California is particularly earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone.
Can California's wet weather make earthquakes more likely? Scientists are still learning about what triggers these events. Even human activity can be a culprit.
A cyberattack on the electricity grid happened in Ukraine – could it happen here too?
The power grid is increasingly computerized. That opens it to attacks and requires new defenses.
Using the internet is what matters.
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Giving rural residents the option of using broadband access isn't enough to boost their community involvement. To really improve civic engagement, rural dwellers need to use the internet.
Putting privacy right in the code.
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Most of today's computer languages make it hard for programmers to protect users' privacy and security. The fix is to take those tasks out of human hands entirely.
An insider can bypass many layers of security.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Basic safeguards are not enough to protect against insider threats. It requires rethinking how to overcome the biases that cause us to dismiss the danger.
Well hello, Dolly.
Photo courtesy of The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh.
In 1997, scientists announced they'd created a healthy sheep cloned from another ewe's mammary gland cell. Two decades on, the technique is being refined and applied to new challenges.
More Dollies, cloned from the same cell line.
Courtesy of Kevin Sinclair, University of Nottingham
It took years of attempts before scientists were able to clone a mammal from an adult cell. And with that success came plenty more questions.
A log of your preexisting conditions?
Soon, wearable fitness devices will be able to diagnose diseases. Could that lead insurers to deny coverage to people based on their data alone?
Too sick to attend school in person, but perfectly able to participate with a robot’s help.
AP Photo/David Duprey
Students with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fully in classroom and school activities.
A New York Times article from 1910 describes founding of Mound Bayou, a town founded on the wealth of a steamboat patent.
American slaves couldn't hold property – including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating since the beginning of the country's history.
Digital information should be private and secure.
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Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
Bestie + Lover = Relationship Nirvana?
Looking for a lifelong Valentine? Psychologists suggest taking a closer look at your best friend. The things we want in a good friend are many of the same things we expect from a romantic partner.
Pardon me while I blow this out of proportion.
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Laser-like focus on a tiny, unimportant detail can mean you miss the gorilla in the room – a tactic climate change deniers use to cast doubt on the science.
Allison Davis, circa 1965.
Courtesy of the Davis family.
His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
Facebook Live streaming after the police shooting death of Philando Castile.
Facebook Live – and other live-video streaming services – change how we bear witness to events, and challenge how we think about visual information.
Unmasking identities online.
You might think you're anonymous when you're browsing the web. But a new study shows that browsing history can often be tied to your real-world identity.
When scientists stand up, do they lose standing?
In the wake of the Flint water crisis and with a new notably anti-science president, U.S. scientists are reevaluating how to navigate the tension between speaking out and a fear of losing research funding.
What’s north would become south.
Are we headed to a magnetic reversal and all the global disruption that would bring? Enter archaeomagnetism. A look at the archaeological record in southern Africa provides some clues.
It’s not always obvious where a new technology will end up.
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A scientific breakthrough in a vacuum may be free of ethical implications. But many developments can be used for good or evil, or both. There's a fine balance on what to control and to what extent.
Looking deep into computer activities.
Cyberdetectives look for digital doors or windows left unlocked, find electronic footprints in the dirt and examine malicious software for clues about who broke in, what they took and why.
A source of frustration.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
The problems that cause us to be so frustrated we contemplate throwing a computer can be much more serious than a multimillionaire football coach having a minor tantrum on a Sunday afternoon.
Gotcha, five times faster than the blink of an eye.
Candler Hobbs/Georgia Tech
How do a frog's tongue and saliva work together to be sticky enough to lift 1.4 times the animal's body weight? Painstaking lab work found their spit switches between two distinct phases to nab prey.
The cybersecurity industry needs more trained workers.
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Governments, academic institutions and private companies are all spending millions of dollars. But the most effective solutions to the cybersecurity labor shortage will not be found individually.
An NVIDIA-powered Audi needs no driver.
AP Photo/John Locher
Together, three recent events mark a crucial turning point in the development of autonomous cars: They are both safer and more advanced than ever before.
Tiny CubeSats are ready to be our eyes in the skies.
Earth Background: NASA; HARP Spacecraft: SDL; Montage: Martins, UMBC
As technology advances, tiny satellites no bigger than a loaf of bread have advanced from just proving they work to being big contributors in answering science questions.