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A Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Chips Let New! 2020-02-27 10:00:00Affected devices include iPhones, iPads, Macs, Amazon Echos and Kindles, Android devices, and various Wi-Fi routers.

In California, Which Self-Driving Cars Log the Most New! 2020-02-27 09:00:00New reports show autonomous vehicles from 36 companies covered 2.9 million miles in the state last year, up from 2.1 million in 2018.

Best Pet Camera (2020): Petcube, Furbo, and More New! 2020-02-27 08:00:00These cameras let you check up on your dog or cat—and feed them treats—over the internet.

Smithsonian Open Access Puts 2.8 Million Images in New! 2020-02-27 08:00:00The archive includes hi-res images of Muhammad Ali's boxing gear, 15th-century manuscripts, and data that could help surface untold stories of women

Today's Cartoon: License to Whine New! 2020-02-27 07:00:00A wedge between family members that drives itself.

I Used 'Minecraft' to Cope with My Apocalypse New! 2020-02-27 07:00:00A series of mods can transform the building-block game into a new way to explore what the world may look after climate change.

When AI Can’t Replace a Worker, It Watches New! 2020-02-27 07:00:00Whether software that digitizes manual labor makes workers frowny or smiley will come down to how employers choose to use it.

GOES Extreme Weather–Tracking Satellites Get Ready for Launch New! 2020-02-27 07:00:00A new array of sats will detect nearly every bolt of lightning in the Western Hemisphere, powering an early warning system for climate-change-fueled s

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus 2020-02-26 22:25:06The patient was admitted to UC Davis Medical Center on February 19 but not diagnosed until the 23rd—raising concerns about testing capabilities

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, 2020-02-26 17:34:45Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and 2020-02-26 16:59:20Security analyst John Strand had a contract to test a correctional facility’s defenses. He sent the best person for the job: his mother.

How Self-Driving Car Makers Measure Their Own Progress 2020-02-26 15:24:26New reports track how often humans need to take control of autonomous vehicles being tested. That's a lousy way to assess the nascent industry.

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Helmet Sensor can Indicate when Concussion has Occured 2020-02-22 13:00:00A Philadelphia-based company has developed a head impact sensor that can be affixed to helmets and indicate when an impact strong enough to cause conc

Supercapacitors Store 10 Times More Energy 2020-02-22 07:00:00Scientists claim they have figured out how to store 10 times more energy than previous supercapacitors, opening the path to creating fast-charging ele

Innovative Technology could Double Solar Efficiency 2020-02-21 13:00:00Researchers in Russia have created a tiny prototype of a super-efficient solar cell using gallium phosphide and nitrogen.

Magnetic Brain Implants 2020-02-21 07:00:00Engineers at Rice University have designed a neural implant called MagNI that can be powered and programmed using an external magnetic field.

New Antibiotics Promise to Combat Resistance 2020-02-20 13:00:00A new type of antibiotic from the glycopeptides family works by blocking the function of the bacterial cell wall.

Heartbeat Laser can Identify You from 100s of 2020-02-19 07:00:00The US military has developed a laser that can identify you based on the unique pattern of your heartbeat, no facial recognition, no gait detection re

O Cubic 2020-02-18 07:00:00O Cubic is a technology that improves the sleeping environment in enclosed spaces by injecting clean air from the outside more quickly through the win

Electricity 'Out of Thin Air' 2020-02-17 13:00:00Scientists have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air.

Surena IV is Iran's Most Advanced Humanoid Robot 2020-02-17 07:00:00The fourth iteration of Iran's Surena robot is capable of mimicking a person's pose, grasping a water bottle, and writing its name on a whiteboard.

Innovative Patch Repairs Damaged Hearts 2020-02-16 07:00:00Heart tissue damaged by heart attached doesn't heal very well, the electrical signaling can be hindered and the pumping action weakened.

Wireless Pill can Target Drug Delivery 2020-02-15 07:00:00Veloce Digital Health is developing an ingestible smart pill called SmartTab that can be wirelessly controlled by a smartphone to release its contents

Look Ahead Goggles Focus Your Attention 2020-02-14 07:00:00Look Ahead Pro Goggles provide an innovative way to enhance your focus when engaging in fast and furious outdoor sports.

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Strange, non-oxygen-breathing animal poses more questions than answers 2020-02-26 07:54:17Researchers have discovered a rather unique creature that doesn’t require oxygen to breathe, but aren’t sure how it generates energy. The

Seagulls prefer to snatch food from your hand, 2020-02-26 04:14:49A new study suggests that seagulls prefer snatching food that has been handled by humans, potentially explaining why they’re such good urban col

Could AI be the secret to finding new 2020-02-25 10:00:47The University of Michigan’s Sriram Chandrasekaran talks about the need for new antibiotics and why deep-learning AI might hold the answer. The

Oldest green seaweed ever discovered may be ancestor 2020-02-25 04:30:54The discovery of the earliest known example of seaweed suggests it may be the ancestor of many plants we see today. The post Oldest green seaweed eve

Whales might be left stranded and blinded by 2020-02-24 11:00:24Solar storms that bombard Earth from time to time might be throwing grey whales off course by blinding their magnetic sense of direction. The post Wh

‘Super-archaic’ humans may have interbred with Neanderthal ancestors 2020-02-21 04:32:54Another mystery of our evolution appears to have been solved as researchers find evidence of Neanderthal interbreeding with ‘super-archaic&rsquo

Fear of ancient methane ignores the greater climate 2020-02-20 14:00:37Researchers have looked at the potential damage caused by ancient methane reservoirs, and said that humans are still the greatest climate threat. Th

Some antibiotics taken during pregnancy linked with major 2020-02-20 03:30:28Researchers have found a link between a type of antibiotic prescribed during pregnancy and an increased risk in major birth defects. The post Some an

‘In high-income countries, women’s pregnancies are over-medicalised’ 2020-02-19 05:00:45Dr Marit Bovbjerg is researching the realities of community births and the implications on healthcare systems around the world. The post ‘In hi

Scientists search for ‘technosignatures’ in the hunt for 2020-02-17 04:53:11Experts at SETI are looking to detect signatures from space that could indicate the ‘compelling’ possibility of extraterrestrial intellige

Human v machine: Dr Joan Cahill is bridging 2020-02-14 05:54:13Trinity researcher Dr Joan Cahill is seeing an increasing demand for her work putting human factors and ethics at the centre of innovation. The post H

RCSI gets go-ahead to build new €90m Dublin 2020-02-13 08:04:48Despite opposition from local residents, RCSI has been given the green light to expand its presence in Dublin city centre with a €90m development


The Tokyo Olympics May Be Canceled Due to 2020-02-26 16:46:22 According to a high-ranking organizer, it’s possible the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be canceled due to the international coronavirus outbrea

NASA: Boeing Skipped Crucial Software Test of Starliner 2020-02-26 15:49:43 NASA has learned that Boeing did not perform a “full, end-to-end integrated test” of its astronaut-ferrying Starliner spacecraft with the

If You Want a Hangover Cure, Trust Science, 2020-02-26 15:48:30 Hangovers suck. This is not a controversial statement. You’re probably well aware of this fact, as well as the corollary that hangovers get wor

Artificial and Biological Neurons Just Talked Over the 2020-02-26 15:31:12 For the first time, scientists developed a rudimentary neural net that allows biological and silicon-based, artificial brain cells to communicate bac

World’s First: Spacecraft Docks to Commercial Satellite In 2020-02-26 15:09:35 In a world’s first, a commercial satellite has docked to another orbiting satellite. Northrop Grumman’s “Mission Extension Vehicle-

Former NASA Scientist Absolutely Shreds Planet Emojis 2020-02-26 12:10:35 Finally, a definitive answer to the world’s most pressing question: A planetary scientist who used to work for NASA determined which “rin

Researcher: Passing Star Could Yeet Earth Out of 2020-02-26 12:07:48 While it hasn’t happened for four billion years, there is still a chance that incoming stars that whip past the Earth could throw it out of its

In Open Letter, Wuhan Nurses Cry for Global 2020-02-26 11:11:04 As they try to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, medical staff in China are suffering from a seemingly endless pile of work, new cases, and the coronaviru

Astronomers: Our Planet Might Have Another Moon, Except 2020-02-26 10:48:31 The Earth might have a new, temporary Moon companion. A team of astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey near Tuscon, Arizona suspect there

Juul Wants to Age-Lock Its Vapes 2020-02-26 10:46:52 Cloud Nein The year is 2023. You go to take a drag on your Juul — but your phone’s Bluetooth won’t connect to the vape, meaning it

Trump Appears to Confuse Coronavirus With Ebola 2020-02-26 10:21:09 During an appearance in India this week, noted reality TV star and U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to confuse the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 with Eb

Diabetic Mice “Cured Rapidly” Using Human Stem Cells 2020-02-26 10:21:06 A team of researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis successfully converted human stem cells into cells that are able t

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