Science & technology

US House approves permanent ban on Internet access taxes

The House, in a voice vote Tuesday, passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, over the objections of some Democrats. In addition to permanently banning states and local governments from taxing Internet access, the bill would ban any other form of Internet-only taxes, although its aimed primarily at taxes on Internet access service. The bill does not address Internet sales taxes, a separate issue that Congress has debated for several years.

Johns Hopkins Students Working On Injectable Foam To Treat Battlefield Wounds

The idea is that when a medic is treating an injured soldier on the battlefield, they use a single plunger on the device to simultaneously inject the two liquids into the wound. As the liquids mix, a chemical reaction occurs. This causes them to transform into a polyurethane foam that expands to fill the wound cavity, and then hardens.

'Terminator 2' Revisited? Scientists Work on Shape-Shifting Robots

One day, robots might be able to shift shapes like in the movie "Terminator 2," thanks to a foam-and-wax material being developed by MIT engineers.

Wearable Tech's Dilemma: Too Much Data, Not Enough Insight

Analysts say as many as 130 million wearable tech devices will be sold by 2018. They promise to improve health, fitness and wellness. To have that impact, though, wearable tech must go beyond telling people things they already know.

NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

On Friday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, NASA TV will air a discussion about the future of space exploration between scientists and actor, director, and narrator Morgan Freeman, live from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The event also will include NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman participating from the International Space Station.

TechAmerica Foundation Launches Commission on Technology Convergence

The TechAmerica Foundation is launching a Technology Convergence Commission to bring technology leaders together to make recommendations to the U.S. Administration on the convergence of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies and their ability to improve government efficiency, services and capabilities while driving innovation and the economy.

What the Robot Apocalypse Will Mean for IT, Jobs and Work

Robots are coming, and they will eventually take many of our jobs. Before you break out the torches and pitchforks, though, think about how your skills (and, for that matter, your children's skills) can be applied to work that machines will never be able to do.

Apple iPhone 'threat to national security': Chinese media

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp a user's location. "CCTV has only just discovered this?" said one incredulous Chinese microblogger.

MIT Develops New System That Lets Users Decide What Data Is Shared

According to a report published in the journal PLOS ONE, openPDS would store personal data from a person’s devices in a single specific location, such as an encrypted server or a personally-owned computer. Any company or study team that wants to access this data would have to query the person’s database, which gives as little data as is necessary.

California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

A federal judge has sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment.

Cyborgs Among Us: Human 'Biohackers' Embed Chips In Their Bodies

They call themselves biohackers, cyborgs and grinders. With each piece of technology they put beneath their skin, they are exploring the boundaries — and the implications -- of fusing man and machine.

NASA Plans Tests Of Distributed Electric Propulsion

At NASA, the exploration has begun with plans for ground and flight tests to determine whether hybrid and distributed electric propulsion could be the next disruptive shift in civil aviation.

Net Neutrality Offensive

Colleges and universities, higher education associations and ed-tech companies aren’t always in agreement on issues facing academe, but on the topic of "net neutrality," they are sending a clear message to the federal government: Don’t touch the internet.

The Stagnating Job Market for Young Scientists

Young scientists spend most of their work lives gathering and crunching data. So it seems especially unfair that when it comes to the job hunt, they’re forced to fly mostly blind. Ph.D. programs don’t usually track their graduates’ employment outcomes.

Glass app lets you take a photo just by thinking about it

Developers in the US and UK are increasingly putting Glass through its paces in an effort to fully understand its current capabilities and future potential. Actually, it’s not Google’s gadget itself that’s diving into your gray matter, but software – together with another piece of kit that attaches to Glass -- that performs the magic.


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