Electric Utilities Get No Jolt from Gadgets, Improving Economy
The Wall Street Journal (paywall) examines the reasons executives are abandoning the assumption that electricity use is coupled with overall economic conditions.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
HitchBOT, the Hitchhiking Robot, Bums 1st Ride
An experiment by McMaster University scientists focuses on the interaction between people and technology. HitchBOT, thumbing rides from Canada’s East to West Coasts, was near Montreal at the time of this writing.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Sprint Will Sell a $12 Wireless Plan That Only Connects to Facebook or Twitter
Sprint’s experiment with low-cost plans that offer access to only certain social networks has led to accusations it is damaging net neutrality.
—Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT
Brazil Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Bugs
Brazilian farmers bring false-advertising claim against Monsanto as bugs become resistant to Bt corn.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business
Venter Steals Top Scholar from Google
Craig Venter hires machine learning bigwig Franz Och, who built Google Translate, to decipher genomes.
These Aren’t Abstract Paintings, They’re iPhone Smudges
Finger-smudged manufactured art coming soon to a local gallery near you.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate web producer
Mark Phelan: Lab Rolls Out Ideas for Future Vehicles
A handful of discoveries at a national lab that could transform transportation.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy
These weird virtual creatures evolve their bodies to solve problems
They show how intelligence and body plans are closely linked—and could unlock AI for robots.
Surgeons have successfully tested a pig’s kidney in a human patient
The test, in a brain-dead patient, was very short but represents a milestone in the long quest to use animal organs in human transplants.
Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?
The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.
We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.
Over-the-counter coronavirus tests are finally available in the US. Some are more accurate and easier to use than others.
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