Google seems pretty keen on robots as of late. The bigger question remain: Why?
The company announced on Friday that it had officially acquired Boston Dynamics. The name might not ring a bell to you, but we're certain that you've likely seen the fruits of their robotic labors at some point in your YouTube browsing. read more
Thousands rallied against the National Security Agency's domestic and international surveillance programs Saturday, marching from Washington D.C.'s Union Station to the Capitol to call for an end to mass surveillance. "This isn't about right and left -- it's about right and wrong," said Craig Aaron, head of the group Free Press. Elise Power, 62, of Pittsburgh witnessed this firsthand when a man in a Tea Party hat introduced himself to Power, a self-described progressive. "I got a picture with him," Power said. "We agreed that we were both here for a similar reason, even though we have drastically different ideas about politics, we both care about this issue. And that was eye-opening to me. I don't think there are too many of his gang here today, but I'm kind of glad that he is."
Allen Nicklasson has had a temporary reprieve. Scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Missouri on 23 October, the convicted killer was given a stay of execution by the state's governor, Jay Nixon, on 11 October -- but not because his guilt was in doubt. Nicklasson will live a while longer because one of the drugs that was supposed to be used in his execution -- a widely used anesthetic called propofol -- is at the center of an international controversy that threatens millions of US patients, and affects the way that US states execute inmates. read more
There's still plenty of debate focused on whether the monocultures and dependencies fostered by first-generation GMO products like Monsanto's pest-resistant corn and cotton and Roundup Ready soybeans nullify their purported benefits of higher yields and reduced insecticide use. But what is beyond dispute is that those products were introduced not because they were the best way to employ genetic engineering to address critical global food issues, but because they were thought to be the fastest, most reliable route to profits for Monsanto and other producers.
(Reuters) - With two words, the U.S. environment regulator may be handing oil refiners the biggest win of a long battle to beat back the seemingly inexorable rise of ethanol fuel.
In a leaked proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel blending requirements next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the blend wall - the 10 percent threshold of ethanol-mixed gasoline that is at the crux of the lobbying war - is an "important reality".
The agency's rationale for a cut in the volume of ethanol that must be blended echoes an argument the oil industry has been making for months: the U.S. fuel chain cannot absorb more ethanol.
Few retailers are able to sell ethanol blends beyond the 10 percent maximum, or willing to take the legal risk that comes with it, they argue. read more