Better Buy: Walmart vs. Target

The retailing world is going through a dramatic shift as customers move their spending toward online sales channels. But the recent results from major companies have shown that physical stores still have a big role to play in the market. Sure, e-commerce will likely keep climbing from its current position of accounting for 10% of […]

3 Things to Watch in the Stock Market This Week

Stocks inched higher last week, with both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising by less than 0.5% as some of the nation’s biggest retailers announced positive first-quarter earnings results. The indexes are just slightly higher so far for the year with about seven months to go in 2018. The week ahead […]

3 Stocks Cashing in on Fortnite Fever

For the uninitiated, the battle royale genre, originally popularized by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), are video games in which up to 100 players do battle in an effort to be the last person standing, similar to the plot of the 2012 hit movie Hunger Games. When Epic Games released Fortnite last year, the title had mostly […]

Could Skyworks Solutions Be a Millionaire-Maker Stock?

Best known for supplying connectivity chips for smartphones, Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS) has been leveraging its success into new markets. However, even after doubling many times over in the last decade, the stock could still have plenty left in the tank to make investors money. What is Skyworks Solutions? Though making chips for various smartphone […]

A Swiss weedkiller robot could curb our dependence on herbicides

It takes a lot of work to keep produce aisles stocked in grocery stores — there’s the planting, tending, picking, and shipping. And even though most of these tasks rely on human labor, farms are becoming increasingly automated. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a Roomba-like robot that can tend to crops autonomously. […]

Army builds robot attack tanks and ground war drones

The Army is engineering high-tech autonomy kits designed to give “robot” tanks and other armored combat vehicles an ability to operate with little or no human intervention, bringing new tactical and operational dimensions to the future of ground combat. Unmanned systems, utilized in a fast-evolving, high-threat ground combat operation, could enable robot vehicles to carry […]

FDA approves AI tool for spotting wrist fractures

The FDA has been approving its fair share of AI-powered medical technology, but its latest might be particularly helpful if you ever have a nasty fall. The agency has greenlit Imagen’s OsteoDetect, an AI-based diagnostic tool that can quickly detect distal radius wrist fractures. Its machine learning algorithm studies 2D X-rays for the telltale signs […]

Gene-edited rice plants could boost the world’s food supply

Rice may be one of the most plentiful crops on Earth, but there are only so many grains you can naturally obtain from a given plant. Scientists may have a straightforward answer to that problem: edit the plants to make them produce more. They’ve used CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to create a rice plant variety that […]

B.C. paramedics take gold at international competition

Competitors judged on how well they respond to medical emergencies A group of B.C. paramedics has won the top prize at an international competition that tests the life-saving skills of paramedics. The Rallye Rejviz International Paramedic Competition has taken place in the Czech Republic for the past 22 years. In the competition, paramedics from around […]

Tobique First Nation gets 1st major housing project in 16 years

Chief and council hope this will ease overcrowded housing conditions With its first major housing project in 16 years,Tobique First Nation is tackling a problem that’s left three-generation families living in crowded conditions. Band councillor Julian Moulton said by building five houses this year and 10 next year, and switching to an anonymous way to […]