Geminid meteor shower ramps up Friday night
2013-12-12 09:18:52 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's time for the December sky show.
The annual Geminids (JEM'-i-nids) meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night. But the best viewing may be early Saturday, once the moon sets. Between 10...
Your guide to the 2013 Nobel Prizes
2013-12-10 07:49:47 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes will collect their $1.2 million awards Tuesday at ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo. Here's a look at the laureates and their achievements:
Three Americans were honored for devel...
NASA: Ancient Mars lake may have supported life
2013-12-10 07:20:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars, which scientists say could have been a perfect spot for tiny primitive organisms to flourish if they ever existed on the red planet.
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
2013-12-09 20:09:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
Federal study warns of sudden climate change woes
2013-12-03 23:20:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than climate change's bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the federal government concluded Tuesday.
The 200-page report by th...
Hubble Telescope best shot at learning comet fate
2013-12-03 23:11:32 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's all up to Hubble.
NASA said Monday that the Hubble Space Telescope is the best bet for figuring out whether Comet ISON disintegrated during its brush with the sun last week.
A pair of solar observatories saw ...
German scientists develop warm LED light
2013-12-02 20:07:27 UTC
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have long been used in flashlights and bicycle lights - in applications where the main goals have been brightness and battery efficiency.
Despite its efficiency and environmental friendliness, the bluish tone of LE...
Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future
2013-12-02 19:24:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — via self-guided drone.
Consider it the modern version of a pizza delivery boy, minus the boy.
Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called P...
Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates
2013-11-30 08:11:15 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of v...
Watchdog: Google breaching Dutch privacy law
2013-11-30 08:07:53 UTC
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection ...
Small company helps Twitter make money
2013-11-29 09:04:11 UTC
DENVER (AP) — Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money.
Wayin has part...
Facebook CEO Says Government "Blew It" with NSA Spying
2013-11-25 20:46:40 UTC
Palo Alto — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) needs to find a balance between protecting the country and staying transparent -- but he didn't say it in that nice of a way.
According to ABC News, Zuckerb...
Inmates learn tech sector from Silicon Valley pros
2013-11-25 08:55:00 UTC
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants ...
Studies provide no certainty in shipwreck search
2013-11-24 19:30:33 UTC
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five months after divers searched a remote section of Lake Michigan for a mysterious 17th century ship and retrieved a wooden slab the group leader believes is part of the vessel, it's still uncertain whether they are o...
Will icy comet survive close encounter with sun?
2013-11-24 19:25:17 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun.
The moment of truth comes Thursday — Thanksgiving Day.
The sun-grazing Comet ISON, now t...
Mid-Atlantic rocket launch gives East rare view
2013-11-21 06:56:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rocket streaked along the eastern U.S. early evening sky Tuesday in an unusual sight as NASA put a smartphone and 28 other tiny satellites into orbit.
NASA and the Air Force launched the private Minotaur rocket from Wallops ...
NASA diagnosing problem on Mars rover Curiosity
2013-11-21 06:54:17 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem.
The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it ...
Volcano raises new island far south of Japan
2013-11-21 06:08:23 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said.
Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 200 m...
NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars
2013-11-19 00:47:48 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet's radical climate change.
The Maven spacecraft is due at Mars next fall following a jo...
Retailers take on Silicon Valley
2013-11-15 09:26:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.
At first glance, th...
New version of iPad Mini now available
2013-11-13 07:40:17 UTC
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple began selling a new iPad Mini on Tuesday without the usual fanfare.
Apple usually announces the availability date in advance, allowing loyal customers to line up at stores overnight to be among the first to buy on...
Scientists: Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet
2013-11-13 00:33:44 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator — similar to a snow leopard — evolved in Asia and spread out.
The nearly complete skull dug up in Tibet was estimated at 4.4 million years old —...
Biometrics researchers see world without passwords
2013-11-12 09:03:14 UTC
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — You may never need to memorize another password. That's the goal of researchers at Purdue University's International Center for Biometrics Research.
Stephen Elliott is the director of international biometric research...
Testimony to begin in Apple-Samsung patent trial
2013-11-13 07:43:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom.
Lawyers for rivals Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. were scheduled to deliver opening statem...
Satellite hits Atlantic _ but what about next one?
2013-11-11 18:14:28 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — This time it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean — but what about next time?
The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the we...