Mexican silver made it into English coins
2012-11-22 07:45:59 UTC
Chemical tests of currency help reveal where New World riches flowed.
Chemical studies of old English coins are helping unravel a centuries-old mystery: What happened to all the silver that Spaniards dug out of the New World?
Silver from Mexican mines started being incorporated into English...
Chromosome ends hold clues to a bird's longevity
2012-11-30 10:14:35 UTC
Short telomeres tied to higher mortality in Indian Ocean warblers.
The long and short of a bird’s life may be recorded in the tips of its chromosomes, a new study suggests.
A study of Seychelles warblers living on a small island in the Indian Ocean suggests that the length of telomeres — bits...
Microsoft's Windows chief leaves in power struggle
2012-11-14 10:23:33 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't going to let anyone get in his way.
Not even his presumed heir apparent, who runs the software maker's Windows empire, can stop Ballmer as he pushes the company in a new direction.
That was the underlying message of a power struggle tha...
US official: Allen emails not sexually explicit
2012-11-13 22:18:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. officials who have read emails exchanged by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and a Florida socialite say they were not sexually explicit or seductive.
A senior U.S. official tells The Associated Press that those who have read the exchanges between Gen. John A...
Philip Roth says he's done writing
2012-11-09 22:10:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Exit, Philip Roth? Having conceived everything from turning into a breast to a polio epidemic in his native New Jersey, Roth has apparently given his imagination a rest.
The 79-year-old novelist recently told a French publication, Les inRocks, that his 2010 release "Nemesis" wo...
Ozone hole at smallest size in decades
2012-10-31 19:22:13 UTC
Warm Antarctic temperatures help preserve UV-protecting layer.
There’s good news from Antarctica this fall: The seasonal hole in the ozone layer above the continent reached its smallest maximum extent and second smallest average in 20 years thanks to warm air temperatures.
Each September and ...
An enlightened idea
2012-10-31 19:16:28 UTC
Technique lights up neurons at work in living animals.
A genetic tweak makes it easier to see neurons at work in living, breathing animals. The method, described in the Oct. 18 Neuron, capitalizes on a property of a busy neuron: When the cell fires, calcium ions flood in.
Using an altered ver...
Guatemala excavates early Mayan ruler's tomb
2012-10-26 03:28:08 UTC
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Archaeologists announced Thursday they have uncovered the tomb of a very early Mayan ruler, complete with rich jade jewelry and decoration.
Experts said the find at Guatemala's Tak'alik Ab'aj temple site could help shed light on the formative years of the Mayan culture.
Microsoft CEO hails imminent release of Windows 8
2012-10-25 20:40:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrated the imminent release of the company's Windows operating system after two years of work.
Windows 8 is the most dramatic overhaul of the personal computer market's dominant operating system in 17 years.
Microsoft Corp. redesigned it so it...
Yahoo CEO starts reign with encouraging 3Q report
2012-10-23 07:37:01 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer turned in an encouraging report card covering her first few months running the troubled Internet company.
The third-quarter results announced Monday weren't astounding, but they were better than analysts anticipated. Most importantly, Yahoo's net re...
Study: Male beluga whale mimics human speech
2012-10-29 09:33:49 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets' Swedish Chef.
Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initia...
Social nets grab 'horses and bayonets' debate line
2012-10-23 07:09:48 UTC
President Barack Obama countered Mitt Romney's Big Bird and binders on Monday night with horses, bayonets and Battleship. Who won? The Internet, of course.
Obama's broadside reply to Romney's shot at the size of the Navy took off instantly on social networks and dominated online discussion of ...
Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men
2012-10-29 09:32:57 UTC
America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found.
The result is a surprise because many studies of individual vitamins have found they do...
New planet discovered by amateurs who have named it PH1
2012-10-16 20:34:08 UTC
This is PH1, a brand new planet five thousand light years away from Earth.
It's been discovered by two amateur astronomers who are part of a group called planet hunters.
They watch the brightness of stars and can see when they become dimmer which suggests planets are moving in front of th...
Endeavour finally reaches permanent LA museum home
2012-10-15 09:33:11 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was supposed to be a slow but smooth journey to retirement, a parade through city streets for a shuttle that logged millions of miles in space.
But Endeavour's final mission turned out to be a logistical headache that delayed its arrival to its museum resting plac...
Softbank to buy 70 percent of Sprint for $20 bln
2012-10-15 09:29:16 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo-based mobile phone company Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to acquire 70 percent of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company.
The deal, announced Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo by...
24-mile skydive a boon for YouTube, social media
2012-10-14 20:56:56 UTC
Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile skydive from the stratosphere on Sunday was a boon for social networks as millions of users shared in the wonder of the moment from their computers, tablets and phones.
Here's a look at how the world, through the Internet, watched the jump.
Skydiver lands smoothly after daring 24-mile leap
2012-10-14 20:40:02 UTC
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed gracefully on Earth after a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, record-breaking feat that may also have marked the world's first supersonic skydive.
Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes...
Shuttle inches toward retirement home at LA museum
2012-10-14 06:02:56 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At every turn of Endeavour's stop-and-go commute through urban streets, a constellation of spectators trailed along as the space shuttle ploddingly nosed past stores, schools, churches and front yards.
Having escaped out of Earth's atmosphere two dozen times, Endeavour's slo...
Space shuttle making 12-mile trip to LA museum
2012-10-13 04:25:48 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At its prime, the space shuttle Endeavour circled the globe at 17,500 mph, faster than a speeding bullet.
In retirement, it's crawling along the streets of Los Angeles at a sluggish 2 mph, a pace that rush-hour commuters can sympathize with.
Endeavour's two-day, 12-mile r...
Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize
2012-10-11 21:23:07 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Novelist Mo Yan, this year's Nobel Prize winner for literature, is practiced in the art of challenging the status quo without offending those who uphold it.
Mo, whose popular, sprawling, bawdy tales bring to life rural China, is the first Chinese winner of the literature prize w...
2 US scientists win Nobel chemistry prize
2012-10-10 16:01:53 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two American researchers won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals like danger or the flavor of food. Such studies are key for developing better drugs.
The Royal Swedish Academy of...
Philippine Supreme Court suspends cybercrime law
2012-10-10 02:43:23 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended implementation of the country's anti-cybercrime law while it decides whether certain provisions violate civil liberties.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the court issued a temporary restraining order stopping the...
Netflix CEO to step down from Microsoft's board
2012-10-10 02:38:10 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is leaving Microsoft's board of directors next month, giving him more time to focus on the myriad of challenges facing Netflix's video subscription service.
The departure announced Tuesday comes 5 1/2 years after Hastings joined Microsoft's board....
US report highlights unease about Chinese firms
2012-10-10 02:31:47 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Eager to expand in the United States, China's biggest technology companies face an America anxious about threats to jobs and national security.
The latest blow: A U.S. report that says telecom equipment makers Huawei Technologies Inc. and ZTE Corp. are potential security threats...