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Programmable drone will follow you down the slopes

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July 18: Drones are versatile: They can deliver packages, conduct search and rescue missions and capture aerial shots of your backyard. These flying gadgets are not only getting smarter but are increasingly tailored for certain markets. Airdog, an actions sports drone startup, launched a programmable drone on Wednesday that follows and films users doing extreme […]


Readers react to ‘Money, Power and Sexual Harassment’

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July 18: After 16 years, entrepreneur Cecilia Pagkalinawan broke her silence about being sexually harassed by an investor. Her story, along with those of five other women, was part of a CNN Tech special published on Saturday, “Money, Power, and Sexual Harassment.” And now, Pagkalinawan is hearing from others who have stayed silent about their […]


Astronomers Discover Smallest Star to Date, EBLM J0555-57Ab

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July 18: A team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge has discovered the smallest star to date. The star is about the size of Saturn. The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than that […]


Netflix says it now has 104 million subscribers worldwide

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July 18: Netflix shares surged on Monday after the firm said it now has about 104 million subscribers, a larger-than-expected number that boosted revenues. Company leaders said the gains are a sign that investment in new shows and movies is paying off as online television becomes more popular. The firm is behind shows such as […]


Bloodhound supersonic car set for October trials

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Jun 13: The Bloodhound supersonic car will run for the first time on 26 October. It is going to conduct a series of “slow speed” trials on the runway at Newquay airport in Cornwall. Engineers want to shake down the vehicle’s systems before heading out to South Africa next year to try to break the […]


Climate change researchers cancel expedition because of climate change

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Jun 13: A team of scientists had to abandon an expedition through Hudson Bay because of hazardous ice conditions off the coast of Newfoundland caused by climate change. About 40 scientists from five Canadian universities were scheduled to use the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen for the first leg of a 133-day expedition across the Arctic. It’s […]


The oldest living thing on Earth

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Jun 13: Mayflies live a day, humans live a century, if we’re lucky, but what is the oldest living organism on the planet? For scientists, accurately proving the age of any long-lived species is a hard task. Under the boughs of a 300-year-old sweet chestnut tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, Tony Kirkham, […]


Lack of dust makes China’s air pollution much worse

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May 14: Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse. A new study suggests less dust means more solar radiation hits the land surface, which reduces wind speed. That lack of wind in turn leads to an accumulation of air pollution […]


Apple to invest $200 million in U.S. glass maker Corning

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May 14: Glass manufacturer Corning is the first to receive an investment from Apple’s new $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) on Friday said Corning (GLW) will receive $200 million from the fund. Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the tech giant would put $1 billion into a fund aimed at bringing […]


When should spies tell companies that their systems can be hacked?

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May 14: A massive ransomware attack was carried out Friday, hitting hospitals, companies and government offices in nearly 100 countries. It spread through a vulnerability leaked last month in a trove of hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA. The ransomware outbreak has reignited the debate about when spy agencies should disclose these vulnerabilities […]




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