'Smart' potty or dumb idea? Wacky gadgets at CES
2013-01-10 09:05:26 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the iPotty for toddlers to the 1,600-pound mechanical spider and the host of glitch-ridden "smart" TVs, the International CES show is a forum for gadget makers to take big — and bizarre — chances.
Many of the prototypes in...
Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others
2013-01-03 21:44:47 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites.
Not only is it older than most, it also contains ...
Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome
2012-12-30 16:47:53 UTC
ROME (AP) — Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday. She was 103 and ...
China tightening controls on Internet
2012-12-27 13:06:01 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses.
The measures suggest China's new leader...
Soyuz capsule docks with space Station
2012-12-22 18:20:38 UTC
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz capsule packed with three astronauts successfully docked Friday with the International Space Station, taking the size of the full crew at the orbiting laboratory to six.
American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Ro...
Pressure keeps cancer in check
2012-12-22 09:12:27 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO — Putting the squeeze on lab-grown tumor cells makes them behave like healthy ones, a new study shows. The discovery won’t lead to treatments that poke and prod tumors in patients, but it might help researchers develop new drugs that...
News in brief: Possible planet looks habitable
2012-12-22 09:09:56 UTC
The closest single star like the sun — Tau Ceti, 12 light-years away — may harbor five planets slightly more massive than Earth. One may even lie in the star’s habitable zone.
Mikko Tuomi, of the University of Hertfordshire in England, and his ...
California meteorite a scientific gold mine
2012-12-22 09:07:17 UTC
A meteorite that fell where California’s gold rush began has triggered a similar gold rush for scientists: to study one of the freshest, most unusual space rocks around.
The Sutter’s Mill meteorite turns out to be a rare, carbon-rich type known...
Maya apocalypse goes boom
2012-12-22 09:04:46 UTC
Science News Magazine - If you’re reading this story, the day the ancient Maya supposedly had the world scheduled to end has come and gone. Whew.
It’s no shock that December 21, 2012, fizzled as the end of days. Earlier this year, anthropologis...
Victorian zoological map redrawn
2012-12-22 09:01:43 UTC
Science News Magazine - With a new planet-wide analysis of vertebrate life, an international team has used 21st century science to update an iconic 1876 map of Earth’s zoological regions.
By incorporating data on 21,037 species of mammals, bird...
Facebook users hit 'like,' stores jump into action
2012-12-18 19:31:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday season.
After polling customers on the social media site, ...
Distant galaxy regains title as oldest in universe
2012-12-14 08:24:50 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A galaxy once considered the oldest has reclaimed its title, scientists reported Wednesday.
Poring through Hubble Space Telescope photos, the team recalculated the galaxy's age and determined it is actually 13.3 billion...
Google Maps return to iPhone with new mobile app
2012-12-14 08:26:17 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Maps has found its way back to the iPhone.
The world's most popular online mapping system returned late Wednesday with the release of the Google Maps iPhone app. The release comes nearly three months after Appl...
Berlin marks centenary of Nefertiti bust's find
2012-12-11 16:16:51 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — A famed bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti is getting some new company to mark the centenary of its discovery: an exhibition of works giving a taste of the site where it was found.
The show, "In the Light of Amarna — 100 Years of the...
NBC Sports partners with Yahoo for content deal
2012-12-10 07:52:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Sports and Yahoo are taking on the crowded sports media landscape with a partnership that fills in gaps for both companies.
NBC brings video and big-name broadcasters and Yahoo adds college coverage and fantasy games in the ...
Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds'
2012-12-04 19:18:01 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts — and they mimic the chirping of birds.
NASA's Van Allen Probes have been exploring the hostile radiation belts surrounding Earth for...
Lincoln brand changes name as new MKZ goes on sale
2012-12-03 11:21:39 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — After years of dismal sales, Ford's Lincoln luxury brand is reintroducing itself with a new name and a new midsize sedan.
The brand will now be known as the Lincoln Motor Co. The change helps separate Lincoln from the cheaper F...
Verizon, AT&T say cell network back up after Sandy
2012-11-29 10:27:39 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon and AT&T said Thursday that their wireless networks are fully back up after Superstorm Sandy blew into the New York and New Jersey on Oct. 29.
Verizon Wireless said its network is at pre-storm levels, while AT&T Inc. sai...
Mass. transplant doctor, Nobel winner Murray dies
2012-11-27 09:33:41 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world's first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, has died. He was 93.
Murray suffered a stroke at his suburban Boston home on Thanksgiving and died a...
Will US role at climate talks change after storm?
2012-11-24 12:34:01 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — During a year with a monster storm and scorching heat waves, Americans have experienced the kind of freakish weather that many scientists say will occur more often on a warming planet.
And as a re-elected president talks about ...
McAfee blogs about police seeking him in Belize
2012-11-22 08:00:13 UTC
SAN PEDRO, Belize (AP) — Software company founder John McAfee says he's hiding in plain sight, wearing a disguise as he watches police and reporters stake out his home — and blogging about it all.
In the latest twist in the highly-publicized ca...
Facebook proposes to end voting on privacy issues
2012-11-22 07:53:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is proposing to end its practice of letting users vote on changes to its privacy policies, though it will continue to let users comment on proposed updates.
The world's biggest social media company said in a blo...
Trees worldwide a sip away from dehydration
2012-11-30 10:15:52 UTC
Plumbing systems operate on a razor’s edge, leaving forests vulnerable.
Trees in most forests, even wet ones, live perilously close to the limits of their inner plumbing systems, a global survey of forests finds.
Seventy percent of the 226 tre...
Mexican silver made it into English coins
2012-11-22 07:45:59 UTC
Chemical tests of currency help reveal where New World riches flowed.
Chemical studies of old English coins are helping unravel a centuries-old mystery: What happened to all the silver that Spaniards dug out of the New World?
Silver from Mex...
Chromosome ends hold clues to a bird's longevity
2012-11-30 10:14:35 UTC
Short telomeres tied to higher mortality in Indian Ocean warblers.
The long and short of a bird’s life may be recorded in the tips of its chromosomes, a new study suggests.
A study of Seychelles warblers living on a small island in the Indian ...