Internet

Social media offers parents more controls. But do they help?

As concerns about social media's harmful effects on teens continue to rise, platforms from Snapchat to TikTok to Instagram are bolting on new features they say will make their services safer and more age appropriate. But ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Just add water to activate a disposable paper battery

A water-activated disposable paper battery is presented in a proof-of-principle study in Scientific Reports. The authors suggest that it could be used to power a wide range of low-power, single-use disposable electronics—such ...

Machine learning & AI

The dangers of big data extend to farming

Most internet users are by now aware of the vulnerability of their personal data. When the news broke that tech companies misuse and manipulate our personal data, there was a widespread "techlash" against the corporate giants ...

Engineering

Squid skin–inspired material is a game changer

Inside a lab in the Calit2 building, Aleksandra Strzelecka opens a drawer, pulls out a small square sheet and hands it to a visitor. The brownish, rubbery material stretches to more than double its original size.

Energy & Green Tech

Inadequate charging networks could thwart EV adoption goals

Failing to properly plan a resilient network of charging stations could be an Achilles' heel that undermines efforts to encourage the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles, researchers behind a new study have said. Their ...

Energy & Green Tech

Energy communities bring renewable power to the people

Traditional energy production in advanced economies involves the importation of large amounts of oil and gas from a small number of suppliers. Renewable energy systems under new community ownership structures are being pioneered ...

Energy & Green Tech

How a cognitive bias is blocking the rise of electric cars

What are the barriers to the adoption of electric cars? Although the main financial and technological obstacles have been removed, their market share still needs to increase. In a recent study, a team from the University ...

Business

Intuit to pay $141M settlement over 'free' TurboTax ads

The company behind the TurboTax tax-filing program will pay $141 million to customers across the United States who were deceived by misleading promises of free tax-filing services, New York's attorney general announced Wednesday.

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