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Facebook acknowledges social media's risks to democracy
Facebook acknowledged Monday that widespread use of social media can be harmful to democracy, while pledging to work to minimize these risks. He added that Facebook is constantly working to balance the value of openness and transparency with efforts to stop manipulation. Chakrabarti added that Facebook is also struggling with hate speech, and limiting the spread of violent propaganda while remaining an open platform.
3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer
Most research is done using casting or micro molding, but this fabrication yields materials with weak mechanical properties and also weak cell adhesion. PDMS is used to make lab-on-a-chip devices, organ-on-a-chip devices, two- and three-dimensional cell culture platforms, and biological machines. Sylgard 184, an elastomer of PDMS, is not viscose enough to use in 3-D printing-the material simply flows out of the nozzle and puddles.
Impinj shares pare gains as Amazon.com says no RFID used at automated store
Shares of radio-frequency identification (RFID) chipmaker Impinj Inc (PI.O) pared gains on Monday after Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said its new checkout-free grocery store, which opened to the public on Monday, does not use the technology. Investors have speculated that Impinj could sell components to Amazon. Its shares surged as much as 18 percent earlier in the session. They were up 8.5 percent at $25.19 in early afternoon trading.
Intel asks customers to stop using faulty patches
Intel Corp (INTC.O) has asked computer makers to stop rolling out a set of faulty patches it issued to fix security flaws in its chips and instead start testing an updated version. Intel also said it had identified the root cause of the reboot problem in its older Broadwell and Haswell processors. Meltdown was specific to chips from Intel, as well as one from Softbank Group Corp's (9984.T) ARM Holdings.
From deep space and inside earth
The neutrinos, which are also emitted during nuclear fusion, were detected by giant-sized experiments in the last quarter of the 20th century. The highest energy neutrinos from TeV to PeV energies are expected to arise in processes inside powerful astrophysical sources like quasars, blazars and radio galaxies. It is only neutrinos that can pass unimpeded through interstellar and intergalactic space without getting disturbed. Recently, the experiment detected fewer energetic neutrinos which completely pass through the earth without getting absorbed.
Alstom testing automated freight train
French train engineering giant Alstom is to test automated freight trains in the Netherlands this year. The automated train prototype can travel for about 100km without driver intervention. Automation will free the train driver to focus on supervising the train's progress. The test's purpose is to provide a live demonstration that the train and the signal system can communicate effectively to drive the train.
Foreign exchange traders do $100-million deals on their mobile phones
For the modern foreign-exchange trader, it's now possible to find a date, hail a cab and trade $100 million - all through their mobile phone. The world's biggest financial market is embracing the iPhone era as investors find new ways to work when they're not on the trading floor. Half of the respondents, most of whom were FX traders, said company policy preventing trading on mobile was the main obstacle.
Judge rejects Uber $3 millionn settlement with New York drivers
A federal judge refused to grant preliminary approval for Uber Technologies Inc's proposed $3 million class-action settlement with 2,421 New York drivers who accused the ride-sharing company of retaining excessive fees from their fares. They also accused the San Francisco-based company Uber of falsely advertising guaranteed compensation for drivers without disclosing the conditions. The settlement covered drivers who used the Uber app to arrange rides in New York since Dec 29, 2009, and whose claims were not subject to arbitration.
Uber CEO focused on 'responsible growth', seeks fresh start in Germany
Uber's chief executive said on Monday that he was focused on responsible growth as he seeks to put an end to the take-no-prisoners culture he inherited on joining the pioneer of ride-hailing services last year. The US company was now set on going from growth-at-all-costs to responsible growth and its plans include making a fresh start in Germany, where it previously faced legal battles, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told a technology conference in Munich.
Overwatch pro player punished for gay slur
E-sports team Dallas Fuel has also suspended him for the rest of the first stage of the competition. During his suspension, Mr Lengyel will receive focus training, physical training and support from the team. According to technology blog Engadget, Mr Lengyel directed a homophobic insult at rival team Houston Outlaw player Austin Muma Wilmot, in response to being taunted over a victory. Football players tend to toe the line a little - they don't speak out the way they do on the pitch, he said.
Space is closed: How US govt's shutdown will affect NASA
They wrote on Twitter: Sorry, but we won't be tweeting/responding to replies during the government shutdown. All public NASA activities and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. We're in a pretty good space right now, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said as she left the meeting. Federal employees received notices on Saturday about whether they were exempt from the shutdown, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said.
Jaguar Land Rover to cut output due to Brexit, diesel uncertainty to hit sales
Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (TAMO.NS) will temporarily reduce production at its northern English car plant in Halewood later this year in response to weakening demand due to Brexit and tax hikes on diesel cars. Jaguar Land Rover's sales in Britain and Europe were flat in 2017 and it expects tough conditions to continue, the company's sales director said earlier this month. Ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is being felt by customers at home and in Europe, the company said on Monday.
Scientists decode Charles Darwin's evolution theory after minister's ape comment
Darwin's theory of evolution that different species are related through common ancestry is accepted worldwide though there may be debate on the details, say senior Indian scientists. Senior scientists slammed the minister's comment - that nobody, including our ancestors, mentions seeing an ape turning into a man - as wrong at multiple levels and defying both logic and biology. An online letter by scientists and scientist oriented members of public also asked Singh to retract his statement.
WiFi-equipped school buses help students get online
WiFi school buses are one new approach to help students without access to fast broadband at home get connected. The school buses are equipped with routers and students use a public network to connect to the internet. Richmond County School System in Augusta GA is one of the school districts piloting a WiFi school bus program. Many households in the community did not have broadband access so the district, which has more than 30,000 students, introduced two WiFi school buses in 2016.
Twitter is now 280 characters. Here's how to not be annoying
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Just because we HAVE more than 140 characters doesn't mean we have to USE more than 140 characters in every single tweet.
This virtual politician wants to run for office
There's no handshaking for this politician. Meet SAM, the world's first virtual politician. Unlike a human politician, I consider everyone's position, without bias, when making decisions, SAM said in a message when asked about herself. I will change over time to reflect the issues that the people of New Zealand care about most. He hopes the bot may be able to run in New Zealand's 2020 general election, when she's more advanced.
Our Driverless Future: The Search for Autonomy
Say goodbye to humans behind the wheel. Self-driving cars are coming faster than you think, and the changes they bring will reach far beyond our roads. Meet the companies building our driverless future and find out what to expect when machines take the wheel.

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