Friday, January 30, 2015


Study: Chances of a driver dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years

WASHINGTON — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Man facing charges over chemical threat

HALIFAX—A former U.S. resident was in a Halifax court today to face charges of uttering threats and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
The RCMP brought Christopher Burton Phillips back to Nova Scotia from Ottawa yesterday after he was arrested a day earlier at a hotel that had to be evacuated.

Drug smugglers plant magnetized boxes under cars of “trusted travellers” from Mexico

SAN DIEGO — Drug smugglers are turning people who are granted “trusted travellers” status by the U.S. government into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.

Old phone unveiled at San Francisco event marking 100 years since first coast-to-coast call

SAN FRANCISCO — In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

Investigators: Airliners should be equipped with technologies so they can be found

WASHINGTON — Responding to recent incidents in which airliners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash.

Teen builds Braille printer with Lego kit

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur.
Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.
The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually-impaired.
Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his start-up, Braigo Labs.

Eureka! Beagle-2 found on Mars: European Space Agency says missing lander finally located

LONDON — The European Space Agency’s Beagle-2 lander, which had been lost on Mars since 2003, has been found, the agency said Friday.
New photos taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the lander partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet, it said.

No toxic leak found

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station yesterday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak.
NASA later said a computer problem likely set off the alarm rather than escaping ammonia coolant.
“No signs of a leak,” NASA reported via Twitter.

Google driverless car chief expects real people in driverless cars on roadways in 2 to 5 years

DETROIT — The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years.
Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians.

Why a Samsung takeover of Blackberry could make for a logical business combination

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung and Blackberry have splashed frigid water on a report that Samsung wants to make a $7.5 billion takeover offer for the struggling Canadian device maker. That, however, did not stop tech industry watchers from dissecting all the possibilities.

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