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In this April 14, 2015 photo provided by the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Charles Y. Liu, left, a neurosurgeon at the University of Southern California, laughs with patient Erik Sorto in Pasadena, Calif. Liu led a team of doctors that implanted tiny chips into Sorto's brain in 2013 to allow him to control a robotic arm using his thoughts. It's the latest attempt at creating mind-controlled prosthetics to help disabled people gain more independence. (Lance Hayashida/Caltech via AP)

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

Monday, May 25, 2015

Los Angeles — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported. Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the brain of Erik Sorto that decoded his thoughts to move the free-standing robotic …

Dogs Left Wolf Pack Earlier Than Thought

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man’s best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago — not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed. “Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than is generally believed,” Love Dalen, a researcher at the …

Scientists Unearth Earliest-Known Stone Tools

Monday, May 25, 2015

Scientists working in Kenya have unearthed the oldest known stone tools, simple cutting and pounding implements crafted by ancient members of the human lineage 3.3 million years ago. At about 700,000 years older than the other stone tools excavated to date, the discovery hints that anthropologists may have had the wrong idea about the evolution of humans and technology, said Stony Brook University …

Dogs Keep Farmers on the Farm

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DeKalb County, Mo. — As Alda Owen messes with cattle, Sweet Baby Jo plops down right in the middle of things. On her belly, ears up, wide-eyed and ready to spring. “She don’t like ’em getting too close …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 24-30

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Don’t Miss Aquarius — It’s the dawning of a new age for David Duchovny ( The X-Files ), who returns to network television in this gripping, 13-episode slice of “historical fiction.” He plays an L.A. detective searching for a missing girl in 1967 — a probe that leads …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline …

Breathtaking and High Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New York — From the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, it really does seem as if you can “see forever.” Those two words are the motto of the center’s new observatory that opens …

Miss Manners: ‘Happy Memorial Day’ Doesn’t Quite Fit the Bill

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a veteran with 23 years of service, and I’m uncomfortable with the traditional “Happy Memorial Day” greeting that the news and entertainment media have foisted upon the public. However, I do not know what is actually acceptable to use in its place. Are …

Night Crew Keeps U.S. Icon in Capitol Shape

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — It’s 2 a.m. and the only noise in the Senate’s vast Kennedy Caucus Room is the soft wipe of a duster on marble. A lone figure with a spray bottle is busy in the wee-hours hush, …

Using the ‘Crowd’ To Choose the Best Seeds For the Soil

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steve Pitstick has been farming for 42 years. He grows corn and soybean in Illinois. Pitstick, who has always been tech savvy, recalls using PC cards to transport data from his farming equipment to his beige PC. As the digital revolution has unfolded, Pitstick has watched it get …

From Sensors to LED Lights, Newest Alcohol Packaging Goes High-Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you’ll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle. “Everyone likes to see their name in lights,” said Brandon Laidlaw, president …

Outside-the-Box Thinking by Honda

Sunday, May 24, 2015

When the Japanese automaker last redesigned the Pilot in 2009, Honda designers gave the three-row crossover the look of a true SUV, with big, boxy proportions. While successful, the model lacked the conservative, sophisticated elegance that buyers had …

Your Place: Avoid ‘Green Guilt’ Trip

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I hope I am not being too personal, but do you recycle? If not, are you experiencing “green guilt”? You knew someone would come up with a syndrome for people who want to recycle but forget to or don’t have the time, correct? In this case, it’s experienced …