Apple apologizes in China after service criticism
2013-04-02 04:50:49 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Apple apologized to Chinese consumers after government media attacked its repair policies for two weeks in a campaign that reeked of economic nationalism.
A statement Apple posted in Chinese on its website Monday said the complaints had prompted "deep reflection" and pe...
A Medical Renaissance?
2013-03-31 07:27:45 UTC
Cancer Genomics - With the completion of sequencing of the human genome in 2001, many researchers immediately set their sights on using this information to better understand the genetics and, more recently, epigenetic effects identified during the initiation, development, and progression of cance...
Virtual reality, goggles and all, attempts return
2013-03-29 16:34:59 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's back.
The virtual reality headset, the gizmo that was supposed to seamlessly transport wearers to three-dimensional virtual worlds, has made a remarkable return at this year's Game Developers Conference, an annual gathering of video game makers in San F...
Scientists find new gene markers for cancer risk
2013-03-28 17:09:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal further a person's risk for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, scientists reported Wednesday.
It's the l...
Cyberattack on anti-spam group has ripple effects
2013-03-27 16:43:13 UTC
LONDON (AP) — An Internet watchdog group responsible for keeping ads for counterfeit Viagra and bogus weight-loss pills out of inboxes around the world has been hit by a huge cyberattack, a crushing electronic onslaught that one expert said had already had ripple effects across the ...
Google picks 8,000 winners of 'Glass' contest
2013-03-27 05:02:24 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has picked out 8,000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of Internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world.
The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last mo...
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship splashes into Pacific
2013-03-26 17:02:53 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX Dragon capsule is back on Earth.
The privately owned cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific on Tuesday, five hours after leaving the International Space Station. The California-based SpaceX confirmed the Dragon's return to Earth via Twi...
SEC approves Nasdaq's Facebook IPO payment plan
2013-03-25 16:50:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has approved a plan by the Nasdaq stock exchange to pay $62 million in reimbursements to investment firms that lost money because of technical problems during Facebook's initial public offering last year.
Universe a bit older than thought
2013-03-22 07:33:14 UTC
(Reuters) - Closer scrutiny of radiation left over from the creation of the universe shows the Big Bang took place about 13.8 billion years ago, 100 million years earlier than previous estimates, scientists have reported.
The findings were among the first results from analysis of data collecte...
Distant planets’ atmospheres revealed
2013-03-20 07:20:45 UTC
Alien worlds have become a little less alien. Astronomers have gotten the most detailed look yet at the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system.
The study is among the first to directly analyze the chemical makeup of an exoplanet. In the past, astronomers inferred the existence of exop...
Monarch butterflies drop ominously in Mexico
2013-03-18 18:08:12 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies making it to their winter refuge in Mexico dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began 20 years ago, scientists reported Wednesday.
It was the third straight year of declin...
Antarctica concerns grow as tourism numbers rise
2013-03-16 06:30:45 UTC
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ROSS ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labeled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters.
Tourism is rebounding here five years after the...
A closer look at the Higgs boson
2013-03-14 15:44:55 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced they are confident that the new subatomic particle discovered last summer is a version of the long-sought Higgs boson. The particle bears key attributes of the so-called "God particle" that was the...
Mars rover shows planet could have supported life
2013-03-12 22:05:33 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drilling into a rock near its landing site, the Curiosity rover has answered a key question about Mars: The red planet long ago harbored some of the ingredients needed for primitive life to thrive.
Topping the list is evidence of water and basic elements that teeny organisms...
Nitrogen pollution drives harmful algae growth
2013-03-20 18:43:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO - Nitrogen from pollution, natural sources causes growth of toxic algae.
Nitrogen in ocean waters fuels the growth of two tiny but toxic phytoplankton species that are harmful to marine life and human health, warns a new study published in the Journal of Phycology.
Digital memories fade in death; protect yourself
2013-03-01 22:14:15 UTC
Estate planning attorney James Lamm who writes the blog "Digital Passing" advises people to plan ahead for their virtual afterlives. Your best bet is to make sure valuable memories and intellectual property are stored somewhere besides a social media account — so back up your photos on a USB flas...
Capt. Kirk's Vulcan entry wins Pluto moons contest
2013-02-25 23:03:27 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — "Star Trek" fans, rejoice.
An online vote to name Pluto's two newest, itty-bitty moons is over. And No. 1 is Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" TV series.
Vulcan snared nearly 200,000 votes...
Bird, human tweets come from similar parts of the brain
2013-02-17 05:54:53 UTC
BOSTON — “Birdbrain” may not be much of an insult: Humans and songbirds share genetic changes affecting parts of the brain related to singing and speaking, new research shows. The finding may help scientists better understand how human language evolved, as well as unravel the causes of speech imp...
Facebook gets unwelcome look at hackers' dark side
2013-02-16 06:27:20 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is getting an unwelcome look at the shady side of the hacking culture that CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrates.
Intruders recently infiltrated the systems running the world's largest online social network but did not steal any sensitive information about Facebook...
Meteor explodes over Russia; about 1,100 injured
2013-02-15 19:32:34 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring about 1,100 people.
The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some elderly women declar...
150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck
2013-02-08 06:57:11 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.
But don't worry. Scientists promise the megarock will b...
Scientists to reveal result of Richard III hunt
2013-02-03 21:04:23 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Has Britain's lost king been found?
On Monday, scientists will announce the results of tests conducted to determine whether a battle-scarred skeleton found under a municipal parking lot in central England belongs to 15th-century King Richard III, the last English monarch ...
NASA marks 10 years since loss of Columbia, crew
2013-02-02 03:27:23 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Schoolchildren joined NASA managers and relatives of the lost crew of space shuttle Columbia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and remember the seven astronauts who died.
More than 300 people gathered at Kennedy Space Center for the outdoor...
Google to set up $82M fund for French publishers
2013-02-01 21:51:02 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Google will help French news organizations increase their online advertising revenue and also set up a €60 million ($82 million) fund to finance digital publishing innovation, settling a dispute over whether the Internet giant should pay to display news content in its search ...
Yahoo's 4Q report shows more signs of progress
2013-01-29 07:13:44 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo got a little healthier during the last three months of 2012 as the long-suffering Internet company took advantage of higher ad prices and more money coming in from overseas investments to deliver numbers that exceeded analyst forecasts.
The results announced ...