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...
Brain Injury Releases Astonishing Mathematical Powers
2014-05-13 07:42:11 UTC
When two thugs bashed Jason Padgett outside a bar they weren't trying to release skills he never knew he had, less still conduct one of the most groundbreaking neuroscience experiments of the century. But as it turned out, that's what they did. Ho...
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
US: Climate change is clear and present danger
2014-05-04 19:24:34 UTC
Climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no American will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on Tuesday.
The National Climate Assessment, a 1,300-page report compiled by 300 leadin...
Facebook profits triple as revenues surge on mobile platform success
2014-04-24 17:59:33 UTC
Facebook profits tripled to $642m as revenues soared 72% in the first quarter of 2014, with the company continuing to shift its customers – and advertisers – to its mobile platform.
Comfortably beating analysts’ expectation the company said Wed...
Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project'
2014-04-24 16:36:47 UTC
President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online.
The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national telev...
Facebook boss wants women to act to create 'equal world'
2014-04-23 08:10:53 UTC
Facebook's highest-ranked woman has said women need to take action to create a more equal world.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of the social network site, said women should hold half of the important positions in business.
Russian social network founder has been fired
2014-04-22 20:37:26 UTC
<h3>The founder of Russia's most popular social network site says he has been fired and that allies of President Putin have taken over his site.</h3>
Pavel Durov who ran VKontakte had previously announced he was leaving the company but said he ...
South Korean Ferry Captain Taken Into Custody
2014-04-18 20:55:47 UTC
The captain of the sunken ferry in South Korea was taken into custody Friday and is facing five charges, including criminal negligence.
Captain Lee Joon-seok, 68, is also charged with abandoning the ship, negligence, causing bodily injury and n...
Japan will keep hunting whales - Bluff on the “scientific research"
2014-04-18 20:59:22 UTC
TOKYO — In a move likely to bring renewed international criticism, Japan said Friday that it would resume its controversial research whaling in the Southern Ocean next year under a redesigned program that would address objections raised by an inte...
Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation
2014-04-18 21:59:05 UTC
<h3>Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores</h3>All along the Pacific coast of North America and as far south as Costa Rica, people with little or...
'Blood moon' sweeping across the night sky
2014-04-15 18:03:50 UTC
Los Angeles - Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday in all its splendor.
The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.
In North and South America, wher...
US created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
2014-04-03 18:06:33 UTC
The US created a text-message social network designed to foment unrest in Cuba, according to an investigation by the Associated Press news agency.
ZunZuneo, dubbed a "Cuban Twitter", had 40,000 subscribers at its height in a country with limite...