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Clock ticks as SpaceX builds craft for NASA

Two weeks ago, the head of NASA seemed sick of waiting for SpaceX and Boeing Co. to finish developing the capsules that are supposed to carry U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

As SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk unleashed fanfare about his passion project -- preparing to unveil SpaceX's Starship Mars spaceship ...Read more

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis projected to hit Tokyo

TOKYO -- Japan is bracing for powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Friday, a month after a strong storm pummeled the Tokyo area, disrupting transport and causing massive power outages.

Two rugby World Cup matches scheduled for Saturday have been canceled because of the expected impact of Hagibis, organizers said.

The typhoon could also affect the ...Read more

An ancient whale gets a new name to honor a UCSD professor

SAN DIEGO -- He's discovered many animal fossils. But to have a species bear his name?

University of California San Diego paleontologist Dick Norris didn't see that coming.

"My mom is tickled pink and I think my father would have been very delighted," said Norris, a researcher at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

He is the son of ...Read more

Americans increasingly fear violence from people who are mentally ill. They shouldn't

Political rhetoric that blames people with mental illness for spasms of mass violence appears to be seeping into the national psyche.

Americans increasingly see people with schizophrenia or major depression as a threat not only to themselves but to others, new research reveals. That wariness even extends to those who have difficulties coping ...Read more

Employees of Microsoft's GitHub demand company cancel its contract with ICE

GitHub became the latest technology company to come under fire for its supporting role in the Trump administration's immigration clampdown Wednesday, with employees of the Microsoft-owned company demanding Chief Executive Nat Friedman cancel a $200,000 contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In an open letter on Twitter, ...Read more

CarePartners Plus exploring joint venture for software built to prevent suicide in veterans

PHILADELPHIA -- CarePartners Plus, a healthcare software firm based in Horsham, Pa., wants to get its product into consumers' hands as soon as possible.

After years of waiting on the Veterans Administration, CarePartners Plus is now in discussions with bankers and financial advisors to sign a joint venture or strategic partnership with a larger...Read more

Waymo is mapping L.A. in hopes of someday introducing driverless taxis

LOS ANGELES -- Waymo this week set three Chrysler Pacifica minivans crawling Los Angeles streets to make maps -- but not the kind made for humans.

Google's autonomous vehicle offshoot deployed the vans not to chart the layout of the city's streets and avenues, but instead to craft 3-D maps of the infrastructure around which cars travel -- curbs...Read more

A new gaming company wants to disrupt the industry

SEATTLE -- The man responsible for the insanely popular Halo franchise, which garnered $3 billion in the span of its first three releases, is ready to talk about his new project.

Harold Ryan, the former studio head and then later president of Bungie, the game development company responsible for the Halo, Age of Empires and Destiny franchises, ...Read more

Report says workers are biggest data-security threat

MINNEAPOLIS -- Headlines about cybersecurity breaches and data theft from government agencies and companies such as Caribou Coffee, Target and Medtronic in recent years can inspire fear of bad guys exploiting the internet from dark places on the web.

However, most of the online swiping comes from insiders.

"Organizations are overlooking the ...Read more

In creating so-called mini-brains, how close to a real human brain is too close?

Do I exist? Do you exist? How do I know you exist?

These ancient questions have been given new urgency by 21st century science. Some of San Diego's top researchers met recently in La Jolla to discuss them.

The topic was so-called mini-brains, pea-sized structures of human neurons grown from stem cells. Called human brain organoids by ...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to upgrade an e-mail program without losing mail

Q: I've been using a POP (Post Office Protocol) account to access my Comcast e-mail; it deletes old mail from the server once I download it to my PC's Outlook mail program. Now I want to switch to an IMAP (internet Message Access Protocol) e-mail account, which would keep all my mail on the server so I can access it from both my phone and tablet...Read more

Alaska Natives and fishermen sue EPA for reversing Pebble Mine decision

SEATTLE -- Trump administration officials broke the law when they reversed course and gave a green light to a proposed copper and gold mine near Alaska's Bristol Bay, mining opponents said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Alaska Native, commercial fishing and economic development organizations said the Environmental Protection Agency's decision July...Read more

Study: Mice that vaped nicotine for a year had big increase in tumor growth

New research in mice suggests that long-term exposure to vaping liquids that contain nicotine greatly increases the risk of cancer.

After breathing in the vapor for 20 hours a week for more than a year, 22.5% of the mice had cancerous tumors in the lining of the lungs, and 57.5% developed growths in their bladder tissue that can be precursors ...Read more

UC Davis researchers develop breath test for opioids — and aim to make it smaller, faster

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Engineers and physicians at the University of California, Davis, have developed a breath test for opioids that they foresee first responders using one day with overdose victims and physicians using in offices to counsel patients on prescription drug use, one of the inventors said Thursday.

Cristina Davis, chair of UC Davis...Read more

New partnership aims to create 5G hub in Seattle area

SEATTLE -- A new technology hub backed by big names like Intel and NASA will fund startups in health care, retail, transportation and energy -- as long as they harness 5G networks.

The 5G Open Innovation Lab, in partnership with T-Mobile, the University of Washington and the City of Bellevue, Wash., will connect 5G startups with investors and ...Read more

Can DUI convictions help keep guns out of the hands of people prone to violence?

Drinking and driving is already a deadly cocktail. New research finds that adding gun ownership to the mix heightens the risk for violent outcomes.

A study that set out to track about 80,000 legal gun purchasers in California found that handgun buyers with a DUI on their record were more likely to go on to be arrested for a violent crime. That ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Laptop won't stop opening Edge browser

Q: I have a new laptop that runs Windows 10. But I'm frustrated that every time I turn on the PC, it automatically opens the Microsoft Edge browser. That's not what I want the laptop to do, and I prefer to use other browsers anyway. I've tried uninstalling Edge and turning it off in the start menu, but nothing works. What can I do?

--Larry ...Read more

What's coming with 5G? Qualcomm's chief tech exec says snappier smartphones and the Internet of Things

When James Thompson joined Qualcomm 28 years ago, he worked as a staff engineer on 2G/3G mobile technologies where the killer app was voice.

But Qualcomm early on believed that someday data would become what everybody wanted in mobile communications. That vision partially came true with 4G networks, which brought music streaming, video, social ...Read more

Apple is denied tariff relief on five Mac Pro parts after staying in Texas

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Inc. was denied relief for tariffs on five Chinese-made components for the upcoming Mac Pro computer, even after the company announced it was keeping some assembly operations in the U.S.

The U.S. Trade Representative's office on Monday said it didn't grant reprieve from 25% tariffs on the much-discussed optional wheels ...Read more

Five things we learned from Elon Musk's rollout of the SpaceX Starship prototype

A prototype of SpaceX's Starship Mars spaceship could reach orbit in less than six months and fly humans next year, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Saturday during an unveiling at the company's facility in south Texas.

Standing in front of the towering stainless steel prototype known as Starship Mk 1, Musk told an audience the Hawthorne ...Read more


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