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Tech execs slam Trump administration’s decision to end DACA

September 5th, 2017

Tech executives ranging from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Google CEO Sundar Pichai have slammed the White House’s decision to end DACA, an immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in 2012. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy allows certain illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. as minors to receive a renewable two-year …

New Russian stealth fighter jet revealed

August 24th, 2017

Russia’s very first stealth fighter jet appeared above a sea of Russian tanks and weaponry just outside the capital Moscow – a clear signal to the world that the Russian Federation is committed to expanding its military might. The Russian Federation invited 70 countries to take part in their two-week annual International Army Games. 28 …

Experts plan world’s biggest sailing cargo ship

August 23rd, 2017

The Quadriga sustainable shipping project aims to build the world’s largest cargo sailing ship, which could carry up to 2,000 cars. Quadriga, which was first announced by German firm Sailing Cargo, aims to become the world’s first and largest sailing cargo ship. UK-based marine classification specialist Lloyd’s Register announced last week that it has joined …

This new drone can land on a wall like a bird

August 22nd, 2017

A new drone prototype has the ability to not only take off and land vertically, but it can also land against a wall, similar to a bird. The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) was created by researchers at Canada’s University of Sherbrooke, utilizing microspines to allow it to attach itself to these kinds of surfaces.

Digital rights group warns that Google’s stance on neo-Nazis is ‘dangerous’

August 18th, 2017

The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns the decision by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare to expel white supremacist site the Daily Stormer from their services has worrying free speech implications. In a statement released Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned the tech companies’ move could set a precedent. “We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did …

Solar eclipse viewers spark Oregon traffic nightmare

August 17th, 2017

As the U.S. experiences its first total solar eclipse since 1979, the impending traffic situations are already cropping up, most notably in Oregon. Starting on Wednesday, traffic back-ups occured in Central Oregon on Highways 26 and 96, with traffic stretching for nearly 30 miles on Highway 26, near the Ochoco Reservoir. The traffic is due …

Citing safety concerns, Amazon offers refunds on some solar eclipse glasses

August 14th, 2017

Amazon has offered refunds on some solar eclipse glasses purchased via its site, citing concerns about consumer safety. “Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of our customers, we asked third-party sellers that were offering solar eclipse glasses to provide documentation to verify their products were compliant with relevant safety standards,” explained …

Scientists create world’s first mutant ants with gene editing technology

August 11th, 2017

It may sound like a script for a science fiction movie, but scientists have created the world’s first mutant ants. Two independent research teams have harnessed the gene editing technology CRISPR to genetically alter the ants. In one study, researchers at Rockefeller University modified a gene essential for sensing the pheromones that ants use to …

Retro typewriter keyboard is the MacBook antidote

August 10th, 2017

Retro keyboards are becoming more popular and one startup has a promising design. Elretron’s Penna keyboard appears to have legs, outweighing the competition, thanks to its stunning design that comes amid a retro feel. The keyboard’s appeal lies in its combination of old-time typewriter aesthetics with modern keyboard technology. And it promises to offer the …