Microsoft's Windows propels pleasant 3Q surprise
2012-04-20 05:26:24 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft produced a surprisingly strong quarter to start the year, pleasing investors looking forward to even bigger things from the software maker's much-anticipated overhaul of Windows operating system next fall.
The performance announced Thursday defied the conventiona...
Analysis: In Asia, BlackBerry's RIM sees a glimmer of hope
2012-04-18 18:40:21 UTC
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The launch in India of a new BlackBerry by Research In Motion Ltd is not just a nod to its lower-end users who love it less for its security, push email and seamless roaming than for its simplicity and its Messaging. It's a strategy the Canadian company hopes will help fill bo...
Human-made earthquakes reported in central U.S
2012-04-18 02:08:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose "spectacularly" near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, a process that may have caused geologic faults to slip, U.S. government geologists report.
The average number of earthquakes of...
NASA clears SpaceX for cargo run to space station
2012-04-17 01:09:14 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA on Monday cleared a cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies for a test flight to the International Space Station that is scheduled to launch on April 30, NASA officials said.
The Dragon mission would be the first time a privately owned and op...
Greenpeace: e-car is just 'mobility for the rich'
2012-04-15 04:48:57 UTC
The electric car is supposed to be a useful way of tackling climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. But even environmental activists are now criticizing the e-cars currently available.
Environmental organization Greenpeace has lambasted the development of the electric car. Greenpeace Germa...
Movie clips help ease drug craving
2012-04-15 03:59:09 UTC
Watching a five-minute video can help whitewash memories of past drug use in former heroin addicts and ease their cravings, a new study shows. By weakening mental ties between drug-related paraphernalia and the desire to use, the method may be a powerful and long-lasting way to help people strugg...
2012-04-15 03:54:32 UTC
Even though bacteria in Lechuguilla Cave have been cut off from the surface for millions of years and were never exposed to antibiotics for medicine or agriculture, most of the 93 strains analyzed in a new study are resistant to several antibiotics. Bacteria found in the cave have ways of fightin...
Molting cleanses water fleas
2012-04-15 03:46:57 UTC
Getting naked may help to protect a species of tiny water flea. When Daphnia magna molts, its discarded body armor can carry away harmful bacteria, a new study finds.
The work is the first time molting has been shown to safeguard against parasites, says evolutionary biologist David Duneau of C...
Targeting the mobile market
2012-04-11 20:15:45 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's not often that a two-year-old start-up becomes a $1 billion company.
Yet Instagram, a popular smartphone application that allows users to tweak photos and share them with their friends, was paid that by Facebook Inc in a deal announced on Monday.
The purchase of th...
Mona Lisa doesn't need Google Art Project
2012-04-10 06:05:51 UTC
LAT- Since Google Art Project launched, art lovers have been asking why the world's most famous painting -- Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- isn't included on the site that features digitized images of works from select museum collections around the world.
The simple answer is that the "Mona...
Facebook to buy Instagram for $1 billion
2012-04-10 04:56:18 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook will pay $1 billion in cash and stock for Instagram, a 2-year-old photo-sharing application developer, in its largest-ever acquisition just months before the No. 1 social media website is expected to go public.
The price was stunning for an apps-maker without...
ISIS Militants Attacked Two Villages in Dibis, North of Kirkuk
2017-10-17 20:22:02 UTC
The move by the militants comes as Iraqi forces took control of Kirkuk after Peshmerga withdrew their forces.
ISIS militants have attacked two villages in Dibis, north of Kirkuk, according to a Rudaw reporter.
The two villages are Makha and Twelha.
It is not clear whether Iraqi or Kurdi...
Stem cell treatment spurs cartilage growth
2012-04-08 22:44:32 UTC
SCIENCE NEWS- A small molecule dubbed kartogenin encourages stem cells to take on the characteristics of cells that make cartilage, a new study shows. And treatment with kartogenin allowed many mice with arthritis-like cartilage damage in a knee to regain the ability to use the joint without pain...
The H-1B Visa Program
2017-04-19 04:09:18 UTC
<blockquote><h3>The H-1B Visa Program: A Primer on the Program and Its Impact on Jobs, Wages, and the Economy</h3>
Every year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled foreign professionals submit their petitions on the first business day in April for the pool of H-1B visa numbers for which U.S. ...
Extreme eaters show abnormal brain activity
2012-04-08 22:15:25 UTC
CHICAGO — Certain brain areas are sluggish in people who eat too little and hyperactive in people who eat too much, a new study finds.
The results, presented April 3 at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, are based on brain activity in people who ranged from dangerously t...
Planets’ gravity tidies stellar ring
2012-04-08 22:00:58 UTC
Two small planets might be sculpting an enormous dust ring around the star Fomalhaut, a mere 25 light-years away from Earth.
But it’s not too likely that either planet is the notorious Fomalhaut b, which once held the title of the first directly imaged exo-world (SN: 12/6/08, p. 5).
Mike Flynn Seeks Immunity To Testify
2017-03-31 03:01:29 UTC
<blockquote><h2>Former national security adviser may know details of Russia ties</h2>
<h3>President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly willing to testify about the Trump team’s ties with Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution.</h3>
Romney criticizes Biden on consulate attack
2012-10-13 04:17:53 UTC
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Broadening his attack on administration foreign policy, Mitt Romney accused Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of "doubling down on denial" in a dispute over security at a diplomatic post in Libya that was overrun by terrorists who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other A...
EU sent inspectors to examine Spain deficit figures
2012-03-13 17:10:08 UTC
Inspectors from the European Commission have been in Spain to evaluate its 2011 budget deficit after the numbers came in much higher than expected, the EU executive said on Friday.
Spain said at the end of February that its budget deficit was 8.5 percent last year, far above the Commission's ex...
How the U.S. is using terrorists' smartphones and laptops to defeat them
2018-02-04 04:58:15 UTC
BETHESDA, Md. – Smartphones helped terror organizations grow and communicate. Now the devices are contributing to their downfall.
In a nondescript, highly secured building in this Washington suburb, a group of U.S. government technicians and linguists are downloading massive amounts of data f...