• Florence: US Facing the Challenges of Climate Change
    2018-09-12 00:11:05 UTC

    Hurricane Florence is moving relentlessly toward the Southeastern U.S. It's a large, powerful cyclone that will likely bring storm surge and high winds to coastal communities. But climate scientists say one of the biggest threats posed by Florence is rain. "Freshwater flooding poses the greatest risk to life," explains James Koss...
  • Germany to end its reliance on 'cyber security' from US
    2018-08-30 00:21:47 UTC

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany announced a new agency on Wednesday to fund research on cyber security and to end its reliance on digital technologies from the United States, China and other countries. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters that Germany needed new tools to become a top player in cyber security and shore up Europ...
  • Trump’s ‘unmitigated crap’ on California wildfires
    2018-08-07 21:23:33 UTC

    U.S. President Donald Trump has weighed in on the California wildfires. But it wasn’t to express condolences for the victims or to praise the incredible bravery of firefighters — it was to try to score political points. And he did so by badly twisting the science of how wildfires work. In a now-deleted tweet, Trump blamed “bad envir...
  • Apple became the first $1 trillion listed US company
    2018-08-02 18:06:54 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company on Thursday, crowning a decade-long rise fueled by its ubiquitous iPhone that transformed it from a niche player in personal computers into a global powerhouse spanning entertainment and communications. The tech company’s stock jumped 2.8 perce...
  • Detection of water on Mars by italian scientists
    2018-07-25 22:26:02 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Using a radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, a body of water they called a possible habitat for microbial life. The reservoir they detected — roughly 12 miles (20 km...
  • EU privacy law: Companies to be more attentive to user data
    2018-05-25 06:40:19 UTC

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - New European privacy regulations that go into effect on Friday will force companies to be more attentive to how they handle customer data, while bringing consumers both new ways to control their data and tougher enforcement of existing privacy rights. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ...
  • Earth Hour: Millions of people turn off lights for nature
    2018-03-24 22:38:27 UTC

    Millions of people around the world are observing the annual Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change. Dubai and Australia's Sydney Opera House were among the places to join the blackout. People around the world are turning off their lights for one hour on Saturday as part of the annual Earth Hour campaign, which aims to r...
  • A Loss for All Humanity: Physicist Stephen Hawking Died
    2018-03-14 08:27:15 UTC

    British physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 76, according to a family spokesperson. Known around the globe, he worked to make complicated scientific fields accessible to the public. Stephen Hawking, a renowned mathematician and physicist has died at the age of 76. "We are deeply saddened that ...
  • Study: Dying Polar Bear Connected to Global Warming
    2020-03-09 03:39:14 UTC

    Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier of the nonprofit group Sea Legacy, and published on National Geographic in early December, the video ignited a firestorm of debate about what scientists know, ...
  • Homo sapiens trekked out of Africa far earlier than previously known
    2018-01-25 21:32:55 UTC

    Homo sapiens were wandering out of Africa at least 177,000 years ago — some 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. The new migration date comes after ancient stone tools and part of a fossilised Homo sapiens jaw bone with teeth were discovered in a cave in northern Israel. Until now, the oldest evidence for modern humans o...
  • iPhone overuse could hurt children’s developing brains
    2018-01-09 04:39:42 UTC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits. Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday th...
  • Highly-skilled foreign workers favor Canada, not the U.S.
    2017-12-18 03:45:11 UTC

    Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist's fate – and in 2016, it did not fall in her Favor. Axolotl missed out in the lottery for the coveted visa but remained determined to work in Silicon Valley, a place...
  • The Next GOOGLE Could Come From Europe
    2017-11-30 06:38:48 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows. The region has thriving tech hubs in major cities, with ...
  • What happens to your body when it's donated to science
    2017-10-24 20:19:03 UTC

    When Americans leave their bodies to science, they are also donating to commerce: Cadavers and body parts, especially those of the poor, are sold in a thriving and largely unregulated market. Since it's not regulated by a federal agency, there's no official number, but it is estimated about 20,000 bodies per year are donated to med...
  • Scientists Detect Light From Gravitational Wave
    2017-10-16 19:27:03 UTC

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - When neutron stars collide: Scientists in Europe and the U.S. have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same time as light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday. The waves, caused by the collisi...
  • Einstein's gravitational waves win Nobel Prize in physics
    2017-10-03 16:50:23 UTC

    STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Three U.S. scientists won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago. The work of Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne crowned half a century of experimental e...
  • Apple rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X and cellular Watch
    2017-09-12 19:21:35 UTC

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.” The phone features wireless charging, an infrared camera and spec...
  • Florence, a 4.4-km-wide asteroid, passing Earth today
    2017-09-01 07:41:42 UTC

    Asteroid 3122, named after Florence Nightingale, will reach its peak brightness tonight (Thursday August 31 into Friday September 1). But the asteroid will actually be closest to Earth at 8:05 a.m. ET (1pm BST) tomorrow (Friday September 1), according to NASA. The asteroid will come as close as 4.4 million miles (7 million km) t...
  • A Solar Eclipse Reflective Of America's Dark Mood
    2017-08-21 16:35:24 UTC

    Now America has a solar eclipse to match its dark mood. — The solar eclipse seems made to order for our current national mood. Darkness at midday? Just further proof of the gloomy times we’re living in. Pick up any newspaper and the evidence is clear: most Americans feel pessimistic about the nation’s future. Since 2009, polls...
  • Google takes action against 'anti-diversity memo'
    2017-08-08 04:49:59 UTC

    San Francisco (Reuters) - Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal, sa...
  • Google Earth users will be able to post stories, video and photos
    2017-07-14 22:16:57 UTC

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Google wants users to post millions of stories, video and photos on its 'Google Earth' platform in the next few years, the program chief said on Tuesday at a launch event in Brazil for content focused on showcasing the Amazon rainforest. The "Voyager" tool allows internet surfers to take interactive tours ...
  • Astronomers Detect Supermassive Black Holes, with Billions of Times the Mass of the Sun
    2017-06-28 02:12:06 UTC

    The two black holes, with a combined mass 15 billion times that of the Sun, are likely separated by only about 24 light-years, extremely close for such a system. "This is the first pair of black holes to be seen as separate objects that are moving with respect to each other, and thus makes this the first black-hole 'visual binary,'"...
  • Team of 1000 scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves
    2017-06-03 17:59:21 UTC

    A team of more than 1,000 scientists have for a third time detected ripples in space from black holes that crashed together billions of light years from Earth, a discovery that confirms a new technique for observing cataclysmic events in the universe, research published on Thursday shows. Such vibrations, known as gravitational wave...
  • Controversial study: The evolutionary lineage arose in Africa?
    2017-05-23 07:10:13 UTC

    Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only fro...
  • Nasa discovers new planetary system similar to our solar system
    2017-05-10 05:03:15 UTC

    The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a joint German-US space science project. Carrying a 2.5-metre telescope inside a modified Boeing 747SP, the airborne observatory performs astronomical observations in the infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, high above the disturbance of Earth's atmosphere. Mad...