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Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.

Takata To Pay $1 Billion Over Air Bag Fraud; 3 Executives Criminally Charged

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:11:00 -0500

The settlement with the Justice Department is tied to a deadly defect in air bags that has been linked to at least 16 deaths. The associated recall is the largest in U.S. auto safety history.

What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:00 -0500

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:00 -0500

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.

EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Installing Emissions-Cheating Software

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:28:00 -0500

The Environmental Protection Agency says Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing software in about 104,000 vehicles that masked the true level of emissions.

Rudy Giuliani To Advise Trump On Cyber Issues

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:20:00 -0500

The president-elect plans to issue a report in 90 days on how the government can improve cyber security.

In Social Media Age, Young Cops Get Trained For Real-Life Conversation

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.

Facebook Unveils A New, Limited Journalism Project

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:01:00 -0500

In an effort to be a more powerful player in the news business, Facebook is asking local and global outlets to tag-team on the creation of Facebook products.

Auto Show Lesson: The Difference Between Driverless And Self-Driving Cars

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Major automakers at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit are betting big on self-driving vehicles. They all believe in a driver-less future, but they disagree on when it will arrive.

Fitness Trackers Aim To Improve The Health And Happiness Of Zoo Elephants

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:52:00 -0500

OK, so they're not using Fitbits. But zoos across America are using software to minutely track the activity, behavior and physiology of captive elephants, and using that data to improve zoo life.

What Happened When Dylann Roof Asked Google For Information About Race?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:23:00 -0500

The 22-year-old said in court documents that the results of a Google search shaped his beliefs on race years before he murdered nine people in a historically black South Carolina church.

Children's Whirligig Toy Inspires a Low-Cost Laboratory Test

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:37:00 -0500

A paper version of a spinning children's toy can replace laboratory centrifuges to process blood tests. The "paperfuge" may help diagnose malaria and other diseases.

Backpage Shuts Down Adult Ads In The U.S., Citing Government Pressure

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:23:00 -0500

The online classified website disabled its space for adults seeking sexual partners. A Senate report last year accused the website of being a forum for child sex trafficking.

Personal-Productivity Efforts Are Doomed To Fail

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:45:00 -0500

Every culturally imposed time-logic is an invention, it's something we made up — and we lie to ourselves if we think we can get more out of time, says commentator Adam Frank.

Humans Worry About Self-Driving Cars. Maybe It Should Be The Reverse

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:16:00 -0500

Self-driving cars will perform rationally. For example: stop when someone is in their way. Research suggests humans will take advantage, and step into an intersection when they know they shouldn't.