Daimler says batteries have edge over fuel cells: Euro am Sonntag

FRANKFURT Electric batteries have won a slight edge over hydrogen fuel cells in their quest for future dominance in the car industry, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told a German weekly.Daimler is cooperating with partners in both areas and Zet...

Nasa prepares for real-life Armageddon: Agency could launch nuclear bombs into space to defend Earth from asteroids

Nasa and the National Nuclear Security Administration have announced they are now working together on the possibility of destroying hazardous asteroids using nuclear weapons. And like the film Armageddon - where Bruce Willis flies a space shuttle to an on...

Stripped-down synthetic organism sheds light on nature of life

WASHINGTON Scientists on Thursday announced the creation of a synthetic organism stripped down to the bare essentials with the fewest genes needed to survive and multiply, a feat at the microscopic level that may provide big insights on the very nature...

Daimler CEO says digital mapping consortium in expansion talks

ESTORIL, Portugal Daimler's Chief Executive (DAIGn.DE) told Reuters that a German auto maker consortium which controls the HERE digital mapping business is in talks with potential new members.In August last year, German carmakers BMW (BMWG.DE), Audi (V...

Google, Ford, Uber join coalition to further self-driving cars

WASHINGTON Alphabet Inc's Google unit (GOOGL.O), Ford Motor Co (F.N), the ride-sharing service Uber [UBER.UL] and two other companies said on Tuesday they are forming a coalition to push for federal action to help speed self-driving cars to market.Swed...

Clouds over Indonesia obscure total eclipse of the sun for many

PALEMBANG, Indonesia A solar eclipse enthralled Indonesia on Wednesday but clouds over some parts of archipelago spoiled the view for many of the skywatchers who had the opportunity to see it in totality.In Palembang city on the western island of Sumat...

Beer brewers toast Australian gluten-free barley

SYDNEY Australian scientists say they have developed the world's first WHO-approved "gluten-free" barley, a breakthrough for global beer manufacturers which have had to use alternatives to barley such as rice and sorghum to brew gluten-free beer.Austra...

Five cheetah cubs fight for survival after rare C-section birth

NEW YORK Five cheetah cubs are fighting for their lives after being delivered prematurely at a Cincinnati zoo by a caesarean section, a procedure seldom performed during the birth of the endangered cats.The cubs, born earlier this month, have weak immu...

Amazon sues former employee over new job at Target

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has sued a former executive hired by Target Corp (TGT.N) as its chief supply chain and logistics officer to prevent him from revealing trade secrets.Amazon said in the lawsuit that the former employee, Arthur Valdez, was in viol...

Taking the Brakes Off API-Based Innovation by Moving Toward Processes

API usage has absolutely transformed IT in the sixteen years since inventor Roy Fielding originally outlined the concept. At this very moment, millions of APIs are at work, opening up access to useful resources and data belonging to the businesses providi...