Science & Technology



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

The question of 'patriotism' in U.S.-China tech collaboration

BEIJING -- In July, billionaire investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel called for an FBI and CIA investigation of Google, saying the company was "treasonous" for allegedly working with the Chinese military instead of the U.S. military.

Thiel's accusations were rejected by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, who said he and President Trump had ...Read more

Koch's massive tech bet: 'Do it or we'll end up in the dumpster'

It's not quite what you'd expect from a Koch. Certainly not before the gray-haired Rotary Club in Wichita, Kansas.

But there was Chase Koch, scion of one of America's mightiest private industrial dynasties -- a family revered by the political right, reviled by the left and feared by just about everyone -- joking about his knock-about years down...Read more

FTC chief says willing to break up companies amid big tech probe

NEW YORK -- The head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said he's prepared to break up major technology platforms if necessary by undoing their past mergers as his agency investigates whether companies including Facebook Inc. are harming competition.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons, who is leading a broad review of the technology sector, said in an ...Read more

What of the lions, tigers and owls? Wildlife Waystation in Angeles forest is closing

LOS ANGELES -- California state officials on Tuesday said the long-struggling Wildlife Waystation in the Angeles National Forest is shutting down for good, and the center is collaborating with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to relocate more than 470 exotic animals including lions, tigers, alligators, wolves, owls and 42 ...Read more

Spectacles were a flop. So Snap is going to charge more this time around

Snap Inc.'s newest camera-glasses are making headlines for their $380 pricetag and chic design.

But what's most remarkable, from a business standpoint, is how little money the company expects to make off its splashy new wearable.

Spectacles 3 got a sleek photo feature in Vogue for their debut, and their specs match the upmarket venue: steel ...Read more

To rein in global warming, healthy forests and sustainable diets are key, UN says

Slashing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and power plants won't be enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change. To meet the goals of the Paris climate accord, experts say, humanity also needs a new approach to managing the land beneath its feet.

A sweeping new report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...Read more

At Wesleyan's Girls in Science Camp, women are the scientists of the future

Recently, girls attending Wesleyan University and Middletown Public School's Girls in Science camp were asked to draw a scientist. Many drew Albert Einstein or mad scientists sporting smoking beakers and crazy mustaches.

Only a handful drew women.

The week-long camp, now in its sixth year, gives more than 30 girls in 4th, 5th and 6th grade the...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to find lost photos in a mountain of backup data

Q: I noticed that some pictures are missing from my Windows 7 PC. I'd like to see if they've been saved in my several years' worth of "system image backups," which duplicate everything on my PC to an external hard drive.

But I see it's not that easy. The backups don't seem to identify the individual files they contain, so I can't be sure the ...Read more

EBay bans assault rifle parts, but that doesn't stop sellers

California has the toughest gun laws of any state, particularly when it comes to the types of weapons used in a spate of recent mass shootings. EBay, the state's biggest e-commerce company, would like to give the impression it takes a similarly hard-line stance on them.

The auction site prohibits sellers on its marketplace from offering ...Read more

Train station experiment reveals one way to counteract bias against Muslims

An experiment conducted in German train stations involving paper cups and escaping oranges has found that people are less likely to help a woman if she appears to be Muslim -- but they're more likely to help that same woman if she somehow proves that she shares their social values.

The findings, described in the Proceedings of the National ...Read more

Haverford student, 22, who hacked the IRS for Donald Trump's tax returns, pleads guilty

A Haverford College student who used a campus computer to attempt to hack into an IRS database to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns days before the 2016 presidential election pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor crimes in federal court.

Justin Hiemstra, 22, who finished his studies in May but will not get his degree until he completes a ...Read more

With AI and other tech, Anat Caspi focuses on helping people with disabilities

SEATTLE -- While walking beneath a canopy of trees on the winding Burke Gilman trail, artificial intelligence researcher Anat Caspi pointed to the evenness of the terrain along the University of Washington campus periphery. "A lot of times we don't want the shortest path," Caspi said over the din of traffic whizzing by. The scenic route she ...Read more

Research cruise off California finds life lacking in parts of the ocean

SAN DIEGO -- In parts of the California Current this summer, the ocean was clear, azure and almost empty.

The high water clarity and low biological productivity were some of the defining features that struck scientists returning from a cruise with the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigation (CalCOFI) program, a 70-year study of ...Read more

Can police data can predict how 'bad apple' officers influence their fellow cops? New study says yes.

CHICAGO -- For years, researchers and police officials across the country have mined data such as arrest and shooting records to examine how criminals influence each other's behavior -- and in the process try to predict who might be the next gunman or victim.

A study to be released Thursday takes the same approach but looks at whether data on ...Read more


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