Consumer watchdog group finds patent applications by Google and Amazon for spying on customers by recording your conversations

(Natural News) Google and Amazon have filed patent applications for technology that moving forward will allegedly enable their digital assistants to spy on and collect data about consumer behavior even during sleep mode. That is the conclusion of nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog, which has called upon the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation…

Smartphones are killing Americans in shocking numbers… does anyone care?

(Natural News) Traffic fatalities are unfortunately on the rise, and regulators apparently haven’t pinpointed the reason for the spike in car crash-related deaths. It may be that U.S. government statistics under-report the role of distracted driving especially since smartphones have become all-purpose devices rather than just relied upon for casual yakking. According to Bloomberg, it is getting far…

Mother Nature may have contributed to the rise of the Roman Empire: Volcanic eruptions, drought found to coincide with political events in ancient Egypt

(Natural News) Pre-industrial climate change of the natural variety may have brought down the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled ancient Egypt from 305 to 30 BC given internal strife and its later conquest by the Roman empire. That is part of the conclusion of a new study published in Nature Communications, which was based on evaluating ice core data of volcanic…

Stop throwing away one of the best parts of your Kale

(Natural News) Many health experts consider kale, a dark leafy green vegetable in the cabbage family, as a superfood, given its impressive vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant profile. As a natural source of potassium, it helps fight heart disease. With its iron properties, it assists with healthy muscle function and the transfer of oxygen between cells. Its Vitamin K…

Human-level intelligence to be matched by AI by the year 2029

(Natural News) Some Natural News readers may be familiar with the 1970 movie Colossus: The Forbin Project starring Eric Braeden, before he became a soap-opera star, about a sentient supercomputer [spoiler alert] that takes over the world. This kind of dire forecast is no longer found just in the realm of science fiction, however. Billionaire Elon Musk,…

Defense robotics company introduces multi-role battlefield robot that can drag wounded soldiers off the field

(Natural News) An international defense contractor has announced a new, multifunction unmanned ground vehicle that eventually can operate with artificial intelligence. Called Ironclad, the UGV can carry out missions such as camera-equipped reconnaissance, casualty evacuation, “area denial” (i.e., a remote weapon station), and bomb disposal, all of which are dangerous functions normally handled by human…

FAKE hate crimes galore: Muslim girl fabricated claim of being attacked for her religion, police now confirm; faces charges

(Natural News) An alleged hate crime in suburban Washington, D.C., that made national headlines apparently has turned out to be a hoax. A 13-year-old girl in Woodbridge, Va., claimed that a man confronted her on the street earlier this month, brandished a knife. He pulled off her hijab and covered her mouth with his hand to prevent her from summoning help….

380 sheriffs across 40 U.S. states urge Trump to build a border wall to stop the flood of drug-running illegals

(Natural News) Nearly 400 sheriffs from around the country who are affiliated with the National Sheriffs’ Association are calling upon Congress to pass legislation that will at long last secure the southern border. Among the recommendations, the sheriffs want barriers to be constructed at the border along with upgrades to current fencing. They also propose that visas be…