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  • 5 researchers share US$500,000 prize for work on gene editing

    August 15, 2017 1:49 PM 9

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Five researchers will share a US$500,000 medical prize for their roles in developing a groundbreaking, gene-editing tool that lets scientists alter the DNA of living cells. The recipients are: Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany; Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley; Luciano

  • Water agency hires firm to evaluate Niagara Falls discharge

    August 15, 2017 4:29 AM 17

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The public agency that was responsible for black, smelly water being discharged into water below Niagara Falls says it's hired an engineering firm to evaluate the discharge. The Niagara Falls Water Board said in a statement released Monday that it's retained Los Angeles-based AECOM to analyze details leading to the July 29 discharge

  • Galaxy Note 8 gets officially teased in a 'big' way

    August 14, 2017 5:11 PM 8

    Rumors of the phone also point to a dual-SIM option in Europe. Samsung's grand reveal of the Galaxy Note 8 -- scheduled for next week -- will put the big questions about its rumored specs to rest. Now, Samsung is teasing us with a video that is unmistakably Note 8 (see below). The teaser video shows off plenty of vague buzzwords, but it also centers

  • Android O will (sorta) be the end of the road for the OnePlus 3/3T

    August 12, 2017 10:16 AM 24

    After the OnePlus 2’s very lukewarm response, there was much rejoicing when the OnePlus 3, and later the OnePlus 3T, turned out to be a return to form for OnePlus. With the company’s attention now on the OnePlus 5, however, it might not come as a huge shock that Oliver Z, OnePlus’ head of product, confirmed that the OnePlus 3/3T will not be given major

  • Most passengers don't trust pilotless aircraft: survey

    August 9, 2017 3:51 PM 14

    Public anxiety is sky-high over the prospect of flying on drone-controlled aircraft, despite a new survey that suggests airlines could save $35 billion a year with pilotless planes. The survey from investment banking firm UBS says pilotless flights could become widespread as soon as 2025, once all the technological and legal details are ironed out. But, according

  • Swipe Elite VR, Konnect Star 2017 Launched In India

    August 9, 2017 7:41 AM 15

    Indian technology company Swipe on Tuesday (8 August) launched its latest affordable smartphone with VR- Swipe Elite VR. Priced at Rs 4,499, the handset is exclusively available on Shopclues and comes with a VR lens. The smartphone is available in red, grey, black, and gold colours. Buyers can get 10 per cent discount on debit and credit cards of Standard

  • Final Fantasy Fighting Game's Closed Beta Dated, New Character Announced

    August 8, 2017 11:39 PM 17

    Last month, Square Enix announced that it will hold a closed beta for its upcoming Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Today, the publisher announced more details regarding the online test, including when it will begin. From August 25 until September 3, select players will be able to try out the arcade fighter early. Registration

  • No, the Google manifesto isn’t sexist or anti-diversity. It’s science

    August 8, 2017 6:33 PM 16

    By now, most of us have heard about Google's so-called "anti-diversity" manifesto and how James Damore, the engineer who wrote it, has been fired from his job. Titled Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, Mr. Damore called out the current PC culture, saying the gender gap in Google's diversity was not due to discrimination, but inherent differences in what men and women

  • Sign-language speaking orangutan raised like a human dies

    August 8, 2017 1:21 PM 30

    ATLANTA - An orangutan who communicated with researchers using sign-language has died at an Atlanta zoo. Chantek was 39. On its website, Zoo Atlanta says Chantek died Monday. The cause of death isn't known, but the zoo says veterinarians had been treating him for progressive heart disease. Chantek came to the zoo in 1997 at the age of 19. He was born at Atlanta's

  • Google Engineer Fired After Memo Criticizing Company's Diversity Programs: Reports

    August 8, 2017 9:33 AM 16

    A Google engineer was fired Monday after igniting a firestorm of controversy over the weekend by writing and releasing an internal memo criticizing the tech company's diversity programs, according to multiple reports. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a memo to employees that the engineer who penned the memo violated the company's code of conduct, according