• Explosion, fireball reported in Nevada, California
    2012-04-22 22:13:22 UTC

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings. The sound and the light show were likely caused by a meteor that entered Earth's atmosphere, as...
  • DARPA releases cause of hypersonic glider anomaly
    2012-04-20 19:53:49 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unmanned hypersonic glider likely aborted its 13,000 mph flight over the Pacific Ocean last summer because unexpectedly large sections of its skin peeled off, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Friday. The Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., ato...
  • Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July
    2012-04-20 18:20:10 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections after early July. The problem started when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a s...
  • Microsoft's Windows propels pleasant 3Q surprise
    2012-04-20 05:26:24 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft produced a surprisingly strong quarter to start the year, pleasing investors looking forward to even bigger things from the software maker's much-anticipated overhaul of Windows operating system next fall. The performance announced Thursday defied the conventional thinking that Microsoft would have tro...
  • Top U.S. colleges to offer free classes online
    2012-04-18 16:54:35 UTC

    (Reuters) - Five prestigious U.S. universities will create free online courses for students worldwide through a new, interactive education platform dubbed Coursera, the founders announced Wednesday. The two founders, both professors of computer science at Stanford University, also announced that they had received $16 million in fina...
  • Lockheed braces for cuts in space programs
    2012-04-18 01:51:27 UTC

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department is unlikely to kill major military satellite programs even if it is forced to double $487 billion in spending cuts already planned for the next decade, but cuts and delays are a sure bet, a senior Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N> executive said. "There'll be cuts and sli...
  • NASA clears SpaceX for cargo run to space station
    2012-04-17 01:09:14 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA on Monday cleared a cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies for a test flight to the International Space Station that is scheduled to launch on April 30, NASA officials said. The Dragon mission would be the first time a privately owned and operated vessel visits the space station, ...
  • Greenpeace: e-car is just 'mobility for the rich'
    2012-04-15 04:48:57 UTC

    The electric car is supposed to be a useful way of tackling climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. But even environmental activists are now criticizing the e-cars currently available. Environmental organization Greenpeace has lambasted the development of the electric car. Greenpeace Germany's transportation expert Wolfgang Lohb...
  • Molting cleanses water fleas
    2012-04-15 03:46:57 UTC

    Getting naked may help to protect a species of tiny water flea. When Daphnia magna molts, its discarded body armor can carry away harmful bacteria, a new study finds. The work is the first time molting has been shown to safeguard against parasites, says evolutionary biologist David Duneau of Cornell University. “The common view o...
  • Targeting the mobile market
    2012-04-11 20:15:45 UTC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's not often that a two-year-old start-up becomes a $1 billion company. Yet Instagram, a popular smartphone application that allows users to tweak photos and share them with their friends, was paid that by Facebook Inc in a deal announced on Monday. The purchase of the San Francisco-based private company he...
  • Mona Lisa doesn't need Google Art Project
    2012-04-10 06:05:51 UTC

    LAT- Since Google Art Project launched, art lovers have been asking why the world's most famous painting -- Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- isn't included on the site that features digitized images of works from select museum collections around the world. The simple answer is that the "Mona Lisa" and some other works from the Lou...
  • Fruit fly biorhythms differ indoors and out
    2012-04-08 21:57:27 UTC

    The first big study of daily rhythms in fruit flies outdoors doesn’t match some of the basic results from decades of lab tests. Fruit flies flittering in lab containers have revealed much about how light can set the master molecular clock that ticks out a daily beat in living organisms. Yet watching daily rhythms in fruit flies cage...
  • Mike Flynn Seeks Immunity To Testify
    2017-03-31 03:01:29 UTC

    <blockquote><h2>Former national security adviser may know details of Russia ties</h2> <h3>President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly willing to testify about the Trump team’s ties with Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution.</h3> Flynn, who served as an adviser to Trump’s campa...
  • How the U.S. is using terrorists' smartphones and laptops to defeat them
    2018-02-04 04:58:15 UTC

    BETHESDA, Md. – Smartphones helped terror organizations grow and communicate. Now the devices are contributing to their downfall. In a nondescript, highly secured building in this Washington suburb, a group of U.S. government technicians and linguists are downloading massive amounts of data from phones, hard drives, CDs and other d...