Biology

Experts urge gulf refuge for endangered vaquita porpoise

Oct 17, 2018

Experts are urging Mexico's government to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen critically endangered vaquita porpoises were seen in September

Nevada bear biologist gets protective order against activist

Oct 15, 2018

A judge has issued a temporary protective order to keep a Lake Tahoe activist away from a state bear biologist who says the woman stalked her during a long-running dispute over the capture of nuisance bears

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct 13, 2018

A lawsuit making its way through federal court Alaska will decide whether Pacific walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them additional protections

Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later

Oct 12, 2018

Biosphere 2 was declared a failure by detractors because oxygen had to be pumped into what was supposed to be a sealed, fully self-sustaining system

Northeastern US seeks to prevent arrival of deer disease

Oct 7, 2018

Deer biologists across northern New England are dusting off their plans for dealing with an always fatal deer disease that was recently discovered in Quebec

#MeToo movement sends Hollywood figures into exile, not jail

Oct 7, 2018

The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile, but few of them have been placed in handcuffs or jail cells

Engineering

California homeowners: Wildfire cleanup made matters worse

Oct 8, 2018

One year after wildfires devastated Northern California's wine country and destroyed thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess.

Engineers search for cause in cracked beam at transit hub

Sep 27, 2018

San Francisco officials are struggling to find the source of unusual cracking in support beams that shut down a $2 billion transit center

Amnesty: Firm by Qatar 2022 World Cup site didn't pay wages

Sep 26, 2018

Amnesty International says contractor involved in projects around stadium for 2022 World Cup didn't pay its workers

Report: Most dams in Hawaii have 'high hazard potential'

Sep 15, 2018

The vast majority of Hawaii's state-regulated dams are considered to have "high hazard potential," according to a 2017 infrastructure report by the American Society of Civil Engineers

The Latest: Report: 124 Hawaii dams 'high hazard potential'

Sep 15, 2018

Workers continue to pump water out of a Honolulu dam after heavy rains prompted an evacuation warning

New California bridge gets sensors to gather earthquake data

Sep 4, 2018

A replacement bridge under construction at the nation's second-busiest port isn't just a crucial route for cargo trucks and Southern California commuters _ it's a concrete-and-steel science experiment for engineers and seismologists

Virtual Reality Technology

Virtual reality tour brings biblical-era Jerusalem to life

Sep 5, 2018

A Jerusalem museum is breathing life into the ancient city with a new virtual reality tour that allows visitors to experience how archaeologists believe Jerusalem looked 2,000 years ago

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

Aug 7, 2018

Japanese high school students produce 5-minute virtual reality experience that recreates the sights and sounds of Hiroshima immediately before, during and after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city

Ditch the joystick? Swiss develop jacket that pilots drones

Aug 2, 2018

Scientists, engineers and robotics experts at Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne university have developed a jacket that allows for hands-free flying of drones

Department stores making themselves over in beauty battle

Jun 1, 2018

Department stores giving beauty aisles a makeover as specialty stores and discounters gain more of the market

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

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