On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

User: newstrust Topic: Sci-tech
Category: Innovation
Last updated: Nov 23 2020 23:48 IST RSS 2.0
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Seaweed: The food and fuel of the future? 28.8.2020 BBC: World
The farming of seaweed is accelerating as firms exploit its fast growth and green credentials.
Could injectable microrobots one day run in your veins? 27.8.2020 Raw Story
Scientists have created an army of microscopic four-legged robots too small to see with the naked eye that walk when stimulated by a laser and could be injected into the body through hypodermic needles, a study said Wednesday. Microscopic robotics are seen as having an array of potential uses, particularly in medicine, and US researchers […]
They pledged to donate rights to their COVID vaccine, then sold them to pharma 26.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Advocates of cheap and widely available vaccines thought the pandemic might change business as usual. They were wrong.
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Carmakers urge FTC to fight Qualcomm ruling 25.8.2020 BBC: Business
Carmakers and tech firms warn prices of 5G devices and connected cars will rise if action isn't taken.
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‘You cannot create a viable business in your basement.’ In WFH world, Chicago’s tech hubs miss the magic of in-person networking. 20.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Chicago’s tech incubators are shifting their business models in the face of a seemingly unending pandemic. But there’s one amenity tech hubs have struggled to replace in a virtual environment: The random collision.
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Here's how California can keep the lights on while meeting its clean energy goals 19.8.2020 LA Times: Business

Supplying enough power on hot summer evenings is one of California's main challenges. But experts say there solutions.

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Forget credit cards — now you can pay with your face. Creepy or cool? 14.8.2020 LA Times: Business

A company called PopID is rolling out the country's first facial recognition payment system at a cluster of restaurants in Pasadena. It's easy and contactless for COVID-conscious customers and cuts down on payment fees for businesses. But is it too creepy to catch on?

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At Keanu Reeves' bespoke motorcycle company, even the catalytic converters are custom-made 10.8.2020 LA Times: Business

Arch Motorcycle outfits its bikes with all kinds of high-end features and custom components. Among the most innovative: the catalytic converters.

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Spot robot turns 'Fluffy' in new factory floor job 31.7.2020 BBC: Technology
BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at the best of the week's technology stories.
Burberry and Tencent team up for concept stores 31.7.2020 BBC: Business
The luxury British retailer and China's tech giant have joined forces amid growing national tensions.
Congress to grill Bezos, Zuckerberg and other tech chiefs over monopoly concerns 29.7.2020 LA Times: Business

Chief executives from Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook continue to confront allegations that they have monopolized the technology sector.

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China's Star market aims to take on the Nasdaq 23.7.2020 BBC: World
Launched a year ago, the tech-heavy Chinese stock market is already worth more than $400bn.
How a struggling biotech won $1.6 billion to make a coronavirus vaccine 19.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Executives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which helped found and finance the nonprofit, were on the line, enthusiastic about Novavax, a small biotech company they thought had the potential to develop a vaccine against the virus — fast.
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Global Warming. Inequality. COVID-19. And Al Gore Is…Optimistic? 13.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Before he was the guy with the climate change PowerPoint presentation, before he lost the US presidency by a nose (and a Supreme Court decision), Al Gore had a reputation for pitching ambitious policy solutions to the knottiest societal problems. From the Senate […]
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A historian explains how America will collapse by 2025 — using 4 different scenarios 7.7.2020 Raw Story
This story first ran in December, 2010.  A soft landing for America 40 years from now? Don’t bet on it. The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more […]
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Digital contact tracing’s mixed record abroad spells trouble for US efforts to rein in COVID-19 6.7.2020 Raw Story
Two public health measures – testing, to identify those infected, and contact tracing, to identify those who may have encountered an infected person – have become essential as countries around the world reopen their economies and fresh surges of COVID-19 infections appear. Even as testing ramps up, contact tracing with a wide enough net remains […]
Robotic scientists will 'speed up discovery' 6.7.2020 BBC: Science
Robotic scientists could speed up scientific discovery, while human scientists work from home, developers say.
Coronavirus: Fujitsu announces permanent work-from-home plan 6.7.2020 BBC: Technology
The programme will offer "unprecedented flexibility" to 80,000 workers in Japan, says Fujitsu.
Government plans new office to attract scientists to UK 1.7.2020 BBC: Science
The government says it wants to make immigration "easy and quick" for researchers and innovators.
Robo-dolphin creates a splash and other tech news 26.6.2020 BBC: Technology
BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at the best of the week's technology stories.
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