Sci-tech


Mark Zuckerberg drops Hawaiian land lawsuits after backlash Mark Zuckerberg drops Hawaiian land lawsuits after backlash
- January 28, 2017

Currently, owners of the lots, which have been in their families for generations, have the rights to travel across Zuckerberg's property. But this peace-making attempt appeared to fail, and led hundreds in Kauai to plan a march for Friday to protest the lawsuits as well as a six-foot wall Zuckerberg placed around the property. (more...)
Wolf-Like Ancient Otter Discovery In China Wolf-Like Ancient Otter Discovery In China
- January 25, 2017

Scientists estimated that it would have weighed almost 110 pounds, and existed more than 6 million years ago. Based on plant and animal fossils found near the collection site, scientists believe that the ancient otter probably lived in the shallow lake of a warm and humid swamp, lush with broad-leaved evergreens and grasses. (more...)
Falcons' Julio Jones manhandles Packers DBs en route to a touchdown Falcons' Julio Jones manhandles Packers DBs en route to a touchdown
- January 24, 2017

It wants status. Recognition. The Falcons in recent years have won enough games to get a shrug and wink, like a gentle pat on a pet's head. Lambeau Field. Along with Rodgers, the two quarterbacks are two of the leading MVP candidates. Green Bay's star quarterback went 12-for-17 for 119 yards, zero TDs and an interception in the first 30 minutes of action. (more...)
Dutch PM Rutte issues open letter wooing right-wing voters Dutch PM Rutte issues open letter wooing right-wing voters
- January 24, 2017

Rutte has a reputation of being a pragmatist in his country, unlike his rival Wilders, who in his own words once said: "Half the people of Holland love me and the other half hates me". Polls show Mr Wilders' Freedom Party is now the most popular in the country, but it remains to be seen whether the politician can pull together a coalition and form government in a parliament traditionally dominated by minority parties. (more...)
Wolf 1061c could be the next habitable planet after Earth Wolf 1061c could be the next habitable planet after Earth
- January 23, 2017

Wolf 1061c is located almost 13.8 light years from Earth, which has made it the second-closest recognized exoplanets to Earth. Initial results from the findings of Kane's team, which relied on astronomical assistance from researchers in Tennessee State University and in Geneva, Switzerland, to measure star Wolf 1061 to better gauge its habitable zone , indicates that Wolf 1061c orbits around its parent star at the inner edge of the zone, which is also known as the "goldilocks zone", a ... (more...)
NASA proves 2016 was the hottest year on record
- January 22, 2017

The average temperature across the world's land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 degrees or 1.69 degrees above the 20th-century average of 57 degrees, NOAA declared . The latest conclusions won't come as a much of a shock to observers, as the likely outcome was trailed heavily towards the end of past year. Scientists point to human-caused changes over the past decades as a major factor that led to increased temperatures. (more...)
2016 hottest year on record, says World Meteorological Organisation
- January 20, 2017

Land and ocean global temperatures in 2013 from both NASA and NOAA. Extreme weather conditions resulting from global warming have had a severe effect on the planet's climate. "2016 is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series", said Goddard Institute for Space Studies Director Gavin Schmidt. The year 2016 can be summed up in one word: Warm. (more...)
Betsy DeVos: American Schools Should Advance 'God's Kingdom' Betsy DeVos: American Schools Should Advance 'God's Kingdom'
- January 18, 2017

But facing scathing criticism from teachers unions , who say she is seeking to destroy public education , DeVos also promised to be a "strong advocate for great public schools", which provide instruction to more than 90 percent of the country's students. (more...)
Auction planned for Donald Trump's childhood home in Jamaica Estates Auction planned for Donald Trump's childhood home in Jamaica Estates
- January 18, 2017

The 5-bedroom, 4-and-a-half bath home in Jamaica Estates, New York, that once housed the president-elect is being auctioned off by Paramount Realty USA. "You're not actually getting anything of tangible value for the Trump association". "It, like art, antiques or collectibles, is worth what the highest bidder is willing to pay, which is why it is appropriately marketed for sale by auction". (more...)
Falcon 9 returns to space with Iridium-1 launch
- January 17, 2017

Moments after the Falcon 9 soared into the sky, the rocket's two sections separated as planned, sending the satellites to orbit and the tall portion, known as the first stage, of the rocket back to Earth. Three weeks after last September's accident, the company removed a long-standing phrase from its website saying it was "profitable and cash-flow positive". (more...)
HTC announces flagship U Ultra, featuring AI-based virtual assistant
- January 13, 2017

HTC also includes VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling in the U Ultra's spec list, and while HTC hasn't yet responded to my question specifically about T-Mobile, HTC has supported those features on T-Mo with past unlocked phones. HTC has removed the headphone jack from the HTC U Ultra , just like Apple did with the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets. What's not impressive is its battery potential which is 3,000mAh for such a powerful display is definitely signifies a problem. (more...)
China's Inflation Slows; Producer Price Inflation Fastest In More Than 5 Years China's Inflation Slows; Producer Price Inflation Fastest In More Than 5 Years
- January 12, 2017

China's producer prices surged the most in more than five-year highs in December and by more than expected as prices of coal and other raw materials soared, while consumer inflation remained subdued. On a month-to-month basis, it increased 1.6 percent. "Our calculation indicates the rise in PPI inflation in H1 2017 should add no more than 0.5ppts [percentage points] to China's CPI inflation in 2017". (more...)
Nissan's next Leaf will drive autonomously on highways Nissan's next Leaf will drive autonomously on highways
- January 07, 2017

But, rather than asking the passengers, it is programmed to send all its camera, RADAR and LIDAR data to a "mobility manager" who sits offsite somewhere, who can then send instructions to the auto. The initial tests will start this year in Japan, and by 2020, the two entities hope to expand tests to commercial usage in Tokyo's metropolitan area. (more...)
Ford is turning its cars into Amazon Alexa devices starting this month
- January 07, 2017

Ford claims it will be the first automaker to offer real-world integration with Amazon's popular smart home device. However, there are some noteworthy dissimilarities between Amazon's own speaker and Lenovo Smart Speaker. Lenovo said that the users will have to connect the speaker via Lenovo's app on iOS and Android platforms. The first , available later this month, connects you to your vehicle from your home through Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap. (more...)
Special function of Prakash Parva begins, sea of devotees in Patna Special function of Prakash Parva begins, sea of devotees in Patna
- January 06, 2017

Many across the country paid obeisance to Guru Gobind Singh on Twitter. This year's Sikh Parade, hosted by Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Tauranga, marks 350 years since the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, and will be held on January 7 . "It is a day to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of equality, brotherhood and compassion as epitomised by Guru Gobind Singhji, she said". "May Guru Gobind Singh Ji be your guiding star through your life and may he shower blessings on you this Gurpurab". (more...)
New Vive Tracker turns everyday objects into VR controllers
- January 06, 2017

Byford tried HTC's TPcast in a crowded demo area and it worked so well that he often forgot that he was using it. The peripheral isn't made by HTC directly, but was developed as part of its incubation programme. Dubbed the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, the new experience is about "convenience and comfort", O'Brien said. It comes with high definition earphones for an integrated VR audio. (more...)
Eurozone inflation climbs to three-year high Eurozone inflation climbs to three-year high
- January 05, 2017

The Eurozone inflation in December reached 1.1%, according to preliminary data of Eurostat . Core inflation, which excludes unprocessed food and energy prices, rose to 0.9% from 0.8% the month before. Elsewhere, France's inflation increased slightly to 0.8% from 0.7% in November. The European Central Bank wants to keep inflation below, but close to 2 percent and has been buying 60 billion euros worth of euro zone government bonds each month to inject more cash into the banking system ... (more...)
Send us your photographs of the moon and Venus in the skies Send us your photographs of the moon and Venus in the skies
- January 04, 2017

Also visible in the early evening sky, below and diagonally right from the Mars-Moon-Venus alignment, is Mercury. According to Beckstrom Observatory, the distance between Venus and Mars gets smaller this month, with Venus reaching its peak height above the horizon. (more...)
Police searching for missing boy from Aurora Police searching for missing boy from Aurora
- January 04, 2017

He was last seen wearing an Army style tan jacket, green camouflage trousers and black boots with orange trim. He is 4 feet tall, weighing 48 pounds and has light brown hair with brown eyes. They are combing the neighborhood on the ground and in the air. More than 200 volunteers searched for the missing boy along with police bloodhounds and a helicopter, with an Amber Alert issued for him Monday afternoon. (more...)
Turkish parliamentary commission approves reform to grant Erdogan more power Turkish parliamentary commission approves reform to grant Erdogan more power
- December 31, 2016

According to the new proposed draft constitution, the president will be able to continue with a party affiliation, which is one of the most significant changes to the presidential system, while in the current constitution the president is not allowed to continue their party affiliation and should have a non-partisan stance. (more...)
Amazon Echo and Alexa Murder Case Involvement Rakes up Privacy Issues Amazon Echo and Alexa Murder Case Involvement Rakes up Privacy Issues
- December 30, 2016

Bates' attorneys characterize the death as an accident. Collins' body had cuts and bruises and investigators found blood in the hot tub, the affidavit states. For what it's worth, anecdotally, I've heard from a professor who works in voice research that Amazon deletes all voice data after six months - but Amazon has no stated policy about how long it holds onto that data. (more...)
Metal-Clad Coolpad Cool1 Lands In India With 4GB Of RAM Metal-Clad Coolpad Cool1 Lands In India With 4GB Of RAM
- December 30, 2016

Screen: The Cool 1 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a 401 ppi pixel densityRear camera: The phone comes with a dual camera setup on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors. The smartphone will be available in Silver and Gold colors. Titled the Cool1, the handset features a dual-camera setup on the back as the name suggests and a massive 4060mAh battery underneath. (more...)
Ford to unveil its next-generation self-driving vehicle Ford to unveil its next-generation self-driving vehicle
- December 29, 2016

Ford also claims that the car's electrical controls are nearly production-ready. The new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous vehicle platform, but ups the processing power with new computer hardware. "These new sensors possess a sensing range roughly the length of two football fields in every direction", Brewer noted. The former will be testing its autonomous vehicles in Munich, starting from 2017. (more...)
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game will decide the NFC North Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game will decide the NFC North
- December 25, 2016

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he would not address his team any differently based on Green Bay's result Saturday. The Lions won their last division title in 1993, when they beat the Packers in the final week of the regular season, only to lose a rematch six days later, 28-24, on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Sterling Sharpe with 55 seconds to play. (more...)
Early Trials Show That Uber's Self-Driving Cars Pose Threat to Cyclists
- December 24, 2016

Although the permit costs $150 and can be obtained in roughly three days, Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber's autonomous driving unit, said the company defied regulators on principle. In response, Uber picked up and moved out. Wiedemeier says he hasn't received any complaints about other self-driving cars in the area. But now, with the DMV's decision, he said Uber has an opportunity to step back and "do things the right way". (more...)
New species of fish in Hawaii's waters named after Obama New species of fish in Hawaii's waters named after Obama
- December 24, 2016

The vibrant fishes in many colors such as pink, blue and yellow are now given the name of President Barack Obama. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) organized an expedition to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, situated in the remote northwest region of the Hawaiian Islands. (more...)
The NFL just got hacked on Twitter
- December 22, 2016

However, the company's verified customer support twitter handle tweeted: 'We're aware of the situation and are working to get it resolved'. Netflix has not yet responded to request for comment. Netflix's actual website and the accounts of its users are also believed to be safe. This is far from the first time OurMine has taken a headline in 2016. (more...)
Pregnancy leads to changes in brain
- December 21, 2016

Scientists are uncertain precisely what was reduced in size: synapses, neurons, parts of the circulatory system, or other brain cells. The same areas did not light up when pictures of other babies were viewed. The researchers also found that some women had more gray matter pruning than others, and those with the most pruning seemed to bond best with their babies. (more...)
ULA set for final launch of 2016 Sunday ULA set for final launch of 2016 Sunday
- December 20, 2016

The 2-hour launch window opens at 1:27 p.m. The satellite is created to help the HughesNet Gen5 system deliver more data and other features to consumers and small businesses that have limited or no access to terrestrial broadband internet services. (more...)
Blake Griffin to undergo knee surgery, out till January
- December 20, 2016

The surgery will be "minor", the Vertical's Shams Charania reported Sunday. According to Clippers beat writer Dan Woike , the "clean up" procedure will cost Griffin three-to-six weeks. He went on to miss Games 5 and 6. Injuries riddled Griffin's 2015-16 campaign. He was attempting to return to All-Star form with averages of 21.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, and the Clippers were looking like legitimate contenders early in the season. (more...)
Costa did not deserve yellow card against Crystal Palace - Conte Costa did not deserve yellow card against Crystal Palace - Conte
- December 18, 2016

Diego Costa's 43rd-minute was enough to beat a Palace side, who limited Chelsea to just one shot on target in the first half. "We can improve though". We came up against a top team, top of the league and we deserved to get something out of the game. Cesc Fabregas may have worked his way back into favour under Conte, but neither the Spaniard nor Nemanja Matic can match the engine of Kante in protecting the back three. (more...)
Wrong to nominate Sasilkala Natarajan as new AIADMK chief: Sasikala Pushpa
- December 17, 2016

Assuming that the rule of "continuous five year membership" was amended, still the "basic structure" for selection of General Secretary by all primary members of all party units can not be amended. B Kumar, however, said AIADMK had not been registered under Societies Registration Act and hence its provisions would not apply to it. Her husband's claim that he was a primary member of the party has to be verified. (more...)
The Pirate Bay and Torrentz to be blocked in Australia, says judge The Pirate Bay and Torrentz to be blocked in Australia, says judge
- December 17, 2016

Since there was inactivity, although bearing the names of known torrent sites, there were no sufficient evidence that can be used against those sites in Court. The Judge said they must all take "reasonable" steps which include DNS blocking, IP address blocking (or IP re-routing), URL blocking, or "any alternative technical means" approved by a rightsholder. (more...)
Trump picks climate skeptic for top energy job Trump picks climate skeptic for top energy job
- December 17, 2016

With 36 million gallons of high-level liquid radiological waste and more than 10 metric tons of plutonium, the Savannah River Site is a heavy element in the Energy Department nuclear complex. Back in July that year, a month after Trump announced his own presidential bid, Perry blasted his candidacy as "a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: A toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued." . (more...)
Patriarch plays down talk of imminent exit from Tata Trusts Patriarch plays down talk of imminent exit from Tata Trusts
- December 17, 2016

He said that Tata Sons feared that he was "galvanising" other directors to support Mistry. In public letters to group company shareholders, Mistry has said the trustees abused their position by calling for information and seeking discussions on matters they considered material and dictating Tata Sons' decisions using veto right of their nominee directors. (more...)
David Tennant will voice Scrooge McDuck on the new 'DuckTales' series David Tennant will voice Scrooge McDuck on the new 'DuckTales' series
- December 17, 2016

To round out the cast, Kate Micucci (the "Oates" in Garfunkel and Oates) as Webby, Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors/Castle) as Ms. Beakley, and Beck Bennet (another SNL cast member) as Launchpad McQuack. Annie Award nominee Matt Youngberg (" Ben 10: Omniverse ") is executive producer. The original Emmy-winning DuckTales ran from 1987-1990 as part of The Disney Afternoon daily cartoon block, which went on to spawn Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck , Talespin and 1990 ... (more...)
Samsung Galaxy S8 may be the first smartphone with Bluetooth v5.0 Samsung Galaxy S8 may be the first smartphone with Bluetooth v5.0
- December 17, 2016

We've rounded up everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so far and will update this article as soon as and when we hear more. After initially announcing that it would not roll out the update, Verizon said it will begin doing so on January 5 , explaining that it wants to make sure customers can "contact family, first responders, and emergency medical professionals during the holiday travel season". (more...)
Twitter teams up with Periscope for live video
- December 15, 2016

When users are watching a live video, they can comment and send hearts by tapping their mobile screens. Twitter is further blurring the lines between the Twitter app and Periscope. To live-stream within the Twitter app, all you need to do is hit "compose tweet", then press the "Live" button. What happens to Periscope since Twitter users can broadcast live videos with or without installing the app or signing up for an account? Do you think live video broadcast will place Twitter in a better ... (more...)
Storm Blamed for Fatal Crash in Gorham Storm Blamed for Fatal Crash in Gorham
- December 14, 2016

Heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow will lead to "significant accumulations" of snow on area roadways, according to the National Weather Service . Low in the 20s to low 30s. Tuesday: More sun than clouds, highs near 40. For the start of the work week, we will see more moderate and seasonal temperatures. (more...)
Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Shakes California Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Shakes California
- December 12, 2016

The National Tsunami Center reports no danger of tsunami at this time. However, no damage was immediately reported, according to Fox LA . Afterward, it felt like the ground was rolling, "like you were on a boat". Patrol officers, he said , will be looking for any damage. According to USGS responses, the quake was felt in Arcata, Fortuna and Fort Bragg with some responses as far away as San Francisco and Santa Cruz. (more...)