Science/Tech

Plastic bottle recycling rates: Norway best in the world

According to Statista.com, the recycling rate of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles in Norway in 2018 was 97 percent, making it the best recycler in that arena and one of the most effective overall reprocessors of scrap in the world. Following Norway were Japan, Sweden, India and the...

Pope launches green initiative, decrying “predatory attitude” toward planet

Pope Francis launched an initiative on Tuesday to make Catholic institutions ranging from families to universities to businesses environmentally sustainable in seven years, saying a "predatory attitude" toward the planet must end. The Laudato Si Action Platform takes its name from the pope's landmark 2015 encyclical...

Self-driving taxi gets confused, stubborn (Video)

Ut oh… Could this be an obstacle to fully autonomous cars becoming mainstream by 2024? In Chandler, AZ earlier this month, a Waymo self-driving taxi car became confused when it encountered construction cones on the street. Not only was it stranded on road not knowing where...

Is it possible for humans to evade a bullet?

We’ve heard of the popular idiom ‘dodge a bullet.’ It’s a figure of speech and not meant to be taken literally. But can someone dodge a bullet, literally?The answers (plural) may surprise you. Yes and no. It’s all a matter of physics and circumstance. Wonder Woman...

Self-driving cars will soon take over America

Poll and Trends Commentary: Interesting article by CarBuzz. It seems like the self-driving car era is underway or close. Call me old school, but I still can't imagine falling asleep in a self-driving car on the highway. And I'm not alone... According to a recent national AAA...

Electric car owners looking like geniuses in lieu of gas shortage?

The American East Coast was rocked this week by a successful hack into systems that control the Colonial Pipeline, one of the most important segments of the U.S. energy infrastructure. As a result, the largest pipeline in the U.S. – which is responsible for delivering nearly half...

Cyberterrorism Tops List of 11 Potential Threats to U.S.

82% of Americans say cyberterrorism is a "critical threat"Development of nuclear weapons in North Korea (77%), Iran (75%) rank nextPartisans differ most on threat level of illegal immigrants, climate change WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the Biden administration continues to explore how it will respond to Russia's...

Driverless cars news: Americans aren’t ready?

A driverless car, also known as an autonomous vehicle (AV or auto), self-driving car, or robo-car, is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and moving safely with little or no human input. It combines a variety of sensors to perceive their surroundings, such...

A hacker got all my texts for $16

A gaping flaw in SMS lets hackers take over phone numbers in minutes by simply paying a company to reroute text messages. I didn't expect it to be that quick. While I was on a Google Hangouts call with a colleague, the hacker sent me screenshots...

‘Turn On The Subtitles’ Campaign Aimed At Making Children Better Readers

Studies have shown that watching TV with the subtitles on may even double your chances of becoming a great reader. A new campaign is encouraging moms everywhere to turn the subtitles on their TV’s to help their children learn how to read. Learning to read is essential,...