GM requires on massive tech in self-driving automobiles

October 1, 2015
Google self-driving car...epa04230358 A handout photo released by Google on 28 May 2014 showing their latest prototype self-driving vehicle in Mountain View, California, USA, 28 May 2014. Google reports that they plan to build about a hundred prototype vehicles and will start testing the vehicles later this summer. EPA/GOOGLE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES©EPA

Google’s self-driving vehicle

Mary Barra, Common Motors’ chief executive, on Thursday laid out plans to take on Google and Apple in self-driving automobiles and other urban-transport technologies, saying GM’s leading position in the US auto market meant it was

Airlines in it for the extended haul

September 30, 2015

THERE was some short excitement in the aviation world earlier this week, as rumours swirled about the fall of a dubious industry record. On a trip to Silicon Vally it was recommended that Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, …


Implant can encode human memories

September 29, 2015

Researchers in the US have created an implant to support a disabled brain encode memories, giving new hope to Alzheimer’s sufferers and wounded soldiers who cannot bear in mind the recent past.

The prosthetic, created at the University of Southern


Nasa discovers ‘briny’ water on Mars

September 28, 2015
Streaks left by seasonal flows of brine down steep slopes on Mars©NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Streaks left by seasonal flows of brine down steep slopes on Mars

US satellite observations have produced the very first robust proof for water flowing on Mars.

The water is a brine saturated in salts such as


Doughty but not superhuman

September 27, 2015

IN THE 1950s Caoyang New Village, then on the outskirts of Shanghai, became a single of China’s very first model settlements for heroic socialist workers. Thousands moved into its plain, lookalike properties to man its state-owned textile mills. Right now, …

Repeat prescription

September 26, 2015

THIS was supposed to be the year when the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates, which have sat between zero and .25% since late 2008. Shortly soon after the Fed permitted rates to lift off, pundits presumed that the Bank …

Greys’ elegy

September 25, 2015

THE population of the developed world is ageing. Everyone knows that it is taking place but no one is certain what it will mean. A new paper from Morgan Stanley, portion-written by Charles Goodhart, a former member of the Bank …


US struggles to get to grips with Xi

September 24, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during his welcoming banquet at the start of his visit to the United States, at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, Washington on September 22, 2015. President Xi will makes a high-profile state visit to the White House this week, but he stops first in Washington state on the west coast to shore up support among skittish allies, especially big business. The Seattle talks will be heavily focused on business, trade and economics. AFP PHOTO/MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)©AFP

When Xi Jinping became China’s leader in late 2012, several in Washington breathed a sigh of relief. Following the stilted exchanges with his predecessor Hu Jintao, US officials welcomed the arrival of a president who appeared more comfortable in


An economy run to advantage producers?

September 23, 2015

MOST men and women are conscious of their faults and foibles, and recognize they are shared by other people. They may possibly also understand how these foibles might have substantial effects, such as the marshmallow test (children who resist temptation …

Noxious company

September 22, 2015

VOLKSWAGEN confessed to cheating on emissions tests in America in the most current corporate blow-up. How do firms deal with expensive disasters each accidental and self-induced?