NASA: humans will outsmart dinosaurs
2014-03-10 16:26:03 UTC
An asteroid at least 10km wide may have seen off the dinosaurs 66m years ago, but will humankind be smart enough to avoid a similar fate?
Nasa is working on it. The space agency has spent the last 16 years searching for near-Earth asteroids lar...
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 ...
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...
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...
Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.
During a meeting at the Computer History Muse...
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...
Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B
2014-02-20 08:32:47 UTC
San Francisco — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.
The world's biggest social netw...
Get ready for a cosmic event - Plutopalooza
2014-02-17 04:59:28 UTC
It's time to get cracking on plans for a cosmic event. If all goes according to plan, in July 2015, the New Horizons probe, which was launched on Jan. 19, 2006 with Clyde Tombaugh's ashes on board, will arrive at Pluto.
There was a lot of excit...
Indonesian volcano brings life as well as death
2014-02-16 07:19:22 UTC
SIDOMULYO, Indonesia (AP) — The ash and debris that Indonesia's Mount Kelud blasted from its belly brought death and misery, and disrupted international air traffic. But for many of the millions of people cleaning up in the wake of the explosi...
Methane Leaks from the U.S. natural gas production
2014-02-14 09:44:08 UTC
WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”
But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from tradi...
New gender options for Facebook users
2014-02-14 07:17:43 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Femal...
French president meets tech execs in San Francisco
2014-02-12 19:28:11 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is meeting with city officials and tech kingpins in San Francisco, and offering his government's support to French entrepreneurs seeking to gain a foothold in Silicon ...
In Israel, a push to bring Arabs into tech sector
2014-02-09 07:12:20 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Ibrahim Sana worked for a global tech company, then broke off to start his own venture. Last year, he was crowned one of Israel's seven most promising young entrepreneurs by a financial newspaper.
Sana's story isn't typical — h...
Google makes statement about Russian anti-gay law
2014-02-09 07:05:50 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google Inc. quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities by updating its iconic sea...
California leaders push for smartphone kill switch
2014-02-09 07:10:56 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen — a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.
Happy 10th birthday, Facebook
2014-02-04 09:33:06 UTC
<h3>Facebook - the project that began in a student's dorm and went on to become one of the greatest internet success stories of all time - is celebrating its 10th birthday.</h3>
In the last decade, it has attracted millions of people who use it...
San Francisco: Google must move 'mystery' barge
2014-02-04 03:19:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must move a mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday.
The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conse...
New research shows how circumbinary planets form
2014-02-01 10:38:58 UTC
One planet, two stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form.
Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world cou...
Exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered
2014-01-27 19:25:02 UTC
An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 m...
Ocean water may reach upper mantle through deep sea faults
2014-02-01 10:39:53 UTC
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from Earth's oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought.
Water is carried mantle by deep sea fault zones which p...
Samsung, Google sign patent agreement
2014-01-27 18:35:43 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the t...
One Step at a Time, Researchers Learning How Humans Walk
2014-01-19 10:35:25 UTC
Humans and some of our hominid ancestors such as Homo erectus have been walking for more than a million years, and researchers are close to figuring out how we do it.
It's never been completely clear how human beings accomplish the routine, tak...
Chimps Can Use Gestures to Communicate in Hunt for Food
2014-01-19 10:31:01 UTC
Remember the children's game "warmer/colder," where one person uses those words to guide the other person to a hidden toy or treat? Well, it turns out that chimpanzees can play, too.
Researchers at Georgia State University's Language Research C...