Earthquake early-warning system gave 10-second alert before Napa quake felt
2014-08-24 20:53:08 UTC
Scientists at UC Berkeley released a video showing an earthquake early-warning system that sent an alert before the magnitude-6.0 Napa earthquake Sunday morning.
Officials said the system provided an alert 10 seconds before the quake was felt.
Volcanic eruption beneath Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier sparks red alert
2014-08-24 18:07:53 UTC
A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, Iceland's meteorological office has said.
The region of the Bárðarbunga volcano...
Urban areas are hives for wild bees
2014-08-23 09:18:43 UTC
A study has found a "considerable richness" of wild bee species in most types of urban habitats.
French researchers recorded almost a third of the nation's 900 species of wild bees living in towns and cities.
Writing in Plos One, they added ...
The Woman Who Surprised Science
2014-08-23 23:51:55 UTC
Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.
Kim Goodsell was running alon...
SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary
2014-08-16 17:42:56 UTC
Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast – with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish.
The film follows Tilikum,...
Fields Medals 2014: the maths of Mirzakhani, Avila, Bhargava and Hairer explained
2014-08-13 18:57:54 UTC
<h3>The work of Maryam Mirzakhani</h3>Maryam Mirzakhani has made striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems. Her work on Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces bridges several mathematical disciplines – hyperbol...
Maryam Mirzakhani: 'The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got'
2014-08-13 18:59:19 UTC
<strong>The first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal prize discusses her life as a mathematician</strong>
Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics. Mirzakhani, 37, is...
Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
2014-08-12 01:15:56 UTC
Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteini...
US Ebola victim writes from hospital: 'I am growing stronger every day'
2014-08-08 19:38:39 UTC
<strong>Dr Kent Brantly writes from isolation room in Atlanta hospital to reflect on aid work in Africa, where he contracted the disease</strong>
One of the two Americans being treated for the Ebola virus in the US said he is “growing stronger ...
How animals deal with infection
2014-08-08 01:44:07 UTC
<strong>Other species evolved clever ways to protect themselves from catching illness long before we developed treatments. What do they do?</strong>
Humans are constantly at war with disease. We lob antibiotic missiles at bacteria and toss vacc...
Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
2014-08-06 07:12:45 UTC
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.
The records, discovered...
Google faces data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'
2014-07-24 20:49:44 UTC
Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.
An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on requ...
Expert’s Warning: Israel’s Iron Dome Isn’t Working
2014-07-22 06:19:11 UTC
“We’re not trying to bash Iron Dome,” says weapons scientist Richard Lloyd, author of a research paper that calls into question the effectiveness of Israel’s now famous rocket-defense system. “We’re trying to help Iron Dome. The way to help Iron D...
iPhone 6 screen could be sapphire-glass blend, says expert
2014-07-22 06:19:01 UTC
Apple has patents for a sapphire-glass blend screen that could explain why sandpaper can scratch a supposed leaked iPhone 6 screen, the Guardian has established.
A new video that apparently shows a 4.7in sapphire screen from an iPhone 6 being s...
Silicon Valley's High-Paid High School Interns
2014-07-11 19:04:32 UTC
After Facebook (FB) recruited Michael Sayman last November, it didn’t mess around—it flew him out from Miami to meet Mark Zuckerberg. The chief executive talked to Sayman about 4 Snaps, the mobile game he built using Facebook’s development tools t...
US military studied how to influence Twitter users
2014-07-08 19:36:42 UTC
The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control ...
Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry
2014-06-30 04:42:01 UTC
To Facebook, we are all lab rats.
Facebook routinely adjusts its users’ news feeds — testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear — often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creat...
UK social media snooping 'is legal'
2014-06-18 06:34:08 UTC
The true extent of the government's interception of Google, Facebook and Twitter – including private messages between British citizens – has been officially confirmed for the first time.
The government's most senior security official, Charles F...
Obama slams Congress: Climate change no hoax
2014-06-15 16:32:38 UTC
President Obama laid into Republicans who question the science of climate change on Saturday. He told thousands of students at the University of California that the "overwhelming majority" of scientists no longer disputed the data pointing to tren...
World's biggest greenhouse gas emitter may cap emissions
2014-06-03 17:58:34 UTC
China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor.
He Jiankun, chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a ...
Google is building 180 satellites to bring Internet worldwide
2014-06-02 16:32:05 UTC
Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites (not pictured here) that will go into low orbit and ...
Paralysed woman walks with robotic skeleton - video
2014-06-01 17:32:28 UTC
Sophie Morgan, who was paralysed from the chest down when she was 18, tries out a robotic skeleton which has allowed her to walk for the first time in 11 years.
The machine, called Rex, is being made available in the UK after being used for pa...
Mars: Space agency to test new device over Hawaii
2014-06-02 15:48:33 UTC
The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.
For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hit...
A convicted hacker-turned-informant, who was facing in excess of 20 years in prison
2014-05-27 17:38:17 UTC
Hector Xavier Monsegur - known as "Sabu" - was arrested in 2011 on hacking charges.
He had faced a lengthy term, but instead agreed to work with US authorities to identify other hacking suspects.
The FBI said Monsegur had stopped more than 3...
German Economy Minister: Google breakup may be an option
2014-05-16 20:49:53 UTC
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that US Internet giant Google could eventually achieve such a strong market position that breaking up the company may become an option. Google was not amused.
While failing to explain how exactl...