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  • Self-driving cars should stay in their lane

    A new study in Risk Analysis: An International Journal reveals the prevailing public opinion on how self-driving cars should make decisions in the face of an oncoming collision. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Göttingen in Germany presented participants with two plausible scenarios involving autonomous vehicles, and surveyed them on the most mo...

    SciTech | October 29, 2018
  • Even light drinking increases chance of early death

    A new study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri suggests that even light drinking four or more times per week can increase the risk of premature death by about 20 percent. The study, titled “Daily drinking is associated with increased mortality” and published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Re...

    SciTech | October 15, 2018
  • Facebook hacked, 50 million+ accounts compromised

    The worst hack in Facebook’s history began on Sunday, Sept. 16. Security engineers detected unusual activity within the company’s systems, but it took days before they had a full explanation. Attackers exploited a vulnerability to gain full access to the accounts of over 50 million users, including connected applications such as Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook discovered the extent of the breach ...

    SciTech | October 8, 2018
  • Elon Musk sued by SEC

    On Thursday Sept. 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) slammed Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a lawsuit for making “false and misleading” statements to the company’s investors. The suit is based on a controversial tweet from Musk on Aug. 7 about taking the company private at $420 per share, which he ended with “funding secured.”

    SciTech | October 1, 2018
  • ACLU: Job ads on Facebook illegally exclude women

    Social media giant Facebook has come under scrutiny for their online advertisement targeting system after a charge was filed against the company by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the law firm Outten & Golden, and the labor union Communications Workers of America. The complaint asserts that Facebook’s advertising system enabled illegal discrimination against women.

    SciTech | September 24, 2018