UK to Ban Sales of Gas, Diesel-Fueled Cars From 2040

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Britain’s government announced Wednesday that it will ban the sale of gas and diesel-fueled cars from 2040 when all vehicles must be fully electric as part of a plan to clean up air pollution, newspapers reported on Tuesday. The reported move follows a similar announcement earlier this month by the French government.

No one was immediately available for comment at Britain’s environment ministry, which was due to make the announcement, according to the newspaper reports. The

Roomba Does More Than Just Sucking Up Dust; Also Gathers Maps of Your House

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The company behind the Roomba vacuum, iRobot, has grand plans for its robot cleaners.

While two Roomba models are now mapping the interiors of homes to more efficiently suck up dust and dirt, those intimate maps, the company hopes, could soon be sold as personalized, data-rich products to giant tech companies, seizing a bigger role in the burgeoning market for “smart” devices in the web-connected household.

“There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart

Uber’s Going Big into the Trucking Business

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One of the biggest technology disruptors when it comes to shuttling people is now trying to transform the way goods are moved around the country.

This spring, Uber launched Uber Freight, an app that matches truck drivers with loads of goods to pick up and deliver. Texas played a key role in the San Francisco-based tech giant’s inroads. Routes between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio served as its test ground before the app’s launch.

Texas’ large trucking

Wisconsin Company Offers to Implant Chips in Its Employees

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The idea raises ethical questions by essentially turning bodies into bar codes. Three Square Market says it is the first U.S. company to provide the technology to its employees.

A Wisconsin company is offering to implant tiny radio-frequency chips in its employees—and it says they are lining up for the technology.

The idea is a controversial one, confronting issues at the intersection of ethics and technology by essentially turning bodies into bar codes. Three Square Market, also

UBC Engineers Invent 3-D-printed Device to Monitor Water Quality

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Engineers at the University of British Okanagan have designed a 3-D-printed device that can warn people in their homes if their water source is contaminated.

Current devices are expensive and bulky, mostly because high water pressure in cities’ pipes make it difficult for most sensors to survive, said Mina Hoorfar, director of UBC Okanagan’s school of engineering. But her team has found a way to 3-D-print a device that costs less than $10 to make.

“The big

Bush’s Baked Beans Recalled Over ‘Potentially Defective’ Cans

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Bush Brothers & Co. has announced a voluntary recall of three types of baked beans due to “potentially defective side seams on the cans.”

The recall involves 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans, the company said in a message Saturday.

The recall was initiated after it was identified in the company’s internal quality assurance checks, according to a release.

“Subsequent investigations indicated a temporary quality issue from

Worrying Chemical in Colgate Toothpaste

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Consumer NZ is warning people to limit their use of Colgate Total toothpaste because it contains a chemical banned in some countries.

The toothpaste contains triclosan, an antibacterial chemical that used to be found in soap, toothpaste and body wash.

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned products that contain any one of 19 ingredients, including triclosan, that had not been proven safe.

Triclosan is used in toothpaste as an antibacterial agent to fight diseases

Lyft Developing Autonomous Vehicle System

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Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.

The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech companies to use it to haul passengers in their self-driving vehicles and gather data. It may even share computer software and sensor technology.

Raj Kapoor, the company’s chief strategy officer, said

Experimental HIV Vaccine Is Well-Tolerated in Adults

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Researchers have found that an investigational HIV vaccine regimen was well-tolerated and generated immune responses against the deadly virus in healthy adults.

The findings by APPROACH—an early-stage clinical trial—are based on “mosaic” technology that combines immune-stimulating proteins from four different HIV strains, representing different types of virus from around the globe.

The new vaccine regimen—called as “Ad26 mosaic”—were well-tolerated and capable of generating anti-HIV immune responses in healthy HIV-negative adults.

Importantly, Ad26 mosaic was found as most protective

Microsoft Releases AI Risk Detection and Security Tool for Windows and Linux Developers

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With many developers and large organizations churning out frequent updates to existing software or releasing new applications altogether, finding potential bugs and security vulnerabilities has become a rather problematic and time-consuming process. Traditionally, companies would employ security experts to root out these issues, but with a new patch out almost every week, it has become near impossible to detect all of the problems that may arise.

Microsoft just released an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tool called Security