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Apple opposes U.K. plan to expand online surveillance

<i>(By Paul Sandle, Reuters) —</i> Apple has warned that a British plan to give intelligence agencies extra online surveillance powers could weaken the security of personal data for millions of people and paralyze the tech sector.<p>Britain unveiled proposals for new online powers last month that it said …

Report: Google to team up with Ford to build self-driving cars

Google may not manufacture its own cars after all, but rather team up with Ford to build its self-driving vehicles.<p>The two companies will announce …

Autonomous Cars

Why Gratitude Makes You a Happier Person

<i>“Stop pitying yourself, people have it worse, you should be grateful.”</i> You’ve probably heard this before, and it’s some of the most cliché, unhelpful …

Do-it-yourself CRISPR genome editing kits bring genetic engineering to your kitchen bench

CRISPR genome editing is one of the most significant, world-changing technologies of our era, allowing scientists to make incredibly precise cut n' …

Earth to send final postcard to Voyager

Scientists rush to write final brief note to alien species before spacecraft carrying information about earth leaves the solar system<p>When the Voyager twin spacecrafts set out in the 1970s they took with them a snapshot of life on Earth in the hope that aliens might one day happen upon the probes …

NVIDIA DesignWorks Software Tools Help Create Virtual Products That Look Real

<i>Updated with 4N Watch image</i><p>I just returned from the SIGGRAPH conference which is a mecca for advanced computer graphics and related research. The event is a unique mix of academic research and commercial developments. This year the conference was held in the Los Angeles Convention Center bringing …

Los Angeles

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

University of Oxford

Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

A US appeal court ruling that undermines the principle of net neutrality could spell the end for the ideal of an open internet<p>Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is …

These 3-D Printed Covers Make Prosthetics Stylish

Someone with a tattoo can design an intricately carved fairing that matches. Or someone with a classic motorcycle can design a chrome fairing that …

UC Berkeley

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …