Driverless cars are a catch 22—we do none of the driving, but take all of the responsibility
The utopian vision of the motor vehicle is an onboard autodriver much like that of the autopilot in aircraft which takes over the task of driving, freeing up the human driver to work, rest or play. This is ...
Self-awareness not unique to mankind
Humans are unlikely to be the only animal capable of self-awareness, a new study has shown.
Taxes and renewable energy surcharges raise the cost of wind power
On 22 April 2015, it is world Earth Day. The idea is to raise awareness of the need to rely on renewable energy. The EU requires its member states to provide a a 27% share of renewable energies by 2030—up from a 23.3% share of the overall electricity genera ...
Successful demonstration of DARPA's Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) system
Close air support (CAS)—delivery of airborne munitions to support ground forces—is difficult and dangerous because it requires intricate coordination between combat aircrews and dismounted ground forces ...
Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour
The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.
Septic tank risk 'needs public awareness campaign'
Members of the public should be urged to take better care of their septic tank systems in order to reduce the risk of bacteria and viruses being released to the environment, scientists will say at an event ...
Citizen scientists home in on crab menace
Perth fishermen have helped stop a 'nasty' crab invading West Australian waters which could have devastated local marine biodiversity.
Game technology can make emergency robots easier to control
A method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use – enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face.
Q&A: Science journalism and public engagement
Whether the public is reading about the Ebola outbreak in Africa or watching YouTube videos on the benefits of the latest diet, it's clear that reporting on science and technology profoundly shapes modern ...
Hunger for vegetable oil means trouble for Africa's great apes
The vegetable oil found in your popcorn or soap might not be ape friendly, and the situation appears likely to get even worse, according to an analysis in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 10.
From close air support to fire suppression
In the heat of battle, lives can depend on being able to coordinate troop positions safely while directing aircraft to provide close air support for ground forces. DARPA's Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) ...
Australians respect science but don't know the details
A new report has found Australians have extremely positive attitudes about science and technology, although they're not always clear about the details.
Police website hacked in Pakistan
Hackers attacked the website of police in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi late on Thursday but no sensitive data has been compromised, an official said.
Click away the snow
The control center at the Cologne Bonn Airport coordinates a number of actors during winter services. The new software upgrades the airport's central control of winter service activities. Now, one click is ...