Most distant galaxy ever discovered was a prolific star factory
2013-10-24 07:24:10 UTC
Exceptionally high rate of star formation in the galaxy, formed a mere 700m years after the big bang, has baffled astronomers.
Astronomers have spotted the most distant galaxy ever seen after a faint ray of light struck a telescope on a volcano in the middle of the Pacific.
The ancient grou...
Cheetahs' Iranian revival cheers conservationists
2013-10-23 08:08:05 UTC
Wildlife experts hail success of UN-backed initiative to protect Asiatic cheetahs from extinction despite sanctions.
Asiatic cheetahs, a subspecies of the fastest animal on earth, are extinct globally except in Iran where they are considered to be critically endangered. But marking a rare succ...
California 'sea serpents' draw gawkers
2013-10-22 06:55:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The silvery carcasses of two giant oarfish were discovered along the Southern California coast last week, baffling scientists and gaining a growing online following who gawked at the bony, snake-like creatures.
A 14-foot oarfish washed up on a beach in the San Diego County c...
1.8M-year-old skull gives glimpse of our evolution
2013-10-18 08:48:06 UTC
DMANISI, Georgia (AP) — The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early evolution and indicates our family tree may have fewer branches than some believe, scientists say.
The fossil is the most complet...
Study: Temperatures go off the charts around 2047
2013-10-10 20:49:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043.
And eventually the whole world in 2047.
A new study on glob...
2 win physics Nobel for Higgs theory
2013-10-08 22:41:35 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nearly 50 years after they came up with the theory, but little more than a year since the world's biggest atom smasher delivered the proof, Britain's Peter Higgs and Belgian colleague Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for helping to explain how matter formed...
European regulator close to settlement with Google
2013-10-02 06:33:10 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — European regulators appeared to be nearing a settlement with Google in their probe over whether the Internet search-and-advertising giant is unfairly stifling competition.
Joaquin Almunia, the top antitrust official at the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said ther...
Curiosity gets the dirt on Mars
2013-09-28 19:18:57 UTC
Whiffs of chemicals found in rocket fuel, a dark pyramid that resembles rare volcanic rocks on Earth and glassy particles bearing traces of water are among the Curiosity rover’s finds in its first chemical investigation of Martian dirt.
“This is the first time we’ve known precisely and definit...
Climate panel forecast: Higher seas, temperatures
2013-09-28 06:14:15 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Top scientists have a better idea of how global warming will shape the 21st century: In a new report, they predict sea levels will be much higher than previously thought and pinpoint how dangerously hot it's likely to get.
In its most strongly worded report yet, an internation...
Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil
2013-09-27 05:20:17 UTC
Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according to measurements made by Nasa's Curiosity rover.
Each cubic foot of Martian soil contains around two pints of liquid water, though t...
What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists
2013-09-24 19:15:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top scientists from a variety of fields say they are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill.
They are as sure about climate change as they are about the age of the universe. They say they are more certain about climate...
Stephen Hawking on hand for UK premiere of biopic
2013-09-20 06:22:12 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He's famous for his brainy but accessible exploration of the cosmos in "A Brief History of Time." Now, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has his own brief history, a biopic which traces a life marked by disability and stubbornness.
Stephen Hawking was on hand Thursday for the Br...
Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet
2013-09-17 20:17:16 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.
Understanding the Universe’s invisible elements
2013-09-13 00:29:14 UTC
Most of the Universe is invisible. Understanding these unseeable elements can be an important step in working out how the entire Universe works.
Charles Alcock, the director of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, says the Solar System extends far further than first thought. If we ...
Google loses appeal in Street View snooping case
2013-09-10 19:48:29 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighborhoods for the search giant's popular "Street View" maps look forward to resuming their case now that a federal appeals court has ruled in t...
Yahoo disclosed email in China: Just following local laws
2013-09-09 06:41:47 UTC
Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in 2005 after Yahoo disclosed politically sensitive email he had sent.
Chinese activist who was arrested nearly a decade ago after a politically sensitive email he sent was disclosed by Yahoo has been released from prison, a writers' group has reported.
World's largest volcano lurks beneath Pacific Ocean
2013-09-09 06:44:25 UTC
A team writing in the journal Nature Geoscience says the 310,000 sq km (119,000 sq mi) Tamu Massif is comparable in size to Mars' vast Olympus Mons volcano - the largest in the Solar System.
The structure topples the previous largest on Earth, Mauna Loa in Hawaii.
The massif lies some 2km b...
Yahoo unveils new logo
2013-09-05 06:15:45 UTC
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Yahoo has adopted a new logo for the first time since shortly after the Internet company's founding 18 years ago.
The redesigned look unveiled late Wednesday is part of a makeover that Yahoo Inc. has been undergoing since the Sunnyvale, Calif., company hired Google exe...
Tiny human almost-brains made in lab
2013-09-01 07:53:22 UTC
Largely left to their own devices, human stem cells knitted themselves into tissue with a multitude of brain structures and specialized cadres of neurons in a form reminiscent of the brain of a nine-week-old fetus, scientists report August 28 in Nature.
The tissue doesn’t approach the dizzying...
NASA recycles spacecraft to search for asteroids
2013-08-23 05:53:39 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft currently in hibernation will be restarted to search for asteroids that astronauts could potentially explore.
The space agency said Wednesday it will awaken the Wise spacecraft next month to begin its new three-year mission to hunt for space rocks at a...
Ex-dolphin trainer now looking into mass die-off
2013-08-21 19:19:00 UTC
BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) — Once upon a time, he was known as Capt. Bob, the man who trained the dolphins and seals to perform for crowds in Atlantic City.
But as he got to know the dolphins, Bob Schoelkopf renounced keeping them in captivity and devoted the rest of his life to rescuing stranded m...
Telescope captures dramatic moment of starbirth
2013-08-21 19:10:02 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one baby picture you won't want to miss.
The ALMA (AL'-mah) telescope in Chile has captured a close-up of the glowing material spewing from a newborn star.
The stunning images show material streaming from the baby star at incredible speed, glowing as it p...
2 Russians turn cable guys in record spacewalk
2013-08-17 13:55:43 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a record-long spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts rigged cable outside the International Space Station on Friday for a new lab that's due to arrive in a few months.
Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin spent almost the entire seven-hour-plus spacewalk routing 120 f...
Icahn sets sights on Apple, talks to CEO Tim Cook
2013-08-14 05:28:48 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple should be doing more to revive its stock price, and wants to help CEO Tim Cook with the resuscitation.
Icahn, an outspoken billionaire renowned for pouncing on out-of-favor stocks, signaled he has Apple Inc. in his sights in two sh...
A reality show with depth: Live ocean exploration
2013-08-09 06:25:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vicious fights! Stunning beauties! Surprises around every corner! Yes, it's reality TV but with a lot more depth — as much as 10,000 feet. It's live coverage of deep-sea exploration off Nantucket and tens of thousands of people are tuning in.
They're watching an eel suddenly ...