Sharp liabilities list covered worst-case scenarios: source

TOKYO Sharp Corp's list of liabilities that prompted Taiwan's Foxconn to suspend signing a takeover deal was an unverified study of worst-case scenario risks, rather than liabilities requiring disclosure, a source briefed on the matter said. The lis...

Could this megacopter carry people?

Students who have a remote-controlled multicopter drone that set a Guinness World Record for the heaviest payload ever lifted by such a vehicle say they hope to get permission to fly a person in its structure.    The University of Oslo team built th...

Stripped-down synthetic organism sheds light on nature of life

WASHINGTON Scientists on Thursday announced the creation of a synthetic organism stripped down to the bare essentials with the fewest genes needed to survive and multiply, a feat at the microscopic level that may provide big insights on the very nature...

Stripped-down synthetic organism sheds light on nature of life

WASHINGTON Scientists on Thursday announced the creation of a synthetic organism stripped down to the bare essentials with the fewest genes needed to survive and multiply, a feat at the microscopic level that may provide big insights on the very nature...

Facebook's next frontier: chatbots

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has opened up its Messenger app to developers to create "chatbots," hoping that by simulating one-on-one conversations between users and companies it will expand its reach in customer service and enterprise...

Amazon launches Fire tablet in three new colors with higher storage

Amazon.com Inc has launched its Fire tablet in three new colors with higher internal storage.The online retailer said it would start selling Fire in magenta, blue and tangerine from Thursday in addition to the original black color.The device will now b...

PayPal pulls North Carolina plan after transgender bathroom law

CHICAGO PayPal Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens.Last month, North ...

New incentives needed to develop antibiotics to fight superbugs

NEW YORK Drugmakers are renewing efforts to develop medicines to fight emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but creating new classes of drugs on the scale needed is unlikely to happen without new financial incentives to make the effort worth the in...

Device harnessing thoughts allows quadriplegic to use his hands

WASHINGTON An Ohio man paralyzed in an accident while diving in waves can now pick up a bottle or play the video game Guitar Hero thanks to a small computer chip in his brain that lets his mind guide his hands and fingers, bypassing his damaged spinal ...

Starboard launches proxy fight to remove Yahoo board

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP, an investor in Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O), said it was seeking to remove the entire board of the struggling Internet company.Starboard, which has been pushing for changes at Yahoo since 2014, said it would nominate nine ...