Science and Technology

Get your fix of the latest science and technology news here. Headlines for the last 24 hours from the most popular news sources on the web today. Entries are ordered by the most recent post and de-duped by title. More about RSS and links…
 


Today
The Morning Show Trailer
Let me make clear, right off the bat, that I intend to sign up for Apple's new premium TV offering on day one and will give more than one of its shows a try as the company makes its first attempt at grabbing a piece of the streaming TV pie. Unfortunately, the trailer Apple released Monday morning for The Morning Show, one of the presumably strongest titles in its slate of programming based on the strength of the cast alone, doesn't necessarily have me excited at the prospect of doing so. Which is not to say I'm turned off, either, at this first footage released from the series that goes behind the scenes at a fictional morning show and stars Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon. Watch the trailer above and see what you think -- I'm neither hot nor cold about it, I guess is what I'm saying, partly because the trailer seems to be not sure what kind of show it's teasing. Continue reading... BGR Top Deals: Surprise! The Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for the price of an entry-level Fire TV Stick AirPods 2 are back to their lowest price on Amazon, including the version with wireless charging Trending Right Now: Apple has some exciting surprises in store for the Apple Watch Series 5 What if this was the iPhone 11? At a private dinner, Tim Cook told Trump that his tariffs are hurting Apple and helping Samsung Apple's first trailer for its drama ‘The Morning Show' is here, and I have so many thoughts originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Aug 2019 at 11:44:46 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BGR: Headlines
The players and teams at the world championships brace for a new era in the Call of Duty esports scene, one marked right now by an abundance of unknowns.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
The Washington Post: Technology News
Facing a federal rule that restricts referrals for abortion, the organization will decide whether to reject government funding for family planning for low-income women.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
NYT: Science
roadway flooded with water
Exactly two years after Hurricane Harvey blew through Houston, Texas, the state government approved a “Rainy Day Fund” earmarked for flood prevention projects and resilient infrastructure. The $1.7 billion fund will be available to local governments and communities through disaster mitigation grants and loans, which can be used to leverage additional federal funding for an even bigger investment. The bill was signed by Governor Greg Abbot on June 13, and flood experts are hopeful that some of the money will be channeled to nature-based solutions known as green infrastructure. Houston's history of floods Houston is a low-lying, coastal city in Texas that has faced an ongoing battle with sea level rise and flooding. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey touched ground as a Category Four hurricane, killing 68 people and causing over $125 billion in damages. At least 154,000 homes flooded throughout Harris County, which includes the city of Houston. The devastation caused by the hurricane — considered the second most expensive tropical cyclone in U.S. history — made it clear that conventional and outdated approaches to flood management were not enough. For years, coastal residents have demanded less intrusive and more naturally beautiful solutions to controlling water (rather than industrial-looking levees and dams), but politicians, engineers and decision-makers are finally catching on. According to Laura Huffman, Texas state director for The Nature Conservancy, politicians are “recognizing that green infrastructure can scale just like gray infrastructure,” meaning it can be used to protect entire cities. Although the majority of funding will go to so-called “gray infrastructure” like levees, pipes, drainage channels and retention basins, the bill explicitly states that it will help fund the “construction and implementation of nonstructural projects, including projects that use nature-based features to protect, mitigate or reduce flood risk.” Huffman said, “We could do things as small as ‘pocket prairies' in a
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Inhabitat: Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Best Forehead Thermometer
Is the iHealth No-Touch Infrared Forehead Thermometer a thermometer or a work of art? The answer is simple: it's both. It looks like a gadget straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it's actually a brilliantly simple forehead thermometer that our readers can't stop talking about. Just hold it an inch or two from your forehead or your child's forehead, touch the button on the back, and you'll have an accurate temperature reading in less than 1 second! It's already a tremendous value at $27, but clip the special coupon available right now on Amazon and you can get one at its lowest price ever — just $19.99! iHealth Forehead Thermometer, Infrared Baby Thermometer for Best Accuracy with 3 Ultra Sensitiv…: $19.99 Here are the highlights from the product page: [ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE] iHealth No-Touch thermometer is backed by clinical validated and recommended by pediatrician. We provide 3 Ultra Sensitive sensors and the latest smart chip with the optimized algorithm to deliver reliable readings and ensure excellent performance. Just faster, more reliable, safe and hygienic. [3 SENSORS] A Ultra-senstive infrared sensor collects more than 100 data points per second from the forehead. The additional distance and environmental sensors make necessary adjustments to give you accurate readings. [FOR KIDS & ADULTS] With innovative designs & simple easy to use control by one button, our thermometers are great for adults, kids and babies. [GENTLE VIBRATION & XL DIGITS LED DISPLAY] A XL large digits LED screen displays the reading in bright white light, see readings clearly even in total darkness. Gentle vibration notification instead of annoying beep sound, hassle free from taking a temperature at night. What You Get: 1 FDA Cleared & Medical CE Approved thermometer that meets ASTM E19650-98 performance standards, 2 AAA batteries, 1 Instruction manual & 1 Quick User Guide (English, French and
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BGR: Headlines
Iceland activists, officials hold funeral for death of Okjokull glacier
Okjokull was Iceland's first glacier to disappear, but all of the nation's ice masses will be gone within 200 years, says geologist Oddur Sigurðsson.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Yahoo! News: Science News Headlines
Right now, it's only for Europe.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
CNET News
A monster-sized planet tugs on its host star just enough for researchers to pinpoint it 63 light-years away.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
CNET News
A black hole swallowing a neutron star has likely been detected for the first time, according to scientists.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
FOX News: SciTech
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday the U.S. government will extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, even as nearly 50 of its units were being added to a U.S. economic blacklist.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Reuters: Technology
Study Links Fluoridated Water During Pregnancy to Lower IQs
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAn influential medical journal published a study Monday that links fluoride consumption during pregnancy with lower childhood IQs—a finding that could undermine decades of public-health messaging, fire up conspiracy theorists, and alarm mothers-to-be.The research was expected to be so controversial that JAMA Pediatrics included an editor's note saying the decision to publish it was not easy and that it was subjected to “additional scrutiny.”“It is the only editor's note I've ever written,” Dimitri Christakis, editor in chief of JAMA Pediatrics and a pediatrician, told The Daily Beast. “There was concern on the journal's editorial team about how this would play out in the public eye and what the public-health implications would be.”About three-fourths of the United States drinks fluoridated tap water—which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared one of the 10 greatest public-health achievements of the 20th century because it dramatically reduces tooth decay.A handful of earlier studies have suggested that prenatal fluoride exposure could affect neurodevelopment, but many experts considered those to be substandard. The new study, vetted by the premier medical publisher in the U.S., is seen as more rigorous.“When we started in this field, we were told that fluoride is safe and effective in pregnancy,” said study co-author Christine Till of York University in Toronto. “But when we looked for the evidence to suggest that it's safe, we didn't find any studies done on pregnant women.”They recruited 512 pregnant women from six Canadian cities and measured their exposure several ways: analyzing the amount of fluoride in their urine; looking at how much tap water and tea they drank; and comparing the fluoride concentration in the community drinking water.Then, when the women's children were 3 or 4, the researchers gave them IQ tests and crunched the numbers to see if
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Yahoo! News: Science News Headlines
The compact midtower got a makeover and has a new little buddy from Dell made for tight budgets and tighter spaces.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
CNET News
A new study suggests that spider colonies with more aggressive females are more likely to survive after a hurricane passes through.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
NYT: Science
The Mouse House's streaming service is almost ready for its Nov. 12 launch.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
CNET News
Huawei Ban
August 19th marks the end of the temporary reprieve the US government gave Huawei after banning its access to American products, including hardware components as well as software licenses it needs to manufacture and sell all sorts of devices. But that doesn't mean Huawei will no longer be able to conduct business with US-based partners, as the Commerce Department was expected on Monday to extend the reprieve by several months. The extension was just announced, which means Huawei has ample time to launch two of its most important products of the year, including the Mate 30 Pro and Mate X foldable. Continue reading... BGR Top Deals: Surprise! The Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for the price of an entry-level Fire TV Stick AirPods 2 are back to their lowest price on Amazon, including the version with wireless charging Trending Right Now: What if this was the iPhone 11? Apple has some exciting surprises in store for the Apple Watch Series 5 Netflix's cancellation bloodbath is a lie Huawei just got the ban reprieve it needs to release the Mate 30 Pro and Mate X originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 19 Aug 2019 at 10:58:03 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BGR: Headlines
Amazon Deals
We have some seriously great daily deals for you to check out on Monday, and it all starts with a sale that shaves $10 off the prices of the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K. Other top deals on Monday include a best-selling Wi-Fi range extender that works with any wireless router you already have for just $16.97, $20 off AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $15 off regular AirPods, similar true wireless earbuds with touch control for just $30.99, $20 off the Echo Dot, the greatest no-touch forehead thermometer on the planet for just $19.99, a one-day blowout sale on Dash air fryers, $400 off the Galaxy S10+ when you buy a factory unlocked refurb, the Echo Dot for cars for just $20.99, warm white 16-foot LED light strips for $7.99 a piece, $50 off the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, and more. Check out all of today's best deals below. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player: $29.99 Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player: $39.99 TP-Link | N300 WiFi Range Extender | Up to 300Mbps | WiFi Extender, Repeater, Wifi Signal Boost…: $16.97 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (Latest Model): $179.00 Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Latest Model): $144.99 SoundPEATS True Wireless Earbuds TWS Bluetooth Headphones in-Ear Stereo Bluetooth V5.0 Earphone…: $30.99 Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal: $29.99 iHealth Forehead Thermometer, Infrared Baby Thermometer for Best Accuracy with 3 Ultra Sensitiv…: $19.99 Dash DFAF455GBBK01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick…: $69.99 Samsung Galaxy S10+ Plus G975F GSM Unlocked Smartphone (Renewed) (Prism White, 128GB): $599.99 amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch 2017 (2-Pack): $7.99 Roav Viva by Anker, Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger in-Car Navigation, Compatible with And…: $20.99 GE 6-Device Universal Remote, Backlit, for Samsung, Vizio, LG,
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BGR: Headlines
brick building with thatched roof
In the Indonesian city of Tangerang, Jakarta-based design studio RAW Architecture has completed the School of Alfa Omega, a new school that emphasizes a connection with the outdoors. Set on a former rice paddy, the project has been a challenging endeavor — not only was the first phase expected to be ready for occupancy just six months from the design commission, but the muddy site conditions and the tight budget of less than $1.2 million also posed concerns. By combining low-cost materials and design inspiration from the local vernacular with easy-to-follow modular designs, the architects were able to successfully complete the first phase in just four months and within budget. The School of Alfa Omega caters to 300 students ranging from preschool to high school and is divided into three levels of preschool, six levels of elementary school, three levels of junior high school and three levels of senior high school. For ease of construction, the architects designed modular classrooms of equal size that are arranged in clusters. Related: Cooling breezes blow straight through a low-energy brick house in Indonesia “The brief of the project was to design a school with a value where ‘every child is [considered] a genius'; to be functioned in a curriculum system that does not rely solely on academic scores,” the architects explained. “The school aims to explore all of the students' potency — even of those laid outside the ‘formal education realms' such as craftsmanship, applied art, ecological awareness, social sensibility, etc., hence it is also required the establishment of growing talent classes.” To mitigate the swampy conditions and risk of flooding, the architects elevated the steel-framed school on stilts. In addition to the use of steel and concrete for durability and strength, the architects turned to locally sourced materials to bring down costs and relate
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Inhabitat: Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
'Environmental tragedy' as Canary Islands fire out of control
Montaña Alta (Spain) (AFP) - A fire raged out of control on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria on Monday, forcing evacuations as flames rose so high even water-dropping planes could not operate in what was dubbed an "environmental tragedy". The blaze, the third in 10 days in the mountainous centre of the island, has forced the evacuation of several villages, which according to the census have a combined population of 9,000, a spokeswoman for the emergency services said. The exact number of evacuees was unclear on the island that lies at the heart of the Canary archipelago off the coast of northwest Africa.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Yahoo! News: Science News Headlines
Three years after first proposing the idea, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk again wants to "nuke Mars."
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
FOX News: SciTech
A 90-day extension is intended to give rural telecommunications time to wean themselves off the Chinese company, which supplies parts and equipment.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
NYT: Technology
Florida's iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease
Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast to a nearly statewide problem in just over a decade. Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Yahoo! News: Science News Headlines
Huawei gets a 90-day reprieve to buy supplies from U.S. companies.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
ABC News: Technology
NASA has captured an eerie and rare image of a ‘fire cloud' caused by a wildfire in eastern Washington State.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
FOX News: SciTech
Voters who prefer hand-marked paper ballots are challenging the validity of the new voting system selected by Georgia election officials
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
ABC News: Technology
Rocket Lab launches four satellites for BlackSky, UnseenLabs and U.S. Air Force
Rocket Lab sent a foursome of satellites into orbit today for a threesome of customers, including the Seattle-based BlackSky Earth-watching venture. BlackSky's sibling subsidiary, Spaceflight, handled the prelaunch logistics for the Global-4 satellite and for a pair of experimental U.S. Air Force satellites. The fourth spacecraft in the set is the first satellite for what's destined to become a maritime surveillance constellation fielded by a French venture called UnseenLabs. Rocket Lab's Electron rocket rose from the company's launch pad on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula at 12:12 a.m. local time Aug. 20 (5:12 a.m. PT Aug. 19). It successfully went through… Read More
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Yahoo! News: Science News Headlines
Sonos has an event coming up at the end of the month to reveal something new, but leaks have pretty much given away what's likely to be the highlight announcement at the event: A new, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that has a built-in battery for portable power. The speaker originally leaked earlier this month, with Dave Zatz showing off a Avery official looking image, and The Verge reporting some addition details including a toggle switch for moving between Bluetooth and Wifi modes, and a USB-C port for charging, along with rough dimensions that peg it as a little bit bigger than the existing Sonos One. Now, another leak from Win Future has revealed yet more official-looking images, including a photo of the device with its apparent dock, which provides contact charging. The site also says the new speaker will be called the ‘Sonos Move,' which makes a lot of sense, given it'll be the only one that can actually move around and still maintain functionality while portable. [gallery ids="1870393,1870392"] Here's TL;DR of what we know so far, across all the existing leaks: Can stream via Wi-Fi (works with your Sonos network like other Sonos speakers) and Bluetooth (direct pairing with devices), with Bluetooth LE included for easier setup USB-C port for power and Ethernet port for connectivity Similar design to Sonos One, with more rounded corners, but wider and taller (likely to allow room for integrated battery) Built in hand in the back for easier carrying Contacts on bottom for docked charging (as alternative to USB-C) Supports Alexa and Google Assistant and has integrated mic (neither available via Bluetooth mode, however) Suports AirPlay 2 Offer ‘Auto Trueplay,' which automatically tunes speaker sound to your place using onboard mic No word yet on official availability or pricing, but it's reasonable to expect that it'll arrive sometime this fall, following that late August announcement.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
TechCrunch: Gadgets
Britain's government is planning to pressure social media companies to do more to fight misinformation on vaccines following a spike in measles cases
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
ABC News: Technology
The reprieve allows US companies to do business with Huawei for a further 90 days
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BBC News: Technology
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that a large asteroid will eventually hit Earth and his concern is that "we currently have no defense" against it.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
FOX News: SciTech
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday the U.S. government will extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, even as nearly 50 of its units were being added to a U.S. economic blacklist.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Reuters: Technology
Hackers target 23 organisations in what local officials say was a co-ordinated attack.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BBC News: Technology
The chip could improve how quickly artificial intelligence systems can learn tasks. But its complexity and size (as big as a plate) could be a challenge.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
NYT: Technology
The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a "jellyfish"-like star deep in space, located in the Orion constellation.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
FOX News: SciTech
The BT Pension Scheme, which funded the area's redevelopment, asks about use of facial recognition.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BBC News: Technology
The service has launched today in London, but BBC reporter Chris Fox had problems with the signal.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BBC News: Technology
Minecraft is getting a free update that brings much-improved lighting and color to the game's blocky graphics using real-time ray tracing running on Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics hardware. The new look is a dramatic change in the atmospherics of the game, and manages to be eerily realistic while retaining Minecraft's pixelated charm. The ray tracing tech will be available via a free update to the game on Windows 10 PCs, but it'll only be accessible to players using an Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU, since that's the only graphics hardware on the market that currently supports playing games with real-time ray tracing active. It sounds like it'll be an excellent addition to the experience for players who are equipped with the right hardware, however – including lighting effects not only from the sun, but also from in-game materials like glowstone and lava; both hard and soft shadows depending on transparency of material and angle of light refraction; and accurate reflections in surfaces that are supposed to be reflective (ie. gold blocks, for instance). This is welcome news after Minecraft developer Mojang announced last week that it cancelled plans to release its Super Duper Graphics Pack, which was going to add a bunch of improved visuals to the game, because it wouldn't work well across platforms. At the time, Mojang said it would be sharing news about graphics optimization for some platforms “very soon,” and it looks like this is what they had in mind. Nvidia meanwhile is showing off a range of 2019 games with real-time ray tracing enabled at Gamescom 2019 in Cologne, Germany, including Dying Light 2, Cyperpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Watch Dogs: Legion. [gallery ids="1870333,1870334,1870335"]
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
TechCrunch: Gadgets
However, the update will only be available to those with expensive Nvidia RTX graphics cards
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
BBC News: Technology
Alphabet Inc's Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google's concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Reuters: Technology
As fake and illegitimate texts proliferate online, books are becoming a form of misinformation. The author of “1984” would not be surprised.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
NYT: Technology
Sea snakes are the most diverse group of marine reptiles in the world, but they are poorly understood and threatened by development. Blanche D'Anastasi is among the scientists working to save them.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
NYT: Science
The town spent the past 17 years living under a boil water advisory.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
ABC News: Technology
Yandex, a Russian equivalent to Google, said it is considering expanding its fleet of self-driving cars to up to 1,000 within the next two years in order to speed up tests on the fledgling technology.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Reuters: Technology
Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will use chipmaker Nvidia Corp's real-time ray tracing technology to provide the software company's Minecraft video game players more realistic graphics on personal computers.
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Reuters: Technology
Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that can turn them to dried crisps within months with no chance for recovery once infected
Mon, Aug 19, 2019
ABC News: Technology
Earlier
Her findings led to cautions against X-rays for pregnant women. She also discovered that the presence of the Y chromosome meant a mammalian embryo was male.
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
NYT: Science
The authorities have begun to raise alarms about a steady uptick in the number of militant groups using the hard-to-trace digital currency.
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
NYT: Technology
Plus, WeWork takes steps to go public, and investigations into the Jeffrey Epstein case continue.
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
NYT: Technology
Ikea's smart home investments to date have been smart but scattered – now the Swedish home goods brand says it's going to amp up its smart home bets with a brand new dedicated business unit. The company's smart home endeavors began in 2012, and focused on wireless charging and smart lighting. It's iterated in both areas since, developing self-installed integrated wireless chargers for its furniture, as well as light/charger combos, and finally with a new partnership with Sonos that produced the Symfonisk line of wireless smart speakers. Ikea also has its own ambitions in terms of being the hub for future smart home products, not only from a hardware perspective, but also via its Home smart app, which it rebranded from being more strictly focused on its Tradfri line of connected bulbs in June. During the Symfonisk launch, Ikea told me it has broader ambitions for the Home smart app as a central hub for connected home control for its customers. “At IKEA we want to continue to offer products for a better life at home for the many people going forward. In order to do so we need to explore products and solutions beyond conventional home furnishing,” said Björn Block, Head of the new IKEA Home smart Business Unit at IKEA of Sweden, in a press release from the company. Ikea also characterized this as its biggest new focus area in terms of the overall business and brand since it introduced its Children's Ikea line. The partnership between Sonos and Ikea that produced the Symfonisk line is a long-term one, and both companies told me to expect more products to come out of that team-up in future. But it sounds like Ikea intends to explore how smart home tech might touch all aspects of its business, so it's fair to anticipate more
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
TechCrunch: Gadgets