3-D printer, 'Gecko Grippers' head to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket loaded with supplies and science experiments blasted off from Florida on Tuesday, boosting an Orbital ATK cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.The 194-foot (59-meter) rocket s...

Scientists use climate, population changes to predict diseases

LONDON British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans – based on changes in climate.Describing their model as "a major improvement i...

Facebook pays $10,000 to 10-year-old Instagram hacker

HELSINKI Social media giant Facebook (FB.O) has paid a $10,000 reward to a 10-year-old Finnish boy for finding a glitch in its picture sharing app Instagram.Jani, whose last name was not released for privacy reasons, is the youngest ever recipient of F...

Monkey mariners made monumental migration 21 million years ago

WASHINGTON Monkeys resembling today's capuchins accomplished the astonishing feat of crossing at least 100 miles (160 km) of open ocean 21 million years ago to get from South America to North America eons before the two continents joined together.Scien...

Orbital presses U.S. lawmakers to end ban on retired missiles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Orbital ATK is pressing U.S. lawmakers to end a 20-year ban on using decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) for launching commercial satellites and the effort has raised concern among companies that have invested...

VW to spend about half a billion euros on digital trucks by 2020

BERLIN Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) truck division will spend about half a billion euros (398,634,681 million pounds) by the end of the decade to enhance digital features of heavy-goods vehicles as truckmakers increase their focus on automation in road hau...

SpaceX rocket lifts off on cargo run, then lands at launch site

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from Florida early on Monday to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, then turned around and landed itself back at the launch site.The 23-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket, built and f...

The Nuke Kids On The Block Are Coming To Disrupt SF

Solving the nation’s energy problem is not for the faint of heart, a topic we’re excited to bring to Disrupt SF this year. Leslie Dewan, of Transatomic Power, and Jacob DeWitte, of UPower Technologies will join us on-stage next week at TechCrunch Dis...

Uber, Lyft spend big, lose big in Texas vote on driver fingerprinting

AUSTIN, Texas On-demand ride companies Uber and Lyft suffered an embarrassing defeat in a Saturday election in Austin as voters backed a measure requiring fingerprint background checks for drivers.The two companies spent more than $8 million to repeal ...

Microsoft, Google agree to drop complaints against each other

Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc's Google have reached a deal to withdraw all the regulatory complaints against each other, the companies told Reuters."Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing le...