Louis Branscombe, champion of science across the fields, dies at 96

As the Cold War subsided, physicist Louis Branscombe feared that America’s economic and scientific supremacy was in jeopardy. He believed that the decline of scientific knowledge and critical thinking in American education could have disastrous consequences for the country. Students told PBS’ “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” in 1986, “They don’t need to know a lot of … Read more

A technical checklist for the dark side of summer weather

Summer is in full swing now, but along with vacation trips, campsites, and lazy days, severe weather has arrived in many parts of the country. If you live in an area prone to such conditions, it pays to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you use your technology during the big meteorological moments—sometimes, … Read more

Topics: What you should know about the Instagram “Twitter Killer”.

After months of speculation and secrecy, Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter rival app is here. The new app, Threads, was unveiled on Wednesday as a companion to Instagram, the popular photo-sharing network that Mr. Zuckerberg’s company, Meta, bought more than a decade ago. If Instagram executives get their way, Topics will also replace rival Twitter, with some … Read more

How Tom Brady’s crypto ambitions collided with reality

With the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX last fall, seven-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady made an urgent phone call. Contact Sina Nader, Head of Partnerships at FTX. The exchange’s employees were in the midst of a crisis meeting with its embattled founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. Mr. Nader could not answer. “I never expected to … Read more

Ford sales in the US rose 10% in the second quarter

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that its new-vehicle sales rose 10 percent in the three months from April to June, thanks to strong truck demand. The automaker sold 531,662 vehicles, compared to 483,688 in the second quarter of last year, as sales of vans, delivery vans and heavy trucks increased 26 percent. The increase in … Read more

The FBI searched the home of Jesse Powell of Kraken

The FBI searched the home of cryptocurrency executive Jesse Powell in March as part of a criminal investigation into allegations that he hacked into a nonprofit he founded and stalked it online, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The investigation focused on the nonprofit’s claim that Mr. Powell, who also founded cryptocurrency exchange … Read more

To build AI technology, startups are turning to Bigger Rivals for help

The tech industry loves garage startup stories. From Hewlett-Packard to Google, tales of innovative companies turned giants have inspired generations of entrepreneurs. But the massive amounts of money and computing power needed for startups trying to make it happen with today’s cutting edge technology, and the artificial intelligence used in chatbots like ChatGPT and Google … Read more