This Weather is Not Normal
2017-09-07 17:23:06 UTC
The days leading up to Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas last week were some of the most nerve-wracking in meteorological history. Forecasters watched helplessly as a true monster storm—one that would eventually become the most extreme rain eve...
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 t...
Melting Permafrost Unlocks Carbon, Disease
2017-09-06 16:58:53 UTC
The consequences of climate change are perhaps most weirdly expressed in the Arctic.
A recent <a href="https://www.vox.com/2017/9/6/16062174/permafrost-melting" >article by Brian Resnick of Vox.com</a> explores the changes to Arctic permafrost...
Bitcoin Derived Blockchain Used in Car Sharing
2017-08-30 14:53:09 UTC
DETROIT (Reuters) - The technology underpinning the cryptocurrency bitcoin is migrating to the auto industry and vehicle sharing.
Accounting and consulting firm EY, part of Ernst & Young Global Ltd, said on Wednesday it was launching a blockcha...
Global warming worsened the impact of Hurricane Harvey
2017-08-29 07:27:35 UTC
<blockquote>Will global warming lead to more storms like Harvey?
There are essentially two global warming mechanisms at play here, according to climatologist Michael E. Mann. First, sea levels in the Houston region have risen by more than hal...
Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee sentenced for five years
2017-08-25 07:18:22 UTC
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court jailed Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee for five years on Friday.
The Seoul Central District Court was delivering its verdict on charges against Lee, 49, ranging from bribery to perjury in a sc...
Whole Foods' Competitors Fear Amazon Price Cuts
2017-08-25 06:36:18 UTC
(Reuters) - Amazon said it will cut prices on a range of popular goods as it completes its acquisition of Whole Foods Market, sending shares of rival grocers tumbling on fears that brutal market share battles will intensify.
Amazon’s $13.7 bill...
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—whic...
Google takes action against 'anti-diversity memo'
2017-08-08 04:49:59 UTC
San Francisco (Reuters) - Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the te...
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 ...
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 wh...
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 ...
Robots rebel in China
2017-08-04 16:02:35 UTC
BEIJING/SHANGHAI - A pair of 'chatbots' in China have been taken offline and possibly re-educated. In response to users' questions, one said its dream was to travel to the United States, while the other said it wasn't a huge fan of the Chinese Com...
Apple bends to the will of China after Putin bans Apps
2017-08-02 19:47:45 UTC
Apple Conforms To Chinese Law Pulls Apps From China App Store As Russia Signs Law Banning Their Use.
Russia has signed a law banning the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) that enable users to gain access to websites banned in Russia.
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: We need to start paying women well
2017-07-31 04:47:45 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg called on governments and companies to do more to close the gender pay gap on Sunday and said both girls and boys should be encouraged to become leaders from an early age.
Tesla delivers the first 30 of its Model 3 cars in California
2017-07-30 16:01:45 UTC
FREMONT, Calif. (Reuters) - Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday the Model 3 had over half a million advance reservations as he handed over the first 30 to employee buyers, setting the stage for the biggest test yet of the compan...
Russian cyber criminals: $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring
2017-07-26 17:56:41 UTC
ATHENS/MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Russian man suspected of being the anonymous mastermind behind one of the world's oldest crypto-currency exchanges and of laundering at least $4 billion has been arrested in Greece, police and sources said on W...
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...
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.
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 squar...
Maths 'genius' Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Fields Medal, Dies Age 40
2017-07-15 18:46:03 UTC
The Iranian-born professor, Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal –considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize – for mathematics, has died in the US.
The 40-year-old had breast cancer, which had...
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 A...
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 k...
Canada's Court Forces Google to Remove Results Worldwide
2017-06-28 16:15:32 UTC
Canadian courts can force internet search leader Google to remove results worldwide, the country's top court ruled on Wednesday, drawing criticism from civil liberties groups arguing such a move sets a precedent for censorship on the internet.
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 mov...