Science & Technology

Why Google engineer James Damore was fired

Google engineer James Damore

Fired Google engineer James Damore has penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal explaining how his good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech couldn’t be tolerated in the company’s “ideological echo chamber,” adding that self-segregation with similar-minded people has grown in recent decades as we spend more time in …

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Scientists successfully edit the first human embryo in US using CRISPR

CRISPR DNA human embryo edit

Editor’s note: This technology could be used for good or evil…certainly an area that requires investigation and an open debate/discussion. Researchers in Portland, Oregon have, for the first time, edited a human embryo in the U.S. This work adds to the promise of CRISPR, and it stands as an important step …

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China builds world’s largest floating solar plant

China floating solar plant

In the beginning of June 2017, workers brought a solar energy plant online capable of producing 40 megawatts of power. That’s cool all by itself, but this solar “farm” floats on a manmade lake in China’s Anhui province, and it is the largest floating solar project in the world. The massive power …

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Farmers awarded $218m in Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit

Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit farmers

A Kansas federal jury awarded nearly $218 million on Friday to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety. Syngenta vowed to appeal the verdict favoring four Kansas farmers representing roughly 7,300 growers from that state in what served as the …

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Google receives $2.7 billion EU fine over manipulating search results

Google EU fine search engine manipulation

The European Union’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google a record €2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) for favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results and ordered the search giant to apply the same methods to rivals as its own when displaying their services. The decision, if it is upheld, …

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Autonomous cars may be on the road next year

Autonomous cars vehicles next year

Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on publicly traveled roads as early as next year in what may be the first attempt at unassisted autonomous piloting. Automotive electronics and parts maker Delphi and French transport company Transdev plan to use autonomous taxis and a …

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WikiLeaks’ “Dark Matter” release exposes CIA hacking of Apple devices

Dark Matter Sonic Screwdriver DarkSeaSkies WikiLeaks Apple Mac

CIA documents published by WikiLeaks Thursday reveal hacks used by the agency against Apple cellphones and computers. Dubbed “Dark Matter,” the documents, a new addition to WikiLeaks’ ongoing “Vault 7” dump, detail hacks developed for iPhones and MacBooks as far back as 2008. “These documents explain the techniques used by …

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