Uber is hiring robotics teams to work on bikes and scooters

Uber is only gradually resuming its self-driving car program, but it’s already thinking about expanding that technology to its two-wheeled services. The Telegraph has discovered that Uber is hiring for a “micromobility robotics” team that would brin…

Facebook introduces political petitions to your News Feed

Facebook’s efforts to improve civic engagement are expanding beyond easy access to politicians and voter registration campaigns. As of January 21st, it’s launching a Community Actions feature in the US that brings political petitions to the News Fee…

Scientists investigate how massive stars die in dramatic hypernova events

Our Sun will gradually fade before expanding into a red giant at the end of its life. But larger mass stars undergo extreme explosive events called hypernovas when they die which outshine their entire galaxies.
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Water-based fuel cell converts carbon emissions to electricity

Scientists from Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology have developed a system which can continuously produce electrical energy and hydrogen by dissolving carbon dioxide in an aqueous solution.
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The best USB-C MacBook and laptop chargers

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This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full USB-C MacBook and laptop chargers guide…

Saturn didn’t always have rings, according to new analysis of Cassini data

Saturn’s rings are younger than previously believed, according to new data gathered from the Cassini mission. The rings are certainly less than 100 million years old and perhaps as young as 10 million years old.
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Dinosaurs never stood a chance after asteroid impacts doubled 290M years ago

The number of asteroids pummeling Earth jumped dramatically around 290 million years ago. By looking at Moon craters, scientists discovered that d the number of asteroid impacts on both Earth and the Moon increased by two to three times.
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After Math: Watch out now!

You’d think that the week after CES would bring at least a brief lull in the firehose that is tech news, but you’d be wrong. Google’s paying $40 million for Fossil’s smartwatch tech; LG’s holding a huge sale for last year’s most expensive sets ahead…

Tiny microbots fold like origami to travel through the human body

Tiny robots modeled after bacteria could be used to deliver drugs to hard to reach areas of the human body. Scientists have developed elastic microbots that can change their shape depending on their environment.
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Facebook backs an independent AI ethics research center

Facebook is just as interested as its peers in fostering ethical AI. The social network has teamed up with the Technical University of Munich to back the formation of an independent AI ethics research center. The plainly titled Institute for…