Saturn Is Closest to Earth on Sunday Night
2013-04-29 06:18:37 UTC
Saturn is having a moment, and you won't want to miss it.
The ringed planet -- arguably the most beautiful in the solar system -- will reach opposition on Saturday, making this weekend an optimal time to see it in the night sky.
When a plane...
Samsung profit at record high on smartphone boost
2013-04-26 06:03:47 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its first quarter profit jumped to a record high as smartphone sales remained strong despite the impending launch of an updated version of its flagship Galaxy phone.
Google agrees to change search display in Europe
2013-04-25 16:04:56 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Google has agreed to change how it displays search results in Europe — including a better labeling of its promoted content and displaying links to competitors — to appease concerns it might be abusing its dominant market p...
Marlboro maker Altria to jump into e-cigarettes
2013-04-25 16:00:24 UTC
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Marlboro Man may soon be hitching his wagon to a new kind of cigarette.
Altria Group Inc., owner of the nation's biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, announced Thursday that its NuMark subsidiary plans to...
US teens doing better than public realizes: survey
2013-04-24 05:07:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — American teenagers aren't doing as poorly on international science tests as adults think. Despite the misconception, people don't think the subject should get greater emphasis in schools, a survey released Monday found.
Hackers compromise AP Twitter account
2013-04-24 04:31:06 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers compromised Twitter accounts of The Associated Press on Tuesday, sending out a false tweet about an attack at the White House.
The false tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Ba...
Microsoft offers security enhancement for sign-ins
2013-04-17 17:56:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is offering enhanced security for email, storage and other services.
People who turn on the new feature will be asked not just for a username and password, but also a second piece of information, such as a temp...
Apple stock falls to one-year low on supplier news
2013-04-17 17:54:20 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Apple Inc. fell below $400 for the first time in a year and half on Wednesday, after a supplier hinted at a slowdown in iPhone and iPad production.
The stock was down $21.89, or 5.1 percent, at $404.35...
Can human genes be patented?
2013-04-15 18:33:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting genes that can be found inside the human body, as it heard arguments in a case that could profoundly reshape U.S. medical research and t...
Doctors use brain scans to 'see' and measure pain
2013-04-14 04:00:54 UTC
In a provocative new study, scientists reported Wednesday that they were able to "see" pain on brain scans and, for the first time, measure its intensity and tell whether a drug was relieving it. Though the research is in its early...
Goldman sees more growth for Netflix
2013-04-13 05:11:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The growing number of devices on which Netflix Inc. subscribers can watch movies and TV shows is making the service more valuable, a Goldman Sachs analyst said. He said the company could increase its profit by raising prices....
Physicist Stephen Hawking visits LA stem cell lab
2013-04-10 05:51:23 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hawking toured a stem cell laboratory Tuesday where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost compl...
Calif. court: Motorist can't use hand-held map
2013-04-10 05:47:01 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction ...
Domain name group plans satellite office in China
2013-04-08 17:18:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The agency that oversees Internet domain names says it will open a satellite office in China, home of the world's largest Internet population.
Monday's announcement comes as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names an...
Online translation on the rise, changing lives
2013-04-08 04:44:52 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — You might use Google Translate to read a hard-to-find Manga comic book or to decipher an obscure recipe for authentic Polish blintzes. Or, like Phillip and Niki Smith in rural Mississippi, you could us...
NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer
2013-04-06 15:19:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.
The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Ori...
Facebook tweaks Android phones to build new 'Home'
2013-04-05 06:44:00 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook is trying to prove that a company doesn't have to make a smartphone or operating system to define how people interact with mobile technology. The audacious move will ...
PC, tablet, phone shipments to hit 2.4B in 2013
2013-04-04 17:00:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Research firm Gartner says it expects worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to reach 2.4 billion units this year, up 9 percent from 2012.
Gartner Inc. said Thursday that device shipments should continue to grow, hit...
Study: Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost
2013-04-03 23:21:06 UTC
Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.
60-inch Apple iTV to launch this year
2013-04-03 16:18:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been plenty of rumors and reports about how and when it's going to happen.
Now, an analyst says he's learned that the set...
Supernova Remnant 1987A Continues to Reveal Its Secrets
2013-04-02 06:49:03 UTC
A team of astronomers led by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has succeeded in observing the death throws of a giant star in unprecedented deta.
In February of 1987, astronomers observing the Large Magellanic Cloud...
In Antarctica, melting may beget ice
2013-04-02 06:22:28 UTC
Melting may not be the destroyer of all ice. Melting ice shelves may actually spur the growth of sea ice in Antarctica.
While Arctic sea ice has dwindled, the extent of Antarctic sea ice has expanded by nearly 2 percent per decade since 1985. A...
Western environmentalists oppose wolf delisting
2013-03-29 05:25:53 UTC
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Western environmental groups say they're alarmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan to end federal protections for gray wolves in vast areas where the animals no longer exist.
Russian spaceship docks with orbiting station
2013-03-29 15:57:18 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts successfully docked Friday with the International Space Station, bringing the size of the crew at the orbiting lab to six.
Chris Cassidy of the United States and Russians Pavel Vinogra...
Pivot, network for millennials, tries to change TV
2013-03-28 04:47:54 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Pivot is the name of a TV channel aimed at 15-to-34-year-olds who want to change the world.
In the process, they could help Pivot change the television business.
Announced last December, the new venture was o...