American astronomers have captured the most distant normal star ever observed, some 9 billion light years from Earth, thanks to a rare cosmic alignment. Continue reading Astronomers capture most distant star ever seen
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology can produce improved digital biomarkers of ageing and frailty via gathering physical activity data from smartphones and other wearables, a new study suggests. Continue reading AI can better predict biological age via smartphone data
Popular photo-sharing platform Instagram is working on “Direct”—a standalone app for private messages which will reportedly remove messaging features from the main app. Continue reading Instagram testing standalone messaging app
NASA believes a ninth planet does exist that might be 10 times the mass of Earth and 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune, debunking myths that the planet, dubbed ‘Nibiru’ by doomsayers, will end of the world. Continue reading Planet Nine does exist in our solar system: NASA
In yet another move to cut down on low-quality content and fake news in News Feed, Facebook is updating its algorithm again to remove such content from its platform. Continue reading Facebook updates News Feed to reduce spam, fake news
Using posts on Twitter in combination with key parameters of each season’s epidemic, researchers have developed a computational model to project the spread of the seasonal flu in real time. Continue reading Researchers use Twitter posts to forecast flu spread
Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them.
A pair of $250,000 autonomous buses began driving around an empty San Francisco Bay Area parking lot on Monday, preparing to move onto a local public road in California’s first pilot program for a self-driving vehicle without steering wheel or human operator. Continue reading Self-driving bus with no back-up driver nears California street
A young Tanzanian entrepreneur is turning the country’s mounting plastic waste into “lumber” to help meet demand for housing in its growing cities, in an effort to reduce depletion of forests. Continue reading Tanzanian daredevil: Start-up turns waste into ‘plastic lumber’
Betterment, one the earliest and largest online wealth managers known as robo-advisers, is launching new services that will allow clients to receive financial advice from human advisers, as digital and traditional investment management models converge.