Monthly Archives: May 2015

Driverless automobiles on the road this summer

The latest version of Google’s self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant’s mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/294703690b694ea5a124da4c726ac044/latest-self-driving-google-car-heading-public-streets This prototype is the first […]

Western Europe faces down Facebook on privacy

Facebook (FB.O) tramples on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodges questions from national regulators, Belgium’s privacy watchdog said on Friday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/15/us-facebook-eu-privacy-idUSKBN0O00XW20150515?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter Belgium’s Privacy Protection Commission (CPVP/CBPL), which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying to find out more about the U.S. […]

US honey bee die-off continues at alarming pace

A prolonged die-off of the nation’s honeybees, a trend worrisome both to beekeepers and to farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened last year. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/us/honeybees-mysterious-die-off-appears-to-worsen.html?ref=us In an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Bee Informed Partnership, a consortium of universities and research laboratories, about 5,000 beekeepers reported losing 42.1 […]

New law said to reign in NSA domestic spying a bit

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records, exerting enormous pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, who insists that dragnet sweeps continue in defiance of many of those in his Republican Party. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/us/house-votes-to-end-nsas-bulk-phone-data-collection.html?ref=us Under the bipartisan bill, which passed 338 to […]

TPP Fast Track stalls but approval moves ahead

The U.S. Senate is set to hold an important test vote on legislation to help him complete a Pacific Rim deal.http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/14/us-usa-trade-idUSKBN0NZ0AY20150514?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter Just two days earlier, Obama’s own Democrats defied him and blocked consideration of the “fast-track” trade negotiating authority he needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim countries […]

In Colombia Glysophate is a danger to humans

Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. The farmer says he was working in a rice paddy four years ago when a crop duster buzzed by, dumping large quantities of what everyone here refers to as “the poison.” http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d088d186305f4fa38825c75b61b6761f/rural-colombia-ban-anti-coca-herbicide-bittersweet From that moment Sanchez was exposed […]

USDA develops GMO label yet use is voluntary

The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8930f4ff0d214eaf93143df83cb6f15c/usda-develops-first-government-label-gmo-free-products USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Certification would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods […]