Lyft to Offer Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco Area
2017-09-07 16:37:26 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A self-driving car will soon be one ride option available from Lyft in the San Francisco Bay Area, as the ride-services company ramps up its efforts to become a serious player in autonomous vehicle technology.
Lyft said on Thursday that self-driv...
Florence, a 4.4-km-wide asteroid, passing Earth today
2017-09-01 07:41:42 UTC
Asteroid 3122, named after Florence Nightingale, will reach its peak brightness tonight (Thursday August 31 into Friday September 1).
But the asteroid will actually be closest to Earth at 8:05 a.m. ET (1pm BST) tomorrow (Friday September 1), according to NASA.
The asteroid will come as clo...
Fired Google Engineer Hires Lawyer in Free Speech Case
2017-08-24 17:30:02 UTC
Google found itself at the epicenter of controversy this month after a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto written by one of its employees, which had circulated internally at the company, went viral. James Damore, the employee who wrote the memo—which argued that women are less biologically inclined...
A Solar Eclipse Reflective Of America's Dark Mood
2017-08-21 16:35:24 UTC
Now America has a solar eclipse to match its dark mood.
The solar eclipse seems made to order for our current national mood. Darkness at midday? Just further proof of the gloomy times we’re living in.
Pick up any newspaper and the evidence is clear: most Americans feel pessimistic abou...
The European Patent Office intends to grant MilliporeSigma a key CRISPR patent
2017-08-07 06:14:36 UTC
MUNICH (Germany) — MilliporeSigma, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany, has become a new major player in the complicated European patent battles over CRISPR, the revolutionary genome-editing tool.
The European Patent Office (EPO) on 27 July signaled that it in...
When to stop mammograms for breast cancer survivors?
2017-08-07 05:26:06 UTC
Older breast cancer survivors who may not live long enough to benefit from routine mammograms are still often getting them, while some who do have more years ahead are not being screened, according to a U.S. study.
Most guidelines agree that when a woman has short life expectancy because of ol...
Apple to launch 'Call Watches' without needing an iPhone
2017-08-04 22:52:29 UTC
(Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Some of the new models for the Apple Watch will be equipped with LTE chips and be able to per...
Hottest Tech startups don't need venture capital money
2017-07-24 07:00:59 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. venture capital firms lining up for a slice of the burgeoning digital currency market are grappling with a novel challenge - some of the hottest tech startups that sell the coins just don't need their money.
Only a few years ago, digital currency entrepreneurs, like o...
China tests space station: Oxygen produced by plants
2017-07-20 05:55:48 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - Sealed behind the steel doors of two bunkers in a Beijing suburb, university students are trying to find out how it feels to live in a space station on another planet, recycling everything from plant cuttings to urine.
They are part of a project aimed at creating a self-sus...
One of the biggest icebergs has broken away from Antarctica
2017-07-19 03:43:30 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.
The one trillion ton iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in A...
Google Earth users will be able to post stories, video and photos
2017-07-14 22:16:57 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Google wants users to post millions of stories, video and photos on its 'Google Earth' platform in the next few years, the program chief said on Tuesday at a launch event in Brazil for content focused on showcasing the Amazon rainforest.
The "Voyager" tool allows int...
US Tech tried to soften on dealing with the Russian spy agency
2017-06-30 19:19:32 UTC
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW — As U.S. officials investigated in January the FSB's alleged role in election cyber attacks, U.S. technology firms were quietly lobbying the government to soften a ban on dealing with the Russian spy agency, people with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters.
New U.S. s...
Astronomers Detect Supermassive Black Holes, with Billions of Times the Mass of the Sun
2017-06-28 02:12:06 UTC
The two black holes, with a combined mass 15 billion times that of the Sun, are likely separated by only about 24 light-years, extremely close for such a system.
"This is the first pair of black holes to be seen as separate objects that are moving with respect to each other, and thus makes thi...
Team of 1000 scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves
2017-06-03 17:59:21 UTC
A team of more than 1,000 scientists have for a third time detected ripples in space from black holes that crashed together billions of light years from Earth, a discovery that confirms a new technique for observing cataclysmic events in the universe, research published on Thursday shows.
Facebook focuses on Vox, BuzzFeed and others for video service
2017-05-24 20:47:43 UTC
NEW YORK — Facebook has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar wi...
Controversial study: The evolutionary lineage arose in Africa?
2017-05-23 07:10:13 UTC
Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.
Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Gra...
Nasa discovers new planetary system similar to our solar system
2017-05-10 05:03:15 UTC
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a joint German-US space science project. Carrying a 2.5-metre telescope inside a modified Boeing 747SP, the airborne observatory performs astronomical observations in the infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, high above the disturb...
Protesters Voice Concern over Climate Change
2017-04-29 15:44:40 UTC
By Ian Simpson | WASHINGTON — For the second time in a month, tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out in Washington on Saturday to voice concern over climate change in a mass demonstration marking the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency.
The Peoples Climate Marches in dozen...
March for Science: Global concern over Trump's climate policy
2017-04-23 02:08:50 UTC
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO — People across the world expressed their support for science and facts at Earth Day events billed as a March of Science events *"celebration of science" ) on Saturday. The main march was in Washington D.C., but more than 600 satellite marches took place elsewhere.
Trump's "America First" Order: Tighten H-1B Visa Program
2017-04-19 04:05:46 UTC
Kenosha, Wisconsin - U.S. President Donald J. Trump ordered federal agencies to look at tightening a visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to the U.S., as he tries to carry out his campaign pledge to put "America First."
Trump signed an executive order on the H-1B visa progra...
Trump Targets H-1B Visas Which Are Used Largely By Tech Industry
2017-04-18 05:04:49 UTC
U.S. President Donald Trump targets H-1B visas which are used largely by tech industry and will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the U.S. to fill high-skilled jobs.
Trump is to sign the order wh...
Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France, to stop the spread of fake news
2017-04-14 05:39:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc said on Thursday it suspended 30,000 accounts in France as the social network giant steps up efforts to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam.
The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is...
Tesla Beat GM To Become Most Valuable US Auto Maker
2017-04-10 21:23:22 UTC
By Noel Randewich | SAN FRANCISCO
Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) on Monday became the most valuable U.S. car maker, reaching a market capitalization of $50.887 billion and edging past General Motors (GM.N) which produces many more cars.
Helped by an analyst's recommendation, the luxury electric car maker...
Trump's newest Executive Order: Global warming and climate change will not play a role in U.S. policy anymore
2017-03-14 23:15:10 UTC
By David Shepardson |
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to release a wide-ranging executive order to reduce the role that climate change plays in policy decisions, according to a Trump administration official who reviewed a draft of the order.
The move ...
U.S. Military Seeks “Green” Energy Solutions, Despite WH
2017-03-01 08:09:03 UTC
By Timothy Gardner |
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his top advisors have often scoffed at government support of green energy. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, called it “madness.”
But the largest U.S. government agency - the Department of Defense - plans to forge ahead under t...