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Cryptocurrencies Fall as Korean Exchange Says $32 Million of Coins Stolen

Cryptocurrencies dropped after the second South Korean exchange in as many weeks said it was hacked, renewing concerns about the safety of …

Cryptocurrency

Mexico's World Cup Win May Have Caused a Man-Made Earthquake in Mexico City

You could say Mexico fans were shook.<p>The 2018 FIFA World Cup had its first major upset on Sunday after Mexico beat Germany — the 2014 World Cup …

Mexico City

AI could help the construction industry work faster—and keep its workforce accident-free - MIT Technology Review

Construction workers are killed on the job five times more often than other laborers. Now a new kind of construction worker—a data scientist—aims to …

Artificial Intelligence

Robo-cones could speed up roadworks and spell the end for traffic jams

The prototype ‘robo-cones’ sit by the side of the road and can be ‘driven’ onto carriageways<p>A new generation of traffic cone that could ease …

Traffic

London launches world’s first contactless payment scheme for street performers

Here’s a casualty of the cashless society you might not have previously thought of: the humble street performer. After all, if more of us are paying our way with smartphones and contactless cards, how can we give spare change to musicians on the subway? London has one solution: a new scheme that …

Smartwatches

Halogen light bulbs could disappear from Australian stores within two years

Halogen lights will disappear from Australia within two years, as the industry and federal government pivot towards more efficient and environmentally-friendly LED lighting.<p>A ban on halogen bulbs, which use four times the energy of LED globes, was announced last month at a meeting of state and …

Home Automation

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

Smart Homes

Australia completes world's largest cat-proof fence to protect endangered marsupials

The world’s largest cat-proof fence has been completed in central Australia, creating a 94 square kilometre sanctuary for endangered marsupials.<p>The 44km fence – made of 85,000 pickets, 400km of wire and 130km of netting – surrounds the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary, a former cattle station that has …

Wildlife

Japan now has more electric car charge points than petrol stations

When it comes to electric vehicles, Japan is speeding ahead of the rest of the world, blissfully free of the range anxiety that afflicts plug-in drivers elsewhere.<p>The country now has more electric car charging stops than petrol stations, according to a recent survey by Nissan.<p>The Japanese …

Alternative Fuel

ACCC investigating Oracle research showing Google users Android phone plan data to spy

THE ACCC is investigating accusations Google is using as much as $580 million worth of Australians’ phone plan data annually to secretly track their …

Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical …

Hackers emptied Ethereum wallets by breaking the basic infrastructure of the internet

At midnight ET last night, MyEtherWallet users started noticing something odd. Connecting to the service, users were faced with an unsigned SSL certificate, a broken link in the site’s verification. It was unusual, but it’s the kind of thing web users routinely click through without thinking.<p>But …

A number of Gmail users got spam messages — from themselves

Google says that it’s fixing the issue<p>Gmail is usually pretty good about filtering unwanted spam messages, but a number of users reported earlier today that their inboxes were suddenly flooded with ads that were apparently sent from their own accounts, according to <i>Mashable</i>.<p>Users posted to Gmail’s …

Australia needs to start recycling and reusing its own waste, says industry struggling under China's ban

The waste industry has reached crisis point several months into the Chinese waste ban, and stakeholders want immediate action.<p>The industry is calling …

Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case, opens door for more requests to have unflattering search results delisted

If you screw up in a way that gets any sort of media attention, chances are you won't like what you see when you run a query for your name on Google. …

Privacy

Elon Musk agrees robot glut slowed Model 3 production

Tesla's affordable Model 3 has been trapped in development hell for what seems like ages now, and in an interview with CBS's Gayle King, CEO Elon Musk offered a little more insight into how the production process has fallen short. While escorting King through the company's Fremont, California-based …

Facebook: If you want to buy a political ad, you now have to be “authorized”

"We know we were slow to pick-up foreign interference in the 2016 US elections."<p>As part of a slew of recent changes stemming from the Cambridge …

Facebook logged SMS texts and phone calls without explicitly notifying users

Facebook began logging the text messages and phone calls of its users before it explicitly notified them of its practice, contradicting the company’s earlier claims that “uploading this information has always been opt-in only”.<p>In at least one previous version of the Messenger app, Facebook only …

Privacy

Facebook logs texts and calls, users find as they delete accounts

As users continue to delete their Facebook accounts in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a number are discovering that the social network holds far more data about them than they expected, including complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and SMS messages.<p>The #deletefacebook …

Social Media

Nasa astronaut twins Scott and Mark Kelly no longer genetically identical after space trip

Nasa astronauts Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark have shared a lot throughout their extraordinary lives.<p>Born just a few minutes apart, the pair were both US Navy captains, both flew on the Endeavour and Discovery space shuttles, and both spent time on board the International Space …

Fewer heart attack patients die when top cardiologists are away at conferences, study finds

Heart attack patients are more likely to survive when top cardiologists are not in the hospital, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that when heart specialists are away at academic conferences, the survival rate at their hospitals actually improves.<p>They believe that …

Biomedicine

'I thought a kid was laughing behind me': Amazon's Alexa has been caught randomly cackling at people

Retail goliath Amazon has promised to fix its virtual assistant Alexa after reports the device was randomly laughing at people.<p>Like Apple's Siri, …

Alexa

Recycling in Australia is in crisis. Can it be fixed? - Science News - ABC News

Australians take recycling seriously.<p>We recycled 60 per cent of the total waste we produced in 2014-15, according to the latest national waste report.<p>…

Sustainability

Apple Confirms Some Encrypted iCloud User Data is Stored on Google Cloud Platform

Apple has confirmed that Google Cloud Platform is one of at least two third-party services it relies upon for storing encrypted iCloud account data, which it notes doesn't include any user-identifying information.<p>Apple made the disclosure in the latest version of its iOS Security Guide, which was …

Google Cloud Platform

Is this the end of passports?

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton today said the process already was being tested at Canberra airport with a 90 per cent success rate.<p>Mr Dutton told …

Personal Information

Toyota develops new lower-cost, less-resource-intensive magnet for EVs

Electric car development is putting a more significant strain than ever on the world's supply of neodymium, an element used in the manufacture of electric motors. Toyota believes that in just a couple years, demand for the mineral will outpace supply, which is why it's been developing magnets for …

Rare Earth

Ultra-Processed Food Linked to Cancer, Study Says

Processed snacks, drinks and desserts may be associated with a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study.<p>The research, published Wednesday in</i> …

Chinese cops are wearing glasses that can recognize faces

AI that identifies people in crowds is already pervasive in China—and now it’s augmenting police officers’ eyes, too.<p><b>Smart specs:</b> The <i>Wall Street</i> …

'The demise of kerbside recycling'?: China ban disrupts rubbish removal and fills warehouses

Australia's recycling industry is feeling the impact of China's ban on a range of imported recyclable rubbish, with industry leaders warning they …

Sustainability

Tesla is connecting 50,000 homes in Australia to create a power grid

The state of South Australia is taking on a revolutionary project to harness solar energy and power 50,000 homes – but instead of using solar cells at a single location, it’s creating a decentralized network across the state, and Tesla is helping out.<p>The idea is to kit out homes with a 5kW solar …

Tesla