NEW YORK -- Business and tech industry groups -- representing Amazon.com Inc., Google, Visa Inc. and other companies -- are urging the Trump administration not to halt work authorizations for spouses of immigrants who have specialty worker H-1B visas and are seeking permanent residency.
The request, in a letter this week, comes as the ...Read more
First, it was chess. Then it was Go. Now it's basic reading comprehension.
The robots are coming.
Two artificial intelligence programs created by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.
Alibaba took the honor as the creator of the first program to ever beat a human in a...Read more
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- In a cornfield here, past the shuttered General Motors plant and the Janesville Terrace trailer home park, a facility not seen in the United States in three decades could soon rise: a manufacturing plant that will make a vital radioactive isotope used to detect cancer and other potentially fatal maladies in millions of people...Read more
Q: Does a bone marrow transplant change your DNA?
A: Well, sort of, but probably not in the way you are imagining. Still, such transplants have led to some mighty interesting real-life cases for forensic scientists trying to sniff out the truth. Here's why:
As you probably know, certain cancers and other diseases may cripple your own bone ...Read more
A California congressman wants to meet with the Top 3 microchip makers to better understand the implications of two security flaws that affect almost all computing devices in the world.
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, wrote a letter Tuesday to the CEOs of Intel, ARM and AMD to request a briefing. A member of the House Energy and Commerce ...Read more
Q: On Jan. 8, my 10-year-old, custom-built Windows 7 PC crashed. (I got the "blue screen of death.") My technician wonders whether I'm the victim of Microsoft's software patches for the AMD processor chip security problems, which locked up some computers. (The small Oregon firm that built my PC used a main circuit board from ASUS.)
My ...Read more
When I started this streaming TV column one year ago, we were at a tipping point in TV and entertainment. Today, the pendulum has swung to the side of streamers, who have more choice and customization options, including sports and local stations, than traditional pay TV customers.
As a result, more people than ever are ditching their providers....Read more
In the early days of electronic pagination some 40 years ago, I worked for a newspaper that bought the first one on the market. It was a monster of a computer, with a screen that was more than 30 inches wide. The screen's resolution was awful. The monitor flickered anytime a task was performed. The mouse was about as big as a size-15 men's shoe ...Read more
Rhiannon Tales~ Gaia and the OpeningKymberly Haas LMFT
This richly descriptive and visually stunning children's tale is the journey of a gallant young girl who finds herself transported by faery wings to a frozen and magic land. Shocked by her own magic heritage Rhiannon finds she is the only one who can save the land of Faeries and her own ...
Huge earthquakes are not significantly influenced by the moon, a new study says.
The study, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, looked at earthquakes of magnitude 8 or greater over the past four centuries. And a review of more than 200 earthquakes demonstrated that there is no connection between the phase of the moon ...Read more
Roger McNamee, founding partner of Elevation Partners and an early investor in Facebook, is making lots of noise about how to "fix" Facebook.
In the past week or so, he has written in the Washington Monthly, the Guardian and the Washington Post about Facebook's role in spreading fake news.
"It reads like the plot of a sci-fi novel: a ...Read more
Witches continue to work their dark arts in some parts of the world, at least in the minds of their accusers.
For example, in a rural farming community in southwestern China, 13.7 percent of the population has been labeled "zhu," or "witch," by their neighbors, according to a new paper published Jan. 8 in Nature Human Behavior.
"'Zhu' ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Santa Barbara County crews worked through the holidays to defend coastal communities from the second half of Southern California's familiar cycle of fire and flood.
They cleaned out the 11 debris basins that dot the Santa Barbara front country, making room for the dirt and ash and rocks that winter rains would inevitably send ...Read more
Thanks to erosion wearing away surface rock on Mars, scientists using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted thick deposits of ice in the planet's mid-latitudes that extend hundreds of feet deep.
The discovery, described in the journal Science, could offer researchers a tantalizing new spot to sample our dusty, rusty neighbor.
"This ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- They are festive killing sprees, contests among divers armed with spears and nets to catch the biggest haul of venomous, non-native fish that have colonized South Florida's reefs.
Lionfish derbies take aim at spiky, elaborately decorated fish from the Indian and Pacific oceans that have done to Florida's coastal waters ...Read more
During his first year in office, President Donald Trump has guided the ship of state directly into the headwinds of market instability, civic opposition, unstable finance and environmental risk in order to fortify the domestic coal and oil industries.
But this week, the administration's plan to achieve what it termed "American energy dominance"...Read more
The blowback over Apple slowing down iPhones just keeps coming.
Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, on Tuesday sent Apple a letter with questions about a software update that helped prevent unexpected battery shutdowns in older iPhone models but reduced their speed, according to multiple media outlets that have read the yet-to-be-released letter. ...Read more
A new survey from Pew has this headline: "Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity."
As Silicon Valley's workplace diversity wars play out -- and amid the spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse in the tech industry and beyond -- Pew Research's survey finds that half of women who work in science, technology, ...Read more
To the list of ways that humans are making it hard for zebras, giraffes and other large mammals to survive in the wild, you can now add war.
Researchers have new evidence that animals are exquisitely vulnerable to the effects of warfare. They analyzed 65 years of armed conflicts in Africa and found that exposure to just one year of war within a...Read more
Astronomers watching a fast-radio burst flashing from more than 3 billion light-years away say that its source lies in an extreme environment with a powerful magnetic field -- perhaps a supermassive black hole, or the remains of a supernova.
The findings about the phenomenon known as FRB 121102, described in the journal Nature and at the ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Tableau Software is revamping a core part of its technology to analyze data faster, a move intended to keep up with its customers' increasing big-data needs.
The Seattle company, which makes software to visualize analytics, is introducing its so-called Hyper engine in a software update Wednesday. The technology is designed to make ...Read more
- Study: Humans may look for the helpers, but bonobos prefer the troublemakers
- Tech industry urges US to keep work permits for H-1B spouses
- Getting a bone marrow transplant could give you new DNA, too
- Inside the global race to deliver a vital radioactive isotope used to detect cancer
- Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test