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Bill Introduced to Keep Data from Vehicle Black Boxes Private

Two U.S. senators want to protect drivers from having their car’s “black box” data accessed by insurance companies or other prying eyes who might use its data against them.<p>The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation—the same committee that grilled General Motors CEO Mary Barra …

Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

In Nigeria, Christian Leaders Urge Interfaith Dialogue With Violent Boko Haram

(RNS) For five years, bombs and bullets from Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram have ripped through churches and their members, raising concerns over the security of Christians in majority Muslim regions of the country.<p>But as similar attacks ignite violent reprisals by pro-Christian militias in …

Vatican Library to digitise archives with Japanese support

<b>The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church.</b><p>The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years.<p>The cost - more than $20m (£12m) - will be borne by Japan's NTT Data …

White House launches climate data project, calls on data innovators

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the Climate Data Initiative, a program that will utilize climate change-related data to unleash new …

Don't Text While Parenting — It Will Make You Cranky

It’s hard to avoid the lure of the smartphone — so many apps! — and if you’re a parent with rambunctious kids, you may not want to. But a fascinating …

Will millions of Christians give up Facebook and Twitter for Lent?

The Christian season of Lent is one of personal sacrifice. But could it also be a financial hit for such social networking giants as Twitter TWTR, …

Rights Advocates See 'Access To Justice' Gap In U.S.

Too many poor people in the U.S. lack access to lawyers when they confront major life challenges, including eviction, deportation, custody battles and domestic violence, according to a new report by advocates at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Clinic.<p>Risa Kaufman, acting co-director of the …

Nearly Every Star Hosts at Least One Planet

The vast majority of stars in our Milky Way galaxy host planets, many of which may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study …

The Defense Department’s data strategy: Huge, massive and distributed

Ely Kahn has spent more than a decade working in the national security world, including stints at the Transportation Safety Administration, …

Swiss nervous after vote to limit EU migrants

<b>The Swiss vote to reintroduce immigration quotas and abandon free movement of people has attracted worldwide attention, not least from Switzerland's EU neighbours, where there is also heated debate about free movement of people.</b><p>In Switzerland itself, one day after the vote, there is a feeling of …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

"The Myth" of Panama's 900 HP Evo - /TUNED

OLPC Still Bringing Tech 'Dreams' To Needy Kids With Very Cool Green Gadgets

Wearables and 4K TVs weren’t the only shiny and new objects introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.<p>One Laptop Per Child, launched in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte out of MIT’s Media Lab, continues its mission to help impoverished kids through low-cost laptops and connected devices. And …

6 Apps That Fit Charity Into Your Daily Routine

Social Good Apps That Fit Into Your Daily Routine<p>1. Instead<p>2. I Can Go Without<p>3. Charity Miles<p>4. One Today<p>5. Donate a Photo<p>6. Check-in for Good<p>A pen …

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The top five breakthroughs in car tech from CES 2014

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Automakers teaming with Google to bring Android to cars this year

Remember how we mentioned that Hyundai would be offering a BlueLink infotainment app for Google Glass? And how last week, we told you about a rumored partnership between Audi and Google? Well, both of these things were just part of a much bigger deal.<p>Google has teamed up with Audi, General Motors, …

Google, Get Into My Car: Android-Based Infotainment Coming This Year

Google knows its autonomous car and gesture-based vehicle controls could be a decade or more away, so this year, it’s just going to take over your car’s infotainment system. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Silicon Valley giant announced plans with Audi, General Motors, Honda, …

Car Salesman Confidential: Evil… or Incompetence?

There is an assumption that car dealerships are well-oiled, money-harvesting machines kind of like the KGB or the Mafia, or maybe the evil Empire from “Star Wars,” where everything we do is a result of a deliberate plan to cheat customers out of their money. But the truth is, most of the …

You Won't Believe All the Crazy Hardware the NSA Uses for Spying

Over the weekend we learned a lot about the National Security Agency’s Access Network Technology, or ANT, division, that, in the words of Der …

Audi and Google to Announce Infotainment Partnership

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas slowly has become almost a tertiary-level auto show, given how many automakers have begun flocking to the venue to show off their latest technological wares. This year certainly won’t disrupt the trend, it seems, because <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting …

Nevermind Amazon Prime Drones, Google Has Future Delivery Vehicle With Uber

Amazon’s recent announcement around drone delivery captured the world’s attention. It is a creative idea. But, as Chris Anderson, founder of 3D Robotics, (and the DIY Drones community), said about the idea before Amazon even suggested it: “It’s incredibly stupid.”<p>Now to be clear, I’m a huge fan of …

Israeli Startup Mines Data To Solve Global Water Crisis

<i>Note: the story was updated on January 1 to remove a reference to Thames Water</i><p>U.S. intelligence services agree: A major global water crisis is less than ten years away. Some time in the second decade of second millennium, countries important to the United States will start to suffer shortages and …

The Best and Worst of 2013 in Sales, Performance, and More – Feature

Best/Worst Performers<p>Best<p>Worst<p><b>Acceleration</b><br>0 to 60 mph<p><b>2.9</b><br>sec<p><b>16.1</b><br>sec<p><b>Rolling start</b><br>5 to 60 mph<p><b>3.8</b><br>sec<p><b>16.4</b><br>sec<p><b>¼-mile elapsed time</b><p><b>11.2</b><br>sec<p><b>20.2</b><br>sec<p><b>Sum of top-gear<br>acceleration times</b><p><b>4.1</b><br>sec<p><b>36.7</b><br>sec<p><b>Braking</b><br>70 to 0 mph<p><b>135</b><br>feet<p><b>208</b><br>feet<p><b>Interior sound level</b><br>@ 70 mph<p><b>62</b><br>dBA<p><b>78</b><br>dBA<p><b>EPA hwy fuel economy</b><p><b>108</b><br>MPGe<p><b>14</b><br>MPG<p><b>C/D observed</b> …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."<br>"Where are we then?"<br>"Do you see that mountain over …

Google reportedly partners with Audi for on-board Android

Google is reportedly hitting the road for its next battle with Apple for mobile OS market share.<p>The Web giant has teamed with automaker Audi to develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on the Android operating system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The aim of the …

Facebook’s Cutesy Annual Report To Partners Reveals First Country-By-Country Mobile Stats

TechCrunch has obtained never before published metrics showing Facebook’s international growth. Facebook sent some partners a playfully illustrated eMagazine called The Annual, but I’ve acquired a copy from a source and the stats inside are serious business. The report divulges user counts for some …

Smart snowplows could mean safer winter roads

With winter in full swing across a number of northern states and many Americans driving home after spending the holidays with family, the icy and snowy roads are being given no shortage of attention. But a new plan from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and funded by the US Department of …