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In the Middle of Nowhere, Panasonic Builds a Smart City

In a remote area near the Denver Airport, Panasonic is installing LED street lighting and community-wide Wi-Fi, and prepping for autonomous cars. …

Smart Cities

Robots take on nursing duties at Japanese hospitals

It is hoped the robots will be able to reduce the legwork and pressure on nurses and doctors.<p>Robotic helpers are making their way into Japanese …

Robotics

A Look At The Five Biggest Future Cyberthreats Of 2018

Every year, the security industry tries to predict what the biggest threats will be in hopes of pulling together a stronger defense. It’s impossible to get this 100% right, but if we use what we learned in 2017, we can leverage that knowledge to safeguard businesses and consumers in the new year.<p>In …

17 Things We Should Have Learned in 2017 But Probably Didn't

The worm has returned and the Yahoos have all been exposed, but did 2017 teach us any genuinely new lessons we shouldn't already have known?<p><i>(Image:</i> …

Cybersecurity

This Week Could Be Huge for Department Stores

Macy's, Kohl's, and J.C. Penney are all likely to update investors on holiday sales trends in the next few days. These sales reports could drive big …

Inside Barbie’s Fight To Stay Relevant

Today’s Barbie is fighting for gay rights, body inclusivity, and open borders. But is she woke enough for millennial parents?<p>Just before Thanksgiving this year, Barbie had her wokest moment yet. On the official BarbieStyle Instagram channel, she was pictured in a series of photos with another doll, …

Barbie

Navigation Apps Are Turning Quiet Neighborhoods Into Traffic Nightmares

LEONIA, N.J. — It is bumper to bumper as far as the eye can see, the kind of soul-sucking traffic jam that afflicts highways the way bad food afflicts rest stops.<p>Suddenly, a path to hope presents itself: An alternate route, your smartphone suggests, can save time. Next thing you know, you’re headed …

15 Things Psychologists Wish You Knew Can Gradually Destroy Self-Esteem

It can be tough to step outside yourself, and truly recognize what affects your self-esteem. That's because nobody wakes up in the morning <i>wanting</i> to …

Uber is officially a cab firm, says European court

<b>Uber is officially a transport company and not a digital service, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.</b><p>The ride-hailing firm argued it was an information society service - helping people to make contact with each other electronically - and not a cab firm.<p>The case arose after Uber was told …

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How one of the richest dynasties in American history lost its fortune

Cornelius Vanderbilt might have been the greatest capitalist in history.<p>When he was just 16, in 1810, Cornelius borrowed US$100 from his mother. Using that money, he went on to build a fortune of around US$100 million. That would be worth over US$200 billion today. And it was roughly equivalent to …

Laissez-Faire

Does mental illness show up in tweets?

Psychiatrists aren’t supposed to characterize the mental health of public figures from afar. A new study raises an uncomfortable question: Is …

What Causes Bipolar Disorder? Scientists Think They’ve Found 7 Potential Sources Of The Illness

Mental health issues are complex, and severe illnesses like bipolar disorder have long been been critically misunderstood. Though bipolar disorder …

The Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet' Takes Its Final U.S. Commercial Flight This Week

Boeing’s 747 is perhaps the most iconic commercial airplane of all time. Introduced half a century ago in 1968, it was a technological marvel and a …

Why an Airplane May be Worse For Your Skin Than a Tanning Bed

<i>This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.</i><p>If you thought you only needed to pack sunscreen for a beach vacation, think again: according to …

12 Days of Travel: U.S. to Amsterdam From $470 Round-Trip

The perfect time of year to beat the crowds.<p><i>Last year, JetBlue rolled out 12 Days of Deals—daily flight deals all over the Western Hemisphere, and we couldn't get enough of it. This year, the airline’s holiday surprise is the return of the ‘All You Can Jet’ pass, but we were so inspired by their</i> …

Trump’s Censorship of Science Will Kill People

Do you want your medical treatment to be based on science? The Trump administration doesn’t.<p>It banned the top US public health agency, the Centers …