• Ocean water may reach upper mantle through deep sea faults
    2014-02-01 10:39:53 UTC

    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from Earth's oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought. Water is carried mantle by deep sea fault zones which penetrate the oceanic plate as it bends into the subduction zone. Subduction, where an ocea...
  • Male Honey Bees More Susceptible Than Females
    2014-02-01 10:41:11 UTC

    Gender differences in nature are common, including in humans. A research team from Bern, Switzerland has found that male European honey bees, or drones, are much more susceptible than female European honey bees, known as workers, to a fungal intestinal parasite called Nosema ceranae. Originally from Asia, Nosema ceranae has rapidly spr...
  • Woman to testify against Google Glass citation
    2014-01-16 08:12:24 UTC

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law. The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream. Software developer,...
  • Bacteria Lay Out Welcome Mat for Tubeworms
    2014-01-12 09:49:23 UTC

    Although they remain firmly attached to rocks on the sea floor and other surfaces for most of their lives, ocean-dwelling tubeworms spend their early days as free-swimming larvae, looking for a place to call home. A key factor in their decision to latch on somewhere is the presence of certain bacteria. Now, researchers have discovered ...
  • Potentially record-setting cold to start Sunday
    2014-01-05 10:21:54 UTC

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bitterly cold temperatures blowing into the Midwest and Northeast in the coming days are likely to set records, disrupt schools along with airports and endanger those who go outside without the proper clothing. The frigid air will begin Sunday and last into early next week, funneled as far south as the Gulf ...
  • Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100
    2014-01-02 07:10:01 UTC

    Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates. The research also appears to solve one of the great...
  • Indonesia cave reveals history of ancient tsunamis
    2013-12-24 07:06:24 UTC

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia's massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating up to 7,500 years ago, a rare natural record that suggests the next disaster could be centuries away — or perhaps only decades. The findings provide the longest and most ...
  • Why It Snows So Much in the Frozen North
    2013-12-21 07:14:08 UTC

    When it doesn't show signs of stopping, most of us just mumble a few choice words and get out the snow shovel. Scientists, however, wonder where all that snow is coming from, particularly in pristine places like the Arctic. Raymond Shaw and his colleagues may have found an answer. Here's the conundrum: Snow doesn't just materialize ...
  • Google's top searches peer into society's mindset
    2013-12-18 07:46:06 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year. Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this month, occupied the top spo...
  • China to launch moon rock-collecting probe in 2017
    2013-12-16 07:46:44 UTC

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday its plan to launch its fifth lunar probe in 2017 with the aim of bringing lunar soil and rock samples to Earth was on track after a successful moon landing of another space probe over the weekend. The Chang'e 5 mission would mark the third and final phase of China's robotic lunar exploration program ...
  • Astronaut may get Christmas wish for spacewalk
    2013-12-13 19:26:46 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system. Mastracchio, an experienced spacewalker, said he's more than ready to go out and make repairs, if deemed necessary by Mission Control. "Any time you have something like this, i...
  • Instagram launches direct messaging feature
    2013-12-13 10:13:23 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram has added a new feature that lets users share photos and videos with up to 15 people rather than everyone who follows them on the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing app. Called Instagram Direct, the feature is available for Apple and Android phones, CEO Kevin Systrom said at a news event in New York City....
  • Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
    2013-12-09 20:09:03 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance. As part of a global campaign to reform data collection, Google, Facebook, Apple and others s...
  • Hubble Telescope best shot at learning comet fate
    2013-12-03 23:11:32 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's all up to Hubble. NASA said Monday that the Hubble Space Telescope is the best bet for figuring out whether Comet ISON disintegrated during its brush with the sun last week. A pair of solar observatories saw something emerge from around the sun following ISON's close approach on Thanksgiving Day. ...
  • German scientists develop warm LED light
    2013-12-02 20:07:27 UTC

    LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have long been used in flashlights and bicycle lights - in applications where the main goals have been brightness and battery efficiency. Despite its efficiency and environmental friendliness, the bluish tone of LED light has prevented it from becoming more widespread. But a German invention employing ...
  • Inmates learn tech sector from Silicon Valley pros
    2013-11-25 08:55:00 UTC

    SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet. Nonethel...
  • NASA diagnosing problem on Mars rover Curiosity
    2013-11-21 06:54:17 UTC

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem. The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short. The six-wheel, nuclear-powered rover halted work as a prec...
  • NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars
    2013-11-19 00:47:48 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet's radical climate change. The Maven spacecraft is due at Mars next fall following a journey of more than 440 million miles. "Hey, guys, we're going to Mars!" Maven's princip...
  • Scientists: Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet
    2013-11-13 00:33:44 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator — similar to a snow leopard — evolved in Asia and spread out. The nearly complete skull dug up in Tibet was estimated at 4.4 million years old — older than the big cat remains recovered from Tanzania dating to about 3.7 million years ...
  • Satellite hits Atlantic _ but what about next one?
    2013-11-11 18:14:28 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — This time it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean — but what about next time? The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The 1,100-kilogram (2,425...
  • Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust
    2013-11-08 20:49:06 UTC

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid. The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they've never seen anything like it. Incredibly, the comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust. The streams have occurred...
  • Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger
    2013-11-06 18:59:11 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought. Meteors about the size of the one that streaked through the sky at 42,000 mph and burst over Chelyabinsk in February — and ones even ...
  • India launches first mission to Mars
    2013-11-05 10:42:02 UTC

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. Hundreds of people watched the rocket carrying the Mars spacecraft take off from the east-coast island of Shriharikota and streak across the sky. Many more across...
  • What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?
    2013-11-05 09:20:00 UTC

    San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city build...
  • India vies for elite role in space with Mars trip
    2013-11-04 07:12:07 UTC

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth. With a Tuesday launch planned for Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, India will attempt ...