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Abandoned luxury cars become a big problem in Dubai

July 15th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Thousands of luxury cars are being abandoned every year since Dubai’s financial meltdown. Dubai over the last several years has been facing an unusual problem of high end sports cars being abandoned and left to gather thick layers of dust at airport parking lots and on the roadside across the city. If you’ve ever been […]

Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor

June 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am » Comments Off

Poor kids don’t receive as much guidance in a library as affluent kids do. “The Badlands” is the local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kennsington. The neighborhood is pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. The neighborhood […]

More that 50% of teens in the U.S. are sexting, 28% are sexting with photos

June 25th, 2014 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Many teens could be held liable for texts they sent as a minor or between their friends of different ages. More than half of teens surveyed said they send sexual texts to each other, and one in four of them are sexting pictures, according to a new study from Drexel University.    

More than 10,000 toddlers in the U.S. are prescribed ADHD drugs

May 27th, 2014 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

Doctors could be offering children dangerous prescriptions that will affect them for the rest of their lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers have found that doctors are prescribing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication to more than 10,000 American toddlers between the ages of two and three.    

‘Smart drugs’ pose special risks to brain for students

May 19th, 2014 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

The brain is composed of neural fibers that connect various regions and enable them to communicate. Over a million American students misuse prescription drugs in hopes of boosting their attention, memory or energy levels. But taking these drugs could cause long-term impairments in brain function, recent animal studies suggest.    

Find My iPhone: People are tracking down smartphone thieves and hunting them down with hammers

May 7th, 2014 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

Find My iPhone has made it fundamentally easier to track down your phone after you’ve misplaced it following a night of responsible drinking. David Pogue, human dad-joke and Yahoo tech guy, even once used it to find his.  

Massive FBI facial recognition database raises concerns about privacy

May 1st, 2014 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

The FBI plans to start using facial recognition software. Most technology watchers believe we shouldn’t be overly concerned just yet about the privacy implications of facial recognition technology because it isn’t yet sophisticated enough to identify people accurately,      

Widely-used phthalates a threat to male fertility

March 24th, 2014 at 1:06 pm » Comments Off

Phthalate levels correlated with infertility in men. Federal researchers recently spent four years tracking 501 couples as they tried to have children in a study on the impact of everyday chemicals on fertility. One of the findings stood out: while both men and women were exposed to known toxic chemicals, men seemed much more likely […]

Controversy brews over use of autonomous killer robots in war

March 15th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

U.N. will begin to lay the groundwork for the role robots will play in war. People are promised their quality of life will improve with the advances of technology, and what could be a better example of that than sending robots instead of humans into dangerous situations? Robots can help conduct research in deep oceans […]

‘The car must not become a data monster:’ Volkswagen

March 13th, 2014 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Cars could become data monsters. Future cars that can drive themselves—or otherwise make the driving experience safer and more pleasant—is here. But fanfare aside, there’s a far less pleasant issue that needs to be addressed: There is a profound potential for companies to misuse our data.    

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