Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation
2014-04-17 11:48:28 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...
Japan lost against Australia in a case on whaling in the International Court of Justice
2014-03-31 16:01:02 UTC
Judge rules that Japanese whaling program is not scientific and that it failed to justify the number of minke whales it kills.
The International Court of Justice has ordered a temporary halt to Japan's annual slaughter of whales in the southern o...
Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind before it is too late
2014-03-31 15:44:40 UTC
A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.
The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate chang...
Missing Plane: Is there a way to prevent it from happening again?
2014-03-28 06:47:01 UTC
It’s exceedingly rare for a commercial aircraft to disappear. So when it does happen – as it did when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from the radar while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March – the world is captivated. But in su...
WHO: air pollution linked to seven million deaths in 2012
2014-03-25 07:56:24 UTC
<h3>Roughly seven million people have died from air pollution, a report by the World Health Organization says. The analysis linked dirty air not only to lung disease, but also to heart disease and cancer of the bladder</h3>
The United Nation's ...
Can math help locate a plane ?
2014-03-28 19:04:30 UTC
Statisticians helped locate an Air France plane in 2011 which was missing for two years. Could mathematical techniques inspired by an 18th Century Presbyterian minister be used to locate the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH3...
Our home in space, the Solar System
2014-03-23 07:57:24 UTC
Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far ...
Google, Yahoo, Facebook to press Obama on NSA
2014-03-22 23:11:20 UTC
Technology industry leaders were due to question Barack Obama about privacy issues and his progress towards ending the National Security Agency's collection of bulk telephone data on Friday, in their second White House meeting over Silicon Valley'...
Tech giants 'knew of NSA collection'
2014-03-20 07:45:33 UTC
The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms.
Do your bit for bumblebees
2014-03-19 06:53:29 UTC
Bumblebee populations are in decline, but scientists don’t have enough data on which bee species live where to target conservation efforts. People throughout North America, armed with smartphones and cameras, can now help find the bumblebees.
Gravitational waves unmask universe just after Big Bang
2014-03-19 07:00:21 UTC
Astronomers have detected the earliest echoes of the Big Bang, confirming a decades-old hypothesis that describes the universe’s ultrafast expansion during its first moments. The findings provide researchers with the first direct measurement of co...
Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park
2014-03-12 06:52:37 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Northern California to investigate after a threat against the company was called in to authorities, Menlo Park police said, but the threat was quickly cleared.
The threat was origi...
Japan sees future business in Fukushima cleanup
2014-03-08 09:29:21 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technology and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will on...
Boeing 777: 1 of the most popular, safest jets
2014-03-08 09:27:59 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia scrambled to find a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday with 239 people ...
Turkish PM threatens to ban Facebook, YouTube
2014-03-07 09:21:32 UTC
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is fighting a corruption scandal, has threatened further steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and YouTube.
His comments late Thursday came as the I...
Hubble Telescope captures shattering asteroid
2014-03-07 02:42:56 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid.
Asteroid P/2013 R3 was detected in September in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It appeared as a fuzz...
Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug
2014-03-08 08:56:15 UTC
Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.
The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys...
US companies spend heavily on big mergers in 2014
2014-03-06 05:53:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — So far, 2014 is looking like the year of the big deal.
Flush with cash and high stock prices, companies are buying up the competition at levels not seen since the dotcom bubble. And with Washington providing more clarity on gove...
Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales
2014-03-05 21:18:49 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.
A similar policy will be applied to Instagram, the compa...
Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars
2014-03-03 22:10:41 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.
Smartphone cameras step closer to high-end power
2014-03-02 08:00:04 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year.
Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrade...
Report: UK spies intercept webcam pics, nudity
2014-02-28 07:52:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users' webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swe...
Stores can see where you go by tracking your phone
2014-02-20 10:16:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?
Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at ...