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Google rolls out updated privacy tools for YouTube, Maps

Technology
Google is rolling out more tools for users to control their privacy settings. The company and other tech giants are facing increased scrutiny over the amount of data they collect from their users. Google and Facebook both debuted new privacy tools this year. Now, YouTube users will be able to set their search and viewing histories to auto-delete after a set period of time. Google Maps will have an incognito mode, which means a user's movements won't be recorded when it's turned on. It will be available on Android this month. Google did not give an exact date for iOS. Google also says people will be able to delete their voice histories from artificial intelligence system Assistant using a voice command.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology
Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Science
Scientists are developing a satellite system to record the temperatures of individual fields of crops.The aim is to survey land temperatures to estimate water-use by plants and to show how they transfer that water back to the atmosphere. The data will also help monitor how much water is available to grow crops and how they are responding to drought.The new system is being considered for inclusion in the EU's Earth observation programme, Copernicus.It would be an addition to the Union's ever-growing number of satellites it calls the Sentinels.A team led by Prof Martin Wooster at King's College London, UK, is exploring options for the next phase of the EU and European Space Agency-coordinated programme. "The main science goal is t...
Google offers drug disposal site map on Google Maps

Google offers drug disposal site map on Google Maps

Health
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- In an effort to fight the growing opioid epidemic, Google Maps has announced it has launched a pilot program to help people easily find prescription drug drop-off sites. The company said by just typing into Google Maps searches such as "drug drop off near me" or "medication disposal near me" users can find drop-off sites that include hospitals, pharmacies and government buildings, according to a company statement released Thursday. "Today, we're making it easier for Americans to quickly find disposal locations on Google Maps and Search all year round," Dane Glasglow, vice president of product at Google Maps, said in a news release. "A search for queries like 'drug drop off near me' or 'medication disposal near me' will display permanent disposal locations at your local ph...
Nasa's IceSat space laser makes height maps of Earth

Nasa's IceSat space laser makes height maps of Earth

Science
One of the most powerful Earth observation tools ever put in orbit is now gathering data about the planet.IceSat-2 was launched just under three months ago to measure the shape of the ice sheets to a precision of 2cm.But the Nasa spacecraft's laser instrument is also now returning a whole raft of other information.It is mapping the height of the land, of rivers, lakes, forests; and in a remarkable demonstration of capability - even the depth of the seafloor."We can see down to 30m in really clear waters," said Lori Magruder, the science team leader on the IceSat mission. "We saw one IceSat track just recently that covers 300km in the Caribbean and you see the ocean floor the entire way," the University of Texas researcher told BB...
Astronomers produce detailed maps of star-forming region in Orion A

Astronomers produce detailed maps of star-forming region in Orion A

Science
May 18 (UPI) -- Newly published maps, produced by a research team led by Yale astronomers, has revealed the Orion A molecular cloud in unprecedented detail. Located 1,350 light-years from Earth, the Orion A molecular cloud is the closest star-forming region of massive stars. Found within Orion A are regions similar to the star-birthing environs that produced our sun. "Our maps probe a wide range of physical scales needed to study how stars form in molecular clouds, and how young stars impact their parent cloud," Yale postdoctoral associate Shuo Kong said in a news release. The maps were compiled using observations collected by a single-dish telescope and an interferometer as part of the CARMA-NRO Orion Survey. "Our survey is a unique combination of data from two very different telescopes...