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How to get more value from your smartphone

By some estimates, Americans spend as much as three hours a day on their smartphone, if all touches are added up.

The value users receive from their phones, however, can depend on how much that person understands what's available, or possible, with that device.

We talked with cellular service, app developers and device management executives ...Read more

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This company is bioengineering pig kidneys and livers for possible transplant into humans

In an Minnesota lab, clear containers hold pig kidneys and livers that scientists hope will someday be transplantable in humans.

Miromatrix Medical, a biomedical firm based in the Twin Cities suburb of Eden Prairie, is exploring the scientific area known as xenotransplantation.

Xenotransplantation is a blanket term for a wide range of ...Read more

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Low Lake Mead reveals prehistoric volcanic ash, potential risks, study says

LAS VEGAS — Boats and bodies aren’t the only things revealing secrets at Lake Mead.

Newly exposed rock at Lake Mead has revealed that the Las Vegas Valley could be impacted by volcanic ash from neighboring states.

A UNLV study published in the Geological Society of America found that the exposed rock, which hasn’t been visible since the ...Read more

Judge approves $100 million Google privacy deal. Here's how much Illinois residents will get

Illinois residents who filed claims for a cut of Google’s $100 million class-action settlement over alleged violations of state privacy law could receive checks of about $154 each.

Cook County Circuit Judge Anna M. Loftus granted final approval of the settlement Wednesday. She granted preliminary approval of the agreement in April.

The ...Read more

Hurricane Ian: When the power grid goes out, could solar and batteries power your home?

Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic winds and flooding are likely to bring long-lasting power outages to large parts of Florida. The storm is the latest in a line of hurricanes and extreme heat and cold events that have knocked out power to millions of Americans in recent years for days at a time.

In many disaster- and outage-prone areas, ...Read more

Your mighty tendons help you sprint, jump and move – a genetic mutation in one key protein may increase athletic performance

The ability to move is an essential part of daily life. The locomotor, or musculoskeletal, system of the body consists of muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage and other connective tissue. Loss of motor function due to disease or injury can result in a lifetime of disability. In a rapidly aging society, maintaining and ...Read more

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Apple ditches iPhone production increase after demand falters

Apple Inc. is backing off plans to increase production of its new iPhones this year after an anticipated surge in demand failed to materialize, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Cupertino, California-based electronics maker has told suppliers to pull back from efforts to increase assembly of the iPhone 14 product family by as ...Read more

Amazon's robotaxi arm Zoox coming 'sooner than people expect'

The chief executive officer of Zoox, Amazon.com Inc.’s self-driving unit, expects autonomous vehicles to be present in cities “sooner than people expect,” but stopped short of saying when her own company’s product would appear on roads.

“We don’t get into dates at Zoox; we prefer to show not tell,” Aicha Evans, speaking virtually,...Read more

First all-new, electric commuter airplane takes flight

MOSES LAKE, Washington — After months of delay, a sleek all-electric airplane prototype buzzed like a hornet at the end of the runway, then sped off and lifted into the sky above Central Washington on its first flight at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The plane took two wide turns around the airfield, climbing to 3,500 feet. As it passed directly ...Read more

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Whether it's asteroids, viruses or climate change, science is humanity's hope

NASA this week successfully did what it normally tries to avoid, and destroyed one of its own spacecraft — by ramming it into an asteroid. It was the first step in an experiment that could one day spare humanity from the fate of the dinosaurs by knocking a celestial threat off course. In an age when science is too often under attack from ...Read more

Solar geoengineering might work, but local temperatures could keep rising for years

Imagine a future where, despite efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly, parts of the world have become unbearably hot. Some governments might decide to “geoengineer” the planet by spraying substances into the upper atmosphere to form fine reflective aerosols – a process known as stratospheric aerosol injection.

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NASA crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid – photos show the last moments of the successful DART mission

In a world first, NASA has crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid in an attempt to push the rocky traveler off its trajectory. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test – or DART – is meant to test one potential approach that could prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth. David Barnhart is a professor of astronautics at the University of ...Read more

Two wrongs trying to make a right – makeup calls are common for MLB umpires, financial analysts and probably you

Major League Baseball has been trying something new in recent seasons: instant replay for umpire calls. After replay review, some erroneous calls on the field can be overturned. Baseball in its own fashion is acknowledging what sports fans have always known – officials make mistakes.

The most notable manifestation of this tendency ...Read more

People of color are as interested in buying electric cars as white consumers – the biggest obstacle is access to charging

A nationally representative survey of 8,027 Americans shows that across all racial demographics, overall interest in purchasing electric vehicles is high. Among those surveyed, 33% of white respondents, 38% of Black respondents, 43% of Latinos and 52% of Asian Americans say they would “definitely” or “seriously consider” purchasing or...Read more

Hurricane hunters are flying through Ian's powerful winds to get the forecasts you rely on – here's what happens when the plane plunges into the eyewall of a storm

As Hurricane Ian intensifies on its way toward the Florida coast, hurricane hunters are in the sky doing something almost unimaginable: flying through the center of the storm. With each pass, the scientists aboard these planes take measurements that satellites can’t and send them to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

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Editorial: Climate change already torments the poor. It will soon come for the rich

A new study might finally get the attention of industrial leaders and others who have shrugged off the threat of human-caused climate change. It finds that more than half a million privately owned parcels of coastal property — the kind of property generally held by the well-heeled — could be underwater by 2050.

Studies galore lately have ...Read more

Cyberattacks a top concern across all business sizes, economic uncertainty a close second, new survey shows

Cyberattacks are now so common that the majority of businesses responding to a new survey not only viewed them as their top concern but a majority saw a future attack on their organization as inevitable.

An annual survey of businesses by insurance giant Travelers Cos., which underwrites cybersecurity coverage, ranked cyberattacks as the top ...Read more

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NASA spacecraft rams distant asteroid in test of Earth defense

A NASA spacecraft successfully crashed into an asteroid approximately 6.8 million miles from Earth in a test to determine if the impact can nudge the space rock slightly off course.

NASA launched its DART spacecraft in November 2021 with the express purpose of colliding with an asteroid about the size of a football stadium at 14,000 miles per ...Read more

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NASA spacecraft rams distant asteroid in test of Earth defense

A NASA spacecraft successfully crashed into an asteroid approximately 7 million miles from Earth in a test to determine if the impact can nudge the space rock slightly off course.

NASA launched its DART spacecraft in November 2021 with the express purpose of colliding with an asteroid about the size of a football stadium at 14,000 miles per ...Read more

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NASA spacecraft poised to hit asteroid Monday

A NASA spacecraft is set to collide with an asteroid Monday and the space agency is inviting spectators to watch.

The DART spacecraft, which launched 10 months ago, will hit the rock around 7:14 p.m. Eastern time with a livestream starting on NASA’s website at 6 p.m.

The mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, will attempt to deflect ...Read more