It’s not uncommon in a New York City subway car, an airport terminal or just about any other public space to see a dozen or more people completely consumed by what’s happening on the screen of their smartphone, to the exclusion of the world around them...
Deaths from breast cancer have been dropping in the U.S. since the 1990s. However, African-American women still have a 40 percent higher risk of dying from the disease compared to white women, according to an American Cancer Society report.Part of the reason for the unsettling statistic has been that these women are at a higher risk of getting the especially tough-to-treat estrogen receptor- and progesterone receptor-negative (ER-/PR-) version of the disease, which make up about a quarter of the 207,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in U.S...
Stanford University has opened up to the public an introductory artificial intelligence class, taught by two luminaries in the field. Anyone with high-speed Internet, anywhere in the world, can enroll in the online course.Just don't expect a lot of face time with the professors...
The Big Uneasy will make you squirm in your chair for two reasons: one good, one bad.The sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is fast approaching, and New Orleans has little more protection against storm surges than it did before the monster hurricane struck...
The government has come under fire this week for revelations that it knew about antibiotic resistant Salmonella in poultry products that has killed at least one person and sickened more than 100 across the country...
There's something about the idea of towing an iceberg from sea to sea that appeals to one's inner mad scientist (or rather, mad engineer). Most recently, entrepreneur Georges Mougin made news by backing up such a plan—to transport icebergs to drought-stricken regions as a source of freshwater—with digital technology.A team of engineers from software company Dassault Systemes created a computer simulation for Mougin...
I went to Bolivia in late July and early August to pick up my 20-year-old daughter, who had been studying and working on both her Spanish and on making a couple of documentaries.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and other instant communication platforms have helped to fuel riots and find missing persons this week in some major UK cities.
The Viagra (sildenafil citrate) ads that seem to accompany every televised sporting event end typically with several caveats—including warnings of a dozen or so side effects, including a possible sudden loss of hearing or vision, chest pain and an erection that is painful or lasts longer than four hours...
Large international corporations can control a wide variety of smaller companies. For example, Scientific American is a publication of Nature Publishing Group, which is a subsidiary of the Georg Von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group in Germany...
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