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...
Wind Farms Warm the Night
2012-04-30 05:49:52 UTC
Large wind farms can substantially influence local climate, most notably by boosting nighttime temperatures, a new study suggests. Utilizing the same analytical techniques used to discern temperature trends in urban heat islands, researchers scrutinized satellite images of a 10,000-square-kilomet...
Moderate earthquake shakes Southern California
2012-04-28 21:23:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some Southern Californians were shaken out of bed Saturday morning by a small earthquake that rattled homes across the Inland Empire region and caused buildings to sway in downtown Los Angeles.
The magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said ...
Meteorites found in Calif. along path of fireball
2012-04-28 05:19:12 UTC
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Robert Ward has been hunting and collecting meteorites for more than 20 years, so he knew he'd found something special in the Sierra foothills along the path of a flaming fireball that shook parts of Northern California and Nevada with a sonic boom over the weekend.
Study: Antarctic ice melting from warm water below
2012-04-28 05:12:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Antarctica's massive ice shelves are shrinking because they are being eaten away from below by warm water, a new study finds. That suggests that future sea levels could rise faster than many scientists have been predicting.
The western chunk of Antarctica is losing 23 feet of...
Study: Ancient migrants spread farming in Europe
2012-04-28 05:03:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of years ago, farming spread across Europe and replaced the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of early inhabitants. Now a study of ancient DNA says that trend was driven by farmers moving from place to place.
Scientists have long debated how farming expanded across Europe. Di...
Student researcher spies odd lava spirals on Mars
2012-04-28 04:59:02 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A researcher has spotted lava flows shaped like coils of rope near the equator of Mars, the first time such geologic features have been discovered outside of Earth.
These twisty volcanic patterns can be found on Hawaii's Big Island and in the Pacific seafloor on our planet. ...
Yahoo escalates patent battle with Facebook
2012-04-28 04:49:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is bringing out more artillery in its patent battle with Facebook.
It is adding new allegations of intellectual property theft to its six-week-old lawsuit against Facebook. In court papers filed Friday, Yahoo Inc. now says Facebook's online social network infringes o...
Samsung Electronics reports record profit
2012-04-28 04:45:12 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest consumer electronics firm by revenues, on Friday reported a record-high profit as strong smartphone sales helped mask a drop in semiconductor and TV profit.
Net profit amounted to 5.05 trillion won ($4.46 billion) for the f...
Samsung coyness puts smartphone crown in dispute
2012-04-28 04:40:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Smartphones are the hottest gadgets in the world. But who's the biggest smartphone maker? We don't really know.
Samsung, Apple's chief competitor, gives only vague indications of how many it makes, which means industry watchers come up with widely diverging estimates. Apple Inc...
Apple CEO Tim Cook emerges from Steve Jobs' shadow
2012-04-26 21:10:31 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook has long seen as the humorless and unemotional guy running the show from behind the scenes. But he is beginning to reveal a more assertive and eloquent side, hinting that he's learning to shoulder more of Steve Jobs' role as a front man and leader.
On a confe...
Ohio man's fossil find in Kentucky stumps experts
2012-04-25 18:21:03 UTC
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Experts are trying to figure out what a fossil dubbed "Godzillus" used to be.
The 150-pound fossil recovered last year in northern Kentucky is more than 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. To the untrained eye, it looks like a bunch of rocks or a concrete blob. Experts are trying ...
Google launches storage service for personal files
2012-04-24 18:17:01 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is hoping to build the world's largest digital filing cabinet in the latest attempt to deepen people's dependence on its services.
The Internet search leader's latest product stores personal documents, photos, videos and a wide range of other digital content...
Google's 1Q lobbying bill more than triples to $5M
2012-04-23 20:16:07 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's U.S. lobbying bill more than tripled to $5 million during the first three months of the year amid increased government scrutiny of the Internet search leader's business and privacy practices.
The first-quarter expenses for political persuasion are by far the highe...
Chinese court seeking to mediate iPad dispute
2012-04-23 20:07:40 UTC
SHANGHAI (AP) — A Chinese court is mediating between Apple Inc. and the Chinese company challenging its right to use the iPad trademark, seeking to get the companies to settle an awkward standoff over the issue.
The Guangdong High Court in southern China, is seeking to arrange a settlement, sa...
Microsoft sells AOL patents on to Facebook
2012-04-23 20:01:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft, which just bought patents from AOL for $1 billion, is now turning around and selling most of them to Facebook for $550 million.
Facebook is buying about 650 of the 925 AOL patents and patent applications that Microsoft bought, Microsoft and Facebook said Monday.
London Olympic laboratory declared ready by WADA
2012-04-23 19:12:39 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The laboratory that will test athletes for drugs at the London Olympics has been declared ready by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The lab at King's College London Drug Control Center was accredited by WADA on Monday following a two-year testing program that examined the lab's equi...
Adobe to launch new software suite for designers
2012-04-23 13:41:17 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe is launching the latest version of its software package for designers and Web developers.
Adobe Systems Inc. is set to announce CS6 on Monday at an event in San Francisco. Creative Suite 6 includes Photoshop, Illustrator and other programs aimed at designers.
Explosion, fireball reported in Nevada, California
2012-04-22 22:13:22 UTC
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings.
The sound and the light show were likely caused by a me...
Apple MacBook Pro Release Date 2012: 'Heavily Redesigned' Mac Laptops Coming With Ivy Bridge, New Thunderbolt [SPECS]
2012-04-20 20:46:32 UTC
It's been quite some time since Apple overhauled its MacBook Pro laptops, but several sources close to Apple are now telling customers to hold off on buying a Mac, as the company is expected to roll out "heavily redesigned" laptops in the coming months. Some say Apple could release a new lineup o...
American Idol's Colton Dixon: Singing Lady Gaga Song Was a Mistake!
2012-04-20 19:55:50 UTC
Just like his American Idol favorite Chris Daughtry, Colton Dixon was—according to most of the show's fans—eliminated from the competition way too soon.
But is Colton blaming Lady Gaga for his elimination? While he's not pointing fingers at the pop singer directly, he is kicking himself for c...
DARPA releases cause of hypersonic glider anomaly
2012-04-20 19:53:49 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unmanned hypersonic glider likely aborted its 13,000 mph flight over the Pacific Ocean last summer because unexpectedly large sections of its skin peeled off, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Friday.
The Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2, launched fro...
Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July
2012-04-20 18:20:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections after early July.
The problem started when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a...
Shenae Grimes: Naomi's '90210' Wedding Gown is 'Phenomenal'
2012-04-20 06:21:00 UTC
AnnaLynne McCord receives a full body scan at a security checkpoint as she prepares to depart from LAX Airport on Wednesday (April 18) in Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old actress is getting ready for her show 90210 to return on April 24!
In an upcoming episode, fans will get to see Annie (Shena...
Nokia posts $1.2 billion loss as sales plummet
2012-04-20 06:05:33 UTC
HELSINKI (AP) — Struggling cellphone maker Nokia has suffered one of its worst quarterly results ever, blaming tough competition for a huge €929 million ($1.2 billion) net loss as sales plunged, especially in the smartphone market.
The first-quarter loss compared with a net profit of €344 mill...