A multiyear experiment in behavior detection is only worsening the Transportation Security Administration’s reputation for wastefulness. Since 2007, the T.S.A. has trained officers to identify high-risk passengers on the basis of mostly nonverbal signs, like fidgeting or sweating, which may indicate stress or fear. The total price tag: nearly $1 billion. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/opinion/behavior-detection-isnt-paying-off.html?src=rechp In theory we’re […]

A robotic mannequin that can run, sit and even mimic the movement of a soldier has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence. The £1.1m robot – developed using Formula 1 technology – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26892771 The “Porton Man” has more than 100 sensors over its body to record data during tests. The Ministry of Defence said […]

Google is taking a stake in a Silicon Valley-based robotics company that has yet to reveal its first product. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26958985 Savioke’s work may be under wraps, but it has announced plans to begin customer trials of a service industry-targeted machine this year. Google has acquired eight other robotics companies outright over the past year. Its […]

Bank of America has agreed to pay $783m (£470m) in fines and refunds to settle accusations it misled customers about its credit card services.http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26966518 The bank will refund $738m to affected customers and pay $45m in penalties to US regulators. The payout relates to the bank’s sales and marketing of its payment and identity theft […]

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan was severely criticized on Wednesday by Doctors Without Borders, the emergency medical charity, over what it called a shameful indifference to the squalid living conditions of 21,000 displaced people forced to shelter in a flooded portion of a peacekeeping base in the capital, Juba. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/world/africa/medical-charity-sharply-criticizes-un-operation-in-south-sudan.html?ref=world The rebuke […]

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s long-awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s racial profiling rules would allow the F.B.I. to continue many, if not all, of the tactics opposed by civil rights groups, such as mapping ethnic populations and using that data to recruit informants and open investigations. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/us/profiling-rules-said-to-give-fbi-tactical-leeway.html?emc=edit_th_20140410&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=24074060&_r=0 The new rules, which are in […]

The US Treasury has granted plane manufacturer Boeing a licence to export certain spare commercial parts to Iran, a company spokesman says. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26896983 Boeing has had no public dealings with Tehran since 1979. In a statement, the US company said the licence had been granted for the safety of flight. The step is being seen […]

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