Genealogy site, DNA used to help solve decades-old murder
May07

Genealogy site, DNA used to help solve decades-old murder

Forensic genealogists followed a trail built on decades-old DNA evidence to help determine the identity of a woman whose body was found near a Lake Tahoe hiking trail in 1982 and her killer, investigators said Tuesday. Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam announced he has closed the investigation into the shooting death of the victim identified for the first time publicly on Tuesday as Mary Silvani. She was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in...

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Breakthrough discovery: new plastic can be fully recycled again and again
May07

Breakthrough discovery: new plastic can be fully recycled again and again

Humans produce 300 million tons of plastic waste every year – which is roughly equivalent to the combined weight of all humans living right now. But a new discovery offers hope, and could revolutionize the way we deal with plastic. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed a plastic that can be recycled over and over again, and turned into new materials of any color, shape, or...

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Will Instagram’s attempts to stop bullying work? Experts weigh in
May07

Will Instagram’s attempts to stop bullying work? Experts weigh in

Facebook-owned Instagram has a lofty new goal: to lead the fight against cyberbullying. “Sometimes bad things happen on Instagram. We know that,” Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said at Facebook’s F8 developer conference last week. “We want to lead the fight against cyberbullying.” The platform is currently testing new features in Canada to foster a “less pressurized” environment, but...

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Lyft posts strong growth, big losses in first public quarter
May07

Lyft posts strong growth, big losses in first public quarter

Lyft is reporting strong revenue growth but substantial losses in its first quarterly earnings report since its rocky stock market debut. The ride-hailing company posted revenue of $776 million during the first quarter of 2019, nearly doubling the amount it made the same time last year and beating expectations of analysts polled by FactSet, who were expecting $740 million. But the San Francisco-based company lost $1.1 billion in its...

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The Latest: Google adds video calling to smart home display
May07

The Latest: Google adds video calling to smart home display

The Latest on Google conference in California (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Google’s new smart home display will be able to make video calls on a bigger screen. The company unveiled the larger and more versatile device, called Nest Hub Max, on Tuesday at its annual conference in Mountain View, California. The Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch display that offers a wide field of vision that’s designed to make it easy to conduct...

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