Editorial: VTA and BART should commit to single tunnel in downtown San Jose

In the 46 years since its first train rolled, BART has been a pioneer of technical innovation. It had the first automatic train control system when it opened. It had the first automatic fare vending. The Transbay Tube was the first submerged tube for transit. As the line extends from Berryessa through downtown San Jose, BART should embrace another first in the nation: A single-bore tunnel, with trains entering stations one above the other instead of side by side under Santa Clara Street. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. The Valley Transportation Authority… Read More

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Hong Kong is so expensive that architects are building 100-square-foot ‘tube homes’ made from concrete water pipes

For the past seven years, Hong Kong has held the title of the world’s priciest city for home-buyers, according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. James Law, a Hong Kong-based architect, believes that his micro-homes could help alleviate the city’s housing crisis. But his tiny home designs are anything but typical — they are concrete water pipes outfitted with all the amenities of a modern home. Law explains more about his “tube home” design below. SEE ALSO: The Netherlands is getting a ‘vertical forest’ skyscraper covered in over 5,000 plants — and apartments cost less than $900 a month Called the OPod, the “tube homes” measure 100 square… Read More

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Why Blockchains and Identity Go Together

One area of online life most ripe for disruption is identity: How does anyone really know you are who you say you are? Nowadays, credit agencies and social networks like Facebook act as the main gatekeepers for identity. But a host of entrepreneurs are designing new solutions to this age-old Internet conundrum by using blockchain technology, the digital ledger system that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. A few such blockchain boosters participated in a panel discussion about identity at the Silicon Slopes conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday. There they claimed that these distributed, tamper-resistant databases can counter the monopolizing forces that have come to control people’s identities. Read… Read More

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Scientists Make Progress on Blood Test to Detect the Most Deadly Cancers

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try to find cancer before it spreads, when chances of cure are best. In a study Thursday in the journal Science, Johns Hopkins University scientists looked to see how well their experimental test detected cancer in people already known to have the disease. The blood tests found about 70 percent of eight common types of cancer in the 1,005… Read More

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#TrumpShutdown Dominates Twitter Reaction to Government Funding Failure

Democrats and Republicans are publicly sparring over which party is responsible for the government shutdown that began at midnight on Friday, after Congress failed to pass a short-term funding bill. In the hours just before the deadline, though, prevailing sentiment on Twitter was crystal clear. #TrumpShutdown, a hashtag laying blame squarely on the White House and Republicans, topped global trends. While not a precise gauge of American voter sentiment, the early Twitter momentum reflects a stark reality: the 2018 government shutdown is the first since the (infamously ineffectual) Carter administration in the late 1970s to take place with one party in full control of the House, Senate, and White House.… Read More

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