Science and Technology
Breaking news from around the world in science and technology, including new experiments and research findings. Learn about the latest developments in space programs, environmental challenges, the human body, animal behavior, genetics, and the expanding field of artificial intelligence and robotics. Furthermore, discover the new trends of social media and virtual reality, and explore the future of this complex technology! Our writers Alex Zhang and Fei Fei Zhao produce weekly. Our section editor is Kartika Upadhyaya
At the Wired 25th Anniversary Conference on Monday, October 15, Bezos announced his support for technology industries partnering with the American military. He didn’t hesitate to proclaim his dissatisfaction with certain major tech companies that have pulled out of deals with the government, stating that "If U.S. tech companies turn their backs on the Department of Defense, this country is in trouble."
Recently, Facebook revealed that around 14 million of its users had their personal information stolen by hackers. The information hacked includes, but is not limited to, search history, location data, relationship status, and religious beliefs.
On October 8, NASA confirmed that the Hubble Space Telescope was forced to enter safe mode last Friday. Launched by NASA in 1990, the Hubble is one of the most important instruments used by astronomers to gather information about the universe.
According to a report from Bloomberg last week, thousands of Chinese chips were inserted in US computer equipment and were used to steal US technology secrets. The report states that large technology businesses including Amazon and Apple discovered such chips on their own and co-operated with US authorities to conduct further investigations.
Google’s services record users' location data even if settings have been manually adjusted to shut these features off, according to a report from the Associated Press. The problem could affect approximately two billion devices that use Google’s services.
Amazon’s surging volume of third-party merchants increases product variety and keeps prices low. However, it also leads to extremely fierce competition, driving many companies to desperate, and often illegal, measures in order to survive.
Ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft are rapidly becoming a leading mode of transportation in many US cities, and are often praised by economists for their exceptional efficiency in connecting riders to drivers, especially compared to sluggish taxi services. As a result, the two private companies have become venture capital darlings: Lyft is valued at $15.1 billion while Uber is valued at a whopping $72 billion, making it the highest valued tech unicorn in the United States.
Apps from a well-known cyber-security company were taken down from the Mac App Store by Apple after they were reported to export user data.
This past week, a new peer-reviewed scientific research journal showcasing cutting-edge African research was published in Kigali, Rwanda for the first time.
Accounts of the mysterious weather occurrence known as “ball lightning” have been documented throughout human history, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that scientists began looking deeper into the phenomenon.
Zoonotic diseases are transmitted between animals and humans, and make up 60% of all human diseases. Their impact is devastating: 13 of these infections alone kill 2.2 million people per year.
When CRISPR was discovered less than a decade ago, scientists worldwide rejoiced at the ease with which they could now target and alter DNA. It has become apparent, however, that gene editing isn’t the only trick up CRISPR’s sleeve.
This Friday, Amazon announced the upcoming launch of its delivery service which is called “Shipping with Amazon.” The company hopes to compete against FedEx and UPS in the shipping and handling business.
On February 6th, SpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket at the Kennedy Space Center from the same launch pad that NASA used to send men to the moon half a century ago. The occasion was momentous not only because the Falcon Heavy is currently the most powerful rocket in existence but also because the launch concluded with the successful landing of two boosters.
While U.S. tech companies such as Amazon are still experimenting health care with their own employees' coverage, China has skipped the testing phase, in favor of more advanced offerings.
Alzheimer's is a devastating neurological disease that results in the loss of memory and other mental functions. While the cause is currently unknown, scientists believe that the formation of beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles contribute to neuronal death in the brain.
Each year, the flu returns in a different form and although scientists routinely develop new seasonal vaccines to fight the virus and its secondary infections, the number of flu casualties remains high. Fortunately, new research reveals that we may be a step closer to making a universal vaccine which protects against multiple strains of the flu.
Eight and six weeks ago, two genetically identical long-tailed macaques named Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong were born in Shanghai’s research laboratory, through cloning referred to as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT).
Type II Diabetes, estimated to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US, results from the body’s inability to effectively make or use insulin, and often leads to serious neural and vascular damage in many organs.
After a year of testing, Amazon finally opened its futuristic convenience store to the public this Monday. Located in Seattle, Amazon Go is a new kind of convenience store with no cashiers or checkout lines, creating an interesting and unique shopping experience.
Fresh lobster is one of the most coveted ingredients in the culinary world, but its preparation has long been controversial.
For the last few months, the after effects of Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico’s history, have been keenly felt by the medical community for a surprising reason. The devastation of the small Caribbean island has brought about the mass realization that Puerto Rico is the location of many US drug manufacturing facilities.
Christmas season is here, and video gamers will encounter one of the gaming industry’s most controversial tactics in years: the “loot box,” which is an in-game reward that is also for sale. Loot boxes are featured by many popular games including Activision Blizzard’s “Call of Duty: WWII,” “Overwatch,” and Ubisoft Entertainment’s “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”
Roughly 700,000 people die per year as a result of an ever-evolving bacteria resistant to antibiotics, known as superbugs. Bacteria are expanding faster than people may expect as they increase immunity against antibiotics due to the overuse of the latter.
Model organisms such as mice, fruit flies, and aplysia have been used by scientists for decades to perform studies considered unethical to perform on human patients. Experiments on these organisms have been instrumental in saving the lives of countless people yet there remain limitations to their usage.
On Monday, Facebook introduced Messenger Kids, a messaging application designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12. The app was reportedly released in response to parents’ growing concerns about children’s social media environment.
You have probably heard the names of Ando, Green Tiffin, and Sprig, but you may have never seen any of them on the street. These are three of the most popular virtual restaurants in U.S — restaurants which you can only find online.