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5-star new car safety rating to include collision prevention technologies for first time

WASHINGTON The government on Tuesday announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars and trucks to include whether the vehicle has technology to avoid crashes, in addition to how well it protects occupants in accidents.

The 5-star rating system now uses crash tests to assess how well people inside are shielded from injury or death in front, side and rollover crashes.

1st US shipment in months flying to space station, food and Christmas gifts for crew

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service.

If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first U.S. delivery since spring.

Bad weather delays US space station shipment, 1st in months for NASA’s commercial suppliers

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Wet and cloudy weather prevented NASA from resuming commercial space station deliveries Thursday.

The space agency was looking to get back on track with the first U.S. shipment to the International Space station in nearly eight months, but thick clouds and rain prevented an unmanned Atlas rocket from lifting off at dusk with 7,400 pounds of critical supplies.

Growing push to expose more school kids to computer science, even in kindergarten

MARYSVILLE, Wash. Moving her finger over the laptop trackpad, 6-year-old Lauren Meek drags and drops a block of code to build a set of instructions. She clicks the “run” button and watches as the character moves through a maze. She then pumps her fist in excitement.

“Yes! This is so easy,” says Meek, a kindergartener at Marshall Elementary in Marysville, north of Seattle.

Post-Paris attacks, law enforcement and security experts are still at odds over security tech

NEW YORK Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn’t totally comfortable with that, because it’s also complicating the work of tracking criminals and potential national-security threats.

California startup Megabots challenges Japan firm to giant robot battle, aims to create sport

OAKLAND, Calif. They’ve been popularized in movies, television and video games, but giant fighting robots still haven’t left the realm of science fiction. That will soon change.

Megabots Inc., an Oakland, California-based startup, has built a 15-foot mechanical gladiator called the Mark II and challenged a Japanese firm to an international battle for robot supremacy.

‘Big-data’ crunching needed

OTTAWA—Federal security agencies risk being overwhelmed by threats—or failing to even foresee them—unless they embrace the digital-age phenomenon of big-data crunching, warns an internal Public Safety Canada presentation.

With billions of people using mobile phones and surfing the Internet, security officials are preoccupied with getting timely access to valuable information.

Handgun makers compete to supply US Army with new handgun that meets long list of criteria

FORT STEWART, Georgia Firearms manufacturers are competing for a rare chance to sell the U.S. Army a new handgun that would replace its current Cold War-era model, and they must meet a lengthy list of requirements to win the lucrative deal.