Google’s Project Ara: Phone with interchangeable parts
2016-09-04 03:40:50 UTC
By Julia Love | SAN FRANCISCO - Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components, as part of a broader push to streamline the company's hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the ...
Astronomers find a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth
2016-08-25 09:03:26 UTC
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on ...
California: 15 percent of cars have zero emissions by 2025
2016-08-12 21:03:52 UTC
San Francisco (REUTERS) - A California lawmaker next week will introduce a bill requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2025, her spokeswoman said on Friday.
Assemblywoman Autumn Burke said the legislation will help ensure that California's current target...
Mystery whale has scientists shocked
2016-08-04 07:39:07 UTC
Scientists discovered a new species of whale on the island of St. George, Alaska. This species of whale has never been seen alive and is yet to be named.
It turns out, according to new research published Tuesday, that this was not a Baird's beaked whale at all, but an entirely new species—a sm...
Niantic wants to roll out Pokemon GO in 200 markets soon: CEO
2016-07-17 14:39:50 UTC
The head of the developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd's (7974.T) Pokemon GO said he wanted to launch the smash-hit mobile game in roughly 200 countries and regions "relatively soon" and was working on bolstering server capacity to enable the wider rollout.
"Why limit it?" John Hanke, chief executiv...
Microsoft to explicitly ban 'terrorist content' on its services
2016-05-21 18:38:14 UTC
With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called "terrorist content" on some of its consumer services.
In a blog post, the company said it would ban what it called "terrorist content...
"Make Bubbles Great Again" — Donald Trump's feud with Silicon Valley
2016-05-18 06:46:08 UTC
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that a dangerous financial bubble has formed in the technology industry - and Silicon Valley responded with a collective eye roll.
In a Reuters interview, the New York billionaire said technology start-ups that had never earned a...
Mercury makes rare journey across the sun
2016-05-10 05:20:50 UTC
The planet Mercury can be seen as a tiny speck, just above and to the left of center, as it makes its transit across the Sun on Monday, May 9, 2016.
Be sure to protect your eyes by using a telescope or binoculars featuring proper solar filters.
Richard Sanderson, curator of physical science...
Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto
2016-01-21 09:03:33 UTC
The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet unseen—orbits the sun every 15,000 years. During the solar system’s infancy 4.5 billion years ago, they say, the giant planet was knocked out of the plan...
“Spermbot” that can help sperm swim better to eggs
2016-01-18 22:35:23 UTC
<H3><i>A team of German researchers has invented a “spermbot” that can help sperm swim better to improve couples’ fertility, according to a study published recently in the journal Nano Letters.</i><hr></h3>
For the millions of American couples that struggle each year to conceive a child, most ...
Trump Tower website has outage after Anonymous' anti-Trump rant
2015-12-11 20:20:29 UTC
The website for Trump Towers, Donald Trump's glitzy signature skyscraper in Manhattan, went offline for about an hour on Friday after activist hacking group Anonymous denounced the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner for his anti-Muslim comments.
The website for 68-story...
Social media step up battle against militant propaganda
2015-12-06 07:57:06 UTC
Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants, but the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web.
On Friday, Facebook Inc said it took down a profil...
Zuckerberg and wife to give 99 percent of shares to charity
2015-12-02 08:20:06 UTC
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife to give 99 percent of shares to charity.
In an unprecedented philanthropic gesture for their generation, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla, celebrated the birth of their daughter with the announcement that they will give $45 billion durin...
Mars' atmosphere 'gone with the solar wind': NASA
2015-11-06 06:23:52 UTC
Mars' atmosphere 'gone with the solar wind': NASA
We finally have an understanding of how Mars transformed from a once habitable, Earth-like planet into the dry world we see today. NASA researchers have just announced that Mars' once rich atmosphere was stripped away by solar winds in the earl...
NASA | Massive Black Hole Shreds Passing Star
2015-11-02 05:08:33 UTC
This artist’s rendering illustrates new findings about a star shredded by a black hole. When a star wanders too close to a black hole, intense tidal forces rip the star apart.
In these events, called “tidal disruptions,” some of the stellar debris is flung outward at high speed while the rest...
The animal that doesn't get cancer
2017-06-13 17:05:56 UTC
<blockquote><h3>Many animals get cancer just like humans do, but there are a few mysterious species that rarely develop it<hr></h3>
By <strong>Melissa Hogenboom</strong>
Cancer is rife in the animal kingdom. For many, the mortality rate is similar to that suffered by humans.
The dogs and c...
EU Highest Court Struck Down Data-Transfer Pact With US - Violates Privacy
2015-10-06 16:41:03 UTC
EU Highest Court Struck Down Data-Transfer Pact With US - Violates Privacy.
The court case stemmed from a complaint by Austrian law student Max Schrems, who challenged Facebook's transfers of European users' data to its American servers because of the risk of U.S. snooping, in light of Edward ...
Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars
2015-08-30 22:11:05 UTC
Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars.
The isolation experience, which will last a year, will be the longest of its type attempted.
Experts estimate that a human mission to the Red Planet could take between one and three years.
The six-strong team will live in close quarters...
U.S. Scientists Discover Earth-Like Planet
2015-07-24 21:17:34 UTC
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the "habitable zone"—the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a...
Google installed eavesdropping tool on your computers without permission
2015-06-23 16:30:56 UTC
Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission. Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations. Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing...
Lost comet lander awakes, sends 'hello' from space
2015-06-14 20:10:02 UTC
A robotic space lander has surprised scientists by waking up and sending a signal to Earth, seven months after straying into the shadows of a comet where they feared it might be marooned for ever.
The European Space Agency said on Sunday that it had received signals from the lander, named Phil...
Scientists identify a gene that makes the call
2015-06-13 04:08:27 UTC
Egg or sperm? Scientists identify a gene that makes the call.
Providing insight into the sometimes mysterious biology of reproduction, researchers in Japan have identified a gene that controls whether the reproductive precursor cells known as germ cells eventually become sperm or eggs.
Blood preserved in dinosaur specimens
2015-06-10 22:59:49 UTC
Exceptionally preserved organic remains are known throughout the vertebrate fossil record, and recently, evidence has emerged that such soft tissue might contain original components. We examined samples from eight Cretaceous dinosaur bones using nano-analytical techniques; the bones are not excep...
Apple muscles into streaming music market
2015-06-09 06:26:48 UTC
San Francisco (Reuters) - Apple launched Apple Music on Monday, a $9.99-a-month streaming music service that may not differ dramatically from competitors but comes with Apple's deep music roots, global brand and hundreds of millions of iTunes customers.
Apple's push into the streamin...
Global warming pause 'no longer valid'
2015-06-06 06:59:55 UTC
US researchers say new evidence casts doubt on the idea that global warming has "slowed" in recent years.
<p>A US government laboratory says the much talked about "pause" is an illusion caused by inaccurate data.</p>
Updated observations show temperatures did not pla...