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UK to have driverless cars by 2021: govt

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:26:36 EST

British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday.



Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:26:19 EST

Swimming with wild dolphins is something most can only dream of, and jumping into pools with captive animals has become increasingly controversial with environmentalists condemning it as cruel.



Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:52:18 EST

German regulators have banned certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, saying the devices have been used to listen in on school classrooms and run afoul of Germany's surveillance restrictions.



Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:52:16 EST

Apple said Friday it was delaying until early next year the release of its HomePod speaker set to compete with Amazon's Alexa-powered devices and Google Home as a smart home and music hub.



Game review: 'Need For Speed: Payback,' wrong way

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:50:01 EST

Racing simulators are thriving within the genre these days, but arcade racers offer a brief respite from the tighter sim experiences and will always have a home with casual gamers. "Need For Speed" is a long-running series that has taken on many forms throughout its history, with its latest entry adopting the high-octane drama you'd find in summer blockbusters. "Does Need For Speed: Payback" get the checkered flag? Nope. It sure does have some fun ideas, though.



Apple's smart speaker HomePod may get Face ID: report

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:50:01 EST

Apple's new Face ID technology may be coming to a living room near you.



Tesla's all-electric semi truck aims to disrupt transport

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:47:14 EST

After shaking up the auto world with its electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the unveiling of a futuristic all-electric semi truck.



Research shows drones could help crop management take off

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:49 EST

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.



New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:42:56 EST

A team of leading computer scientists has developed a novel computational system to aid the design and fabrication of wind-up toys, focusing on automating the intricate interior machinery responsible for the toys' wind-up motion. The new computational system includes analytic modeling of a wide variety of elemental mechanisms found in common wide-up toys, including their geometry and kinematics, and automating the construction of the toys accurately and with moving parts that consume less energy.



Walmart gives Amazon run for its money in third quarter

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:40:01 EST

Unseating Amazon as the biggest player in e-commerce is a tall, maybe even impossible task. But Walmart is giving the online titan a run for its money.



Richard Spencer, other white supremacists lose Twitter verification

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:30:01 EST

A week after the ruckus over blue checks on Twitter, the company has updated its policy on verifications and revoked the verifications of some white supremacists.



Inventor Brian Krohn combats snoring, creates wizard tools

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:16:10 EST

Brian Krohn has developed brain surgery tools, pioneered biodiesel innovations and briefed members of Congress on how to turn waste oils into energy.



Facebook launches video app for content creators in challenge to YouTube

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:01 EST

Facebook has launched a video app called Creators aimed at building a community of closely followed producers like YouTube's, the company announced Thursday.



New iPhone X teardown study estimates cost to build Apple's deluxe phone

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:42:13 EST

As the iPhone X has made the biggest technological leap for Apple smartphones in several years, a new study has done the math to figure out just how much it costs to build.



Want safe travels? Find freeways with these features

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:16:17 EST

New BYU research commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows a number of highway features that make accidents less likely. Among them are some that are intuitive: minimal hills and curves, paved right shoulders and concrete-barrier medians. But one finding was less expected: lower speed limits were associated with higher rates of accidents.



VW says will invest over 34 bn euros in cars of the future by 2022 (Update)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:28:04 EST

German automaker Volkswagen on Friday said it planned to invest more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years in new technologies to advance its push to become a global leader in electric cars.



New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:27:28 EST

A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nuclear Technology, an official journal of the American Nuclear Society.



Expert discusses drones, warfare and the media

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:52:59 EST

Drones have become a common part of warfare—but their use remains a subject of public contention. Lisa Parks, a professor in MIT's program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and director of its Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab, has spent extensive time analyzing this public debate. Now, she has co-edited a new volume examining the subject, while contributing a piece to it herself. The book, "Life in the Age of Drone Warfare," has just been published by Duke University Press. MIT News talked with Parks this week about the impact and public perception of drones.



Objectively measuring how clean our cities are

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:23:18 EST

EPFL researchers have come up with a fact-based system to measure urban cleanliness. Municipal authorities will now be able to draw on objective assessments when planning their street cleaning – a sector with multi-million-franc budgets.



Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks (Update)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:20:53 EST

"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots".



Research suggests vertical axis turbines could increase public support for new wind energy installations

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:55:13 EST

With global carbon emissions on the rise, wind power continues to be an attractive option for states and countries looking to limit fossil fuel use and increase renewable energy. Wind already accounts for over 5 percent of electricity generation in the United States. However, a number of issues plague the low-carbon energy source, such as complaints from nearby residents about noise and the killing of hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year that collide with turbine blades.



Renaissance of the iron-air battery

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:34:13 EST

Iron-air batteries promise a higher energy density than present-day lithium-ion batteries. Their main constituent, iron, is an abundant and cheap material. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich are pursuing research into this concept, first reported in the 1970s. Together with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the U.S., they have observed at the nanometre level how deposits form at the iron electrode during operation. A deeper understanding of the charging and discharging reactions is viewed as the key for further development of this type of rechargeable battery to market maturity. The results were published in Nano Energy.



New method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:17:51 EST

An ear of corn averages about 800 kernels. A traditional field method to estimate the number of kernels on the ear is to manually count the number of rows and multiply by the number of kernels in one length of the ear. With the help of a new imaging machine developed at the University of Illinois breeders can learn the number of kernels per ear, plus a lot more information than can be manually observed.



Verizon online unit cutting 'less than 4%' of workforce

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:13:01 EST

Verizon's online unit Oath—which includes the AOL and recently acquired Yahoo brands—is cutting several hundred jobs as part of a reorganization, a source familiar with the move said Thursday.



Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions (Update)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:12:27 EST

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs—and, more recently, solar panels—Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.



Art project lights up iconic 85-year-old Dutch dyke

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:48:11 EST

Dutch artists unveiled a design and light show Thursday to highlight one of the country's landmark engineering projects, built more than 80 years ago as part of The Netherlands' famed sea defences.



Defining the danger zone: New mapping software makes live-fire training safer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:47:41 EST

To better protect warfighters during live-fire training, the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) TechSolutions program has sponsored the development of a new Google Maps-style software tool to map out training areas in great detail.



FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:22:43 EST

Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media.



Google, Facebook join news organizations in 'Trust Project'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:32:15 EST

Google, Facebook and other tech firms joined global news organizations Thursday in an initiative aimed at identifying "trustworthy" news sources, in the latest effort to combat online misinformation.



Twitter to remove 'verification badge' from some accounts

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:29:57 EST

Twitter is changing its policy on "verified" accounts, reserving the right to remove the blue badges from users who violate the online platform's terms of service.