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How to Manage Technology Use in Your Home

June 19, 2018

As society has progressed, many of us have swapped physical interaction for online interaction and daylight for artificially emitted blue light – including our children. We’re seeing toddlers with faces glued to smartphones and tablets, and as kids reach school age, they’re often encouraged to spend time on iPads and other devices to do schoolwork. But what does this mean? What are the potential side effects? How much screen time is too much?

NASA Loses Contact With Opportunity Rover as Martian Dust Storm Rages On

June 19, 2018

Things on Mars may have gone from bad to worse for the Opportunity rover. The dust storm on the planet shows no signs of abating, and NASA now says the rover has missed its latest check-in. That suggests its batteries are drained, and that could spell the end for this tenacious little solar-powered rover.

Apple And Qualcomm Spar In Court Over iPhone Import Ban, US 5G Leadership At Risk

June 19, 2018

"Qualcomm is selectively asserting its patents to target only Apple products containing Intel chipsets -- even though its patent infringement allegations would apply equally to Apple products containing Qualcomm chipsets -- in an attempt to use the ITC as another mechanism for perpetuating its ill-gotten monopoly position," Apple wrote.

Trump announces tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods

June 17, 2018

President Trump on Friday announced that the United States would impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese products, making good on a threat that has been months in the making. The White House's move is expected to ramp up trade tensions with Beijing and possibly risk a key cooperative partnership to help denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

June 17, 2018

There is nothing more private than your personal genetic information, and sending away for a personal genome kit means sharing your DNA with the testing companies. What do they do with it, beyond providing consumers with genetic and health assessments?

Lawmakers prep for coming wave of self-driving cars

June 15, 2018

Lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday grabbled with how to prepare the nation's infrastructure for the coming wave of self-driving vehicles. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works heard from transportation experts on the work to be done to improve both roads, broadband as well as the safety technology behind autonomous cars.

Half of women in science have experienced harassment, study finds

June 14, 2018

More than half of female faculty members in the sciences have experienced harassment based on their gender, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Teleportation: will it ever be a possibility?

June 13, 2018

We are still working out how to teleport photons. Assuming somehow we discovered how to teleport atoms, then molecules - perhaps in the next decade, as upbeat pop physicist Michio Kaku has suggested - the amount of bits to record and transmit is unthinkable. Even an e coli bacterium contains 9×10 to the power 10 atoms; you are made of an estimated 32 trillion - or about 31.2tn more cells than there are stars in the known universe.

U.S. drone-strike policy threatens to backfire as other nations acquire technology

June 13, 2018

The rapid proliferation of military drone technology is reaching the point that other nations -- and even non-state actors such as Mexican drug cartels -- could engage in the kinds of deadly strikes that the U.S. pioneered more than a decade ago and has increased under presidents of both political parties.

US Navy leaders looking to light 'a fire in our gut'

June 13, 2018

Richardson addressed China’s and Russia’s exponential increases in maritime activity, adoption of new technologies and use of information. “How do we recapture that sense of, ‘We could lose this if we don’t get going?’” he said. The U.S. Navy needs to rediscover its momentum and “get a fire in our gut,” he said. Richardson added that he doesn’t want the Navy’s competitive advantage to narrow to the point where anyone else thinks they have a chance of winning.

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