New software helps uncover Mafia crime masked as ordinary business

The code breaks the silence FOR an inkling of how hard it is for Italian authorities to identify Mafia activity, consider how mobsters disguise the pizzo, or protection payments, they extort. The owner of a business may find that customers have been scared off by a menacing stranger. Within days a mysterious man visits. He […]

Bosch and Foreca’s new service helps self-driving cars respond to changing road conditions

Driving in inclement weather is anything but easy for humans, and it’s equally tough for autonomous cars — Google spinoff Waymo’s prototypes saw snow for the first time this year. That’s why electronics company Bosch is partnering with Foreca, a Finnish weather forecasting provider, on a predictive road-condition service int…Read More

NASA helps businesses make use of its satellite data

NASA has made its raw satellite data widely available for a long while. Now that it has a privatization-minded leader, though, it’s looking to make that data more palatable for the business crowd. The administration has released a Remote Sensing Toolkit that should make it easier to use observational satellite info for commercial purposes, including […]

Floating whales, apple picking, and kitten rescue: how this VR therapist helps people conquer fear of heights

Oxford VR Oxford VR, a spin-out company of Oxford University, has developed an automated virtual reality programme which can help people conquer their fear of heights. The programme features a virtual therapist called Nic, who coaches people through various challenges like picking apples or rescuing a cat from a tree. The results of the first […]

Australian researchers find no evidence that cannabis helps with chronic pain

An Australian study of 1,500 people revealed no strong findings supporting the use of cannabis in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. The study published in the journal Lancet Public Health found those using cannabis had greater pain and anxiety, were coping less, and reported that pain was interfering more in their life. There has […]

How sport helps fight illness

More than 15 million people in England (a third of the population) live with one or more common long-term health conditions and are much less likely to enjoy physical exercise as a result. They experience more barriers to being active, from physical symptoms such as pain, tiredness and breathlessness, to a fear of injuring themselves. […]

Jedinak's penalty kick helps Australia draw with Denmark in crucial Group C game

Mile Jedinak's penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark, which has gone unbeaten in 17 straight international matches. But Jussuf Poulsen's handball after a video review set up Jedinak's opportunity in the 38th minute. Going into the tournament, No. 36 Australia was the lowest-ranked […]