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Hope fading as deaths in Turkey, Syria quake near 12,000

Feb. 08, 2023 15:10 PM EST

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — With hope of finding survivors fading, stretched rescue teams in Turkey and Syria searched Wednesday for signs of life in the rubble of thousands of buildings toppled by the world’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade. The confirmed death toll approached 12,000....

AI search engines can now chat with us, but glitches abound

Feb. 08, 2023 14:15 PM EST

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Nearly a quarter-century after Google's search engine began to reshape how we use the internet, big tech companies are racing to revamp a familiar web tool into a gateway to a new form of artificial intelligence. If it seems like this week's newly announced...

Review: Digital tech advances, AI spur hacking of society

Feb. 08, 2023 11:38 AM EST

“A Hacker’s Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society’s Rules, and How to Bend Them Back” by Bruce Schneier (W.W. Norton & Company) Hacking is universally understood as the exploitation of a software vulnerability by a malicious actor. But hacking encompasses...

Landowner help sought to protect endangered animals, plants

Feb. 08, 2023 09:58 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration called for regulatory changes Wednesday to encourage voluntary conservation projects on private land, partly by shielding owners from punishment if their actions kill or harm small numbers of imperiled species. The proposed U.S....

In Spain, storks' trash diet driven by climate change

Feb. 07, 2023 23:30 PM EST

COLMENAR VIEJO, Spain (AP) — The storks float and swoop in formation, circling over a landfill in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains north of Madrid. Then a garbage truck pulls up and disgorges its contents. One by one, they dive to the ground: breakfast is here. ...

Fears grow for untold numbers buried by Turkey earthquake

Feb. 07, 2023 22:51 PM EST

NURDAGI, Turkey (AP) — Rescuers raced against time early Wednesday to pull survivors from the rubble before they succumbed to cold weather two days after an earthquake tore through southern Turkey and war-ravaged northern Syria. The death toll climbed above 7,700 and was expected to rise further....

A glance at the world's deadliest quakes in past 25 years

Feb. 07, 2023 21:54 PM EST

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Turkey and Syria on Monday, killing thousands of people in the two countries. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers working in cold and snow look for trapped people in the rubble of toppled buildings. Here are some of the world’s...

Microsoft bakes ChatGPT-like tech into search engine Bing

Feb. 07, 2023 19:53 PM EST

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft is fusing ChatGPT-like technology into its search engine Bing, transforming an internet service that now trails far behind Google into a new way of communicating with artificial intelligence. The revamping of Microsoft’s second-place search engine...

Study: 15 million people live under threat of glacial floods

Feb. 07, 2023 11:04 AM EST

As glaciers melt and pour massive amounts of water into nearby lakes, 15 million people across the globe live under the threat of a sudden and deadly outburst flood, a new study finds. More than half of those living in the shadow of the disaster called glacial lake outburst floods...

Google hopes 'Bard' will outsmart ChatGPT, Microsoft in AI

Feb. 07, 2023 08:41 AM EST

Google is girding for a battle of wits in the field of artificial intelligence with “Bard," a conversational service aimed at countering the popularity of the ChatGPT tool backed by Microsoft. Bard initially will be available exclusively to a group of “trusted testers" before...