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China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious

The PRC’s “social credit” scheme might have consequences for life in cities everywhere.<p>For all the particularities of life in China, its big cities offer a familiar cosmopolitanism. Teenagers giggle over K-Pop videos in a Chengdu Starbucks. Strollers and dog walkers compete with an almighty clutter …

Jane Jacobs

The lie of 'See something, say something'

Once again, it is the dangerous lie of "See something, say something."Everybody says it. Big Brother. Big Sister.Democrat. Republican. It's the …

Nikolas Cruz

The best things to do with the kids in Chicago in March

As winter begins to thaw, kids' eyes (and hopes) shift outdoors once again. March is happy to oblige with plenty of activities to usher in spring. …

Easter Bunny

Robotic 3D printer uses augmented reality to fabricate designs as their created

Robotic assistants are one of the most enduring features when we envision our technological future. Whether they’re Roombas sweeping the floor or …

3D Printing

Robotic picking arm isn't thwarted by clutter

When it comes to part-picking robots, they're typically programmed to grasp a specific object in a specific fashion – such as a car part on an …

Robotics

Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Shaorong Deng is sitting up in bed at the Hangzhou Cancer Hospital waiting for his doctor. Thin and frail, the 53-year-old construction worker's coat drapes around his shoulders to protect against the chilly air.<p>Deng has advanced cancer of the esophagus, a common form of cancer in China. He went …

Cancer

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk<p>Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s …

Cardiovascular System

‘Black Panther’ Is Groundbreaking, But It’s Shuri Who Could Change The World

“Black Panther” — which hit theaters on Thursday1 — is notable for a number of reasons. It is the first comic-book movie in decades to have a black …

Letitia Wright

When women are abused on screen — and how that shapes opinions about whose stories we believe in real life

Last week, Slate ran a story about a recently ousted White House aide and this was the headline: “Rob Porter’s History of Domestic Abuse Wasn’t a Secret. It’s Just That No One Cared.”<p>My mind immediately went back to a year ago, when the HBO series “Big Little Lies” premiered. I remember the …

Tina Turner

Flippy, the Burger-Flipping bot, Raised Another $10 Million, Will Steal Your Job

Credit: Pixabay<p>Flippy a robot that can flip a burger, is simply among the first in a new wave of bots hell-bent on taking what little menial work is …

Robotics

Breakthrough over growing human organs in animals

Scientists have created hybrid embryos containing both human and sheep or pig cells in an early step toward growing human organs in farm animals …

Biotechnology

Ahead of UK film awards, stars seek end to sexual harassment

Almost 200 British female entertainment stars called for an international movement to end sexual misconduct across society in a letter published ahead of Sunday's British Academy Film Awards.<p>Kate Winslet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton are among …

Darkest Hour

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time on a skin display. The design blends a breathable …

Nanotech

Suffer from tinnitus? This might bring you relief

People with tinnitus typically hear a ringing or buzzing sound that nobody else seems to notice. The constant noise can be debilitating in worst-case …

Neurophilosophy

World's first human-sheep hybrids pave way for diabetes cure and mass organ transplants

Human-sheep hybrids have been created by scientists for the first time, opening the door to organs being grown inside the farmyard animals for use in transplants or to cure diabetes.<p>A team at Stanford University successfully grew embryos inside a surrogate for three weeks which had both sheep and …

Biotechnology

Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA

The US intelligence community is still worried about Chinese tech giants’ government ties<p>The heads of six major US intelligence agencies have warned that American citizens shouldn’t use products and services made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE. According to a report from <i>CNBC</i>, the …

Huawei

This former Uber (and Lyft) exec just raised $15 million for his controversial e-scooter startup: Bird

Travis VanderZanden. If you’ve been following the fast-changing transportation industry, it’s a name that may sound familiar. Until September 2016, VanderZanden was VP of growth at Uber and before that, COO of its fierce rival Lyft, which had acquired his on-demand car wash company, Cherry, in 2013.<p>…

Santa Monica

Man ‘cured’ of HIV through gene editing holds hope for others

For more than a decade, the strongest AIDS drugs could not fully control Matt Chappell’s HIV infection. Now his body controls it by itself, and …

Medicine

Want to make a robot that can't be killed? Look to the cockroach

Something creepy this way comes, thanks to some bright engineers at Harvard<p>Roboticists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and …

Robotics

Is It Time for U.S. Cities to Consider Implementing Congestion Charges?

New York City could soon be the first American urban center to implement this strategy to ease congestion and speed up commute times.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>New York …

Transportation

German court says Facebook’s real name policy is illegal

Both parties intend to appeal<p>A German court ruled that Facebook’s real name policy is illegal and that users must be allowed to sign up for the service under pseudonyms to comply with a decade-old privacy law. The ruling, made last month but only now being announced, comes from the Berlin Regional …

Privacy

Robot Chefs Could Be Taking Over More California Kitchens

Robot chefs could soon be taking over more kitchens throughout California, as the autonomous restaurant concept gains popularity. That's what …

Kitchens

4 robots that aim to teach your kids to code

You've seen apps and toys that promise to teach your child to code. Now enter the robots.<p>At the CES electronics show in January, coding robots came out in force. One convention hall area was packed with everything from chip-embedded, alphabet-like coding blocks to turtle-like tanks that draw on …

Robotics

New DNA nanorobots successfully targeted and killed off cancerous tumors

Science fiction no more — In an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice.<p>These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs …

Cancer

Boston Dynamics robots can now hold the door for its friends

(Hold the door, holdthedoor, holdor...)<p>The most rewarding YouTube upload notification I ever opted into, without exception, is for the Boston Dynamics channel. With each semi-monthly notification ping comes a video of some new way that the SoftBank-owned company’s robots can either terrify or …

Robotics

Equifax under pressure after data breach update

<b>Equifax is facing a fresh demand to disclose the full extent of last year's data breach, following a report that it was bigger than previously disclosed.</b><p>The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Friday that cyber-thieves had accessed US citizens' email addresses, tax ID numbers and more driver …

Identity Theft

This robot surveillance ball can roll on any terrain — it can even swim

This is Guardbot, a surveillance robot that's able to manoeuvre on any terrain, even having the ability to swim. The device comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from as small as 5 inches to a model that is 7ft in diameter.<p>Guardbot is fitted with two surveillance cameras, a batter that can last for …

Surveillance

Hanergy's thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

The China-based international energy corporation Hanergy was recently lauded for its newest solar production module, the highest efficiency …

Clean Energy

Uber to require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving in the U.S.

Uber has added a feature that will force a six-hour offline break whenever a driver on its platform reaches 12 hours of driving time. The feature is similar to one that Uber has in place in a few markets already around the U.S., which differs depending on local regulations, but this will apply …

Autonomous Vehicle

Oracle to expand automation capabilities across developer cloud services

Last fall at Oracle OpenWorld, chairman Larry Ellison showed he was a man of the people by comparing the company’s new autonomous database service to auto-pilot on his private plane. Regardless, those autonomous capabilities were pretty advanced, providing customers with a self-provisioning, …

Automation