International Science & Technology News

    • Scientists solve the mystery of America's scuba-diving fly

      Scientists solve the mystery of America's scuba-diving fly

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs,…
      - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 8:51pm -
    • U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it

      U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it

      (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients are taking their medication properly, marking a significant step forward in the convergence of healthcare and technology.
      - 8 days ago 14 Nov 17, 6:36pm -
    • Drinking age: oldest evidence of wine-making found near Tbilisi

      Drinking age: oldest evidence of wine-making found near Tbilisi

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oenophiles take note: 5980 BC was a very good year for wine.
      - 9 days ago 13 Nov 17, 9:08pm -
    • Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces

      Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces

      LONDON (Reuters) - Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases.
      - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 2:21pm -
    • Exploring Egypt's Great Pyramid from the inside, virtually

      Exploring Egypt's Great Pyramid from the inside, virtually

      PARIS (Reuters) - A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza have created a virtual-reality tour that allows users to 'teleport' themselves inside the structure and explore its architec…
      - 15 days ago 7 Nov 17, 8:07pm -
    • Cosmic-ray imaging finds hidden structure in Egypt's Great Pyramid

      Cosmic-ray imaging finds hidden structure in Egypt's Great Pyramid

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists using an imaging method based on cosmic rays have detected a large and enigmatic internal structure in the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, the massive Great Pyramid of Giza on the outsk…
      - 19 days ago 3 Nov 17, 1:04pm -
    • Going ape: new orangutan species identified in Sumatra

      Going ape: new orangutan species identified in Sumatra

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified a new species of great ape on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, finding that a small population of orangutans inhabiting its Batang Toru forest merits recognition as the third species of these shaggy…
      - 20 days ago 2 Nov 17, 4:29pm -
    • Mystery space object may be first confirmed interstellar visitor

      Mystery space object may be first confirmed interstellar visitor

      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A small asteroid or comet that has been spotted racing through our solar system may have come from elsewhere in the galaxy, U.S. space scientists say, possibly marking the first such interstellar visitor observed from Earth.…
      - 25 days ago 28 Oct 17, 3:03am -
    • Raccoon-sized dinosaur with 'bandit mask' amazes scientists

      Raccoon-sized dinosaur with 'bandit mask' amazes scientists

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A raccoon-sized, feather-clad dinosaur that roamed China 130 million years ago shared a distinctive trait with the furry modern mammal that topples trash cans in North America: a stripe across their eyes resembling a bandit mas…
      - 26 days ago 27 Oct 17, 1:27pm -
    • Fossil footprints reveal existence of big early dinosaur predator

      Fossil footprints reveal existence of big early dinosaur predator

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trail of fossilized three-toed footprints that measure nearly two feet (57 cm) long shows that a huge meat-eating dinosaur stalked southern Africa 200 million years ago at a time when most carnivorous dinosaurs were modest-si…
      - 27 days ago 26 Oct 17, 9:13pm -
    • newApple scientists disclose self-driving car research

      Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research

      (Reuters) - Research by Apple Inc computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomou…
      - 13 mins ago 22 Nov 17, 10:28am -
    • newAmazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday: sources

      Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday: sources

      SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has told its Australian sellers to be ready to take orders on Nov. 23, according to a retailer, the first time the global retail juggernaut has given a start date for doing business in the world No. 12 economy.
      - 35 mins ago 22 Nov 17, 10:06am -
    • newU.S. commission recommends tariffs to curb Samsung, LG washer imports

      U.S. commission recommends tariffs to curb Samsung, LG washer imports

      WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday recommended tariffs to keep Samsung and LG from flooding the U.S. market with inexpensive washers, a step that would protect American appliance giant Whirlpool Corp .…
      - 36 mins ago 22 Nov 17, 10:05am -
    • newUber paid hackers to cover up massive data breach

      Uber paid hackers to cover up massive data breach

      (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday.
      - 52 mins ago 22 Nov 17, 9:49am -
    • newTiVo wins set-top box patent case against Comcast

      TiVo wins set-top box patent case against Comcast

      (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of Rovi Corp, which is now known as TiVo Corp, and prohibited Comcast Corp from importing and selling certain types of Rovi's Xfinity X1 set-top boxes.
      - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 17, 9:06am -
    • newSamsung Electronics to set up AI research center

      Samsung Electronics to set up AI research center

      SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it would create an artificial intelligence (AI) research center and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups.
      - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 17, 8:21am -
    • newMicrosoft's Skype pulled from Apple, Android China app stores

      Microsoft's Skype pulled from Apple, Android China app stores

      BEIJING (Reuters) - Skype, Microsoft Corp's internet phone call and messaging service, has disappeared from app stores in China including that of Apple Inc , indicating the latest setback for a foreign tech service in the country.
      - 7 hours ago 22 Nov 17, 3:41am -
    • newU.S. government warns businesses about cyber bug in Intel chips

      U.S. government warns businesses about cyber bug in Intel chips

      (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday urged businesses to act on an Intel Corp alert about security flaws in widely used computer chips as industry researchers scrambled to understand the impact of the newly disclosed vulnerability.
      - 8 hours ago 22 Nov 17, 2:49am -
    • newFCC chief plans to ditch U.S. 'net neutrality' rules

      FCC chief plans to ditch U.S. 'net neutrality' rules

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that prohibited internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content in a move that promises to r…
      - 10 hours ago 22 Nov 17, 12:27am -
    • newTrump says AT&T plan to buy Time Warner 'not a good deal'

      Trump says AT&T plan to buy Time Warner 'not a good deal'

      (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his criticism of pay TV and wireless company AT&T's deal to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc, which the Justice Department has sued to stop.
      - 13 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 10:04pm -
    • Wine-making existed at least 500 years earlier than previously known
      ACCORDING to the ancient Greeks, wine was first discovered by Dionysus, and proved so popular that he was rewarded with godhood. The ancient Persians credit it to a woman who had been banished from the presence of the legendary King Jamshid. Desponde…
      - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 4:10pm -
    • Growing tiny tumours in the lab could help treat cancer

      Growing tiny tumours in the lab could help treat cancer

      Giving up their secretsALMOST half a century after Richard Nixon declared war on cancer, there has been plenty of progress. But there is still no cure. One reason is that “cancer” is an umbrella term that covers many different diseases. Although…
      - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 3:58pm -
    • New surgical robots are about to enter the operating theatre

      New surgical robots are about to enter the operating theatre

      ROBOTS have been giving surgeons a helping hand for years. In 2016 there were about 4,000 of them scattered around the world’s hospitals, and they took part in 750,000 operations. Most of those procedures were on prostate glands and uteruses. But r…
      - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 3:58pm -
    • How to send a message to another planet

      How to send a message to another planet

      Rendez-vousIN 2029 the inhabitants, if any, of the planet GJ 273b will receive a message that will change their lives forever. Encoded in radio signals emanating from an innocuous-looking blue-green planet 12.4 light-years away, will be tutorials in…
      - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 8:33pm -
    • Smelly farms may succumb to subtle science

      Smelly farms may succumb to subtle science

      I love the smell of para-cresol in the morningFARMYARDS smell. There is no getting away from that. They smell because of the excrement produced by the animals which live there. And however carefully this excrement is dealt with—whether by modern ve…
      - 13 days ago 9 Nov 17, 3:47pm -
    • Enhanced understanding of the microbiome is helping medicine

      Enhanced understanding of the microbiome is helping medicine

      WHEN, at the turn of the century, the first human genomes were sequenced, many biologists felt they had had delivered into their hands the keys to unlocking numerous puzzles about disease. Since then there has indeed been a fruitful effort to underst…
      - 13 days ago 9 Nov 17, 3:47pm -
    • A bird’s alarm calls do not always come out of its beak

      A bird’s alarm calls do not always come out of its beak

      Nice primaries, dahlingCHARLES DARWIN was fascinated by bird communication. In “The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex” he devoted equal space to both the sorts of sounds that emerge from birds’ beaks and the more percussive noises…
      - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 9:48pm -
    • A randomised trial shows that the power of the press is real

      A randomised trial shows that the power of the press is real

      MALCOLM X, an American political activist, described the media as the most powerful entity on Earth, “because they control the minds of the masses”. Some journalists may find this proposition flattering, but though those who study such things agr…
      - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 9:48pm -
    • A new nerve-cell monitor will help those studying brains
      SCIENCE is a mixture of the intellectual and the practical. And the practical requires tools. Until the invention of the telescope, astronomy had been stuck in a rut for millennia. Until the invention of the microscope, microbiology did not exist.Neu…
      - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 6:05pm -
    • The latest unmanned drone is a version of an existing manned one

      The latest unmanned drone is a version of an existing manned one

      Look! No hands...IN THE future, the skies of cities may belong to aerial drones. These are spiderlike devices with four or more propellers (thus often known as quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters and so on) that provide both lift and thrust. The ho…
      - 20 days ago 2 Nov 17, 3:51pm -
    • Mammoth society seems to have been like that of modern elephants

      Mammoth society seems to have been like that of modern elephants

      All for one and one for allELEPHANTS live in social groups of up to a dozen, led by a matriarch. At least, they do if they are not mature males. But once a male becomes sexually potent, he leaves his native band and sets up shop by himself. The only…
      - 20 days ago 2 Nov 17, 3:51pm -
    • A new chamber has been detected in the Great Pyramid of Giza

      A new chamber has been detected in the Great Pyramid of Giza

      ANCIENT Egypt has held the world in thrall for so long that some of those once enthralled are now ancient history themselves. Well-to-do Romans of the early Empire, for instance, would tour the place to look at antiquities older to them than the Colo…
      - 21 days ago 1 Nov 17, 10:03pm -