Category: Technology

Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking

Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia’s illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese descent, was arrested Friday in the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom in connection with the with smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth […]

Facebook to emphasize ‘trustworthy’ news

Facebook is announcing a second major tweak to its algorithm, saying it will prioritize news based on survey results of trustworthiness. The company said in a blog post and Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday that it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources. That data will influence what […]

NASA bumps astronaut off June spaceflight in rare move

NASA has bumped an astronaut off an upcoming spaceflight, a rare move for the space agency so close to launch. Astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to rocket away in early June, and would have been the first African-American to live on the International Space Station. Late Thursday, NASA announced it was pulling Epps off the […]

Amazon boosts monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday. The online retailer had added the monthly payment option about two years ago as a way to hook shoppers — especially during the holiday season […]

The Latest: Catalan president to travel to Denmark next week

The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political situation (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Officials say that former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Brussels to avoid arrest in Spain nearly three months ago, will leave Belgium and travel to Denmark next week to attend a university forum. Puigdemont is being sought in Spain as part […]

China calls deadly tanker collision ‘unprecedented’

The deadly explosion and sinking of an Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea was without precedent and created enormous difficulties for rescue and recovery efforts, a Chinese official said Friday. The sinking of the Sanchi after a Jan. 6 high seas collision with a grain freighter was one of the worst maritime disasters […]

Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says a long telescopic probe has successfully captured images of some melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing crucial information for its cleanup. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday the fishing rod-like device carrying a camera went deep into the plant’s Unit 2 primary […]

EPA official: government must plan for climate change

A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House […]

Hippo-y birthday to Fiona! The popular preemie is turning 1

There will plenty more of Fiona in Year 2. The Cincinnati Zoo’s celebrity hippopotamus should about double in size in 2018, after growing from a dangerously low 29 pounds (13 kilograms) at premature birth to nearly 700 pounds (318 kilograms) now. And while her curators are focusing on helping her learn typical zoo routines and […]

IBM reports first revenue growth since 2012

IBM reported its first quarter of revenue growth in more than five years as the company ramps up its cloud computing business and looks for new opportunities from its investments in artificial intelligence. “Over the past several years we have invested aggressively in technology and our people to reposition IBM,” James Kavanaugh, IBM’s new chief […]