Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work
2012-10-08 15:07:14 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A British researcher and a Japanese scientist won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that ordinary cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells, which then can turn into any kind of tissue — a discovery that may led to new treatments.
The art and science of guessing a Nobel Prize
2012-10-06 22:53:25 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Guessing who will win a Nobel Prize is a bit like forecasting the stock market: Experts don't seem to do it any better than laymen.
So if you hear professors and pundits predicting the "God particle" will be the theme of the physics prize next week, or that an American writer ...
SpaceX encore: 2nd private space station shipment
2012-10-05 07:53:32 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private company is headed back to the International Space Station.
On Sunday night, SpaceX will attempt to launch another Dragon capsule full of food, clothes and science experiments for the astronauts at the space station. The company hopes to repeat the success ...
Research on mice suggests new fertility treatments
2012-10-05 07:49:39 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice — a technique that, if successfully applied to humans, could someday allow women to stop worrying about the ticking of their biological clocks and perhaps even help couples create "designer babies."
Archaeologists find likely queen tomb in Guatemala
2012-10-05 07:45:20 UTC
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The discovery of a tomb that experts believe might be that of a great Maya queen could redefine the understanding of women's political roles during the Classic Maya period, experts said Thursday.
A team of U.S. and Guatemalan experts led by anthropologist David Freidel fo...
News in Brief: Ants' hive mind
2012-10-03 08:54:13 UTC
Science News - The insects make better decisions collectively than when on their own
When faced with too many options, an ant makes better choices when it relies on others.
Researchers at Arizona State University tracked individual ants marked with colored dots as they selected a home out ...
Space station to move to avoid debris
2012-10-03 08:14:53 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian space program's Mission Control Center says it will move the International Space Station into a different orbit to avoid possible collision with a fragment of debris.
Mission Control Center spokeswoman Nadyezhda Zavyalova said the Russian Zvevda module will fire boost...
APNewsBreak: Coke, Samsung pull Vietnam site ads
2012-10-03 08:01:45 UTC
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Coca-Cola and Samsung have pulled their advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs, in a rare victory against online piracy in a country where it has grown unchecked.
The companies abandoned Zing.v...
Sony-Olympus alliance aims for high-tech surgery
2012-10-01 11:42:11 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Sony's new alliance with scandal-tarnished Olympus will focus on producing endoscopes and other surgical tools packed with the Japanese electronic maker's three-dimensional imaging and super-clear "4K" display technologies.
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai said it's not clea...
Apple CEO apologizes for error-ridden new map app
2012-09-29 13:08:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized Friday for the company's error-ridden new mobile mapping service and pledged to improve the application installed on tens of millions of smartphones. In an unusual mea culpa, he invited frustrated consumers to turn to the competition.
Cook said A...
CEO of BlackBerry maker makes case for comeback
2012-09-25 21:27:34 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins is convinced the company's BlackBerry phone is poised to regain its stature as a trailblazing device even as many investors fret about its potential demise.
Heins took the stage Tuesday at a conference for mobile applications deve...
NYT to sell Indeed.com for $100M gain
2012-09-25 21:17:41 UTC
Leading Japanese HR services business Recruit Co. will acquire top job search site Indeed.com, the companies announced today.
Stamford, Conn.-based Indeed was launched in 2004 and claims to attract 80 million unique visitors per month. It has localized versions in more than 50 counties, and it...
Einstein's brain is now interactive iPad app
2012-09-25 21:00:00 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — The brain that revolutionized physics now can be downloaded as an app for $9.99. But it won't help you win at Angry Birds.
While Albert Einstein's genius isn't included, an exclusive iPad application launched Tuesday promises to make detailed images of his brain more accessible ...
After Facebook posts, Pa. hostage-taker surrenders
2012-09-22 08:36:11 UTC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Klein Michael Thaxton hadn't been much of a Facebook devotee. He posted no status updates in two years on the social network. On Friday, though, he surfaced with a jarring post: "i cant take it no more im done bro."
The 22-year-old Army veteran was on the 16th floor of a down...
Endeavor gives Californians ultimate photo op
2012-09-22 06:27:05 UTC
Rather than roaring to space on an elevator of flame, the shuttle Endeavour's final flight Friday was a leisurely, low-altitude journey past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Hollywood sign as well as other California landmarks.
The workhorse rode piggyback atop a Boeing 747 to its home state ...
Eclipse season on Mars, so Curiosity took photos
2012-09-20 00:14:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On Mars, a partial eclipse of the sun isn't quite as rare as on Earth. So NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is snapping hundreds of pictures of the spectacle for the folks back home to ooh and aah over.
Two moons zip around the red planet and they're closer and faster than our lumb...
China cuts rare earths mining permits
2012-09-19 11:29:52 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China has cut the number of permits for rare earths mining in a new move to tighten controls over the exotic minerals needed to manufacture mobile phones, electric cars and other high-tech goods.
The Ministry of Land and Resources decided to cut the number of mining permits by 4...
Sony plans slimmer PlayStation 3 before year end
2012-09-19 11:23:15 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. is introducing a smaller, slimmer and lighter version of its PlayStation 3 home console ahead of the year-end holidays as it gears up for growing competition in games from smartphones.
The announcement Wednesday from the Japanese electronics and entertainment company co...
German watchdog warns of Internet Explorer breach
2012-09-18 09:31:19 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The German government agency overseeing IT-safety is warning of a security breach in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and recommending people use other browsers until the problem is fixed.
The Federal Office for Information Security said in a statement late Monday the browser's "we...
Messaging apps show mobile Internet's rise in Asia
2012-09-18 09:24:27 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A handful of smartphone apps that began as basic instant messaging services have amassed several hundred million users in Asia in just a couple of years, mounting a challenge to the popularity of online hangouts such as Facebook as they branch into games, e-commerce, cel...
AT&T says it sets iPhone 5 sales record
2012-09-17 11:27:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it set a sales record for the iPhone 5, with customers ordering more of them than any previous iPhone model on the first day of preorders and over the weekend.
The Dallas company said Monday that the iPhone 5 is still available for preorders online and will be avail...
Obama condemns violence tied to anti-Muslim film
2012-09-25 18:22:42 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning an anti-Muslim film and the violence in the Middle East that has followed its release, saying there is "no speech that justifies mindless violence."
Obama says in a speech Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly that "there are no wor...
Federal judge hands Samsung setback against Apple
2012-09-15 22:05:39 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a preliminary move, a federal judge has denied Samsung's request for a ban on imports of the iPhone, iPad and iPod.
It's another setback for Samsung in a globe-spanning legal battle, where each company is accusing the other of violating its patents.
A judge at the Interna...
Former German president's wife sues Google
2012-09-15 07:18:21 UTC
The wife of former German President Christian Wulff is fighting rumors about her past. The hub of these rumors is Google, where searches with her name have been combined with unsavory terms.
Former First Lady Bettina Wulff is fighting back against dubious allegations about her past.
Delivery times rise for iPhone 5
2012-09-14 16:47:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Delivery times climbed quickly as Apple Inc. started taking orders for the iPhone 5 on Friday, suggesting strong demand.
Apple began taking orders for the phone at 12 a.m. Pacific time, promising delivery by next Friday, when the new phone also goes on sale in stores.