New evidence: Asteroid's 'bad timing' killed off dinosaurs
2014-07-28 05:24:16 UTC
Dinosaurs might have survived the catastrophic impact that ended their reign had the devastating asteroid that slammed into the Earth arrived at a "more convenient time", a scientist has claimed. As a result humans would probably not exist.
Google faces data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'
2014-07-24 20:49:44 UTC
Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.
An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on requ...
iPhone 6 screen could be sapphire-glass blend, says expert
2014-07-22 06:19:01 UTC
Apple has patents for a sapphire-glass blend screen that could explain why sandpaper can scratch a supposed leaked iPhone 6 screen, the Guardian has established.
A new video that apparently shows a 4.7in sapphire screen from an iPhone 6 being s...
Silicon Valley's High-Paid High School Interns
2014-07-11 19:04:32 UTC
After Facebook (FB) recruited Michael Sayman last November, it didn’t mess around—it flew him out from Miami to meet Mark Zuckerberg. The chief executive talked to Sayman about 4 Snaps, the mobile game he built using Facebook’s development tools t...
Sexism in Silicon Valley
2014-07-03 07:57:00 UTC
Managers in Silicon Valley call it the “Dave rule”: to assure proper gender balance you must have at least as many women on your team as guys named Dave.
It is an insider joke delivered, depending on who says it, with a smile or wince, because ...
Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry
2014-06-30 04:42:01 UTC
To Facebook, we are all lab rats.
Facebook routinely adjusts its users’ news feeds — testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear — often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creat...
Evolution: Violence shaped male faces
2014-06-09 08:15:48 UTC
A new theory suggests that our male ancestors evolved beefy facial features as a defence against fist fights.
The bones most commonly broken in human punch-ups also gained the most strength in early "hominin" evolution.
They are also the bon...
Google is building 180 satellites to bring Internet worldwide
2014-06-02 16:32:05 UTC
Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites (not pictured here) that will go into low orbit and ...
Paralysed woman walks with robotic skeleton - video
2014-06-01 17:32:28 UTC
Sophie Morgan, who was paralysed from the chest down when she was 18, tries out a robotic skeleton which has allowed her to walk for the first time in 11 years.
The machine, called Rex, is being made available in the UK after being used for pa...
Mars: Space agency to test new device over Hawaii
2014-06-02 15:48:33 UTC
The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.
For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hit...
Google builds self-driving cars without standard controls
2014-05-28 12:55:38 UTC
Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.
The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.
Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks li...
Unusual finding: 95 million year-old largest dinosaurs ever
2014-05-17 21:44:05 UTC
Scientists in Argentina have found fossilized remains of one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the earth. It is believed to be a new species of Titanosaur.
A team led by researchers from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio found the ...
German Economy Minister: Google breakup may be an option
2014-05-16 20:49:53 UTC
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that US Internet giant Google could eventually achieve such a strong market position that breaking up the company may become an option. Google was not amused.
While failing to explain how exactl...
Brain Injury Releases Astonishing Mathematical Powers
2014-05-13 07:42:11 UTC
When two thugs bashed Jason Padgett outside a bar they weren't trying to release skills he never knew he had, less still conduct one of the most groundbreaking neuroscience experiments of the century. But as it turned out, that's what they did. Ho...
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
Stephen Hawking-The implications of artificial intelligence
2014-05-05 18:43:31 UTC
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clash...
Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation
2014-04-18 21:59:05 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...
Yahoo unveils encryption measures to protect users' data
2014-04-03 17:52:10 UTC
Yahoo has announced major steps to encrypt its users' data in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of government surveillance of private citizens.
Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s recently appointed chief information secu...
Black death was not spread by rat fleas
2014-04-01 08:47:21 UTC
Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th ...
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...
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 ...
Behemoth star destroys potential solar systems
2014-03-19 06:58:17 UTC
A massive star in the Orion Nebula is obliterating some planet nurseries while sparing others. Measurements of the dust swirling around Orion’s young stars reveal a zone of destruction near the massive star, one of the brightest in the nebula. Yet...
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...