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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement renewed its contract with the software company Palantir, according to new government documents made public on Monday, and it could be worth some $49 million over the next three years.

Q&A: Risks with self-driving cars and latency issues Special

Autonomous vehicles of today are too dependent on decades-old computer architecture, a recipe for disaster, according to Orr Danon of the artificial intelligence company Hailo

Op-Ed: Finding life on other worlds just got a bit easier

A new method for detecting bioluminescence from exoplanets may be the way of the future for finding life on these planets and may have applications on Earth.

In high-tech Japan, cash is still king

Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging behind as the world's biggest economies increasingly embrace electronic payments -- because its ageing population still prefers physical money.

Arctic sea ice loss not responsible for extreme cold winters

The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change has only a "minimal influence" on severe cold winter weather across Asia and North America, new research has shown.

Q&A: Digital browser identities and the new illicit trade Special

IntSights has released the company’s research brief “Digital Browser Identities: The Hottest New Black Market Good” which provides an overview of the Richlogs marketplace and the digital identities market. Ariel Ainhoren provides the details.

Neurostimulation patch aims to improve working memory

A wearable patch has been invented, designed to improve working memory. This is a neurostimulation device which works on the prefrontal cortex through electrical stimulation.

Q&A: Hackers are sharing your digital data on the dark web Special

Trade in digital data, especially data that reveals are person's or company's digital identity is becoming big business on the dark web, according to Ariel Ainhoren of InSights.

Controversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ

A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of public health messaging extolling the mineral's benefits in reducing cavities.

International launch set for Disney+ streaming service

The Walt Disney Company said on Monday its streaming television service will debut in November in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Essential Science: Revolutionizing the CRISPR method

Scientists working at ETH Zurich have refined the CRISPR-Cas gene editing method. Through this it is now possible for researchers to modify dozens of genes within a cell simultaneously, thereby speeding up the process.

Huawei to have its own mapping service Map Kit

The state-run news outlet China Daily claims Huawei is developing a mapping service. The service is apparently designed for software developers. Apps that offer navigation or ride-hailing services could use Huawei technology instead of making their own.

United Launch Alliance will launch 'Dream Chaser' space vehicle

The Dream Chaser spacecraft has a long-term ride to space. Builder Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) announced that United Launch Alliance (ULA) would heft the shuttle-like craft for six NASA cargo missions to the International Space Station, starting in 2021.

Review: Full high definition dash cam from 70mai aids motorists Special

Dash cams have advanced in recent years, in terms of image quality and with voice activation. The devices are being used by both businesses and the public on roads, for security and to assist with insurance claims. A new product from 70mai is reviewed.

Scientists involved with AI should take a 'Hippocratic oath'

Scientists and technologists working in the next phases of artificial intelligence should take an oath along the lines of the Hippocratic oath taken by medics, to pledge they will not develop technology that has the capability of harming humans.

Largest impact crater in the U.S. was buried for 35 million years

About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile diameter crater that now lies buried beneath the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary in Virginia and Maryland.

Scientists detect eight mysterious repeating deep space signals

An unprecedented eight repeating radio signals, or fast radio bursts, have been detected emanating from deep space. Astronomers are edging closer to unraveling the mystery.

Bitcoin dips below $10,000 and then recovers to more than $10,400

Although bitcoin (BTC) dropped below $10,000 earlier today, it has since moved back up over that level by several hundred dollars and appears to be in recovery mode.

Amazon says its facial recognition technology can detect 'fear'

The latest development with Amazon's facial recognition technology is an ability to detect 'fear' in people's faces, which the company are presenting as a tool to detect suspect criminals.

Audi's all electric e-tron SUV named a top safety pick by IIHS

The e-tron SUV, Audi's first all-electric car, has been named as a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Employees urge Google not to work with US immigration officials

Hundreds of Google employees on Wednesday called on the internet titan to avoid working for US immigration officials until they stop "engaging in human rights abuses.

Op-Ed: Is big tech change really slowing down? Yes and no

The theory of endless big tech change and advancements has hit a bit of a hurdle. Change isn’t happening as fast as it should, according to some experts. There are reasons for that, and real change is often less obvious.

Soon your audiobook could be read to you by AI

The next phase in audiobooks could be coming, thanks to a technological innovation from China — a human avatar reading to you. Whether this will have mass appeal is uncertain, but it does showcase advances in imaging technology.

Chinese startup LinkSpace successfully tests reusable rocket

The Chinese company LinkSpace successfully flew a rocket prototype on its highest flight yet, then nailed the landing as the firm pursues reusable spaceflight technology.

Whole Foods employees demand that Amazon cut ties with ICE

Amazon is under fire once again. On Monday, employees from Whole Foods (which Amazon purchased in 2017) issued a statement expressing their displeasure with their parent company's ties to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Samsung is developing a graphene battery for its smartphones

In order to boost battery life, Samsung are experimenting with graphene in order to develop a new generation of smartphone batteries that could fully charge within half-an-hour, overcoming the limitations of lithium-ion.

Ebola appears to be curable, following successful drug tests

Scientists have raised the possibility that Ebola virus infection is curable. A new study found that over 90 percent of infected people can survive if treated early using one of two newly assessed drugs.

Hacking of connected cars stands as a major security threat

Connected vehicles will need better security feature to avoid cyber-attack. A new report finds that connected cars are open to being hacked and this stands as a major security threat.

'Sorcerer's treasure trove' of relics uncovered in Pompeii

A stash of ancient amulets is seeing the light of day, now that archaeologists in Pompeii have unearthed the treasures from under a pile of ash dating to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

Op-Ed: Hallelujah! You can practice firing people with virtual reality

Just what the totally paranoid, insecure employees of the world need to hear – It’s now possible to practice firing people! With VR, you can learn how to destroy someone’s life! You priceless asset, you.

Op-Ed: Huawei unveils its new operating system in a smart TV

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei that has been entangled in the trade war between China and the US unveiled its new HarmonyOS that will be used in a new smart television the first device to use its own new system.

Cannabis leaves show antibacterial effect against MRSA

The search for antimicrobials often leads scientists into the unlikeliest of areas. New research shows that the leaves of the cannabis plant have an antimicrobial effect, including efficacy against drug resistant forms of Staphylococcus aureus.

Australia eyes rare earth deposits amid fears over China supplies

Australia will step up production of rare earths and other militarily sensitive "tech metals", the country's defence minister said Monday, as doubts grow over the reliability of Chinese supplies.

Geospatial analytics set for major IoT driven growth

A new industry survey finds that the geospatial analytics market is set to see significant growth. This is being driven by innovations in the Internet of Things and from developments with artificial intelligence.

Essential Science: Developing a smartphone-controlled brain

Scientists have fitted a wireless device to the brains of mice and can control the brain neurons via smartphone. It may have an ominous, dystopian sci-fi feel to it but there is a serious side too, with potential for healthcare.

Robot delivery: Bots will be bringing parcels to your home

Ford, FedEx and Amazon are each at an advanced stage with autonomous robot delivery vehicles, designed to bring packages to the doors of businesses and homes. Several successful pilots have been completed.

Review: Choetech's new charging and connectivity products Special

New products from Choetech include a wireless charger stand for Samsung and Apple smartphones; a connectivity device to link up laptops and bigger screens; and a new rapid charging plug. Each of these technology peripherals are reviewed.

Amazon’s Scout robots roll out in Southern California

Scout, Amazon’s autonomous delivery robot, has now expanded its delivery range, moving to the second phase of its real-world testing in sunny Irvine, California, according to a post Tuesday on Amazon's blog.

Porsche's first all-electric car the Taycan

Porsche started talking about it first all-electric car, the Taycan, almost four years ago, and a lot has been learned about the car since then. Two remaining questions are now solved about what the car actually looks like and how it performs.

Progress towards a quantum Internet gathers pace

The path towards a quantum Internet has seen a significant leap forward as scientists demonstrated a different method for transmitting quantum information across long distances.

The curious story of a dog's cell that turned into a cancer

A contagious canine cancer that conquered the world by spreading between dogs during mating likely arose around 6,000 years ago in Asia and spread around the globe through maritime activities, scientists say.
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