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Maker of controversial Yik Yak app responds to critics

Yik Yak, an anonymous location-based social media app, has gained traction as a fast rising startup. But with that success has come criticism. Yik Yak has come under fire as critics claim the anonymity of the app facilitates cyber bullying.<p>A recent New York Times article, for example, quoted a law …

Drones Could Use Lasers To Find Unexploded Bombs

The opposite of bombing<p>Long after the rifles of war are silent, danger still lurks in old battlefields. Some unexploded bombs are left behind deliberately, in minefields that once had tactical importance but were later rendered strategically irrelevant by shifting front lines. Others result from …

Vietnam War

Look up! FLiCC iPhone case warns you of obstacles ahead

Walking while staring at a smartphone screen is an all-too-common activity. While many people miraculously dodge danger, others end up falling into lakes or getting smacked in the face by an NBA basketball. If only they could have seen it coming. With the FLiCC iPhone case, they can.<p>The Kickstarter …

Learning How to Practice Medicine—Virtually

Yale is poised to join the list of top-tier universities now offering online master’s programs. Will these initiatives work?<p><i>Updated on March 20, 2015</i><p>Physicians assistants are highly paid medical professionals who provide a lot of the same healthcare services that doctors do. They take patient …

Higher Education

Colleges look to virtual reality tours to enhance recruiting

Payton Ricci stood in her living room with what looked like a tissue box strapped to her face. When she slid it over her eyes, she could see a college campus in Lacoste, France.<p>Looking up, she saw the town's vibrant blue skies. Looking down, its cobblestone streets. When she spun around, she got a …

Google made a tablet for Ebola fighters that can be sanitized with chlorine

The tablet is encased in polycarbonate<p>Doctors working to fight Ebola in West Africa must wear full body suits, gloves, and masks in 90-degree weather. They also work with limited resources — one important, but laborious aspect of treating Ebola involves recording medical information on paper. …

UN Women Cancels Uber Partnership

Uber's "unprecedented plan for advancing gender equality" loses a key supporter.<p>Uber's partnership with UN Women lasted little more than a week.<p>Eight days after Uber allied with UN Women and made a bold promise to create 1 million jobs for women on its ride-hailing platform by 2020, the gender …

Your Favorite Browser Just Got Hacked, But Don’t Panic

How can I know what your “favorite browser” is? It doesn’t matter, really; if it’s any one of the four most popular browsers — Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari — it’s just been successfully exploited.<p>This past week marked the 8th annual Pwn2Own, where security researchers come from …

IT security