International Science & Technology News

  • newAmazon's Brush With $1,000 Signals the Death of the Stock Split
    Stock splits, once considered a way to keep shares affordable for mom-and-pop investors, are rare today as companies aspire to new heights.
    - 9 mins ago 26 May 17, 6:36pm -
  • newWall Street's Message to CEOs: Innovate Now
    Wall Street, long obsessed with quarterly profits, has a message for chief executives of big established companies: Pick up the pace of innovation and make riskier bets sooner.
    - 1 hour ago 26 May 17, 5:22pm -
  • newHow to Be Your Own Quant
    You may already trust algorithms more than you realize, like watching movies suggested for you or making purchases based on recommendations attuned to your taste. Why not let computers pick all your investments, too?
    - 1 hour ago 26 May 17, 5:17pm -
  • newThe Economics of Battery-Powered Homes
    Homeowners can now power their homes with batteries, but the benefits are minimal in most areas for now.
    - 2 hours ago 26 May 17, 5:09pm -
  • newStartup's Rocket Reaches Space, but Falls Short of Orbit
    RocketLab, a startup widely seen as a trailblazer for frequent, ultralow-cost access to space, failed to reach orbit on its first flight.
    - 2 hours ago 26 May 17, 4:35pm -
  • newSharp Sees Salvation in Appliances
    The recovery plan for troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp: Become a major global appliance maker under the wing of its Taiwanese parent, Foxconn Technology Group.
    - 2 hours ago 26 May 17, 4:23pm -
  • newNice Speech, Mark Zuckerberg! You're Still a Few Credits Short
    Facebook’s CEO, who delivered a commencement address, joins a growing roster of degree-less entrepreneurs and entertainers doing the honors. ‘I am fake graduating.’
    - 4 hours ago 26 May 17, 2:28pm -
  • newThe 'Merperson' Comes to Emoji
    For the latest release of emoji, a subcommittee recommended a gender-neutral version to go with mermaids and mermen.
    - 4 hours ago 26 May 17, 2:17pm -
  • newBest Buy Defies Slump in Retail
    Best Buy, the electronics giant left for dead a few years ago, is bucking America’s retail slump by turning its cavernous stores from a potential drag on its business into a way to fend off Amazon.
    - 5 hours ago 26 May 17, 1:46pm -
  • newTanium Lets Staff, Chairman Cash Out for $100 Million
    Cybersecurity startup Tanium Inc. has created a liquidity event for insiders following a spate of negative publicity.
    - 7 hours ago 26 May 17, 11:39am -
  • newDoes Facebook Make Us Unhappy And Unhealthy?
    Susan Pinker looks at new research that suggests Facebook makes us unhappy and unhealthy.
    - 12 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:05am -
  • newA Tech Warrior's Final Battle With Google
    For much of the past two decades, Qi Lu, a search-technology whiz, waged losing battles against Google, first at Yahoo then at Microsoft’s Bing. Now, he says he can shape China’s Baidu into a worthy competitor in artificial intelligence.
    - 12 hours ago 26 May 17, 7:01am -
  • newHow Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative
    Political consultant Aaron Nevins asked for and received documents from hacker “Guccifer 2.0” and posted some on his blog, after which the hacker called the blog to the attention of Trump adviser Roger Stone.
    - 12 hours ago 26 May 17, 6:46am -
  • newChina's Lenovo Reboots After Losing PC Crown to HP
    China’s Lenovo Group is shaking up its operations as it seeks to reclaim the title of global leader in personal computers and shore up its smartphone business.
    - 12 hours ago 26 May 17, 6:40am -
  • newAppian Shares Leap 35% After IPO
    Shares of Appian Corp., a maker of software for developing enterprise applications, jumped 35% to $16.22 after its initial public offering Thursday.
    - 13 hours ago 26 May 17, 5:35am -
  • newMicrosoft Tries to Take On Twitch at Videogame Live-Streaming
    Microsoft on Thursday is launching its own videogame live-streaming service called Mixer, setting up yet another battle among some of the biggest names in the technology industry.
    - 15 hours ago 26 May 17, 4:05am -
  • newGoogle's Strategic Long Game in China
    A friendly game of Go in the picturesque city of Wuzhen has given Google an opening to return to China’s good graces, seven years after it left the country over government censorship of its namesake search engine and hacks of its Gmail service.
    - 16 hours ago 26 May 17, 2:30am -
  • newFord Lures Engineer Back From Uber
    Ford Motor Co. has wooed back a senior engineer who left the auto maker to develop autonomous vehicles at Uber Technologies Inc.
    - 21 hours ago 25 May 17, 9:52pm -
  • Take-Two Needs 'Grand Theft Auto' to Keep on Rolling
    Delay of “Red Dead Redemption 2” means a four-year old blockbuster will need to keep selling.
    - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 6:28pm -
  • Alexa's New Avatar: Financial Adviser
    While it is early days in the co-mingling of wealth advice and sophisticated sciences, tools such as voice recognition, quantitative analysis and artificial intelligence stand to play a bigger role in an industry that has proved ripe for digital disr…
    - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 4:52pm -
  • Your Data Is Way More Exposed Than You Realize
    Think online privacy is no big deal? You better sit down: Geoffrey A. Fowler shows how much of your personal information is out there, and how it can be used to target or harass.
    - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 4:05pm -
  • Beijing's Version of Microsoft Windows 10 Tightens Security, Ditches Solitaire
    Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 10 software customized for the Chinese government to improve security, including modifying the program to prevent data that is typically collected from being transmitted to other devices.
    - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 2:47pm -
  • Talent Battle: Hedge Funds vs. Silicon Valley
    The battle for quantitative talent has turned some of the richest money managers into underdogs, pitting them against the likes of Google and Facebook for hiring the world’s top minds.
    - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 12:42pm -
  • Health-Tech Startups Pivot as Obamacare Uncertainty Mounts
    Many health-technology startups are revamping their business strategies and others are finding it tougher to attract fresh capital amid the prospect of repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
    - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 11:23am -
  • J.Crew's Mickey Drexler Confesses: I Underestimated How Tech Would Upend Retail
    The retail legend didn’t understand how speed and price would drive internet shoppers. After 10 quarters of falling sales, the brand wants to create a more accessible image and add digital marketing.
    - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 10:29am -
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Let Your Snapstreak End Tonight
    Snapchat hooked the masses on sending friends photos that disappear. Now teens and millennials do whatever it takes to keep daily messaging streaks alive. ‘Some people overreact a little’
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 2:45am -
  • In Modern Cyber War, the Spies Can Become Targets, Too
    Over the past eight months, a mysterious hacking group released what it says are National Security Agency computer-espionage secrets. Former intelligence officials now fear the hackers are taking a new tack: exposing the identities of the NSA compute…
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 12:21am -
  • Venture Funds Flood Startups With Cash
    Investments in first quarter rose 37% from the previous period, to $14.5 billion. Social Finance pulled in $500 million.
    - 2 days ago 24 May 17, 9:32pm -
  • Facebook Tool Handles Media Companies' Video Ad Sales
    Facebook is testing a new tool designed to help media companies sell video advertising on their own websites, apps and other digital properties in a more automated fashion, the company said Tuesday.
    - 3 days ago 24 May 17, 2:27am -
  • Only Robots Can Tally What the Largest U.S. Pension Fund Pays in Fees
    The nation’s largest pension plan has 380 people overseeing $320 billion in assets. But when one of its top officials was asked during a board meeting how much in performance fees was paid to private-equity managers, he had to acknowledge no one kn…
    - 3 days ago 24 May 17, 12:04am -
  • Futuristic Fintech, With a Female Focus
    Women remain an underserved market in financial services. A new app thinks it has the answer, but is AI up to the task?
    - 3 days ago 23 May 17, 3:37pm -
  • The Quants Run Wall Street Now
    For decades, investors imagined a time when data-driven traders would dominate financial markets. That day has arrived.
    - 4 days ago 22 May 17, 7:23pm -
  • Who's in Charge of Outer Space?
    All extraterrestrial activity today is governed by a 50-year-old treaty drafted at the height of the Cold War. Will governments around the world agree on an update before the final frontier becomes the Wild West?
    - 7 days ago 20 May 17, 2:56am -
  • Formula E Racing Shifts Into High Gear
    What’s whiny, eco-friendly and found mostly in urban environments? The electric race car auto makers hope will draw a millennial audience to motor sports.
    - 7 days ago 19 May 17, 6:58pm -
  • IBM Orders Its Remote Workers Back Into the Office
    IBM is giving thousands of its remote workers in the U.S. a choice this week: Abandon your home workspaces and return to a regional office—or leave the company.
    - 8 days ago 19 May 17, 5:06am -
  • Google Gives Artificial Intelligence More Power in Its Products
    Google doubled down on its bet on artificial intelligence with new features and availability for its virtual assistant and smart speaker at its software-developers conference, part of a scramble with other tech giants to dominate the next wave of con…
    - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 1:52pm -
  • New Threats Fuel Fears of Another Global Cyberattack
    Days after WannaCry ransomware swept the globe, a new computer attack hit thousands of machines world-wide and a hacking group said it would release a fresh trove of stolen attack software.
    - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 8:24am -
  • Amazon's Australian Expedition to Rattle Retailers
    Amazon is preparing to bring its full retail offering to Australia, signaling a major competitive threat to the country’s retailers and an important new beachhead for its global distribution network.
    - 9 days ago 18 May 17, 1:09am -
  • Can Free Stock Trades Sell? Robinhood App Tests New Brokerage Model
    Four years ago, two Stanford graduates set out to make stock-trading free with an app that would let anyone invest without paying fees. Now the founders face a crucial test: Can Robinhood make money from all these freeloaders?
    - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 3:37pm -
  • Web-Retail Startups Turn for Growth to Bricks and Mortar
    Casper, which shook up the mattress business, is among several specialty web retailers shifting to brick-and-mortar stores after finding the pool of online buyers is only so deep.
    - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 12:15pm -
  • For Many Companies, a Good Cyber Chief Is Hard to Find
    Demand for chief information security officers is rising as cybersecurity problems attract the attention of corporate boards, but top candidates aren’t in great supply.
    - 11 days ago 15 May 17, 11:58pm -
  • United's Cockpit Door Security Codes Inadvertently Revealed
    United Continental Holdings Inc. sent out an alert about a breach in cockpit-door security procedures after a flight attendant mistakenly posted information that included access codes on a public website. The problem was subsequently fixed.
    - 11 days ago 15 May 17, 4:06pm -
  • Nintendo Developing 'Legend of Zelda' Smartphone Game
    Nintendo plans to bring its videogame franchise “The Legend of Zelda” to smartphones, the latest step by the Kyoto company to expand its mobile-games lineup.
    - 11 days ago 15 May 17, 2:15pm -
  • Uber's Driverless Cars Are Clouded by Possible Federal Probe
    A judge’s unusual recommendation for federal prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uber Technologies and a top executive stole Google’s driverless-car trade secrets casts a new shadow over one of Uber’s most critical initiatives.
    - 11 days ago 15 May 17, 10:52am -
  • SpaceX Launch Aims to Highlight Advances
    If Elon Musk’s SpaceX racks up another successful rocket launch this week, the blastoff could go a long way toward convincing critics that the company has recovered from a pair of explosions in 2015 and 2016.
    - 11 days ago 15 May 17, 10:49am -
  • NASA's Mega-Rocket and Deep-Space Capsule Face Concerns
    Sending astronauts to the moon and beyond is projected to pose particularly significant safety risks during re-entry and landing. Budget and production woes have further delayed NASA’s human exploration program for deep space, with federal watchdog…
    - 12 days ago 15 May 17, 4:39am -
  • Farmers Change Their Methods to Adapt to Volatile Weather
    Among the tools are no-till farming, misting and faster planting.
    - 12 days ago 15 May 17, 3:47am -
  • Apple Headquarters Signals Tech's Boom, Bravado
    Apple Inc.’s new headquarters in Silicon Valley is the most lavish in a spate of glitzy new architectural projects by tech titans at a time when their businesses are booming and market valuations are soaring.
    - 12 days ago 15 May 17, 1:34am -
  • SoftBank Founder Looks to Virtual Worlds in Next Big Tech Bet
    Improbable, a London-based maker of virtual worlds and real-world simulations, has raised $502 million in a funding round led by the Japanese telecommunications and internet giant
    - 14 days ago 12 May 17, 11:15am -
  • Why Do Gas Station Prices Constantly Change? Blame the Algorithm
    Retailers are using artificial-intelligence software to set optimal prices, which are sometimes higher than competitors. Some antitrust experts say such systems could raise prices for consumers.
    - 17 days ago 9 May 17, 3:07pm -
  • Companies Look to Make a Quantum Leap With New Technology
    Volkswagen is among a growing number of firms experimenting with quantum computing to push their businesses forward.
    - 18 days ago 8 May 17, 2:33pm -
  • Elon Musk's Desire for S-E-X Leads to Confusion With Model 3
    Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, countered a slight misunderstanding in the marketplace about the new car model and its name.
    - 19 days ago 8 May 17, 1:51am -
  • Wal-Mart Wants to Know When Your Milk Is About to Expire
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is thinking about using sensor technologies to track how much detergent a family has used or when milk is about to expire, according to a patent application made public Thursday, a sign the retailer is exploring new ways to fend…
    - 21 days ago 5 May 17, 2:14pm -
  • Facebook's Female Engineers Claim Gender Bias
    An analysis last year by a longtime engineer at Facebook found female engineers received 35% more rejections of their code than men, setting off an internal debate over gender bias. A later study rejected those findings.
    - 23 days ago 3 May 17, 3:15pm -
  • Samsung Gets Green Light to Test Self-Driving Cars
    Samsung has received regulatory approval to test a self-driving car in its home market, a reflection of the South Korean technology giant’s growing ambitions in the auto industry.
    - 24 days ago 2 May 17, 1:42pm -
  • Why Intel Paid a Premium for a Stake in Cloudera
    Intel had strategic reasons for buying its stake in big-data software startup Cloudera three years ago—at a price that was about twice Friday’s IPO pricing.
    - 25 days ago 1 May 17, 2:11pm -
  • Uber Interviews Heavyweights for a Crucial Job: Handling Travis Kalanick
    The ride-sharing giant has approached current or former officials from companies including Disney, Wal-Mart and CVS in a bid to revamp operations and bring discipline to its culture.
    - 28 days ago 28 Apr 17, 10:04am -
  • Amazon Echo Targets Age-Old Question: Does This Look Good on Me?
    Amazon.com, seeking a bigger slice of the clothing market, is casting itself as a style adviser with its latest Echo device. The internet-connected speaker includes a camera, enabling consumers to take videos and photos of their outfits and compare t…
    - 29 days ago 27 Apr 17, 10:31pm -
  • In the Chips: Tech's Sleeping Giant Becomes a $352 Billion Cash Cow
    The proliferation of connected devices and big data is handing new clout to chip makers. The result is an unprecedented semiconductor boom, as a flood of demand pushes up prices and gives an advantage to firms that can secure huge quantities of the m…
    - 30 days ago 27 Apr 17, 3:54am -
  • Alphabet's Waymo Offering Families Rides in Self-Driving Cars
    Waymo will dramatically expand its testing efforts by offering hundreds of self-driving vehicles to families and urban commuters in the Phoenix area.
    - 31 days ago 26 Apr 17, 12:46am -
    • U.S. spacecraft finds cyclones, ammonia river on Jupiter

      U.S. spacecraft finds cyclones, ammonia river on Jupiter

      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Jupiter's atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system's largest planet, researchers said on Thursday, publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft f…
      - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 6:13pm -
    • New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket

      New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket

      WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand's remote Mahia Peninsula.
      - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 11:41am -
    • Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe’s demise: report

      Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe’s demise: report

      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Europe's Schiaparelli spacecraft came very close to a successful landing on Mars last year, but engineers failed to realize how jarring the probe's parachute descent could be, dooming the touchdown, a report released…
      - 2 days ago 24 May 17, 6:28pm -
    • Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts' spacewalk

      Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts' spacewalk

      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts completed a hastily planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, NASA said.
      - 3 days ago 24 May 17, 6:08am -
    • Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go

      Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go

      BEIJING (Reuters) - A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday, a major feather in the cap for the firm's AI ambitions as it looks to woo Beijing to gain re-entry into the country.…
      - 3 days ago 23 May 17, 9:35am -
    • Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

      Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people ar…
      - 4 days ago 22 May 17, 10:08pm -
    • NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station

      NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station

      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NAS…
      - 5 days ago 21 May 17, 11:06pm -
    • Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

      Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

      LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer.
      - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 11:06pm -
    • Motor mouth: T. rex could bite with the force of three cars

      Motor mouth: T. rex could bite with the force of three cars

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have come up with one more reason to be amazed by Tyrannosaurus rex. When the huge carnivorous dinosaur took a bite, it did so with an awe-inspiring force equal to the weight of three small cars, enabling it to crunc…
      - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 1:11pm -
    • NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsule

      NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsule

      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the U.S. space a…
      - 14 days ago 12 May 17, 11:30pm -
    • newChipotle probe finds hackers stole payment card info in data breach

      Chipotle probe finds hackers stole payment card info in data breach

      (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Friday hackers used malware to access customers' card data, including its number, expiration date and internal verification codes, from payment systems at some of its restaurants between March 24 and Ap…
      - 17 mins ago 26 May 17, 6:28pm -
    • newVodafone's M-pesa money service to expand further into Africa: CEO

      Vodafone's M-pesa money service to expand further into Africa: CEO

      NAIROBI (Reuters) - Vodafone's popular mobile financial services M-Pesa will expand into more African countries, giving millions of people access to banking services without the need for a bank account, the chief executive of Safaricom said.
      - 1 hour ago 26 May 17, 5:41pm -
    • newItalian court overturns Uber ban

      Italian court overturns Uber ban

      ROME (Reuters) - A Rome court annulled a short-lived ban on ride-hailing app Uber on Friday in the latest twist to a battle between the San Francisco-based multinational and Italy's traditional taxi cabs.
      - 2 hours ago 26 May 17, 4:24pm -
    • newGlobal chat platform Kik to launch digital currency

      Global chat platform Kik to launch digital currency

      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kik Interactive, which created the chat platform Kik, said on Thursday it was launching a crypto-currency or token called Kin that would enable customers to use a whole range of digital services.
      - 2 hours ago 26 May 17, 4:20pm -
    • newMajor U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

      Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase go…
      - 3 hours ago 26 May 17, 3:56pm -
    • newChina LeEco's sports unit says valued at $3.5 billion after new funding round

      China LeEco's sports unit says valued at $3.5 billion after new funding round

      BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco's sports unit said it completed a new round of funding that valued it at 24 billion yuan ($3.50 billion) and that its investors will form a new committee to supervise its finances.
      - 8 hours ago 26 May 17, 10:29am -
    • newJapan, South Korea drive global bitcoin prices as retail investor pile in

      Japan, South Korea drive global bitcoin prices as retail investor pile in

      HONG KONG (Reuters) - Japanese and South Korean buying helped drive the price of bitcoin to an all-time high this week, with the digital currency more than doubling its value since the start of the year, analysts and market practitioners said on Frid…
      - 9 hours ago 26 May 17, 9:53am -
    • newSamsung Electronics to set up fund to help suppliers amid Moon's reform push

      Samsung Electronics to set up fund to help suppliers amid Moon's reform push

      SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it would set up a 500 billion won ($445 million) fund to help small suppliers, the highest-profile South Korean firm to unveil steps in the wake of new President Moon Jae-in's call to protect small bu…
      - 16 hours ago 26 May 17, 2:28am -
    • newBillionaire Slim eyeing electric taxi to reduce pollution in Mexico City

      Billionaire Slim eyeing electric taxi to reduce pollution in Mexico City

      MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Giant Motors, an automaker partially owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is working on a prototype electric taxi to replace the gas-guzzling cabs polluting Mexico City's air, a company executive said.
      - 20 hours ago 25 May 17, 10:24pm -
    • newCoinbase suffers outages amid bitcoin surge

      Coinbase suffers outages amid bitcoin surge

      (Reuters) - Coinbase said on Thursday it suffered outages this week as the bitcoin exchange saw "unprecedented traffic and trading," with the digital currency hitting record levels.
      - 23 hours ago 25 May 17, 7:41pm -
    • newThe long, winding road for driverless cars

      The long, winding road for driverless cars

      CARMAKERS like to talk about autonomous vehicles (AVs) as if they will be in showrooms in three or four years' time. The rosy scenarios suggest people will soon be whisked from place to place by road-going robots, with little input from those on boar…
      - 22 hours ago 25 May 17, 8:48pm -
    • “Disco bacteria” could churn out drugs and useful chemicals

      “Disco bacteria” could churn out drugs and useful chemicals

      M.C. EscherichiaTHE central idea of synthetic biology is that living cells can be programmed in the same way that computers can, in order to make them do things and produce compounds that their natural counterparts do not. As with computers, though,…
      - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 2:49pm -
    • How to build cheaper smart weapons

      How to build cheaper smart weapons

      A million dollars up in smokeON APRIL 7th a salvo of missiles fired by American warships in the Mediterranean scored direct hits on several Syrian aircraft shelters from hundreds of miles away, demonstrating once more the effectiveness of precision,…
      - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 2:49pm -
    • Male and female beetles fight over penis spines

      Male and female beetles fight over penis spines

      Evolution in actionANTAGONISM is built into the nature of sexual reproduction itself. Members of each sex try to maximise their own reproductive fitness, which is a combination of the quality and the quantity of offspring they are able to raise to th…
      - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 2:49pm -
    • Airports switch to “virtual” control towers

      Airports switch to “virtual” control towers

      THE 67-metre-tall control tower that opened at San Francisco International Airport in October is a stylish structure that cost $120m. It is supposed to resemble a beacon of the sort used in ancient times to guide ships safely to harbour. Those in the…
      - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 2:49pm -
    • Using light to fingerprint paper

      Using light to fingerprint paper

      A PIECE of paper is a complicated product. Trees are felled, stripped of their bark, chipped, mashed, and then mixed with water and churned into pulp. That pulp is washed and refined, before being beaten to a finer slush. Laid out flat, drained of wa…
      - 1 day ago 25 May 17, 2:49pm -
    • WannaCry should make people treat cyber-crime seriously

      WannaCry should make people treat cyber-crime seriously

      IN 1933 Britain’s parliament was considering the Banditry bill—the government’s response to a crime wave. The problem was that criminals were using a newfangled invention, the motor car, to carry out robberies faster than the police could respo…
      - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 2:46pm -
    • How the eggshell got its spots

      How the eggshell got its spots

      Unscrambled eggsCOLLECTING wild birds’ eggs is a hobby, once popular, that is frowned on today. In some countries, it is illegal. That, though, makes past collections the more valuable. And one of them, assembled by the splendidly named John Colebr…
      - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 2:46pm -
    • A way to make water potable using carbon dioxide

      A way to make water potable using carbon dioxide

      THE world’s thirst for clean drinking water is vast and growing. It is also unslaked, particularly in poor countries. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 660m people rely on what it calls “unimproved” water sources. A quarter…
      - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 2:46pm -
    • The exploits of bug hunters

      The exploits of bug hunters

      TO HELP shield their products from ransomware like the recent worldwide WannaCry attack, most big software-makers pay “bug bounties” to those who report vulnerabilities in their products that need to be patched. Payouts of up to $20,000 are commo…
      - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 2:46pm -
    • Cheap illumination’s benefits in remote areas may be limited

      Cheap illumination’s benefits in remote areas may be limited

      But will it help him learn?FOR sunny places not connected to the electricity grid, the falling price of solar panels and LED lighting promises a bright future. No more smoky, lung-damaging kerosene lamps. Greater security and safety. More ways to con…
      - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 9:18pm -
    • Why AI researchers like video games

      Why AI researchers like video games

      LAST year Artur Filipowicz, a computer scientist at Princeton University, had a stop-sign problem. Mr Filipowicz is teaching cars how to see and interpret the world, with a view to them being able to drive themselves around unaided. One quality they…
      - 15 days ago 11 May 17, 2:53pm -