Science & Technology



Lizards gone wild: UC Berkeley researcher's 'feminist science' bucks male-dominated inquiry

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For as long as humans have practiced science, men have dominated research. Much of our understanding of the world has been filtered through their beliefs. For UC Berkeley post-doctoral researcher Ambika Kamath, that's a problem.

The behavioral ecologist studies Anolis sagrei, the brown anole, a small lizard native to the ...Read more

Apple looking to new iPhones to spur upcoming holiday sales: report

Apple may be putting more emphasis on services such as Apple Music and its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming television offering, but that doesn't mean the tech giant is giving up on its iconic products in any way.

As an example of that, Apple is expected to hold an event in September in which it will unveil not only new models of the iPhone, but ...Read more

We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.

The Apple iPhone 7 was set to operate at full power and secured below a tub of clear liquid, specially formulated to simulate human tissue.

With the push of a button, a robotic arm swung into action, sending a pencil-thin probe dipping into the tub. For 18 minutes, it repeatedly measured the amount of radiofrequency radiation the liquid was ...Read more

Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say

FRESNO, Calif. -- California law enforcement has learned that Mexican drug traffickers are using a dangerous pesticide banned in the United States to grow marijuana in remote areas of California's Sierra Nevada mountains, and are going after their operations.

The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent ...Read more

Earthquake early-warning sensors being expanded to high-risk areas in California and Nevada

LOS ANGELES -- An infusion of federal funding will help expand or strengthen the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake early-warning system around Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, Mammoth and Bishop.

The University of Nevada, Reno, which runs the seismic network in eastern California, will use $1 million from the USGS to upgrade obsolete seismic sensors...Read more

Palantir's controversial ICE contract renewed

A Palantir contract to provide technology to U.S. immigration authorities has been renewed for up to three years, according to a government document made public this week.

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement approved the renewal July 22, the document shows. How much the government is paying Palantir ...Read more

Facebook will use journalists to curate news, opening itself to more bias allegations

Mark Zuckerberg is a consistent guy. For years, he has worn the same gray T-shirts, idolized the same Roman emperor and repeated the same denials that Facebook Inc. has any desire to become a media company.

But after a punishing few years for his company's public image, Zuckerberg has softened that stance, green-lighting development of a new ...Read more

Qualcomm ends patent licensing spat with LG, signs five-year deal

Qualcomm has inked a new patent licensing deal with South Korean electronics giant LG on terms consistent with other Qualcomm patent agreements globally.

The five-year license covers 3G, 4G and 5G smartphones and other complete devices, according to Qualcomm. The San Diego company did not reveal further details on Tuesday, including the royalty...Read more

Ransomware is everywhere — even in this sleepy Texas town

KEENE, Texas -- When a ransomware attack hit Keene, Texas, no one noticed.

Like many small Texas cities, Keene -- an exurb about 40 miles south of Fort Worth with a population of about 6,500 -- contracted its technology services to an out-of-town company, including management of its computer servers. The city had never been hit with something ...Read more

Tech Q&A: That undelivered e-mail notice for mail you didn't send is spam

Q: I received Gmail notifications from the "mailer-daemon" that an e-mail message I sent couldn't be delivered. But I never sent that message. So far, I've changed my Gmail password and switched to using my Yahoo Mail account instead. But the "mailer-daemon" notifications are now showing up in my Yahoo e-mail (the "alternate e-mail address" for ...Read more

DOJ talking with states in 'broad' tech antitrust probe

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department intends to work with state attorneys general in a broad review of whether large technology companies are harming competition, the department's top antitrust official said.

More than a dozen states are interested in the issue and will likely cooperate with the Justice Department, Makan Delrahim, the head...Read more

Bias at Facebook? Audit lists conservatives' complaints

Promising to be more transparent about how it makes content decisions, Facebook on Tuesday released the first results of an audit addressing conservatives' accusations that it is biased against them.

The social networking giant agreed to the audit last year after complaints of bias from lawmakers and others. At the same time, the Menlo Park ...Read more

Scientists finally know how big earthquakes start: with many smaller ones

LOS ANGELES -- The vast majority of earthquakes we feel come soon after smaller ones, according to new research that offers new insights into how seismology works.

The finding offers unprecedented insight into what happens before moderate and large earthquakes -- and scientists are finding that the vast majority of them occur after smaller ...Read more

Earthquake-warning system that could provide smartphone alerts to Pacific Northwest gets funding boost

SEATTLE -- The U.S. Geological Survey is greatly increasing funding for the region's seismic network, putting it on track to send public alerts of impending earthquake shaking within the next two years, the network's director said.

The federal agency gave $10.4 million to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) for the next two years. The ...Read more

Researchers discover prehistoric shark species

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two South Carolina researchers have discovered a species of prehistoric shark, along with dozens of other fossils from prehistoric sea creatures.

David Cicimurri, curator of the South Carolina State Museum's natural history collection, worked with James Knight, of the University of South Carolina Aiken Department of Biology ...Read more

Mass shootings have changed how 1 in 4 adults live, poll finds

It is no surprise that Tiffany Burris was distraught Wednesday. Her 3-year-old son, Tyaan, was among those confined to the Precious Babies day care center in North Philadelphia for hours while a gunman was locked in a standoff with police nearby.

"I couldn't stop crying and shaking," she said. "Bullets have no name on them."

But mass shootings...Read more

Getting shot by police is a leading cause of death for black men in America

About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops.

The analysis also showed that Latino men and boys, black women and girls and Native...Read more

Teen and young adult e-smokers much more likely to use marijuana, study finds

Adolescents and young adults who vape electronic cigarettes are far more likely to also use marijuana, according to research released this week.

The study, published online this week in JAMA Pediatrics, said the odds of marijuana use among young people who used e-cigarettes was 3.5 times greater than among those who said they had not used e-...Read more

Podcasts apps cut into fast lane. Thank millennials

Podcasts, once a niche category, continue to surge in popularity thanks to millennials who are listening to audio programs on the go.

The number of people using mobile apps to discover and listen to podcasts increased 60% compared with January 2018, according to data released Wednesday by Adobe Analytics. People ages 25 to 34, known as ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Facebook games harder to play as 'Flash' ends

Q: I have trouble playing Facebook games because my Flash Player software settings seem to disappear. What's wrong?

--Marie Ridner, Lakeland, Fla.

A: You are caught in an internet technology transition. Websites and browsers are moving away from the Flash animation and graphics technology, which has been vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Adobe ...Read more


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