International Science & Technology News

    • newNorway to spend $13 million to upgrade 'doomsday' Arctic seed vault

      Norway to spend $13 million to upgrade 'doomsday' Arctic seed vault

      OSLO (Reuters) - Norway plans to spend 100 million Norwegian crowns ($13 million) to upgrade a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic island built 10 years ago to protect the world's food supplies, the government said on Friday.
      - 8 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 6:30pm -
    • newPrimitive art: Neanderthals were Europe's first painters

      Primitive art: Neanderthals were Europe's first painters

      LONDON (Reuters) - The world's oldest known cave paintings were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, suggesting our extinct cousins were far from being uncultured brutes.
      - 12 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 2:27pm -
    • newJapanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

      Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

      TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping.…
      - 15 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 10:56am -
    • newBoeing, Lockheed interested in launching rockets from Brazil, minister says

      Boeing, Lockheed interested in launching rockets from Brazil, minister says

      BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's defense minister said on Thursday that Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and other U.S. aerospace companies have expressed interest in launching rockets from its Alcantara military base near the equator and visited the sit…
      - 22 hours ago 23 Feb 18, 3:52am -
    • World's last remaining wild horses aren't really wild after all

      World's last remaining wild horses aren't really wild after all

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may come as a disappointment to equine enthusiasts, but a new genetic study has found that no truly wild horses still exist and that a population inhabiting Mongolian grasslands actually is a feral descendant of the earliest…
      - 1 day ago 23 Feb 18, 1:14am -
    • I want to drink your blood: Vampire bat's genetic secrets revealed

      I want to drink your blood: Vampire bat's genetic secrets revealed

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If you want to know how vampire bats can survive on a diet that -- as everyone knows -- consists exclusively of blood, the answer is simple. It's in their genes.
      - 3 days ago 20 Feb 18, 4:28pm -
    • Ancient human remains, Ice Age animal bones found in giant Mexican cave

      Ancient human remains, Ice Age animal bones found in giant Mexican cave

      MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archaeologists exploring the word's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age.
      - 3 days ago 20 Feb 18, 3:16pm -
    • Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert

      Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert

      RAMON CRATER, Israel (Reuters) - A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel's Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel's Science and Technology Ministry said.…
      - 4 days ago 19 Feb 18, 6:41pm -
    • 'Easy on the fries!', Japan scientists tell hopeful bald people

      'Easy on the fries!', Japan scientists tell hopeful bald people

      TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have warned that eating french fries will not cure baldness, after research was published suggesting that chemicals used in cooking fried potatoes could help fight hair loss.
      - 7 days ago 16 Feb 18, 6:33pm -
    • Startling orangutan population decline recorded in Borneo

      Startling orangutan population decline recorded in Borneo

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hunting by people and habitation destruction by oil palm, paper, logging and mining industries helped drive a startling drop of about 50 percent in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015, scientists…
      - 8 days ago 15 Feb 18, 8:53pm -
    • What Is Aquagenic Urticaria? Toddler Suffers From Allergic Reaction To Water
      A toddler in Minnesota and her parents are dealing with an allergic reaction no child has ever had to deal with at such a young age before. Ivy Lynn Angerman, the 18-month-old daughter of Brittany and Dan Angerman, developed severe reactions to water…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 10:08pm -
    • Who Is Jared Taylor? White Supremacist Sues Twitter After Being Banned
      Jared Taylor, a white nationalist and white supremacist and founder of American Renaissance, is suing Twitter over the company’s decision to ban Taylor’s accounts from its platform.
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 8:31pm -
    • Your Perfume Might Be Causing Ozone Pollution
      Vehicles are one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases but they have a rival when it comes to the worst causes of pollution, especially the pollutants in the ozone layer. A study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows t…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 7:52pm -
    • Snapchat Stock Price: Kylie Jenner Tweets Causes Company Value To Plummet
      Snapchat’s latest update and redesign has been bemoaned by users, including high profile social media influencer Kylie Jenner, who sent the company’s stock price plummeting Thursday with a single tweet.After Jenner expressed her recent lack of i…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 7:16pm -
    • Intel Partners With PC Makers To Bring 5G To Windows Laptops
      Intel announced it has partnered with PC makers to bring 5G to Windows laptops. Intel will provide consumers a sneak peek of the company’s 5G-connected 2-in-1 detachable laptops during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 next week.Intel says it has p…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 6:01pm -
    • Upgraded AirPods With Hands-Free Siri Coming Soon, Water-Resistant Model In 2019
      Apple is already rumored to be working on upgraded version of AirPods this year and now a new report has more details on exactly what those upgrades are going to be.
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 5:58pm -
    • When Does Net Neutrality End? Order Published, April Effective Date
      The United States Federal Communication Commission’s order to repeal net neutrality protections were officially published Thursday in the Federal Register. The order will go into effect April 23—60 days from its date of publication.Once it goes…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 4:33pm -
    • 'Fortnite' Update: Season 3 Patch Brings 'John Wick' Costume, Faster Building
      The competitive Battle Royale component of “Fortnite” has grown significantly since its launch in September. The once-sparse map is now littered with neighborhoods, cities and other structures where players can find loot and death on their quest…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 4:17pm -
    • Samsung Denies Returning To OLED Tech For TV Business
      Samsung Electronics has finally decided to shut down reports claiming it is turning back to origanic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology for its TV business. The South Korean tech giant has slammed such rumors, for it is not in the process of taki…
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 2:09pm -
    • Samsung Galaxy S9 To Be Showcased Using Augmented Reality Technology
      A report fresh from South Korea is claiming that Samsung Electronics will use augmented reality technology in unveiling its latest Galaxy S installment. This way attendees and non-attendees will have a close-up look at the Galaxy S9 and its different…
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 1:15pm -
    • Qualcomm Shows Off Reference Design For Snapdragon 845 Standalone VR Headsets
      Qualcomm has unveiled a new virtual reality reference platform that’s being powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor. It introduces significant upgrades and improvements to the Snapdragon Mobile VR platform and is seen as a huge step forward for sta…
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 10:20am -
    • HTC Announces Layoffs In The US, Merges Vive VR & Smartphone Businesses
      Just last week, Chialin Chang resigned as the president of HTC’s smartphones business and now the company appears to be shifting away from the U.S. market. HTC has announced that it’s laying off a large portion of its U.S. team and that its VR an…
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 9:31am -
    • Huawei P20 Leaked: Prototype Images Show Thin Bezels, Virtual Volume Keys
      The Huawei P20, the successor to last year’s P10, is expected to be announced next month in Paris, France. Now it looks like a prototype for the upcoming Android flagship phone has already been leaked and it leaves little to the imagination.
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 9:09am -
    • Ethereum Scam: Fake Elon Musk Twitter Account ‘Giving Away 5,000 ЕTH’
      Scammers have struck again, using a method that is fast becoming old — by impersonating Elon Musk on Twitter. On Wednesday, a post from an account pretending to be of the SpaceX CEO said he was giving away over $4 million worth of Ethereum to celeb…
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 7:16am -
    • iPhone X $200 Discount Announced As T-Mobile Looks To Attract More Consumers
      In an attempt to attract more consumers, T-Mobile has announced its plan to offer a discount of over $200 to those who are purchasing the iPhone X or any of the newer iPhone models starting this Friday. However, the discount will come in a form of re…
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 2:23am -
    • LG V30s Release Date Revealed Ahead Of MWC 2018
      LG Electronics announced last month that it is not going to release a new flagship device at the Mobile World Congress 2018 next week. However, the South Korean tech company revealed that it is launching an upgraded version of its V30 phablet at the…
      - 2 days ago 22 Feb 18, 1:37am -
    • U.S. Mobile Internet Speeds Lag Behind Most Of The World
      While mobile carriers in the United States are starting to experiment with building out 5G networks intended to provide next-generation internet to mobile users, current network speeds place the country toward the back of the pack when compared to th…
      - 2 days ago 21 Feb 18, 10:21pm -
    • Violent Video Game Tax Proposed After Parkland Shooting
      As America looks for answers in the wake of the shooting massacre of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, some politicians have returned to the 1990s tactic of blaming video games for violence.
      - 2 days ago 21 Feb 18, 9:08pm -
    • Twitter Limits Automated Tweeting After Bot Lockout
      Twitter announced Wednesday new limits on automated tweets and multiple accounts operated by the same user in what is viewed as the company’s latest effort to crack down on spam and political propaganda spread through bots.
      - 2 days ago 21 Feb 18, 8:52pm -
    • How To Add Temperature On Snapchat
      Snpachat users who have had the app for years are used to taking a Snap and then swiping through the filters to add the temperature label. It comes in handy for those frigid days or the unseasonably warm spring days that much of the country has seen…
      - 2 days ago 21 Feb 18, 7:59pm -
    • Finding more time to detect a tsunami

      Finding more time to detect a tsunami

      TSUNAMI are terrible things. And part of their terror lies in their unpredictability. Even when a submarine earthquake that may cause one is detected, the information that is needed to determine whether a giant wave has actually been created takes ti…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 3:47pm -
    • The ramifications of a new type of gene

      The ramifications of a new type of gene

      WHAT’S a gene? You might think biologists had worked that one out by now. But the question is more slippery than may at first appear. The conventional answer is something like, “a piece of DNA that encodes the structure of a particular protein”…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 3:47pm -
    • Making quantum computers reliable

      Making quantum computers reliable

      CALCULATING machines that run on quantum bits (known as qubits, for short) are, by some accounts, the future of computation. Quantum computers have the theoretical advantage that they can solve with ease certain mathematical problems, such as the fac…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 3:47pm -
    • Using domestic animals to make human organs

      Using domestic animals to make human organs

      TAKE the fertilised egg of a pig. From each cell in the resulting embryo cut out a gene or genes that promote the development of the animal’s heart. Inject human stem cells from a patient who needs a new heart into the embryo and then place it into…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 3:47pm -
    • Making anaesthesia safer by tracking brain activity

      Making anaesthesia safer by tracking brain activity

      Watching the wavesAROUND 1936 three neurologists at Harvard Medical School raided the medicine cabinet, filling their boots with morphine, barbiturates, ethers and even cobra venom. They applied those substances to (apparently) willing volunteers and…
      - 1 day ago 22 Feb 18, 3:47pm -
    • Computer programs recognise white men better than black women

      Computer programs recognise white men better than black women

      SOFTWARE that recognises faces has bounded ahead in recent years, propelled by a boom in a form of artificial intelligence called deep learning (see article). Several firms now offer face recognition as a commercial service, via their respective clou…
      - 8 days ago 15 Feb 18, 3:48pm -
    • For artificial intelligence to thrive, it must explain itself

      For artificial intelligence to thrive, it must explain itself

      SCIENCE fiction is littered with examples of intelligent computers, from HAL 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Eddie in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. One thing such fictional machines have in common is a tendency to go wrong, to…
      - 8 days ago 15 Feb 18, 3:48pm -
    • How too much fructose may cause liver damage
       FRUCTOSE is the sweetest of the natural sugars. As its name suggests, it is found mainly in fruits. Its job seems to be to appeal to the sweet tooths of the vertebrates these fruit have evolved to be eaten by, the better to scatter their seeds far…
      - 15 days ago 8 Feb 18, 3:45pm -
    • Searching for lithium deposits with satellites

      Searching for lithium deposits with satellites

      CORNWALL, a rugged peninsula that forms Britain’s south-western extremity, has a history of mining going back thousands of years. Its landscape is dotted with the ruins of long-closed tin and copper mines, along with mountains of spoil from the ext…
      - 15 days ago 8 Feb 18, 3:45pm -
    • Home-made drones now threaten conventional armed forces

      Home-made drones now threaten conventional armed forces

      AN ATTACK on Russian forces in Syria on January 5th by 13 home-made drones is a good example of “asymmetric” warfare. On one side, exquisite high-tech weapons. On the other, cheap-as-chips disposable robot aircraft. Ten of the drones involved att…
      - 15 days ago 8 Feb 18, 3:45pm -
    • New evidence in the search for Amelia Earhart

      New evidence in the search for Amelia Earhart

      JULY 2nd of last year marked the 80th anniversary of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, a pioneering aviatrix (pictured above), and her navigator Fred Noonan over the Pacific Ocean, as they attempted a circumnavigation of the globe in a twin-engine…
      - 17 days ago 6 Feb 18, 6:55pm -
    • A strange fossil spider. Or maybe not

      A strange fossil spider. Or maybe not

      THE picture above is of one of the five known specimens of Chimerarachne yingi, a newly discovered arthropod that lived 100m years ago, during the Cretaceous period. It is preserved in amber and was found in the Hukawng Valley amber mines in norther…
      - 18 days ago 5 Feb 18, 4:03pm -