• Giant ancient salamander was bigger than a human
    2015-03-24 01:27:54 UTC

    Before dinosaurs came along, one of Earth’s top predators was a salamanderlike amphibian that lived in tropical areas of the supercontinent Pangaea. Fossils unearthed from a 30- to 40-centimeter-thick bone bed in southern Portugal suggest the creature was more than 2 meters long, weighed as much as 100 kilograms, and had a broad flat h...
  • Scientists call to action: Climate collapsing while we’re napping
    2015-03-21 18:17:42 UTC

    For the first time in about five years, it looks like <i><strong>El Niño</i></strong> has arrived, a climatic change involving atmospheric air pressure changes and warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean near the equator. This could be a big deal in that the three hottest years on record, just behind ...
  • Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users
    2015-03-10 17:05:10 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO — TODAY, we’re filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month. We’re doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas. Our lawsuit says that the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance of Inte...
  • Two Clusters of stars found on the edge of Milky Way
    2015-03-09 16:44:02 UTC

    Two clusters of stars have been found in a cloud hovering on the outskirts of the galaxy. Thousands of light-years from the spiral arms of the Milky Way, the clusters are the most distant ever observed in the galaxy, scientists report online February 26 in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. “Now we know that star...
  • 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. The violent collision 66m years ago, which occurred in the area that is now Mexico, triggered...
  • 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 women are indeed vastly underrepresented in the technology industry. It sounded even le...
  • 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 bones that show most divergence between males and females. The paper, in the journal Biolo...
  • 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 like a city car with a "friendly" face, designed to make it seem non-threatening and help pe...
  • 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 fossil remains of a new dinosaur species dated 95 million years ago; the largest known to ...
  • "Right to be forgotten": EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people
    2014-05-13 22:06:05 UTC

    </h3>A top EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people in a test of the so-called "right to be forgotten".</h3>The European Union Court of Justice said links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased on request. The case was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an aucti...
  • 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 clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly inte...
  • 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 security officer, said on Wednesday his ultimate aim was to make sure “all traffic through Yah...
  • 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 century. Analysis of the bodies and of wills registered in London at the time has cast ...
  • 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 despite the carnage, many more planet-building disks survive in the harsh environment nea...
  • 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. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and its partners have launched the Bumble ...
  • NASA: humans will outsmart dinosaurs
    2014-03-10 16:26:03 UTC

    An asteroid at least 10km wide may have seen off the dinosaurs 66m years ago, but will humankind be smart enough to avoid a similar fate? Nasa is working on it. The space agency has spent the last 16 years searching for near-Earth asteroids larger than 1km in size, and claims to have found 98% of them. Now it’s enlisting coders a...
  • Hubble Telescope captures shattering asteroid
    2014-03-07 02:42:56 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid. Asteroid P/2013 R3 was detected in September in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It appeared as a fuzzy object. Further observations by ground telescopes revealed three bodies. Hubble uncovere...
  • Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
    2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown. During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sou...
  • Does WhatsApp deal show Zuckerberg knows what's up?
    2014-02-22 08:55:25 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If Facebook hopes to remain the social networking leader, CEO Mark Zuckerberg knows the company must follow the people. That realization compelled Zuckerberg to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application that is redefining the concept of texting while its audience of 450 million users expands at a...
  • Get ready for a cosmic event - Plutopalooza
    2014-02-17 04:59:28 UTC

    It's time to get cracking on plans for a cosmic event. If all goes according to plan, in July 2015, the New Horizons probe, which was launched on Jan. 19, 2006 with Clyde Tombaugh's ashes on board, will arrive at Pluto. There was a lot of excitement about that during Tombaugh Day on Feb. 1, our annual tribute to the man who discover...
  • Indonesian volcano brings life as well as death
    2014-02-16 07:19:22 UTC

    SIDOMULYO, Indonesia (AP) — The ash and debris that Indonesia's Mount Kelud blasted from its belly brought death and misery, and disrupted international air traffic. But for many of the millions of people cleaning up in the wake of the explosive eruption, it was also a money earner and a shot of life for their crops. "This is a ...
  • Methane Leaks from the U.S. natural gas production
    2014-02-14 09:44:08 UTC

    WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.” But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate. Although bu...
  • Google makes statement about Russian anti-gay law
    2014-02-09 07:05:50 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google Inc. quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities by updating its iconic search page logo to depict illustrations of athletes skiing, sledding, curling and skating ag...
  • Internet firms release data on NSA requests
    2014-02-04 12:48:50 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with gov...
  • New research shows how circumbinary planets form
    2014-02-01 10:38:58 UTC

    One planet, two stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form. Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world counterparts, observed by the Kepler space telescope, suggests. Like the fictional Star Wa...