Science & Technology



Helpware: CorelDRAW for Home and Student: An inexpensive version of its big brother

Even if you're an experienced amateur, don't be put off by the "Home and Student" version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Its power is subtle, but there's no mistaking that if you want to create text projects, retouch photos or other images and create drawings, this version of CorelDRAW is an inexpensive gateway to the outer limits of your ...Read more

Jennifer Van Grove: The smartphone trap (or why it's time to put your phone down)

Are we raising digital monsters? Absolutely. And everyone from parents to Facebook and society as a whole is to blame.

So instead of playing the blame game, I think the most constructive way forward is to take every opportunity we -- not just parents -- have to put the phone down. In the bedroom. While driving. During meals and conversations. ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Browser slows due to mysterious memory use

Q: For the last couple of weeks, my Windows 10 PC has typed very slowly in Microsoft Word, Gmail, Google Docs and Google Sheets. There is sometimes a lag of 30 to 40 seconds before what I'm typing "catches up" and appears on the screen. I mostly use Google's Chrome browser.

I've attached the Windows Task Manager list of "processes" running on ...Read more

Facebook needed third-party apps to grow. Now it's left with a privacy crisis

Facebook had only 20 million users when it opened up its budding platform to outside app developers in 2007, giving them much-needed access to the social network's growing web of friends and family.

The developers built online games, quizzes and dating apps that gave people even more reasons to join Facebook.

It proved a turning point for the ...Read more

Oceans on ancient Mars may have got an assist from volcanoes

The oceans that once covered Mars may have formed somewhere around 3.7 billion years ago, even earlier than previously thought, according to scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.

The findings, published in the journal Nature, highlight a potential link between the birth of Martian oceans and the rise and fall of its volcanic ...Read more

How listening to random sound can unlock a trapped mind

LOS ANGELES – David Tobin took to the stage at a recent technology conference in downtown Los Angeles, asked the 500 attendees to close their eyes, and turned up the sound so they could sample his wares: a textured, layered soundscape that he calls an "audiojack."

A thousand eyes clamped shut as they collectively heard a ball thudding into a ...Read more

Scientists fly across the country to see how germs spread on airplanes

If you're the type of traveler who worries about catching the flu or another dreaded disease from a fellow airline passenger, a new study should put your mind at ease.

If a plane takes off with one infected flier, it is likely to land on the other side of the country with only 1.7 infected fliers, researchers found.

What you really need to ...Read more

National Academies examines safety and quality of abortion care in US

Legal abortions in the United States are so safe and effective that the vast majority of them can be performed in office-based settings, according to a new consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. But not all women have timely access to them, due largely to restrictive state policies.

The roughly 200-...Read more

UCSD professor devises way to recycle lithium-ion batteries

SAN DIEGO -- The promise of a global electric vehicle transformation has a looming problem.

The cathodes in the lithium-ion batteries typically used in electric vehicles, or EVs, are made of metal oxides that contain cobalt, a metal found in finite supplies and concentrated in one of the globe's more precarious countries.

But an assistant ...Read more

GPS guidance can be fooled, so researchers are scrambling to find backup technologies

Five years ago, a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin boarded an $80-million yacht with the intent of trying to fool the vessel's navigation system and stealthily push it off course.

Once the yacht was off the coast of Italy, the team -- with the knowledge and permission of the vessel's owner, a wealthy individual who ...Read more

Salk scientists adapt powerful gene-editing system to correct dementia in lab

The revolutionary CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system made it possible to rapidly and precisely alter DNA, the essential molecule of life. But DNA doesn't work by itself, it relies on the messenger molecule RNA to carry out its instructions.

Salk Institute scientists reported recently that they've invented a new version of the technology that works...Read more

Peter Thiel-founded floating-island plan sunk by the government of paradise?

It seems the "Next New World" may not be coming to Tahiti after all -- the government of French Polynesia has thrown a wrench into plans for a libertarian utopia on floating islands there -- as proposed by a group founded by Peter Thiel and a former Google engineer.

The "Floating Island Project" by the Seasteading Institute -- which started up ...Read more

Evolve or die: Why our ancestors learned to be social more than 320,000 years ago

New discoveries in eastern Africa suggest that human behaviors like symbolic thought and the creation of extended social networks were established at least 320,000 years ago -- tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

The work, published as a trio of papers Thursday in Science, sheds new light on the often murky story of when...Read more

By vibrating the muscles, engineers produce a better prosthetic hand

Consider for a moment the welter of unconscious judgments and adjustments you make every time your hand reaches for an object -- say, a tall drink of water. Eyes, muscles, brain and digits coordinate with exquisite speed and subtlety to ensure the cup is reached, grasped around the middle, held gently but firmly, and drawn -- upright and at a ...Read more

Indian tech firm to hire 1,000 at planned $21 million Hartford hub

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Infosys, an Indian information technology and consulting firm, will establish a $20.6 million technology and innovation center in Hartford staffed by 1,000 employees in the next four years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.

In one of the largest economic development projects in the governor's seven years in office, ...Read more

What is 5G and why did Trump nix a huge tech deal to boost America's lead in its development?

Self-driving cars. Internet-connected homes. Smart cities.

Innovations like these are expected to reshape the technology industry and society at large -- but none will take off without stronger wireless infrastructure, known as 5G.

The fifth-generation mobile network will vastly expand the speed and volume of data that can be shared wirelessly...Read more

Tech & Culture: We're going to have more lithium than we know what to do with

Everyone wants more of lithium, the shiny, soft, and highly reactive mineral that powers the battery inside your smartphone and Prius (or Tesla, if you're one of the lucky ones).

Annual sales of electric vehicles are forecast to jump from 1 million last year to 9.2 million in the middle of the next decade. These cars are major consumers of ...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to get rid of pop-up ads on the iPhone and iPad

Q: How can we stop the annoying Amazon lock screen advertisements that are plaguing our iPhone and iPad Safari browsers?

George Adams, Merrimack, N.H.

A: You aren't seeing the Amazon lock screen ads. Those appeared only on the lock screen (the screen you see before typing in a password) of some non-Apple phones that Amazon sold.

The ads you ...Read more

UW Bothell class helps students face emotional impact of a warming planet

When she first started learning about climate change from one of her elders, Fawn Sharp was invited on a helicopter flight over the Olympic Mountains to survey the Mount Anderson glacier.

But the glacier was gone, melted away by the warming climate.

Sharp, who is now finishing her fourth term as president of the Quinault Indian Nation, ...Read more

Monitoring equipment documents crashes and provides training for truck companies

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- More eyes on the road can help make car and truck operators better drivers.

That's the idea behind the Video Intelligence system from Minnetonka-based PeopleNet. Cameras are installed on trucks to document crashes and near crashes. That video evidence can speed the settlement of claims by verifying who is at fault. It's ...Read more