Hi Tech & Innovation

Driverless cars give hope to blind—are automakers onboard?

In 2012, Steve Mahan, who is blind, climbed into the driver's seat of a self-driving car and rolled up to the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in a video that's been viewed more than 8 million times online.

Hi Tech & Innovation

Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Much of the push toward self-driving cars has been underwritten by the hope that they will save lives by getting involved in fewer crashes with fewer injuries and deaths than human-driven cars. But so far, most comparisons ...

Internet

Facebook is making a big change to your news feed

Facebook is radically altering the formula that determines what bubbles to the top of people's news feed, part of sweeping changes the giant social network has planned to address growing controversy over the role it plays ...

Robotics

Companion robot helping patients with Alzheimer's

As Americans live longer, the number of people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia continues to increase. A serious problem these patients face is a shortage of caregivers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that ...

Computer Sciences

Do gamers behave the way game theory predicts they should?

When faced with a decision, people have varying ways of analyzing the choices. Give many people the same information, and they'll all think about the situation differently, and often will choose slightly different options. ...

Energy & Green Tech

The next step in sustainable design—bringing the weather indoors

A building's primary purpose may be to keep the weather out, but most do such an effective job of this that they also inadvertently deprive us of contact with two key requirements for our well-being and effectiveness: nature ...

Engineering

Using the stairs just got easier with energy-recycling steps

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created a device that makes walking up and down stairs easier. They've built energy-recycling stairs that store a user's energy during descent and return energy to the ...

Security

Why installing software updates makes us WannaCry

The global ransomware attack called "WannaCry," which began last week and continues today, could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people (and companies) kept their computer software up to date. The ...

Consumer & Gadgets

A touchable tablet to guide the visually impaired

Researchers at EPFL have developed a tablet to help people with a visual impairment find their way around unfamiliar places. The device very quickly forms shapes and relief maps that users can then explore with their fingers, ...

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