Google AI program wins third straight match to take Go series

SEOUL Google's artificial intelligence (AI) program on Saturday took a 3-0 lead in a five-match series against one of the world's top players of the complicated board game Go.The victory for the AlphaGo program, designed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, ...

Ancient armored mammal from Argentina was a huge armadillo

WASHINGTON DNA coaxed out of a 12,000-year-old fossil from Argentina is providing unique insight into one of the strangest Ice Age giants: a tank-like mammal the size of a small car with a bulbous bony shell and a spiky, club-shaped tail.Scientists sai...

Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives

SAN FRANCISCO Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies.Lyft and its former chief ...

Astronomers find a tailless comet, first of its kind

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Astronomers have found a first-of-its-kind tailless comet whose composition may offer clues into long-standing questions about the solar system's formation and evolution, according to research published on Friday in the journal Sci...

Robots welcome visitors to Berlin travel fair

BERLIN Chihira Kanae is greeting visitors to the world's biggest travel fair in Berlin this week, answering questions and guiding people in the right direction. But one passer by's attempt to ask her out for dinner is met with silence.That's because Ch...

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...

Mercury poised for rare 'transit' across sun's face on Monday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Stargazers will have a rare opportunity on Monday to witness Mercury fly directly across the face of the sun, a sight that unfolds once every 10 years or so, as Earth and its smaller neighboring planet come into perfect alignment. ...

Pentagon awards $75 million for advanced textiles institute

WASHINGTON Sensors that can detect tears in parachute nylons before they become deadly, troop uniforms studded with electronics that can sense chemical agents, and self-powered tents that can save fuel: the U.S. military is banking on a new public-priv...

Bangladesh central bank says U.S. account hacked: Fed denies breach

DHAKA/NEW YORK Bangladesh's central bank said on Monday its account at the U.S. Federal Reserve had been hacked and money was stolen, but that some of the funds were traced to the Philippines and recovered.The New York Fed, which manages the account, d...

Simulating Mars exploration, British astronaut guides rover from space

LONDON British astronaut Tim Peake drove a rover on Mars on Friday -- or at least pretended to by test-driving the exploration vehicle on earth remotely from space.From the International Space Station (ISS) some 250 miles above earth, the European Spac...