way to analysis about how his presidency will affect Americans' lives, our digital freedom of speech deserves special consideration. The ability to express ourselves freely is a fundamental right guaranteed to us all.



Unique tiltrotor test rig to begin operational runs at NASA ames

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:50:01 EST

Someday, we may be able to commute to our jobs in aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like a plane. Developing these advanced tiltrotors is no simple task, so NASA is installing a new rig that will let experts test them at an unprecedented scale in wind tunnels, where pilots' lives won't be on the line.



Teaching computers to recognize sick guts—machine learning and the microbiome

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:40:26 EST

A new proof-of-concept study by researchers from the University of California San Diego succeeded in training computers to "learn" what a healthy versus an unhealthy gut microbiome looks like based on its genetic makeup. Since this can be done by genetically sequencing fecal samples, the research suggests there is great promise for new diagnostic tools that are, unlike blood draws, non-invasive.



Scientists propose a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:36:07 EST

For autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs), one of the most important issues is path tracking. Conventionally, steering and velocity control are two typical aspects of the path tracking problem. Steering control is key because it is important to path tracking and related to vehicle lateral stability. Most existing algorithms have been developed based on a point-line vehicle-road model. They regard the vehicle as a rigid point, and employ a continuous curve or discrete points to describe the desired path. Compared with practical situations, this may cause collisions when tracking a more complex road ignoring the size and shape of AGVs. In addition, ignoring the width of the road may make AGVs deviate from the designated road region. However, according to the corresponding literature, there are few discussions of path tracking that consider the shape of the vehicle and width of the road.



Not enough investment in renewables: IRENA

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:26:41 EST

Money invested in renewable energy is not enough to reach a climate goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius, an Abu Dhabi-based green energy organisation said Sunday.



Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:30:31 EST

Social media giant Facebook announced Sunday that it will introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe's largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year.



Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:50:06 EST

Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company.



Seagate to cut more than 2,000 China jobs: reports

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:47:54 EST

US hard-disk drive manufacturer Seagate Technology will lay off more than 2,000 Chinese workers as it shutters a factory in eastern China, reports said Saturday, prompting anger among employees.



China aircraft carrier capabilities tested on latest mission

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:53:19 EST

China's sole aircraft carrier has returned home following a far-ranging three-week training mission during which its combat capabilities were closely scrutinized and speculation soared over what future role the flat-top will play amid China's growing military ambitions.



Two years after the hack, Sony CEO Lynton exits for Snap Inc.

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:52:51 EST

Two years after guiding the company through an unprecedented email hack, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is leaving the company to become the chairman of the board for Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat.



Troy Wolverton: At CES, voice assistants assert themselves

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:30:02 EST

In the very near future, instead of controlling your gadgets by pressing buttons or tapping on screens, you may just talk to them.



Nintendo debuts hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch console

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:46:30 EST

Nintendo is trying to Switch it up.



Italy under pressure over regulation of Fiat Chrysler

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:33:23 EST

Italy has come under pressure over how it regulates Fiat Chrysler, which Germany and the U.S. accuse of using software that can allow some diesel engines to emit more pollution than legally permitted.



Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:33:06 EST

There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street.



Tech review: A quality phone that's affordable

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:20:01 EST

Alcatel. You've heard of the brand from France but you're not sure about its products.



Satellite constellations could be poised to challenge the broadband industry

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:02 EST

It's been more than a decade since a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs saw their plans to provide global telecommunications service through massive satellite constellations blow up, doomed by runaway costs.



Why mobile payment technology is leap-frogging in Latin America

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:20:02 EST

The world of mobile payments is one of the hottest segments of the financial technology industry. Based in Miami, YellowPepper has been a pioneer of mobile payment technology in Latin America, where an immense market need and a millennial-rich population of early adopters converge.



Auto show concepts: Would you build them or forget them?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:14:45 EST

Car companies don't just show current models at auto shows. They also unveil prototypes that could be built in the future. These so-called concept cars help them gauge the public's reaction to new designs or technology. They can also amp up excitement about a company's future.



Venture capitalist says 2017 looks bright for tech startup market

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:53:14 EST

After a tough slog through 2016, tech startups (at least the good ones) have reason to be optimistic about the year ahead, says Scott Kupor, managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz.



Amazon offers Anime Strike, first subscription TV channel

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:39:22 EST

Online giant Amazon has created its first subscription channel, Anime Strike, in an expansion of its streaming television offerings.



3-D scans for the automotive industry

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:33:32 EST

How does an automotive assembly line have to be retrofitted for a change of model? 3-D scanners are an elegant way to find this out. Professor of computer science, Andreas Nüchter, is a specialist for the job.



First 3-D platform for simulating zebrafish behavior may replace animals in some research

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:45:09 EST

Every year, approximately 20 million animals are used in scientific research. Increasingly these animals are zebrafish, which are quickly eclipsing rodents and primates as a favored species in biomedical research because of their genetic similarity to humans and their versatility. However, concerns voiced by policymakers, citizens, and scientific authorities about the number of animals used in experiments have led researchers to explore alternative, computer-based methodologies that could help reduce animal usage without compromising results.



Renault targeted in new 'dieselgate' scandal

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:15:58 EST

A year and a half after Volkswagen's "dieselgate" erupted, Paris prosecutors are probing Renault over possible "cheating" in diesel emissions, sending the carmaker's shares sliding on the stock exchange.