ABC News – A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement.
MarketWatch – Besides running on electric energy, the truck will be outfitted with technology that gives it more autonomy, relieving some duties from drivers and replacing them with “self-driving” skills, experts have predicted.
Reuters – Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops.
Associated Press – Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease.
Los Angeles Times – After this year’s release of guidelines from the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Californians should expect to see driverless cars tested on the state’s roads early next year.
Reuters – With rapidly rising numbers of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the disease is taking a growing emotional and financial toll as people live longer, Gates said.
The Washington Post / The Associated Press – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration wants to make it easier for federal prosecutors to go after people who peddle illicit versions of the deadly opioid fentanyl that are fueling the nation’s drug abuse crisis.
Reuters – A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said on Thursday.
The Verge – Waymo reached an important milestone recently: since mid-October, the company has been operating its autonomous minivans on public roads in Arizona without a safety driver — or any human at all — behind the wheel.
Science – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has withdrawn a plan to overhaul how it regulates biotechnology products such as genetically engineered (GE) crops.