Monday, Nov 15

Robotics

Social robots deserve our appreciation, bioethicist says

If you have sex with an android doll and then knock it around the room, are you being abusive? If you're in a foul mood and boot your robotic pet down the stairs, are you being a jerk? In either scenario, is the device's ...

Engineering

World first forensic tool for fire-damaged concrete structure

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there were 490,500 structure fires in the U.S. in 2020. However, people mostly struggles with the aftermath of the fire-damage. Structure fires caused $12.1 billion ...

Tuesday, Nov 16

Computer Sciences

Theoretical breakthrough could boost data storage

A trio of researchers that includes William Kuszmaul—a computer science Ph.D. student at MIT—has made a discovery that could lead to more efficient data storage and retrieval in computers.

Hardware

Serious security vulnerabilities in DRAM memory devices

Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered major vulnerabilities in DRAM memory devices, which are widely used in computers, tablets and smartphones. The vulnerabilities have now been published together with the National Cyber ...

Computer Sciences

The age of exascale and the future of supercomputing

Argonne looks to exascale and beyond, sorting out the relationship between computing and experimental facilities, the need for speed and AI's role in making it all work.

Wednesday, Nov 17

Energy & Green Tech

COP26: Architectural firm envisions skyscrapers that capture CO2

Architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill gave a presentation last week at COP26 suggesting that skyscrapers of the future could remove more carbon dioxide out of the air than they emit. They have come up with a design ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Under pressure, Apple allows self-repairs to iPhones, Macs

Apple is letting some iPhone users fix their own phones, a sharp turnaround for a company that has long prohibited anyone but company-approved technicians from fiddling with its proprietary parts and software.

Energy & Green Tech

New method converts bio-polyols into carbon monoxide

Syngas is an important feedstock for modern chemical industries and can be directly used as fuel. Carbon monoxide (CO) is its main component. Direct conversion of widespread renewable biomass resources into CO can help to ...

Energy & Green Tech

Helping Pacific Island communities build energy resilience

The inhabitants of the Pacific Islands are locked in an ongoing battle against rising sea levels and tropical cyclones which ravage their homes and their energy infrastructure with devastating regularity.

Thursday, Nov 18

Internet

This tool protects your private data while you browse

A team of computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Brave Software have developed a tool that will increase protections for users' private data while they browse the web.

Energy & Green Tech

'Serious threat' of fugitive emissions with hydrogen plan

Australia's plans to produce hydrogen using fossil fuels carries significant risks and could create an industry that leads to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) ...

Energy & Green Tech

Prize-winning technology for large-scale energy storage

Safe, cheap and sustainable technology for energy storage has been developed at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University. It is based on two major breakthroughs: the manufacture of wood-based electrodes ...

Friday, Nov 19

Energy & Green Tech

First electric autonomous cargo ship launched in Norway

Zero emissions and, soon, zero crew: the world's first fully electric autonomous cargo vessel was unveiled in Norway, a small but promising step toward reducing the maritime industry's climate footprint.

Energy & Green Tech

Can we coordinate water sources to recover more water sustainably?

In many places, including Southern California, climate change has increased the threat of drought and the need for new and continuous water resources. Higher salinity water streams, and sometimes seawater, come into consideration ...

Energy & Green Tech

A thermosyphon heat transport device for novel solar cooking

Much of the developed world is focused on the conversion of natural resources, such as sunlight, wind, the turning of the tides, waves, and other phenomena into electrical power. However, conversions require sophisticated ...

Saturday, Nov 20

Business

Theranos founder testifies in risky gambit at US fraud trial

Fallen biotech star Elizabeth Holmes testified at her US fraud trial Friday in a risky defense bid, depicting herself as a committed innovator who spent her savings and quit an elite college to pursue her vision.

Sunday, Nov 21

Computer Sciences

Avoid a privacy nightmare with 'Lean Privacy Review'

When Google launched its own attempt at a social network—Google Buzz—back in 2010, the company initially suffered a PR nightmare. "WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw," read Business Insider. It turned out, Google ...