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Harvesting fog to solve a water crisis

<b>(CNN) —</b> Peña Blanca is a small agricultural community 300 km north of Santiago.<p>In this arid coastal region, 'fog catchers' -- large nets strung up in areas with thick fog and high winds -- are used to collect water.<p>The technique was pioneered in Chile in the 1950s. The fog is pushed through fine …

Water

In breakthrough experiment, scientists shine a light on antimatter

Antimatter is weird stuff. It was created during the Big Bang along with traditional matter, but it has the exact opposite properties of the kinds of matter we know: anti-electrons (or positrons) have a positive charge rather than negative, for example, while antiprotons, the antimatter versions of …

Physics

Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments

Chances are your doctor has stopped taking notes with pen and paper and moved to computer records. That is supposed to help coordinate your care.<p>Increasingly, researchers are also exploring these computerized records for medical studies and gleaning facts that help individual patients get better …

Digital Health

All the Biggest Space News to Look Forward to in 2017

Running a space program ain't easy. Spacefaring missions can take as long to plan and fund as they do to execute, so you'd better bet there's some …

Scientists Turn Salmonella Into 'Cancer-Seeking Missile' To Destroy Brain Tumours

It significantly extended the lifespans of rats with an aggressive cancer.<p>Salmonella is one of the most common forms of food poisoning, leaving …

Elon Musk could soon share more on his plan to help humans keep up with AI

In nearly the same breath as he shared updates on his plans to dig tunnels, Elon Musk also noted he’s looking to hopefully share more on his progress with developing a “neural lace” next month. That’s a technical term for direct cortical interface, and it’s something that the SpaceX and Tesla CEO …

Singularity

Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo — raising the possibility of interspecies organ transplants

For the first time, scientists have grown an embryo that is part-pig, part-human.<p>The experiment, described Thursday in the journal Cell, involves injecting human stem cells into the embryo of a pig, then implanting the embryo in the uterus of a sow and allowing it to grow. After four weeks, the …

Genetics

Prosthetic limb maker wants you to really feel VR

Getting to grips with VR is looking more stylish by the minute.<p>VR lets you see new worlds, but if 3D-printed prosthetics company Exiii has its way, you'll soon be able to <i>feel</i> them too.<p>Part glove, part exoskeleton, the Japanese company's Exos VR accessory gives you the sensation of touching a real …

Virtual Reality

ChitChat is Silicon Valley’s spammiest new app

It began shortly after lunch.<p>The texts appeared, first a trickle.<p>It wasn’t long before the deluge began in earnest.<p>“<i>A friend</i>* added you on ChitChat,” they said.<p>“Tap here … to get it,” they said.<p>What ChitChat is I’m not prepared to say, as I refuse to download it. I don’t want to be infected with …

Apps

Startups, Emerging Technology and More

Technology<p>By Flipboard News Desk | A curated selection of Technology news.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces another request to testify — in …

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

This week, Tech.eu tracked 17 technology M&A transactions and 69 tech funding deals totaling €202.8 million (about $218 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.<p>Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:<p><b>1)</b> Barcelona smartphone games developer Social Point has been …

Samsung acquires home monitoring software company Perch

Perch, makers of the clever do-it-yourself home monitoring software that repurposes old smartphones as security cameras, announced it has been acquired by Samsung Electronics yesterday. In the statement, Perch said, “our team will be working with Samsung groups around the world to develop …

Google Play

China's biggest phone company made the best smartphone you've never heard of

Now, though, it's time to start paying attention. Those security fears have largely died down. The company itself is now the third-biggest smartphone maker in the world, behind only Samsung and Apple, and gaining ground. It's starting its heaviest push yet to compete in the West.<p>Most importantly, …

Phones

Facebook will capitalize on your broken heart — just in time for Valentine's Day

If you're feeling totally alone in the aftermath of a traumatic breakup, don't worry, Facebook knows what you're going through. Like, <i>exactly</i> what …

Elon Musk posts image that may or may not be secret tunnel project

Elon Musk likes to show off his toys, and the latest may (or may not) be a component of his new tunnel boring efforts designed to defeat the scourge …

Uber is making ride

What would you do with data from more than 2 billion trips taken with the ride-booking service Uber?<p>Soon, you'll be able to explore the possibilities. The company recently debuted a new online tool called Movement, which provides data like ride durations between two points, based on GPS …

Privacy

Dark net black markets are turning to bug bounty programs

Dark net black markets are taking a leaf out of many legit companies' book and turning to bounty hunters to find security flaws in their systems. Hansa Market is one of them. According to <i>CyberScoop</i>, the marketplace, which brought in $3 million last year, has launched a bug bounty program offering …

uBeam shows off futuristic wireless charging tech in its first public demo

And it looks like it actually works<p>uBeam is a bit of a mystery in Silicon Valley. The wireless charging company claims to have developed a way to charge electronic devices using ultrasonic waves, for truly cord-less charging regardless of what surface your smartphone is touching. The company has …

Wireless Charging

The surgeon giving his patients VR instead of sedatives

In Mexico’s most violent state, a surgeon is using virtual reality to relieve the pain and stress of operations when sedatives are not possible. Jo Marchant watched him as he works.<p>Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-oldalways wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers …

Virtual Reality

This Cyborg Insect Could Bring Big Advances In Medical Care

Scientists look to flying animals — birds, bats and insects — for inspiration when they design airborne drones. But researchers are also investigating how to use technology to interact with, and even guide, animals as they fly, enhancing the unique adaptations that allow them to take to the air.<p>To …

InterAct

Snap is worried that losing net neutrality could ‘seriously harm’ its business

New companies depend on open access<p>Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, filed its IPO paperwork yesterday, and there’s lots of information about the company and its business contained inside. We’ve already learned a larger rollout of Spectacles is coming, and the company prioritizes iOS …

Net Neutrality

You next iPhone may be assembled in India

Apple is going to start making iPhones in India instead of China, though most users will have to wait a while longer before seeing “Made in India” on …

Hands-on with Elago’s $15 Macintosh-inspired W3 Apple Watch Stand [Video]

Since the Apple Watch was first unveiled, accessory makers flooded the market with third-party add-ons. From watch bands to docks, the options are nearly endless, yet Elago has managed to standout from the competition with its W3 Stand that looks like a vintage Macintosh 128K.<p>By leveraging …

Twitter accounts really are echo chambers, study finds

As in ancient human cultures, users of the social media site interact most with those who share their political views, Demos report reveals<p>When it comes to politics and the internet, birds of a feather really do flock together, according to research confirming the existence of online echo chambers …

Twitter

Jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services

Make way for one more pivot from Jawbone. The fitness band maker that originally started out in headsets and later made speakers, has abandoned selling and supporting consumer hardware following a deluge poor reviews and media reports that it has run out of money.<p>TechCrunch has learned and …

Wearable Tech

A company wants to turn your glasses into smartglasses

Remember when Google Glass was all the buzz on the internet? While that project seems to be in an indefinite holding pattern, there are still people out there who want to develop smartglasses. One such project is currently seeking funds via Kickstarter. This device is call Kai, and it’s been …

Google Glass

Amazon has at least 66 million Prime members but subscriber growth may be slowing

Amazon didn’t reveal Prime’s growth rate for the first time since 2013.<p>Amazon Prime is the key to Amazon’s dominance — period. So when the company reveals any numbers about the shipping and video service, I scoop them up like my 3-year-old does brownie crumbs.<p>Last year, I pieced together some …

Cloud Computing

PoliceOne confirms hack; thousands of forum accounts for sale on the dark web

The hacker targeted PoliceOne.com in 2015, stealing 715,000 members' accounts, including FBI and DHS staff.<p>A data broker is selling hundreds of …

Security

Here are Facebook's marketing tips for exploiting lonely people

Facebook has some advice for brands on how to get their marketing messages to resonate with newly single people.<p>In a blog post today, the company expounded on ways in which single people act in the wild and on the internet, as well as ways to capitalize on their sad, sad lives:<p>It’s okay if you …

Marketing

Why Intel is filling the skies with drones

Intel is flooding the skies with drones, doing everything from sending them out to inspect massive solar arrays in the Mojave Desert to lighting the night sky above Disney World with 500 drones.<p>It’s all part of a virtuous cycle, according to Anil Nanduri, vice president in the new technology group …