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October 24

EXPLAINER: What the metaverse is and how it will work

The term metaverse seems to be everywhere
October 24
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2021 file photo, Hadrien Gurnel, software engineer EPFL's Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+) explores with a virtual reality helmet the most detailed 3D map of the universe with the virtual reality software VIRUP, Virtual Reality Universe Project developed by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in St-Sulpice near Lausanne, Switzerland. The term metaverse seems to be everywhere. Facebook is hiring thousands of engineers in Europe to work on it, while video game companies are outlining their long-term visions for what some consider the next big thing on the internet. Essentially, it’s a world of endless, interconnected virtual communities where people can meet, work and play. You can go to a virtual concert, take a trip online and try on digital clothing. But tech companies still have to figure out how to connect their online platforms.(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
October 24

James Bonds' most incredible escapes? From infections.

His seemingly turbo-charged immune system deserves a bit more credit.
October 24
Each phrase in this image represents a travel related health threat James Bond encountered in the popular films. They are categorized by color.
October 24

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own

A team of young scientists in South Africa is assembling the equipment needed to reverse engineer Moderna's coronavirus vaccine
October 24
October 23

Saudi Arabia pledges 2060 target of net-zero emissions

One of the world’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, has announced it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change
October 23
FILE - In this June 28, 2021, file photo, Saudi Aramco engineers and journalists look at the Hawiyah Natural Gas Liquids Recovery Plant in Hawiyah, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. One of the world's largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced on Saturday, Oct. 23, it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
October 23

Prince Charles warns of narrow window to face climate change

Britain's Prince Charles says there is a “dangerously narrow” window to tackle global warning
October 23
FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2021 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles greets guests at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. Prince Charles issued a warning to the world days before leaders gather in the U.K. for crucial United Nations climate talks, saying there is a “dangerously narrow” window to tackle global warning. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
October 22

Climate change disrupting natural cycles at drier Lake Tahoe

Drought fueled by climate change has dropped Lake Tahoe below its natural rim and halted flows into the Truckee River
October 22
Water flows have slowed to a trickle on the Truckee River flowing out of Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City, Calif. a few miles upstream from Truckee, Calif. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Drought fueled by climate change has dropped Lake Tahoe below its natural rim and halted flows into the Truckee River, an historically cyclical event that's occurring sooner and more often than it used to _ raising fears about what might be in store for the famed alpine lake. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).
October 22

Jury gets chance to hear Elizabeth Holmes' bold promises

A jury weighing the fate of fallen Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes has had its first chance to listen to recordings of her boasting to investors about purported breakthroughs in blood-testing technology
October 22
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, arrives at the federal courthouse for jury selection in her trial, in San Jose, Calif. A jury weighing the fate of fallen Silicon Valley star Holmes got its first chance Friday, Oct. 22, to listen to recordings of her boasting to investors about purported breakthroughs in a blood-testing technology. (AP Photo/Nic Coury, File)
October 22

DNA match IDs Alaska serial killer's victim after 37 years

A woman who was the victim of a serial killer and for the last 37 years was only known as Horseshoe Harriet has been identified through a DNA match
October 22
October 22

Big tech data centers spark worry over scarce Western water

Google wants to build at least two more data centers in worrisome locations.
October 22
In this Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, photo, The Dalles Mayor Richard Mays looks at the view of his town and the Columbia River from his hilltop home in The Dalles, Oregon. Mays helped negotiate a proposal by Google to build new data centers in the town. The data centers require a lot of water to cool their servers, and would use groundwater and surface water, but not any water from the Columbia River. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
October 22

On Nov. 1, no GM plants will be closed due to chip shortage

For the first time in eight months, the global shortage of computer chips won’t force General Motors to close any North American factories
October 22
October 22

Amid air quality concerns, districts embrace electric buses

Efforts to make school buses greener are gaining momentum thanks to billions of dollars in spending in the federal infrastructure plan
October 22
October 22

Twitter ‘Spaces’ for everyone

Twitter opens up its live audio room feature to anyone.
October 22
VIDEO:  Twitter ‘Spaces’ for everyone
October 21

Snap's stock drops as iPhone privacy controls pinch ad sales

Snapchat’s corporate parent has disclosed that its ad sales are being hurt by a privacy crackdown that rolled out on Apple’s iPhones earlier this year, raising investor fears that the app’s financial growth is going into a tailspin
October 21
October 21

Why no tusks? Poaching tips scales of elephant evolution

Scientists have pinpointed how years of civil war and poaching in Mozambique have led to a greater proportion of elephants that will never develop tusks
October 21
This undated photo provided by ElephantVoices in October 2021 shows tuskless elephant matriarch with her two calves in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability. (ElephantVoices via AP)
October 21

Bid to unionize Amazon workers in New York nears milestone

Organizers of a bid to unionize Amazon workers at a distribution center in New York City are preparing to deliver hundreds of signatures to the National Labor Relations Board
October 21
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, Miracle Stewart, right, an employee of Amazon PrimeNow, prepares bags to fill with orders from customers making purchases, at a distribution hub in New York. A bid to unionize Amazon workers at a distribution facility in New York City neared an important milestone, as organizers prepared to deliver hundreds of signatures to the National Labor Relations Board as soon as Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, for authorization to hold a vote. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
October 21

100s more archaeological sites found on Mexico train route

Mexican experts say they have detected the ruins of almost 2,500 pre-Hispanic structures and 80 burial sites on just one-sixth of the route of the president’s controversial “Maya Train” project on the Yucatan peninsula
October 21
October 21

Forecasters predict warmer winter for two-thirds of US

Government forecasters say that they expect two-thirds of the U.S. to have a warmer winter than normal
October 21
October 21

Billions in environmental justice funds hang in the balance

Tens of billions of dollars for U.S. environmental justice initiatives originally proposed by Democratic leaders in a $3.5 trillion domestic spending package now hang in the balance as they decide how to trim the bill to $2 trillion
October 21
October 21

NTSB: Driver was behind wheel at time of Texas Tesla crash

A driver was behind the wheel when a Tesla electric car crashed and burned last April near Houston, killing two men, neither of whom was found in the driver’s seat
October 21
FILE - A Tesla electric vehicle emblem is affixed to a passenger vehicle Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Boston. U.S. highway safety investigators want to know why Tesla didn’t file recall paperwork when it updated Autopilot software so it would do a better job spotting parked emergency vehicles. In a letter sent to Tesla on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told the electric car maker that it has to do a recall if an over-the-internet update mitigates a safety defect. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
October 21

S Korea test launches 1st domestically made space rocket

South Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch on Thursday
October 21
The Nuri rocket, the first domestically produced space rocket, sits on its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. South Korea was preparing to test-launch its first domestically produced space rocket Thursday in what officials describe as an important step in its pursuit of a satellite launch program. (Korea Pool via AP)
October 21

Deliveries by drone

A company called “Wing” is aiming to have drones deliver packages in 10 minutes throughout major cities.
October 21
VIDEO:  Drones will be delivering packages in major metropolitan area
October 21

US marks 200M COVID-19 shots shared with world

The White House says the U.S. has donated its 200 millionth COVID-19 shot to help vaccinate the rest of the world
October 21
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 27, 2021 file photo, a medical worker prepares a shot of the Moderna vaccine during a vaccination campaign at Saint Damien Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The White House says the U.S. has donated its 200 millionth COVID-19 shot to help vaccinate the rest of the world. The Biden administration is aiming to lead a global vaccination campaign even as it rolls out boosters for domestic use. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn, file)
October 20

Reports: Health problems tied to global warming on the rise

Two new reports show that death, disease and other health problems linked to global warming are rapidly rising
October 20
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, a jogger runs along McCovey Cove outside Oracle Park in San Francisco, under darkened skies from wildfire smoke.Health problems tied to climate change are all getting worse, according to two reports published in the medical journal Lancet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. An unprecedented Pacific Northwest and Canadian heat wave hit this summer, which a previous study showed couldn't have happened without human-caused climate change. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
October 20

Biogen CEO: 'Major bottleneck' still limits Alzheimer's drug

A new Alzheimer’s drug from Biogen brought in only $300,000 in sales during its first full quarter on the market
October 20
The Biogen Inc., headquarters, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. A new Alzheimer’s drug from Biogen brought in only $300,000 in sales during its first full quarter on the market, continuing a slow debut complicated by coverage questions and concerns from doctors. The infused drug, hailed as a potential breakthrough treatment for a fatal disease, has encountered a health care system that “remains a major bottleneck” in keeping the treatment from patients, CEO Michel Vounatsos said Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
October 20

Facebook reportedly planning to rebrand itself under a new name

Fischer Price’s Chatter Telephone returns, now with Bluetooth capability.
October 20
VIDEO: Facebook reportedly planning to rebrand itself under a new name
October 20

Walgreens begins testing drone delivery in Texas

Walgreens will begin flying packages by drone to residents in a pair of Texas cities in partnership with Google’s drone-making affiliate, Wing
October 20
FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside a Walgreens Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. Walgreens will start flying packages by drone to residents in a Texas city in partnership with Google’s drone-making affiliate Wing. The companies said Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, they will begin testing the service next week in the city of Frisco and neighboring town of Little Elm, two fast-growing communities north of Dallas where road traffic is “probably the biggest complaint we get," said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 20

Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change

Venice saw a record five exceptional floods over six weeks in late 2019 that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change on the Italian lagoon city beloved by tourists
October 20
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, people wade their way through water in flooded St. Mark's Square following a high tide, in Venice, Italy. Lashing winds that pushed 1.87 meters (nearly 6 feet 2 inches) of water into Venice in November 2019 and ripped the lead tiles off St. Mark’s Basilica for the first time ever shocked Venetians with the city’s second-worst flood in history, but it was the additional four exceptional floods over the next six weeks that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change. (Anteo Marinoni/LaPresse via AP, file)
October 20

Volcano in southern Japan erupts with massive smoke column

A volcano in southern Japan is erupting with a massive column of gray smoke billowing into the sky
October 20
In this image taken by a surveillance camera released by Japan Meteorological Agency, smokes rise from the No. 1 Nakadake crater of Mr. Aso after its eruption, observed from Kusasenri, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The eruption occurred at 11:43 a.m., according to the agency. (Japan Meteorological Agency via AP)
October 20

Study: Fossil fuel plans would far overshoot climate goals

A U.N.-backed study has found that the world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels
October 20
FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 file photo, an oil pump works at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. A U.N.-backed study has found that the world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The report published Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 by the U.N. Environment Program noted that many governments have made ambitious pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But it found they are still planning to extract double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with the goal of keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, file)
October 19

Microsoft says it warned Bill Gates about flirting in 2008

Microsoft has confirmed that executives in 2008 warned Bill Gates to stop sending flirtatious emails to a female employee but dropped the matter after he told them he would stop
October 19
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, file photo, Bill Gates, former CEO and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, arrives for a meeting in Berlin. Microsoft executives in 2008 warned Gates to stop sending flirtatious emails to a female employee but dropped the matter after he told them he would stop, the company revealed Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
October 19

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

Two women from Georgia and Alabama who contracted COVID-19 during their pregnancies are urging other pregnant women to get vaccinated
October 19
Kyndal Nipper, of Midland, Ga., who suffered a stillbirth after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester, holds an ultrasound image of the son she lost while standing outside her home on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Nipper, who was unvaccinated, is encouraging women to get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)
October 19

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Apple-Apps-Top-10 for week ending 10/17/2021
October 19
October 19

UK courts green investment to fuel carbon-cutting plans

The United Kingdom is hosting a meeting aimed at attracting billions of dollars in foreign investment for green projects in Britain
October 19
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, appears on stage in conversation with American Businessman Bill Gates during the Global Investment Summit at the Science Museum, London, Tuesday, Oct, 19, 2021. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)
October 19

Google flagship phones to be unveiled Tuesday

The Pixel 6 will reportedly cost around $600 with the Pro model, which has a better camera, costing $300 more.
October 19
VIDEO: Google flagship phones to be unveiled today
October 19

China says moon rocks offer new clues to volcanic activity

A Chinese researcher says moon rocks brought back to Earth by a robotic spacecraft last year have provided new insights into ancient lunar volcanic activity
October 19
Li Xianhua speaks near a screen showing the volcano activities on the moon during a press briefing on Chang'e 5 Moon Mission, at the Chinese Academy Science in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Moon rocks that a Chinese robotic space craft brought back to Earth last year have provided new insights into ancient lunar volcanic activity, a researcher said Tuesday. Li said an analysis of the samples revealed new information about the moon's chemical composition and the way heat affected its development. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 19

Chinese users have mixed feelings about LinkedIn departure

After nearly seven years in China, LinkedIn says it will stop operating its localized version of the platform, replacing it with a jobs listing site
October 19
Foto tomada el 22 de septiembre del 2016 del logo de LinkedIn en una presentación en San Francisco. (Foto AP/Eric Risberg, File)
October 19

Automakers step up pace on electric vehicle battery plants

Global automakers are stepping up the pace when it comes to building factories to prepare for what many believe will be a fast-moving transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles
October 19
FILE - The Toyota logo is shown on a dealership in Manchester, N.H., in this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, file photo. Toyota plans to build a new $1.29 billion factory in the U.S. to manufacture batteries for gas-electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The plant location wasn't announced, but the company said it eventually will employ 1,750 people and start making batteries in 2025, gradually expanding through 2031. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
October 19

Data shows ship crossed over oil pipeline that ruptured

Data shows a massive cargo ship that was supposed to be at anchor repeatedly crossed over an undersea oil pipeline during a January storm
October 19
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct.6, 2021 aerial image taken with a drone, workers in protective suits clean the contaminated beach after an oil spill in Newport Beach, Calif. California's uneasy relationship with the oil industry is being tested again by the latest spill to foul beaches and kill birds and fish off Orange County. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
October 19

US formally removes Colorado River fish's endangered status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reclassified a rare Colorado River Basin fish called the humpback chub from endangered to threatened status after a decades-old effort to stabilize its populations
October 19
FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a humpback chub in the Colorado River in Colorado near the Utah border. The humpback chub, a rare fish found only in the Colorado River basin, has been brought back from the brink of extinction after decades of protection, though continued work is needed to ensure its survival, federal authorities said Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in reclassifying the species from endangered to threatened status. (Travis Francis/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)
October 18

China calls missile launch 'routine test' of new technology

China says its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be re-used
October 18
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2021, file photo, a visitor takes photos of replicas of space launch rockets Airshow China 2021 in Zhuhai, southern China's Guangdong province. China said Monday its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be re-used. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
October 18

Apple to unveil new products

The company is expected to unveil redesigned MacBook Pros along with next generation AirPods at its Oct. 18 event.
October 18
VIDEO: Apple to unveil new products
October 17

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build 'metaverse'

Facebook says it plans for workers in the EU to work on a new computing platform
October 17
October 17

Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

Megan Rice broke into a government security complex to protest nuclear weapons.
October 17
October 17

Russian filmmakers land after shoot aboard space station

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed after a 3 1/2-hour trip from the International Space Station
October 17
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2021, file photo taken from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, actress Yulia Peresild, left, film director Klim Shipenko, center, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov speak with the Moscow Mission Control Center from the International Space Station, ISS. A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has separated from the International Space Station and is heading for the Earth. The separation took place on schedule at 0115 GMT Sunday, Oct. 17, with Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko aboard for a descent of about 3 1/2 hours. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP, File)
October 16

University offers to rehire prof acquitted of ties to China

He allegedly hid relationship with Chinese university while getting NASA grants.
October 16
October 16

NASA's asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds

A NASA spacecraft named Lucy has rocketed into the sky with diamonds on a 12-year quest to explore a record-setting eight asteroids
October 16
In this photo released by NASA, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Lucy spacecraft stands ready to launch from Space Launch Complex 41, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Lucy will be the first spacecraft to study Jupiter's Trojan Asteroids. Like the mission's namesake – the fossilized human ancestor, "Lucy," whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity's evolution – Lucy will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
October 16

New crew docks at China's first permanent space station

Chinese astronauts have begun their six-month mission on China’s first permanent space station, after successfully docking aboard their spacecraft
October 16
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 shows three Chinese astronauts, from left, Ye Guangfu, Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping waving after entering the space station core module Tianhe. China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts on Saturday docked at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost. Chinese characters, left, read "Platform Camera B." (Tian Dingyu/Xinhua via AP)
October 15

China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission

China has sent three astronauts to its space station for a record-setting six-month stay for the country
October 15
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the crewed spaceship Shenzhou-13, atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket, is launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert, Oct. 16, 2021. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP)
October 15

Company behind Tether 'token' fined $41M by US regulators

The company behind a digital token called Tether has agreed to pay $41 million to settle charges that it misled investors for years by falsely claiming its token was fully backed at all times by U.S. dollars and other fiat currencies
October 15
October 15

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list
October 15
FILE - In this July 30, 1999 file photo, Michael Coffman of The Marine Mammal Center, inspects a endangered leatherback sea turtle which washed ashore on Pismo Beach, Calif. The giant leatherback sea turtle was found dead floating in a kelp bed. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, to add the leather back sea turtle to the state's Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Phil Klein, File)