Papua New Guinea assesses extent of damage from strong quake
May14

Papua New Guinea assesses extent of damage from strong quake

Papua New Guinea authorities were assessing the extent of damage Wednesday from a powerful earthquake that rattled coastal towns the previous evening. The magnitude 7.5 quake struck around 11 p.m. Tuesday at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was offshore about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Kokopo, which has about 26,000 people. Chris McKee, the acting director of...

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The Latest: San Francisco bans facial recognition technology
May14

The Latest: San Francisco bans facial recognition technology

The Latest on a facial recognition ban in San Francisco (all times local): 3:10 p.m. San Francisco supervisors approved a ban on police using facial recognition technology, making it the first city in the U.S. with such a restriction. The ban is part of broader oversight legislation that orders San Francisco departments to spell out details of any surveillance currently in use and any surveillance they hope to use. Departments will...

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Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history
May14

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

Victor Vescovo says he didn’t set out to break James Cameron’s record of reaching the deepest point on Earth. But that’s what he did last month as he went 10,928 meters down into the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench of the Pacific Ocean. The groundbreaking mission was filmed as part of an upcoming Discovery Channel documentary series that will chronicle Vescovo’s trips to the furthest parts of the...

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New security flaw in Intel chips could affect millions
May14

New security flaw in Intel chips could affect millions

Intel has revealed another hardware security flaw that could affects millions of machines around the world. The chipmaker said Tuesday there’s no evidence of anyone exploiting the bug outside of a research laboratory. “Doing so successfully in the real world is a complex undertaking,” Bryan Jorgensen, Intel’s senior director of product assurance and security, said in a video statement. The bug is embedded in...

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Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe
May14

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone’s guess. Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values. But other climate scientists note shortcomings in the studies, and real estate experts say they simply haven’t seen any...

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