Monday, Sep 13

Telecom

Don't fidget! WiFi will count you

Researchers in UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab have enabled, for the first time, counting a stationary seated crowd using WiFi signals, and without relying on people to carry a device. The technique, which ...

Engineering

How future trains could be less noisy

Rail transportation is core to Europe's plans to become carbon neutral by 2050, but noisy trains represent an obstacle that needs to be overcome.

Business

Dutch court: Uber drivers covered by taxi labor agreement

A court in Amsterdam ruled Monday that Uber drivers fall under the Dutch taxi drivers' collective labor agreement—meaning they are entitled to the same employment benefits as taxi drivers. Uber said it would appeal the ...

Tuesday, Sep 14

Energy & Green Tech

Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windows

A new transparency-friendly solar cell design could marry high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes, research led by the University of Michigan has shown. It may pave the way for windows that also provide solar power.

Energy & Green Tech

UK trial of hydrogen blended gas regarded a success

Members of the consortium running the U.K.'s first hydrogen blended gas project are hailing it as a success. The project, known as HyDeploy, has been running at Keele University, where both university buildings and homes ...

Wednesday, Sep 15

Consumer & Gadgets

Xiaomi unveils Smart Glasses—a wearable concept device

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has announced on its website the development of a wearable concept device called Xiaomi Smart Glasses. The device is shaped like regular eyeglasses and is meant to be used as a standalone ...

Security

UN urges moratorium on use of AI that imperils human rights

The U.N. human rights chief is calling for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights, including face-scanning systems that track people in public spaces.

Consumer & Gadgets

'Dislike' button would improve Spotify's recommendations

Spotify's whole business model relies on keeping you listening and being able to predict what songs you'll want to hear next. But Cornell researchers recently asked the question: Why do they still not let you vote down a ...

Thursday, Sep 16

Energy & Green Tech

Understanding consumer decisions about aging solar panels

By 2050, there could be 80 million metric tons globally of solar photovoltaics (PV) reaching the end of their lifetime, with 10 million metric tons in the United States alone—or the weight of 30 Empire State Buildings.

Energy & Green Tech

Leveraging machine learning to optimize CO2 adsorption

If we are to mitigate climate change, we must find cost-effective and sustainable ways to reduce industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Unfortunately, most well-established methods for carbon capture and storage (CCS) ...

Automotive

Tesla builds 1st store on tribal land, dodges state car laws

Carmaker Tesla has opened a store and repair shop on Native American land for the first time, marking a new approach to its yearslong fight to sell cars directly to consumers and cut car dealerships out of the process.

Friday, Sep 17

Internet

Project Taara beams the Internet across the Congo River

A team of researchers at Alphabet's research and development company, X, working on what has been named Project Taara, has successfully set up a laser-based system for beaming the internet across the Congo River at speeds ...

Other

Addressing the issue of using hacked data in research efforts

A pair of health and ethics scientists, one with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the other ETH Zurich, has published a Perspective piece in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, discussing the ethics of researchers ...

Saturday, Sep 18

Business

Critics warn of Apple, Google 'chokepoint' repression

The global dominance of tech giants serves as a convenient online chokepoint for authoritarian governments to crack down on dissent or rig elections, critics of Apple and Google said Friday.