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Electrify America, Volkswagen's court-ordered community service for its dieselgate settlement, has just installed some very powerful chargers in California.

Astonishing diamond found in Canada's Northwest Territories

On Thursday, Dominion Diamond Mines - a world-leading producer of responsibly mined diamonds, announced the recovery of the largest known gem-quality diamond ever found in North America. Weighing 552-carats, the yellow diamond was unearthed in October.

AI ethics center launched to assess machine bias

The advances of artificial intelligence together with machine learning into greater areas of life requires a review of the ethical and human-facing implications, according to the University of Guelph. A new hub has been launched to address such issues.

Virgin Galactic ship moves to the edge of space

The race between Space X and Virgin Galactic for space tourism has reached a new milestone, with a Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaching the edge of space in a test flight.

New EV charging system 3x more powerful than Tesla Superchargers

A German research group that includes Porsche and BMW has unveiled the prototype of a new 450 kw charging station that has a capacity 3 times that of the existing Tesla Superchargers.

U.S. sees quantum computing and AI as 'emerging threats'

Several of the bodies that make up the U.S. security network, when polled, indicated they see quantum computing an artificial intelligence as potential security threats, especially in the near-term.

Improving AI by assessing where your eyes will look

By assessing precise brain measurements, scientists have successfully predicted how people's eyes move when viewing natural scenes. Understanding this is the key to improving visual-based artificial intelligence.

BMJ study — Parachutes don't save people who fall out of planes

The BMJ journal Christmas issue has not let readers down - producing another ground-breaking study to wrap our minds around as we celebrate the holidays. This time, they have proved that parachutes don't save people who fall out of airplanes.

New computer chip vulnerabilities discovered

It doesn't seem that long since the last computer chip vulnerability news, yet researchers have discovered new vulnerabilities relating to common computer chips.

Irish data authority probes Facebook photo breach

The Irish data watchdog on Friday launched an investigation into Facebook, after the social media titan admitted a "bug" may have exposed unposted photos from up to 6.8 million users.

Experts: U.S. should boost fusion research by $200 million a year

In a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, experts are urging that the DOE start a national program to build a compact pilot plant to produce electricity from fusion at the lowest possible cost.

Micro sensor package can ride aboard bees

Assessing the state of agricultural environments can be assessed using drones, which provide the big picture. What about more sensitive evaluations? The answer is to fit sensors to bees. The technology is a "living IoT".

Brazil launches first of five French-tech attack subs

Brazil on Friday launched with military pomp the first of five navy attack submarines it is building under a $7.6-billion technology-sharing deal struck with France.

Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'

Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis.

Bitcoin falling again to almost $3,200 after brief recovery

A slight recovery by Bitcoin yesterday was followed by a deep downturn later on in the day that halted only a bit above the $3,200 level. It is not clear whether the next big move will be up or down or when it will happen.

Q&A: Remaining cyber safe when travelling over the Holiday season Special

Douglas Crawford, privacy expert at BestVPN.com, discusses what the Marriott cyber-hack means for the 367 million affected, and how consumers can take better steps in protecting themselves online.

Q&A: Vibrational biometric system for identity recognition Special

Neurophysiologist Martin Zizi has invented a new form of biometric technology that is almost impossible to crack or hack. The system uses the human nervous system as its method of authentication.

Q&A: Where is biometric technology heading next? Special

Facial recognition has its supporters and detractors. Is facial recognition as force for good in solving crimes or a violation of human rights? Are other types of biometrics better suited? Martin Zizi of NeuroPrint weighs in.

Bitcoin inches back up over $3,400 with a slight recovery today

Today Bitcoin seems to be trading to the upside even though not through a large leap. However, it has managed to trade above the $3,400 level after having dropped below it the other day.

Replicating 3D models using a standard smartphone

Advances with smartphone technology will soon enable the generation of realistic, real-world objects that can be used in any virtual environment, with the images formed within a short time period.

World’s largest lithium deposit secured for Germany

The demand for batteries shows no sign of decreasing as the rise in electronic devices, and with electric mobility options in particular, continues. To create batteries quantities of lithium are required, and Germany has secured a large supply.

Bitcoin falls briefly below $3,300 before rising again

Bitcoin appears to be losing ground again as it has fallen below not just the $3,400 level but also even briefly dropping below the $3,300 level.

Q&A: Why are we still at risk from email hacking? Special

No one is free from hacking, including world governments. In the technological age we live in how can this still happen? Furthermore, what measures are needed to protect businesses, governments and individuals. A leading expert weighs in.

Digital Journal’s top science articles of the year

Digital Journal continues to provide cutting-edge science and technology features. We present the pick of 2018. From developments in AI to advances in cancer treatment, we present the latest innovative research.

Google 'must scrap censored Chinese search plans': NGOs

Google must abandon its development of a censored search engine for China, dozens of NGOs demanded Tuesday, warning personal data would not be safe from Beijing authorities.

Volkswagen may use U.S. Ford plants to build electric vehicles

U.S. auto manufacturer Ford is talking with Volkswagen in Washington, DC about the German auto maker possibly using Ford plants to make electric vehicles and sharing its platform with Ford in the U.S.

Space technology enables positioning without GPS

A German aerospace group have developed a new navigation system that functions in environments where GPS is not available. The platform is called the Integrated Positioning System.

Huawei exec seeks Canada bail, proposes electronic monitoring

A top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei sought release from Canadian detention Monday, offering to submit to strict electronic monitoring, as Beijing escalates its protests over her arrest on a US warrant.

China court bans iPhone sales in patent dispute: Qualcomm

A Chinese court ordered a ban in the country on iPhone sales in a patent dispute between US chipmaker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement Monday.

Bitcoin moving up slightly at the end of first week of December

While Bitcoin's price has been flirting with dropping as far down as $3,000, it is showing a bit of a positive move at the end of the week rising to a high of well over $3,500 during trading today. It still has a ways to go to break over $4,000 again.

AI can boost cancer drug discovery

Drug discovery is a long and often arduous process, with the typical time to market being 14 years and costs running into the billions per drug. AI offers a means to accelerate the development process and reduce costs.

Company claims electric cars cheaper than gas models by 2020

The Chinese company Envision Energy claims that it will be capable of making battery packs for less than $100 dollars per kilowatt-hour within the next two years. At this price, electric vehicles (EV) will become cheaper to make than regular cars.

Guiana Space Centre to get new rocket tower in the jungle

In a remote corner of a South American jungle, Europe’s new rocket launch tower is being built. French engineers working on the project in Kourou in French Guiana, affectionately call it a “moveable Eiffel Tower," even though it looks a bit boxey.

First aircraft with no moving parts takes off

Researchers have designed an aircraft with no moving parts – that is no propellers or turbines - and they have successfully flown the craft. The aircraft is lightweight, constructed at a low cost and it flies silently.

Huge cave discovered while counting caribou in British Columbia

While doing an aerial caribou count in east-central British Columbia in April, officials from Canada’s ministry of national resources, quite by accident, came across a massive cave never seen by humans before — possibly the largest in Canada.

3D printed wormhole for sound waves

A novel method has been used to create an unusual type of wormhole, or rather ‘fake wormholes’ for soundwaves. The mathematical model is designed to assist with the search for ‘real’ wormholes in spacetime.

NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars

Humans can now hear the haunting, low rumble of wind on Mars for the first time, after NASA's InSight lander captured vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet, the US space agency said Friday.

China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing

China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said.

Chatting with Ben Mendoza: Founder of Beatchain Special

The founder of Beatchain, Ben Mendoza, chatted with Digital Journal about the platform, and how technology has changed the business industry.

Bitcoin drops again to set new low for 2018

Bitcoin (BTC) continued its downward trend today even setting a new record for the year. In spite of the low price buyers do not seem to be rescuing bitcoin from further drops. There is no sign of a year end rally as often has happened in the past.

Op-Ed: Military drones; the new wave raises questions

New technologies, and more capabilities, and more punch are making drones serious military threats. Theoretically, there is no real limit to what these drains can carry, and deliver to a target.