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Don't blame the rats: Human fleas and lice likely spread Black Death

The Black Death, which killed thousands throughout Europe in a pandemic stretching from the 14th to 19th century, was likely spread by parasites such as fleas and lice carried on the human body.

New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition

DETROIT - The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors.

In a hurry? Here's what you need to know this morning

BBC 10 sources

Your morning briefing for 16 January 2018.

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The 2019 Toyota Avalon is a love letter to land yachts

Toyota makes sedans, and it always will.


The Senate’s push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say

Fifty senators have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday. The tally leaves supporters just one vote shy of the 51…


Sneeze blows hole in man’s throat

News.com.au / World 52 sources

A MAN has blown a hole in his throat after trying to hold in a sneeze, with doctors saying his grim story should act as a warning to others.

Somewhere in the world, there's a painting that looks like you. And Google will find it.

Google's Arts & Culture app will tell you if you're a full-on Monet.


UIDAI allows facial recognition for Aadhaar authentication

Livemint.com 18 sources

UIDAI will use facial recognition in combination with existing options of biometric authentication, such as fingerprint or iris scan, already available with Aadhaar


Rats were not to blame for Europe's Black Death

Experts at Oslo University created a mathematical model for how people would have died if rats were the villains. But the death rates in nine European cities, including London, failed to match.

New Jetta, SUVs and peek at future cars at Detroit auto show

Times Union / News 51 sources

DETROIT (AP) — It's the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.


US to ‘carefully’ consider GM petition to test self-driving car

The federal government says it will “carefully” review a petition from General Motors to deploy a fleet of self-driving vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Sunday. GM said last week it had filed for government approval to…


'Rainbow' dinosaur discovery: Tiny dino had colorful feathers

Fox News / Science 14 sources

The fossilized remains of a tiny duck-sized dinosaur with rainbow feathers have been discovered.

Google app compares selfies to museum portraits, goes viral

The latest update to Google’s Arts & Culture app has created a viral sensation by allowing users to compare their selfies to museum portraits.



Kia reveals new Forte at Detroit auto show

Kia showed off the latest version of its sedan, giving it a Stinger-like update


Acura RDX brings bold styling, touchpad tech to Detroit - Roadshow

CNET 12 sources

Fresh-faced and bursting with new tech for 2019, Acura's popular RDX SUV points the way for the future of the brand.


1,000 people face child porn charges after sharing sex videos in Denmark

The accused range from 15 to their early 20s, according to officials in Denmark. Most shared the videos once or twice but some did so hundreds of times.

Xiaomi appoints banks for planned $100bn IPO

Chinese smartphone maker still has to decide where to list shares


Computers are getting better than humans at reading

Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba and Microsoft just bested humans in a Stanford University reading comprehension test.

Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

BBC / Technology 76 sources

The firm says it will have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range within five years.

Monday, Jan 15

All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Debuts with New Look, Digital Dashboard

AutoGuide.com 23 sources

All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Debuts with New Look, Digital Dashboard More style, more safety. more

Brawny pickups, futuristic SUVs star at Detroit auto show

DETROIT — It's the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.

Ford reveals all-new Ranger

Ford returns to midsize pickup market in U.S. with 2019 Ranger

Sunday, Jan 14

Facebook is making major changes. Here's what that means for your news feed.

NOLA.com / News 70 sources

Facebook Inc. said it's making major changes to its flagship social network, shifting users' news feeds back toward posts from friends and family and away from businesses and media outlets -- a transition that is likely to mean people…

2019 Chevy Silverado may emerge as fuel efficiency leader

Autonews.com 18 sources

Industry-first engine technology, significant weight savings and a new inline-six diesel offering are among the enhancements GM is counting on to bolster the Chevrolet Silverado's position as the second-best-selling vehicle in America.

Saturday, Jan 13

Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey to Leave Disney's Board

Bloomberg / News 31 sources

Facebook Inc.'s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Inc.'s Jack Dorsey are stepping down from Walt Disney Co.'s board as the increasing competition between media and technology companies creates new conflicts. Jack Dorsey. Photographer: David Paul…

Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for 'dreamers'

Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced Friday that he is donating $33 million to a scholarship fund for young "dreamers," immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The donation…

Facebook’s changing its news feed. How will it affect what you see?

How does Facebook's planned news-feed changes affect me? That's the question people asked Friday, a day after the social network's announcement. But the answer to that depends on whom you ask.

Friday, Jan 12

ISRO chief: 'We want 60 launches in 5 years'

Rediff.com 77 sources

'We are looking at a joint venture between ISRO and a few companies to assemble the PSLV and launch it from Sriharikota.'

Facebook rolls out drastic news feed changes altering what every user sees

Facebook is about to make perhaps the biggest shift in its news feed ever revealed. The company says it will tweak what people see to make it more "meaningful". In practise, that means that people will see more posts from the people they…

GM drops the steering wheel and gives robot driver full control

General Motors' Chevrolet Bolt will likely be the first production-ready car on the roads without the tools to let a human assume control.

The new Facebook feed is rattling Wall Street

Facebook is having its worst day in more than a year after announcing changes to your News Feed.

Thursday, Jan 11

US Senator demands Apple answer for iPhone battery controversy

U.S. Senator John Thune, R.-S.D., has requested more information from Apple and its CEO, Tim Cook, on the company's process for slowing down older iPhones. In a letter, Thune has asked Apple if the tech giant made any effort to notify its…

YouTube removes Logan Paul from Google ad platform, original series

YouTube released a statement apologizing over Logan Paul's disturbing video.

South Korea bitcoin ban: Panic after officials flirt with total trading clampdown

Values of numerous forms of digital currency tumble after South Korea, a hotbed for currencies like bitcoin, weighs up trading ban.

YouTube punishes star blogger over apparent suicide post

TOKYO (AP) — YouTube said Thursday it has punished well-known blogger Logan Paul over a video that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest that is said to be a suicide spot.