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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Windsor Diaries Book One: Victorian ScoundrelStephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 for Britain's Great ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LOS ANGELES -- In an upper-level seminar on artificial intelligence, Occidental College professor Justin Li started a discussion outside the realm of a typical computer science class.
Should a self-driving car, if unable to brake in time, be programmed to steer into a wall to avoid crashing into pedestrians -- perhaps killing a single person in...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The use of bots to meddle in political elections. Algorithms that learn who people are and keep them coming back to social media platforms. The rise of autonomous vehicles and drones that could displace hundreds of thousands of workers.
The "robot apocalypse" that some envisioned with the rise of artificial intelligence ...Read more
It's turning 29 -- what do you get the World Wide Web that has everything?
Tim Berners-Lee, the creator/inventor of the web as we know it, has some fatherly advice for the web, starting with: more users, more equality and perhaps more regulation for tech giants.
In an open letter Monday on the 29th anniversary of his submission for his ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In practically the blink of an eye, Maggie Irizarry lost about $1,300 to thieves. But the culprits weren't robbers who broke into her Miami home. They were hackers who connived their way onto her Lenovo laptop.
Because of that, local police balked at getting involved. Irizarry's only recourse was to plead for mercy with her bank ...Read more
Scientists have designed a heat-insulating material made from wood that is both light and strong and made entirely from tiny, stripped-down wood fibers.
The so-called nanowood, described in the journal Science Advances, could one day be used to make more energy-efficient buildings. It's cheap and biodegradable, too.
"Nature is producing this ...Read more
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