Biology

Humans account for little next to plants, worms, bugs

May 21, 2018

Scientists now can estimate how much the different types of life on Earth weigh and humans don't nearly measure up to plants, bacteria or even earthworms

Duped patients crowdfund for bogus medical care, study says

May 8, 2018

New research suggests duped patients sometimes use crowdfunding websites to pay for bogus stem cell treatments in campaigns that benefit only the providers.

Scientists say Chinese-backed dam risks orangutan habitat

May 4, 2018

Scientists are calling for cancellation of a Chinese-backed hydro dam in Indonesia which threatens the habitat of a newly discovered orangutan species numbering only 800 animals

Wood frogs' No. 1 option: Hold in pee all winter to survive

May 1, 2018

Scientists have figured out how wood frogs freeze and yet survive the winter and it's because they don't pee for months on end

US seeking 1 million for massive study of DNA, health habits

May 1, 2018

U.S. researchers are seeking 1 million volunteers to share their DNA and health habits for science

Review: 19th-century plant pioneer changed how America eats

Apr 30, 2018

'The Food Explorer' by Daniel Stone shows how imported plants changed American farms and food

Engineering

Markets Right Now: Tech leads the way higher for US stocks

May 4, 2018

Stocks are closing sharply higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology stocks as Apple rose to another all-time high.

Officials: Didn't know of flood risk from dams during Harvey

Apr 10, 2018

Houston-area officials tell congressional committee they weren't aware of forecasts by federal authorities regarding flooding risks from local reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes during Hurricane Harvey

US plant that destroys chemical weapons beset by troubles

Mar 29, 2018

A highly automated, multibillion-dollar plant in Colorado that destroys U.S. chemical weapons is over budget, behind schedule and beset by troubles that could worsen the danger to workers

APNewsBreak: Key design change stymied bridge cost, schedule

Mar 20, 2018

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show construction of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in the Miami area was behind schedule and millions over budget

Bridge victim's grieving uncle lashes out at 'incompetence'

Mar 18, 2018

A grieving uncle is lashing out against what he called a "colossal failure" that allowed a partially completed pedestrian bridge to collapse and kill his niece along with five other people

Bridge collapse victim's uncle rages at 'incompetence'

Mar 18, 2018

As crews began removing bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge, a victim's uncle raged against what he called the "complete incompetence" and "colossal failure" that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span

Virtual Reality Technology

The Latest: Zuckerberg striking right tone, analysts say

May 1, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is apparently striking the right tone at the f8 developer conference _ a mix of humor, seriousness and grit that is giving observers some confidence he can navigate the company out of its latest privacy scandal

At Tribeca, virtual reality tackles harsh real-world issues

Apr 23, 2018

A pair of virtual and augmented reality installations premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival provocatively place the user in positions of power

Shanghai gets automated bank with VR, robots, face scanning

Apr 23, 2018

Shanghai gets automated "unmanned bank" equipped with facial recognition software, a virtual reality room and talking robots

Intel CEO: Fixes on the way for serious chip security flaws

Jan 9, 2018

Intel CEO: Fixes on the way for serious chip security flaws

Facebook gets real about broadening virtual reality's appeal

Oct 11, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: The technology has been too expensive to appeal to the masses.

Microsoft dives deeper into 'mixed reality' with VR devices

Oct 3, 2017

Microsoft is counting on virtual reality headsets made by other companies to help establish personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way to explore artificial worlds

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