US safety agency gathering info on Tesla parking lot feature
Oct03

US safety agency gathering info on Tesla parking lot feature

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is gathering information on reports of malfunctions with a Tesla feature that lets drivers summon their cars in parking lots. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stopped short of saying it had opened a formal investigation. But in a statement Thursday it said that it’s aware of the reports about “Smart Summon” and is in contact with the company. “The agency will not hesitate...

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Experts react to Instagram’s new anti-bullying ‘Restrict’ feature
Oct03

Experts react to Instagram’s new anti-bullying ‘Restrict’ feature

Instagram has rolled out a new feature that will allow users to secretly block bullies from commenting on their posts. But cyberbullying experts said it was not clear the change would be a game-changer. The new feature, called “Restrict,” lets users block comments on their posts from specific users without the user knowing. The blocked user will still see their comment on a user’s post, but it will not be visible to...

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Down to Earth: Astronauts safely return after space mission
Oct03

Down to Earth: Astronauts safely return after space mission

An American, a Russian and the first person from the United Arab Emirates to fly into space landed safely on Thursday after a six-hour flight from the International Space Station. The capsule carrying Nick Hague, Alexey Ovchinin and Hazzaa al-Mansoori touched down on the steppe in Kazakhstan in Central Asia at 3:59 p.m. local time (1059 GMT), the impact sending a cloud of dust into the sky. Al-Mansoori, the first of two men chosen by...

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Climate activists spray fake blood on UK government building
Oct03

Climate activists spray fake blood on UK government building

Climate activists sprayed hundreds of gallons of fake blood on a British government building, hoping to underscore the damage humans are causing to the planet. Extinction Rebellion activists used an out-of-commission fire engine to drench the front of the Treasury building in red liquid. They then erected a banner reading “Stop funding climate death.” Police officers surrounded the fire engine. The group’s protesters have...

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Thai marine biologist pleads for dugong conservation plan
Oct03

Thai marine biologist pleads for dugong conservation plan

A top marine biologist has urged Thailand’s government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an imperiled sea mammal, after their death toll for the year in Thai waters has already climbed to a record 21. Thon Thamrongnawasawat said on his Facebook page that the carcass of a dugong was found Tuesday off the southern province of Krabi. The young female apparently drowned after being caught in a fishing net, a common threat to...

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