A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News. A new drug is working to cure ebola, hackers figured out how to weaponize home-speakers, and tech is coming to the aid of migrants on the border.

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

Sikorsky is pitching the funky, fast S-97 Raider as a replacement for today’s light attack and scout helicopters, via the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Led by The Bridge Collaborative, BRAC, and the Center for Global Development (CGD), a rapid-strike team of experts from the environmental sector are identifying solutions that will improve daily life for the Rohingya and protect the surrounding environment from further harm.

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

Pro-choice advocates wore the attire of women in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale novel while protesting Alabama's new abortion ban bill. Protesters flooded the streets outside the Alabama State House in Montgomery as news of the bill began to spread. It moves like time.

VW’s Robo-Cars Get a Boost From Luminar’s Lidar

VW’s Robo-Cars Get a Boost From Luminar’s Lidar

Resolution is what lets the computer identify that obstacle as another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Self-Driving CarsSince this summer, AID has been running its Munich-based fleet of autonomous E-golfs (about a dozen strong, and soon to be replaced with Audi E-trons) with two roof-mounted forward-facing Luminar lidars.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Tries to Be Epic, But It's Really Just Mean

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Tries to Be Epic, But It's Really Just Mean

Hundreds of people die in this game to teach Lara Croft a lesson in humility.The problem in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is that this suffering feels without expressive purpose.

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

Climate change: the Brexit threat

Climate change: the Brexit threat

There is a tacky interface between industry and government when it comes to public health or the environment, and it is abundantly clear that Brexit is fatally shifting the balance towards deregulation (“Green watchdog will lack bite after Brexit”, News).

This Hearing Aid Can Translate For You—and Track Steps Too

This Hearing Aid Can Translate For You—and Track Steps Too

While some or all of these features have been available in consumer devices known as “hearables,” they’ve never before been packed into a hearing aid—a government-approved medical device that has to be small, comfortable, and include batteries that last for days rather than hours.If Starkey delivers on all these promises, the Livio AI, which Bhowmik unveiled last week at Starkey’s headquarters near Minneapolis, could bust the musty old hearing-aid industry out of its niche of selling to … well, musty old people.

NASA gets up close with Greenland's melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA gets up close with Greenland's melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

With a new research plane and a new base to improve its chances of outsmarting Atlantic hurricanes, NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign takes to the sky this week for its third year of gathering data on how the ocean around Greenland is melting its glaciers.