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Scientists spy on superbugs to see how they outsmart our antibiotics

Scientists have discovered yet another way that single-celled organisms have outsmarted us.

The tiny bacteria that live inside our guts have an ingenious way of withstanding the onslaught of antibiotics we throw at them, according to a report published Thursday in the journal Science. The two-part system allows bacterial cells to stay alive ...Read more

Could Tesla merge with SpaceX? A Morgan Stanley analyst raises the possibility

Morgan Stanley stock analyst Adam Jonas told clients Wednesday that if Tesla's troubles continue, it's unlikely to be acquired by a tech company, an auto company, or someone from China. But it could end up merging with SpaceX, another Elon Musk company.

A recording of the 55-minute conference call with clients was leaked online. The meeting was...Read more

Study: Despite Trump's racial rhetoric, white prejudice has gone down

Here's a surprise: During President Donald Trump's campaign and first years in office -- when he branded Mexican immigrants "rapists," sought to ban Muslims from entering the country and at first declined to renounce a former KKK leader -- white Americans' prejudice toward Latinos and African Americans declined.

That's the conclusion of a new ...Read more

Federal judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust laws

A federal Judge has ruled that Qualcomm violated antitrust laws by using its top position in smartphone chips to extract excessive patent license fees for its cellular inventions, striking a major blow to the San Diego company's business model.

After four months of deliberations, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh found against Qualcomm in an ...Read more

'There's a huge shortage of lab space in Chicago': Sterling Bay to back life sciences startups, with eye on Lincoln Yards

CHICAGO -- Chicago real estate developer Sterling Bay aims to make Lincoln Park on the city's North Side a center for life sciences research, an industry that the firm hopes will fill a lot of space in its $6 billion Lincoln Yards megadevelopment.

Sterling Bay last week announced the creation of a new investment arm, called Prysm Life Sciences,...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to become a bit less LinkedIn

Q: I've used LinkedIn, the social network for business people, for years. But I'm having trouble removing myself from LinkedIn Groups I was once associated with. The instructions I've found online haven't worked. What can I do?

--Tom Butler, Reading, Pa.

A: You can remove your affiliation with a LinkedIn Group (typically a collection of people...Read more

Huawei fight is a threat to rural internet

In swaths of rural America, along roads where there are just a few farms or homes within a mile-long stretch, customers are so few that the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile don't bother to build cell towers for coverage.

The only operators providing wireless access are small carriers, many of which can't afford equipment from suppliers such as ...Read more

Facial recognition bans: What's next in Oakland, at Amazon and more

Efforts to rein in government use of facial recognition have a big couple of weeks ahead, days after San Francisco approved a first-of-its-kind ban on use of the technology by police and other city agencies.

Across the bay, Oakland is expected to consider a similar ban for the city's agencies, possibly next week. Up north, Amazon investors will...Read more

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Could turning it into CO2 fight climate change?

Usually, choosing between the lesser of two evils is a dismal decision. But sometimes, it's an opportunity.

A case in point: Turning methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) into carbon dioxide (also a planet-warming pollutant) could help fight climate change, researchers say.

It's not that CO2 isn't a problem -- it's the main problem. But on a ...Read more

7 things we've learned about Ultima Thule, the farthest place visited by humans

About a billion miles more distant than Pluto is Ultima Thule, a peanut-shaped object in the outer solar system that's the farthest place ever visited by humans.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zipped past Ultima Thule on New Year's Eve (Pacific time), flying within 2,200 miles of the space rock's rust-colored surface. The data it captured is ...Read more

Adieu, Le Grand K: The kilogram to be redefined for the first time in 130 years

In a subterranean vault in a suburb of Paris lies a small, rarely seen metal cylinder known as Le Grand K.

For 130 years, this golf-ball-sized hunk of 90% platinum and 10% iridium has served as the international prototype kilogram. That means it was the single physical object by which all other kilograms across the planet were measured.

If ...Read more

Samsung, Verizon launch first 5G phone, entry price is $1,300

MINNEAPOLIS -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's top seller of smartphones, released its first 5G model in the U.S. Thursday, and early adopters and tech journalists visited Minneapolis to try it.

The city and Chicago are the first two places in the U.S. with 5G network coverage, started in both cities earlier this year by Verizon ...Read more

Here's why your internet may be delivered by a drone someday soon

As the pilotless flying wing came in for a landing, winds suddenly picked up. Facebook Inc.'s Aquila drone -- powered by the sun and wider than a Boeing 737 jetliner -- struggled to adjust. Just before landing, part of the right wing broke off.

That inaugural 2016 flight proved an inauspicious beginning for Facebook's foray into internet-...Read more

SpaceX has packed 60 satellites onto one rocket to advance its big internet plan

SpaceX's plan to provide broadband access will take a big step forward Wednesday night as the Elon Musk-led firm prepares to launch five dozen small satellites on a single rocket. They will eventually become part of a network of thousands of internet-beaming spacecraft.

The launch is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Eastern time (7:30 p.m. Pacific time...Read more

Microsoft alerts hospitals to fix potential security risk

MINNEAPOLIS -- Computer experts inside hospitals were working diligently on Wednesday to address a serious new security vulnerability in older versions of the Windows operating system, which is still used in many health care devices even though Microsoft hasn't actively supported the older software in years.

Julie Flaschenriem, chief ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Why some Mac software will soon be outdated

Q: My four-year-old MacBook Pro is warning me that eight of my programs "will not work with future versions of MacOS and need to be updated to improve compatibility." Some of these programs are well-known software, such as "Microsoft Office Utilities" and "Amazon Music." I use the Mojave 10.14.4 operating system. What should I do?

--David de ...Read more

Critically endangered Hawaiian crows build first nest in the wild in decades

SAN DIEGO -- Two Hawaiian crows, or alala, have done something momentous in the struggle to save the critically endangered species.

They have built a nest.

Extinct in the wild for decades, the alala were raised at the Keauhou and Maui Bird Conservation Centers of San Diego Zoo Global, part of its Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

...Read more

Apple App Store lawsuit can proceed, Supreme Court rules

In a ruling that threatens Apple's lucrative App Store business, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a proposed class-action consumer lawsuit against the iPhone maker to proceed.

At issue was whether iPhone users had the right to sue the tech giant, which takes a 30 percent cut from tens of millions of app developers on its platform, over ...Read more

Wanted: Digital whizzes to work in agriculture

To the uninitiated, it can be hard to imagine.

Robots with fingers designed to pick mature tomatoes, among the most delicate of crops. A Fitbit-like collar that monitors the wellbeing of a cow. Drones with sensors to identify dry areas of a field or discover crop production inefficiencies.

"In 30 years, what we're doing or seeing as innovative...Read more

Genetically modified bacteria-killing viruses used on patient for first time

Genetically engineered phages -- viruses that kill bacteria -- have been used for the first time to treat a patient struggling with a dangerous, persistent superbug infection.

The 15-year-old girl had been infected with Mycobacterium abscessus, which is in the same genus as the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.

Researchers screened a ...Read more


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