August 16, 2017 RSS feed / Science

World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep

WASHINGTON Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study. More...

Sports tech

Using jump information to predict injuries

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Smart technology changing lives of disabled community

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Hearing is believing:

Speech may be a clue to possible mental decline

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests.  More...

‘Warn on Forecast’

Researchers know about some storms early

Researchers running highly detailed simulations using satellite images, radar and ground-based weather stations were able to predict a specific violent storm 90 minutes before it hit a western Oklahoma town and killed a man several months ago. More...

Amazon offers meal kits in bid to expand grocery line

NEW YORK Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business. More...

What ‘Thrones’ fans already know: Ravens can see ahead

NEW YORK More than 170 years after Edgar Allan Poe’s fictional raven croaked, “Nevermore,” scientists are reporting that real life ravens think about the future. More...

CALF BORN LOOKING LIKE KISS ROCKER SIMMONS

A NEWBORN CALF named Genie, with facial marking that resemble Gene Simmons, the bass player for the rock group KISS, shortly after its birth in Kerrville, Texas. More...

15 states appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards

WASHINGTON   Attorneys general from 15 states filed a legal challenge on Tuesday over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.  More...

Sci-f i

How futuristic dome city was nearly built in Minnesota in ’70s

SWATARA, Minn. A futuristic dome city was never built on the swamps of north central Minnesota. It nearly happened back in the early 1970s, but the plans were abandoned. A big reason for that was Terry Mejdrich. More...

Science says:

Not every cancer needs treatment right away

The biopsy shows cancer, so you have to act fast, right? Not necessarily, if it’s a prostate tumor.  Men increasingly have choices if their cancer is found at an early stage, as most cases in the U.S. are. More...

Tech trouble?

Some schools are training students to help

When Crane Middle School decided to turn over minor IT repairs and troubleshooting duties to students, even the program coordinator was skeptical.  Now, two years into the program, Nicole Rangel and her fellow teachers at the school in Yuma, Ari More...

Business tech:

Visa looking to help small businesses go cashless

NEW YORK   Visa is looking to push more small businesses into updating their digital payment technology, offering up to $10,000 each to 50 U.S.-based small business owners that are committed to going cashless.  More...

Airport robots

... will aid tourists, clean floors at South Korean facility

INCHEON, South Korea Robots will start roaming South Korea’s largest airport this summer, helping travelers find their boarding gates and keep its floors clean as the country prepares for its first Winter Olympics game. More...

Pregnant or trying? Don’t let Zika guard down

WASHINGTON The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don’t let your guard down — especially if you’re pregnant or trying to be. More...

Silicon Valley’s sexism problem:

Could the tide finally be turning?

NEW YORK Sexism in Silicon Valley has been an open secret for years. More...

Hot dogs minus added nitrites may be no better

NEW YORK   Backyard cooks looking to grill this summer have another option: hot dogs without “added nitrites.”  Are they any healthier?  More...

Keeping in touch

How vacationing business owners cope with being unreachable

NEW YORK While hiking in the Himalayas for three weeks, Mike Scanlin had no cellphone service much of the time and no way to charge his phone. Running his business — a one-man operation — became a very sporadic proposition. More...

Facebook strives for ‘meaningful’ online groups

SAN FRANCISCO   At Facebook, mere “sharing” is getting old. Finding deeper meaning in online communities is the next big thing.  More...

AP Explains:

What is malware and ransomware?

LOS ANGELES   Recently, computers around the world were locked up and users’ files held for ransom in a cyberattack that paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multi-national corporations.  Here’s a look at how More...