Google completes Motorola deal, heralding new era
2012-05-23 05:15:29 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has completed its $12.5 billion purchase of device maker Motorola Mobility in a deal that poses new challenges for the Internet's most powerful company as it tries to shape the future of mobile computing.
The deal closed Tuesday, nine months after Google Inc. made a...
New ad zapper has TV networks worried about sales
2012-05-23 05:06:57 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of a new DVR that lets consumers zap away broadcast TV commercials at the touch of a button suggested Tuesday that the networks are being short-sighted in opposing the technology.
The Dish Network, which has offered its new Auto Hop feature on new digital video record...
Sea Launch vessels depart on Intelsat mission
2012-05-21 18:42:06 UTC
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Sea Launch AG says its oceangoing rocket pad and command ship have departed their Long Beach, Calif., home port for the equator to launch a communications satellite for Intelsat.
The Switzerland-based company said in a statement Monday that liftoff of a Zenit-3SL rock...
Disputed dinosaur fossil auctioned for $1M in NYC
2012-05-21 18:30:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A dinosaur dispute is brewing between the Mongolian government and an American auction house, which sold a fossil of a fearsome T. Rex relative despite a court order not to.
The 8-foot-tall, 24-foot-long skeleton of a Tyannosaurus bataar — or tarbosaurus, a name that means "ala...
Eclipse crosses Asia, US: Millions look skyward
2012-05-21 18:16:40 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From a park near Albuquerque, to the top of Japan's Mount Fuji, to the California coast the effect was dramatic: The moon nearly blotting out the sun creating a blazing "ring of fire" eclipse.
Millions of people across a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the Western U.S...
SpaceX will try 1st private cargo run again Tues.
2012-05-21 18:10:52 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Private rocket maker SpaceX aimed for a Tuesday liftoff after fixing the engine problem that caused a launch abort over the weekend, stalling the world's first commercial space station supply flight.
Forecasters put the odds of good weather at 80 percent for the tes...
Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets
2012-05-20 23:13:19 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials.
The tweets were promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam'...
SpaceX rocket launch aborted in last half-second
2012-05-19 17:22:43 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained stuck on the ground Saturday after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight.
All nine engines for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life Saturday morning. But wi...
FACEBOOK IPO LIVE: The social network goes public
2012-05-18 20:36:52 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook updated its status to "public company" on Friday.
After an anxiety-filled half-hour delay, its stock began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market for the first time as investors were finally able to put a dollar value on the company that turned online social networking int...
Commercial rocket will fly to the space station
2012-05-17 20:21:45 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America's space program.
If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commerc...
April 2012 heats up as 5th warmest month globally
2012-05-15 17:35:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unseasonable weather pushed last month to the fifth warmest April on record worldwide, federal weather statistics show.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center calculated that April's average temperature of 57.9 degrees (14.4 degree...
Three-man Soyuz crew departs for space station
2012-05-15 05:06:32 UTC
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A three-man crew blasted off from a space center in southern Kazakhstan on board a Russian-made Soyuz craft for a half-year stay at the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin set off from the Ba...
Maya wall calendar discovered
2012-05-11 21:16:20 UTC
Science News - Astronomical tables dating to the golden age of Maya civilization have unexpectedly come to light on the walls of a roughly 1,200-year-old room in Guatemala.
Hieroglyphs and numbers painted on the stucco walls of a structure built during the Classic Maya civilization record cycl...
Facebook gives more details on mobile usage
2012-05-10 04:11:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says the number of people logging in is continuing to grow more quickly than the number of ads delivered.
This is in part because more people are using Facebook on mobile devices, where it shows a very small number of ads, Facebook said Wednesday. The finding implies t...
More than one way to explode a star
2012-05-11 21:19:48 UTC
Science News - New observations confirm two leading theories of type 1a supernova production
There are two ways to light a cosmic candle. One technique calls for two white dwarf stars; another positions a white dwarf near a larger stellar companion. Both combinations produce type 1a supernovas...
What killed Lenin? Stress didn't help, poison eyed
2012-05-05 06:59:59 UTC
BALTIMORE (AP) — Stress, family medical history or possibly even poison led to the death of Vladimir Lenin, contradicting a popular theory that a sexually transmitted disease debilitated the former Soviet Union leader, a UCLA neurologist said Friday.
Dr. Harry Vinters and Russian historian Lev...
Look! Up in the sky! It's Supermoon! Due Saturday
2012-05-05 06:52:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrives Saturday night as our celestial neighbor passes closer to Earth than usual.
But don't expect any "must-have-been-a-full-moon" spike in crime or crazy behavior. That's just folklore.
Saturday's event is a "supermoon," th...
Shares of BlackBerry maker hit eight-year low
2012-05-03 19:54:35 UTC
TORONTO (AP) — Shares of Research in Motion Ltd. hit an eight-year low Thursday and have fallen more than 15 percent in the past three days, after the company unveiled a prototype BlackBerry with new software.
THE SPARK: The prototype has caused angst for BlackBerry users and RIM investors. Wh...
Samsung reveals new flagship Galaxy smartphone
2012-05-03 19:50:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest phone in Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy line, which has emerged as the biggest competitor to Apple's iPhone, will go on sale in Europe on May 29 and in the U.S. this summer, the company said Thursday.
The Korean company showed off the phone at an event in London. I...
First of 2 papers on lab-made bird flu published
2012-05-03 19:42:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Four months ago the U.S. government sought to block publication of two studies about how scientists created an easily spread form of bird flu. Now a revised version of one paper is seeing the light of day with the government's blessing.
The revision appears online Wednesday in ...
Greenland losing ice fast, but not runaway pace
2012-05-03 19:36:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Greenland's glaciers are hemorrhaging ice at an increasingly faster rate but not at the breakneck pace that scientists once feared, a new study says.
The loss of ice from the glaciers that cover the island is about 30 percent faster than it was a decade ago, researchers said....
Scientists to use blimp to look for meteorites
2012-05-03 19:21:59 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of scientists will board a blimp to search for meteorites that rained over California's gold country last month.
The researchers from NASA and the SETI Institute plan to depart from a Sacramento airfield sometime Thursday. From the air, they hope to spot sites...
1st private cargo run to space station delayed
2012-05-02 19:28:06 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first commercial cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed again for more software testing.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, was aiming for a Monday liftoff of its Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule. But on Wednesda...
Scientists urge balance of consumption to fight poverty
2012-05-01 01:42:15 UTC
A group of 23 scientists from across the globe have called for a drastic rethink on consumption to fight poverty as global population rises. They say incentives and regulation are needed to achieve a balance.
Levels of consumption between developing and developed nations must be rebalanced to fi...
Africa: 'For much of Africa, water resources are available'
2012-05-01 01:34:31 UTC
Africa's chronic shortage of fresh water could be alleviated by stepping up efforts to access groundwater reserves, or aquifers. UK scientists have produced a pan-African map of reserves that are found deep underground.
DW spoke to Alan MacDonald, Chief Hydrogeologist at the British Geological S...