How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

Dec 6, 2015

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver’s seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. That was one surprising ...

Security measures may be contributing to anxiety

Nov 27, 2015

Security measures may be contributing to anxiety

At a Paris train station, the zap of a pigeon getting electrocuted on the tracks is enough to send some jittery people scurrying for cover. And in the aftermath of the devastating Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, the center of Brussels has often ...

Fish can recognize faces: Osaka City university team

Nov 26, 2015

Fish can recognize faces: Osaka City university team

An Osaka City University research team said Thursday it found that a species of African fish called daffodil cichlid, which lives in large groups, can distinguish unfamiliar faces from familiar ones. The study was the first to indicate that fish can recognize individuals by ...

Smartphones may have role in rise of U.S. traffic deaths

Nov 26, 2015

Smartphones may have role in rise of U.S. traffic deaths

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the United States jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America’s roadways more dangerous, officials said on Tuesday. Preliminary government statistics, released during a Thanksgiving ...

Former U.S. drone operators say strikes feed Islamist militancy

Nov 23, 2015

Former U.S. drone operators say strikes feed Islamist militancy

Lethal U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East are fueling hatred toward the West, spurring the expansion of militant groups such as the Islamic State, and doing psychological harm to drone operators, according to a group of former U.S. military airmen. Four former drone ...

Nov 12, 2015

Mystery as 40 pupils fall ill at U.K. school

Police and fire crews have been left puzzled after some 40 pupils fell ill at a school in northern England for no apparent reason, suggesting it was a “ripple effect” after several students fainted. The incident occurred Wednesday at Outwood Academy School in the ...

Nov 11, 2015

French priest blames stress after smashing statue of Jesus

A French village priest who smashed a statue of Jesus in his church has blamed the stress and fatigue of his job for the act, which shocked his congregation. Jean-Jacques Le Roy, 55, a priest in Plestin-les-Greves in Brittany, shouted out, “One less!” as ...