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January 17

Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring

New research suggests that some beetles are adept at hiding their food from competitors
January 17
January 16

Biden says his advisers will lead with 'science and truth'

In a dig at the outgoing Trump administration, President-elect Joe Biden says his team of scientific advisers will lead with “science and truth
January 16
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2010, file photo, Eric Steven Lander, head of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, gestures as he delivers a speech during the forum Mexico XXI Century, organized by the Telmex Foundation, in Mexico City. President-elect Joe Biden picked a pioneering geneticist to be his science advisor and elevated the job to his Cabinet. Friday's announcement of Lander won wide praise (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz, File)
January 16

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
January 16
This combination of photos shows various podcasts, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole: Podcasts. (AP Photo/David Hamilton)
January 16

Semeru volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers
January 16
In this photo released by Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Mount Semeru spews volcanic material during an eruption in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. The highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. (National Disaster Mitigation Agency via AP)
January 15

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
January 15
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, speaks with reporters in New York after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. William A. Burck, a prominent Washington lawyer defending Bannon against the charges, notified a judge on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, that he will no longer be representing Bannon in the case. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)
January 15

Biden picks geneticist as science adviser, puts in Cabinet

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a pioneering geneticist to be his science adviser and is elevating the job to a Cabinet position
January 15
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 15

US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump's last week in office
January 15
FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, an advertisement for Xiaomi is displayed at a subway station in Hong Kong. The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office. The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac). (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
January 15

Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company has launched a new capsule into space to test all the astronaut perks before people strap in
January 15
In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the company's New Shepard rocket lands after a test flight in West Texas on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP)
January 15

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

A strong, shallow earthquake has shaken Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people
January 15
Residents inspect earthquake-damaged buildings in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. A strong inland and shallow earthquake hit eastern Indonesia early Friday causing people to panic in parts of the country's Sulawesi island and run to higher ground. (AP Photo/Rudy Akdyaksyah)
January 15

Samsung releases 3 new Galaxy phone models

Plus, a robocaller is fined nearly $10 million and President-elect Biden has a new Twitter account.
January 15
VIDEO: Samsung releases 3 new Galaxy phone models
January 14

EXPLAINER: What WHO researchers in Wuhan are trying to learn

The international researchers went to the central Chinese city of Wuhan to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic
January 14
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, workers in protective gear carry a bag containing a giant salamander that was reported to have escaped from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. A 10-member team of international researchers from the World Health Organization hopes to find clues as to the origin of the coronavirus pandemic in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected in late 2019. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
January 14

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

Wildlife advocates are asking a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation
January 14
January 14

RIP: Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet

NASA is giving up trying to drill deep into Mars to take the red planet’s temperature
January 14
FILE - This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander. The scene was assembled from 11 photos taken using its robotic arm. On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, NASA declared the craft dead after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature. (NASA via AP)
January 14

Poshmark's shares soar in debut to public markets

Shares of Poshmark Inc. more than doubled in their debut trading in the public markets Thursday, a testament to the strength of the online marketplace for second-hand goods even during a pandemic
January 14
This photo provided by Poshmark shows Manish Chandra. Shares of Poshmark soared in their debut trading in the public markets Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, a testament to the strength of the online marketplace for second-hand goods even during a pandemic. The company, founded in 2011 by Chandra, marked its debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market and is listed under the ticker POSH. (Jen Kay/Poshmark via AP)
January 14

MIT professor charged with hiding work for China

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has been charged with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also receiving U.S. dollars for his nanotechnology research
January 14
January 14

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Scientists say 2020 was either the hottest year on record or a close second or third
January 14
January 14

Samsung promises new phones will deliver more for less money

Samsung’s next crop of smartphones will boast bigger screens, better cameras, and longer-lasting batteries at lower prices than than last year’s lineup that came out just before the pandemic toppled the economy
January 14
This photo provided by Samsung shows the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung’s next crop of smartphones will boast bigger screens, better cameras, and longer-lasting batteries at lower prices than than last year’s lineup that came out just before the pandemic toppled the economy. The three Galaxy S21 phones unveiled Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 during a virtual event will face similar challenges in an economy still hobbled by the COVID-19 crisis. (Samsung via AP)
January 14

Snapchat permanently bans Trump

Plus, Airbnb is canceling and blocking reservations in the D.C. area, and a Space X capsule's unique cargo.
January 14
VIDEO: Snapchat permanently bans Trump
January 14

WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

A global team of researchers has arrived in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to investigate its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries
January 14
Passengers arriving on the flight from Singapore are processed by staff in protective clothings and directed towards a covered walkway to a separate exit from the Airport terminal in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Chinese state media reported that a WHO team arrived in Wuhan, China, on Thursday to research the origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 14

WhatsApp growth slumps as rivals Signal, Telegram rise

Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google's app stores, while WhatsApp's growth is on the decline following a privacy fiasco where the company was forced to clarify a message it sent to users
January 14
FILE - This Friday, March 10, 2017, file photo shows the WhatsApp communications app on a smartphone, in New York. In early January 2021, encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google's app stores, while WhatsApp's growth is on the decline following a privacy fiasco where the company was forced to clarify a message it sent to users. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
January 13

YouTube suspends Trump’s channel for at least a week

YouTube suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s channel for at least a week amid concerns around “ongoing potential for violence,” making it the latest platform to limit the president’s online activities
January 13
FILE - In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America's small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Though stripped of his Twitter account for inciting rebellion, President Donald Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
January 13

Apple, utility each give $25M to Black college learning hub

Apple and a major utility are each giving $25 million to launch a learning center and business incubator for students of historically Black colleges and universities
January 13
January 13

Intel replaces its chief executive after a rocky stretch

Intel is replacing its CEO after only two years, but it has been a rough stretch for the chipmaker
January 13
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo the symbol for Intel appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. Intel is replacing its CEO after two years. The computer company said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that Pat Gelsinger will become its new CEO, effective Feb. 15. He takes over for Bob Swan, who became CEO in January 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 13

NTSB says vehicle battery fires pose risks to 1st responders

U.S. safety investigators say electric vehicle fires pose risks to first responders, and manufacturers have inadequate guidelines to keep them safe
January 13
This undated photo provided by National Transportation Safety Board, The Orange County Fire Authority battles a fire on a burning vehicle inside a garage in Orange County, Calif. When firefighters removed the SUV from the garage to assess the fire , they identified the fuel source as the SUV’s high-voltage battery pack. U.S. safety investigators say electric vehicle fires pose risks to first responders, and manufacturers have inadequate guidelines to keep them safe. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)
January 13

TikTok tightens privacy features for younger users

A month after federal regulators ordered it to disclose how its practices affect children and teenagers, TikTok is tightening its privacy practices for the under-18 crowd
January 13
FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo shows the icon for TikTok in New York. The social media app shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America in 2020. In action announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, federal regulators are ordering Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and five other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data and how their practices affect children and teens. (AP Photo/File)
January 13

EU court opinion leaves Facebook more exposed over privacy

An adviser to the European Union’s top court says any EU country’s privacy watchdog can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of the bloc’s strict privacy rules, not just the company’s lead regulator
January 13
FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Any EU country's privacy watchdog can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of the bloc's strict privacy rules, an adviser to the European Union's top court said Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 13

Every social media company that has banned or restricted Trump

From Twitter to Twitch, these companies have banned or restricted the president.
January 13
President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
January 13

President Trump’s YouTube channel has been suspended

YouTube says the page was suspended after a recent uploaded video violates its policy for inciting violence.
January 13
VIDEO:  President Trump’s YouTube channel has been suspended
January 12

Some Uber, Lyft drivers sue over California ballot measure

Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services are suing to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections
January 12
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield in downtown Los Angeles.Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services are suing to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2-021 in the California Supreme Court said Proposition 22 is unconstitutional because it limits the power of the Legislature to grant workers the right to organize and excludes drivers from being eligible for workers' compensation. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
January 12

Visa, Plaid call off merger following antitrust pressure

Visa Inc. has called off its planned $5.3 billion purchase of payment processing technology company Plaid, citing the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit filed last year to block the deal
January 12
FILE- In this April 23, 2018, file photo, the logo for Visa appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Visa Inc. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 called off its planned $5.3 billion purchase of payment-processing technology company Plaid, citing the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit filed last year to block the deal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 12

5 CES Trends to Watch

CES, the annual gadget show that showcases the buzziest and brightest tech, looks different this year — less Vegas glitz, more internet efficiency
January 12
FILE - People look at a 145 inch Ultra Large UHD display in the LG booth at the CES tech show, on Jan. 8, 2020, in Las Vegas. CES, the annual gadget show that showcases the buzziest and brightest tech, looks different this year — less Vegas glitz, more internet efficiency. With no physical conference in Las Vegas due to the pandemic, 1,800 companies are instead taking to streaming video to show off new products and technology to 150,000 CES attendees across the globe. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 12

CDC expands COVID-19 testing to all air passengers before entering the US

CDC expands COVID-19 testing to all air passengers before entering the US
January 12
January 12

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

The top iPhone and iPad apps on Apple App Store for week ending 1/10/21
January 12
January 12

GM charges up new unit to sell electric delivery vans, gear

General Motors is forming a new business unit to tap the market for delivery vehicles and equipment powered by electricity
January 12
This photo provided by General Motors shows EP1 electric pallet. General Motors is forming a new business unit to tap the market for delivery vehicles and equipment powered by electricity. The new venture is called BrightDrop, and its first product will be a battery-powered wheeled pallet that will take goods from the warehouse to trucks and from trucks to destinations. (General Motors via AP)
January 12

Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space

French wine and grapevines are headed back to Earth after a year aboard the International Space Station
January 12
This photo provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon undocking from International Space Station on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The capsule is aiming for a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Wednesday night. (NASA via AP)
January 12

Social media crackdown continues after siege of US Capitol

Social media platforms are continuing to crackdown on fringe groups and conspiracy theories following last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol
January 12
FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, a person carries a sign supporting QAnon during a protest rally in Olympia, Wash, USA. The social media company Twitter said Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021, it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far right QAnon conspiracy theory following last week's U.S. Capitol insurrection. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 12

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects

Scientists worry that the world is losing about 1% or 2% of its insects each year
January 12
January 12

Amazon refuses to sell items related to the QAnon conspiracy

The company cites its policy that prohibits offensive items and inappropriate content.
January 12
VIDEO:  Amazon refuses to sell items related to the QAnon conspiracy
January 11

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

Researchers say in a new study that wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all small particle air pollution in parts of the western U.S. in recent years
January 11
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, the San Francisco skyline in the distance behind Crissy Field is barely visible due to smoke from wildfires burning across California. Researchers say smoke from wildfires accounted for up to half of all small particle air pollution in parts of the western U.S. in recent years (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
January 11

AP PHOTOS: Only ash, shells of homes left on volcano island

The island is a ghost town, its trees just dead sticks in a gray landscape, its homes and school ash-covered and damaged by continuing earthquakes and the explosive volcanic eruption that occurred one year ago. Fisherman Rogelito Cacao regularly visits his home on the volcanic island south of the Philippine capital. “I miss our belongings but it is now covered in ash, our livestock like our cow, our horse, our pig, our boat and engines are all covered by the volcano, these are what I miss.” Luisa Silva used to live at the foot of the Taal volcano and said life will never be the same. “Right now life is very hard, we are not used to this. This is where we have experienced things that we have never experienced before, we don’t know where to start,” she said. Silva wants to return to the island if the government allows it. She said they can grow vegetables and raise livestock at their homes on the island, saving them from needing to buy food. Their animals also once carried...
January 11
Patterns of erosion on volcanic ash deposits are seen at the Taal volcano almost a year after it erupted, on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 in Batangas province, Philippines. A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because of its picturesque setting in the middle of a lake, Taal erupted on Jan. 12, 2020. The eruption displaced thousands of villagers living near the area and delivered an early crisis this year for one of the world's most disaster-prone nations a couple of months before the COVID-19 pandemic broke in the country. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 11

Twitter without Trump tumbles along with other tech shares

Shares of social media and other tech companies have tumbled, hit by fallout from the siege on the U.S. Capitol supporters of President Donald Trump
January 11
FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Twitter is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours called “Fleets” globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram that already have disappearing posts. The company said Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, the ephemeral tweets, which it calls “fleets," are designed to allay the concerns of new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
January 11

UN: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

The World Health Organization’s chief scientist has warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year
January 11
Walgreens pharmacist Mindy Keeton delivers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shot on Monday at the AHEPA apartments in Merrillville, Ind. (Kale Wilk/The Times via AP)
January 11

Many Capitol rioters implicated by their own social media posts

ABC News’ Josh Margolin discusses his reporting.
January 11
Rioters enter the U.S. Capitol after breaching security on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
January 11

50 countries vow to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030

At least 50 countries have committed to protect 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the decade in efforts to halt species extinction and address climate change issues
January 11
A grey seal and her pup on the beach at Horsey Gap in Norfolk, England, Sunday Jan. 10, 2021. A worldwide group are participating in a one-day video conference Monday Jan. 11, 2021, entitled the One Planet Summit aimed at protecting the world’s biodiversity, including protection of marine ecosystems. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
January 11

Meet the online gadget show, a hall of mirrors to the future

Every January, huge crowds descend on Las Vegas for the CES gadget show, an extravaganza of tech and glitz intended to set the tone for the coming year in consumer technology
January 11
FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, a monorail with a Google advertisement passes the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES International in Las Vegas. The idled Las Vegas Monorail is being bought by the local tourism authority with plans to arrange the system's second Chapter 11 bankruptcy after 16 years of operation by a not-for-profit corporation. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
January 11

All-virtual CES gets underway

This year's scaled-down trade show features items for consumers leading pandemic lives.
January 11
VIDEO: All-virtual CES gets underway
January 11

CES 2021: What to watch for at all-digital event

The tech industry extravaganza will be entirely virtual this year.
January 11
The CES logo is displayed during CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas.
January 11

China's Geely, Baidu announce electric car ventures

Chinese automaker Geely says it will form an electric car venture with tech giant Baidu, adding to a flurry of corporate tie-ups in the industry to share soaring technology development costs
January 11
FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, visitors take a close look at a latest car from Chinese automaker Geely Auto during the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai. Chinese automaker Geely said Monday, Jan. 11, 2020, it will form an electric car venture with tech giant Baidu, adding to a flurry of corporate tie-ups in the industry to share soaring technology development costs. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
January 08

Mexican farmers find rare female statue in citrus grove

Farmers digging in a citrus grove near Mexico's Gulf coast have found a striking, six-foot-tall statue of a female figure who may represent an elite woman rather than a goddess, or some mixture of the two
January 08
In this Jan. 4, 2021 photo released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology, known by its Spanish acronym INAH, the statue of a female figure unearthed in Hidalgo Amajac, is seen in nearby Alamo Temapache, Veracruz state, Mexico. Farmers digging in a citrus grove on New Year's Day found the six-foot tall statue of a female figure who may represent an elite woman rather than a goddess, or some mixture of the two, experts said Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology photo via AP)
January 08

Semiconductor shortage forces automobile production cuts

A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns
January 08
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 file photo, A row of 2020 Ford Escape sports-utility vehicles sits at a Ford dealership in Denver. A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns. Ford had scheduled down time next week at its Louisville, Kentucky, assembly plant, but moved it ahead to this week. The plant makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair small SUVs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)