Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39693851 It provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich blood supply and a protective sac of amniotic fluid. The approach might one day help premature human babies have […]

If lawmakers have their way, police in one US state could soon be using drones as lethal weapons against the citizens they’re supposed to protect. http://gizmodo.com/cops-just-got-one-step-closer-to-killing-americans-by-d-1793893015 On Thursday, Connecticut’s judiciary committee approved a new drone regulation bill that, if passed, would make it the first state in the union to let cops use deadly drones […]

A U.S. State Department employee with access to sensitive information was accused of failing to report contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with gifts in exchange for diplomatic and economic information, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-intelligence-state-charges-idUSKBN1702U8 Candace Claiborne, 60, was charged in a Washington federal court with obstruction of justice and […]

President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed removing from the US a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, according to ex-CIA director James Woolsey. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39391911 Turkey accuses the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, and the US of orchestrating last July’s failed coup. In a video interview, Mr Woolsey told the Wall Street Journal he was present […]

For years, the development of real-time face recognition has been hampered by poor video resolution, the angles of bodies in motion, and limited computing power. But as systems begin to transcend these technical barriers, they are also outpacing the development of policies to constrain them. https://theintercept.com/2017/03/22/real-time-face-recognition-threatens-to-turn-cops-body-cameras-into-surveillance-machines/Civil liberties advocates fear that the rise of real-time face […]

At cocktail parties where the Champagne flows, financiers have expressed bewilderment over the rise of populist groups that are feeding a backlash against globalization. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/business/dealbook/world-economic-forum-davos-finance.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 In the halls of the Davos Congress Center, where many of the meetings this week are taking place, investors have tried to make sense of the political upheaval. The world […]

Hollywood films about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings shot on location last year to bring the story to the silver screen, but not all the for-profit productions have been forthcoming about the taxpayer-funded benefits they’re seeking or have already received for filming in Massachusetts. https://www.apnews.com/30540a0b784e423caad2681c5d3da76d “Patriots Day,” the $40 million film starring Mark Wahlberg that […]