Reuters – The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said “operational limitations” in the Tesla Model S played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system.
Cosmos – Sheets of glass that can flip between being windows and mirrors at the tap of an app are a step nearer following research by scientists at Imperial College London and published in the journal Nature Materials.
US News and World Report / The Associated Press – Independent Sen. Angus King proposed the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act, also called the SMASH Act. The proposal would give states and municipalities more options to try to eliminate mosquitoes.
Cosmos – The new rocket engine has two unique features. First, it has an “aerospike” design, markedly different to the bell-shaped configurations of other rockets. Second, the whole assembly was made using a 3D-printer.
WIRED – There is an intensifying race among Russia, China, and the US to accumulate military power based on artificial intelligence. All three countries have proclaimed intelligent machines as vital to the future of their national security.
STAT / The Associated Press – Disasters cause stress, and stress can cause relapse for people struggling with addiction. Authorities planning for the devastating effects of hurricanes now factor in the heightened danger of relapse and overdose.
In this week's Neuroscience SciPol weekly, continued investigations into sports-related head injuries; gender differences in alcohol's affect on the brain; the nerual mechanism behind contagious yawning; and potential new treatments for Alzheimer's.
In this week's Genetics / Genomics SciPol Weekly, using FOIA to learn about government-funded research; comparing different DNA tests; IBM's Watson not meeting expectations; and identifying the disappeared in Colombia.