Ideas for keeping your data safe from spying
2013-06-15 07:03:53 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Phone call logs, credit card records, emails, Skype chats, Facebook message, and more: The precise nature of the NSA's sweeping surveillance apparatus has yet to be confirmed.
But given the revelations spilling out into the media recently, there hardly seems a single aspect of da...
Google launches Internet-beaming balloons
2013-06-15 07:02:04 UTC
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing t...
In the real world, cheetahs rarely go all out
2013-06-13 08:29:56 UTC
Cheetahs may run down a track faster than any other land animal. But in the wild, the cats rarely hit top speed; it’s quick bursts of acceleration and sudden slow-downs that get the cats their dinner.
“They’re not going particularly quickly usually,” says Alan M. Wilson of the University of Lo...
Google asks to publish more US gov't information
2013-06-12 06:07:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for email and other personal information transmitted online in an effort to distance itself from an Internet dragnet.
In a show of unity, Google ri...
Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother?'
2013-06-07 16:13:25 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.
The revelations that the National Security Agency is pe...
'Internship' film focuses on Google's good side
2013-06-05 04:31:55 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This scene isn't in the movie, but it might have been fitting if "The Internship" had ended with stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson wearing ruby red shoes while clicking their heels and dreamily whispering, "There's no place like Google; there's no place like Google."
Zynga to cut 520 jobs amid performance woes
2013-06-04 05:25:41 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online game maker Zynga Inc. said Monday that it is cutting 520 jobs, about 18 percent of its workforce, in a cost-saving move designed to help it adapt to consumers shifting game play from computers to mobile devices.
Zynga said it expects the move to save about $70 mil...
Judge: Google must give user info to FBI
2013-06-02 05:10:58 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must comply with the FBI's demand for data on certain customers as part of a national security investigation, according to a ruling by a federal judge who earlier this year determined such government requests are unconstitutional.
The decision involves "National...
Judge orders Google to give customer data to FBI
2013-06-01 05:33:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service p...
QE2 asteroid to fly by Earth from safe distance
2013-05-29 05:55:09 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid more than 1½ miles long will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance.
The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach Friday. It will keep a safe distance of 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between Earth and t...
EU: Google must up offer to settle antitrust case
2013-05-28 16:07:08 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's competition chief says Google will have to offer more changes to the way it displays search results to settle a pending antitrust case.
Joaquin Almunia told the European Parliament Tuesday that the period to examine Google's proposals has been extended by...
How roaches developed disgust at first bite
2013-05-27 07:59:51 UTC
Cockroaches that don’t fall for traps’ sweet poisons have evolved taste cells that register sugar as bitter.
In certain groups of the widespread German cockroach (Blattella germanica), nerve cells that normally detect bitter, potentially toxic compounds now also respond to glucose, says entomo...
The new consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony
2013-05-24 16:31:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is the last of the three big video game console makers to unveil its latest gaming system. The unveiling comes nearly eight years after the Xbox 360 went on sale. It follows last fall's debut of Nintendo's Wii U and a preview in February of the upcoming PlayStati...
Study: Amphibians disappearing at alarming rate
2013-05-23 17:42:58 UTC
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A new study has determined for the first time just how quickly frogs and other amphibians are disappearing around the United States, and the news is not good.
The U.S. Geological Study says populations of frogs, salamanders and toads have been vanishing from occupie...
More tornadoes from global warming?
2013-05-23 05:27:23 UTC
A deadly tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday. A quick look at some basic facts:
Q. Is global warming to blame?
A. You can't blame a single weather event on global warming. In any case, scientists just don't know whether there will be more or fewer twisters as global warming i...
Power of Moore tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb
2013-05-22 00:07:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Everything had to come together just perfectly to create the killer tornado in Moore, Okla.: wind speed, moisture in the air, temperature and timing. And when they did, the awesome energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.
Mice return from a month in space
2013-05-20 04:47:58 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian capsule carrying mice, lizards and other small animals returned to Earth on Sunday after spending a month in space for what scientists said was the longest experiment of its kind.
Fewer than half of the 53 mice and other rodents who blasted off on April 19 from the Ba...
NASA: New pump resolves big space station leak
2013-05-18 16:36:52 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An impromptu spacewalk over the weekend seems to have fixed a big ammonia leak at the International Space Station, NASA said Thursday.
The "gusher" erupted a week ago, prompting the hastiest repair job ever by residents of the orbiting lab. Spacewalking astronau...
UK court jails 4 Lulzsec hackers for cyberattacks
2013-05-18 05:26:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Four young computer hackers who masterminded cyberattacks on targets from the CIA to Sony Pictures and Rupert Murdoch's News International were sentenced to up to 32 months in prison on Thursday.
The hackers, who were affiliated with the group Lulz Security, had all plead...
Stem cells recovered from cloned human embryos
2013-05-16 05:12:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have finally recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos, a longstanding goal that could lead to new treatments for such illnesses as Parkinson's disease and diabetes.
A prominent expert called the work a landmark, but noted that a different, simpler techn...
Google poised to show off latest devices, services
2013-05-15 06:28:49 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to use its annual software developers' conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product line-up.
The gathering, scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in ...
Sun unleashes strongest solar flare of 2013 so far
2013-05-14 06:30:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sun has fired off a massive flare, the strongest solar eruption this year.
The powerful flare occurred Sunday and erupted on the side of the sun that was not facing Earth. While the planet was not hit with radiation, space weather forecasters say the solar blast ...
Project aims to track big city carbon footprints
2013-05-12 16:46:03 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every time Los Angeles exhales, odd-looking gadgets anchored in the mountains above the city trace the invisible puffs of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that waft skyward.
Halfway around the globe, similar contraptions atop the Eiffel Tow...
Spacewalking astronauts hope new pump stops leak
2013-05-11 17:09:12 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts making a rare, hastily planned spacewalk replaced a pump outside the International Space Station in hopes of plugging a serious ammonia leak.
Spacewalkers Christopher Cassidy and Thomas Marshburn found "no smoking guns" as they removed a pump suspected of...
'Ring of fire' eclipse crosses Australia, Pacific
2013-05-10 05:40:34 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light.
The celestial spectacle, known as a "ring of fire" eclipse, is th...