Stephen Hawking-The implications of artificial intelligence
2014-05-05 18:43:31 UTC
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempt...
Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation
2014-04-18 21:59:05 UTC
<h3>Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores</h3>All along the Pacific coast of North America and as far south as Costa Rica, people with little or no scientific background have volunteered to rais...
'Blood moon' sweeping across the night sky
2014-04-15 18:03:50 UTC
Los Angeles - Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday in all its splendor.
The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.
In North and South America, where the blood moon was most prominent, observers poi...
Yahoo unveils encryption measures to protect users' data
2014-04-03 17:52:10 UTC
Yahoo has announced major steps to encrypt its users' data in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of government surveillance of private citizens.
Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s recently appointed chief information security officer, said on Wednesday his ultimate aim w...
Black death was not spread by rat fleas
2014-04-01 08:47:21 UTC
Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century.
Analysis of the bodies and of wills re...
Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind before it is too late
2014-03-31 15:44:40 UTC
A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.
The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time – meltin...
Our home in space, the Solar System
2014-03-23 07:57:24 UTC
Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far apart they are, etc., plus a few fun tid-bits (Sat...
Behemoth star destroys potential solar systems
2014-03-19 06:58:17 UTC
A massive star in the Orion Nebula is obliterating some planet nurseries while sparing others. Measurements of the dust swirling around Orion’s young stars reveal a zone of destruction near the massive star, one of the brightest in the nebula. Yet despite the carnage, many more planet-building di...
Do your bit for bumblebees
2014-03-19 06:53:29 UTC
Bumblebee populations are in decline, but scientists don’t have enough data on which bee species live where to target conservation efforts. People throughout North America, armed with smartphones and cameras, can now help find the bumblebees.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation an...
Gravitational waves unmask universe just after Big Bang
2014-03-19 07:00:21 UTC
Astronomers have detected the earliest echoes of the Big Bang, confirming a decades-old hypothesis that describes the universe’s ultrafast expansion during its first moments. The findings provide researchers with the first direct measurement of conditions at nearly the instant that cosmic expansi...
Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park
2014-03-12 06:52:37 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Northern California to investigate after a threat against the company was called in to authorities, Menlo Park police said, but the threat was quickly cleared.
The threat was originally called into the San Francisco Police Departm...
NASA: humans will outsmart dinosaurs
2014-03-10 16:26:03 UTC
An asteroid at least 10km wide may have seen off the dinosaurs 66m years ago, but will humankind be smart enough to avoid a similar fate?
Nasa is working on it. The space agency has spent the last 16 years searching for near-Earth asteroids larger than 1km in size, and claims to have found 98%...
Japan sees future business in Fukushima cleanup
2014-03-08 09:29:21 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technology and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need.
Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at ...
Boeing 777: 1 of the most popular, safest jets
2014-03-08 09:27:59 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Search and rescue crews across Southeast Asia scrambled to find a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday with 239 people aboard.
Flight MH370, bound for Beijing from Ku...
Hubble Telescope captures shattering asteroid
2014-03-07 02:42:56 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid.
Asteroid P/2013 R3 was detected in September in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It appeared as a fuzzy object. Further observations by ground telescope...
Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug
2014-03-08 08:56:15 UTC
Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.
The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys, but it completely protected them from infection ...
Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales
2014-03-05 21:18:49 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.
A similar policy will be applied to Instagram, the company's photo-sharing network, Facebook said. The mea...
Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.
During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their join...
Smartphone cameras step closer to high-end power
2014-03-02 08:00:04 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year.
Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone p...
Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B
2014-02-20 08:32:47 UTC
San Francisco — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.
The world's biggest social networking company said Wednesday that it is paying $1...
Get ready for a cosmic event - Plutopalooza
2014-02-17 04:59:28 UTC
It's time to get cracking on plans for a cosmic event. If all goes according to plan, in July 2015, the New Horizons probe, which was launched on Jan. 19, 2006 with Clyde Tombaugh's ashes on board, will arrive at Pluto.
There was a lot of excitement about that during Tombaugh Day on Feb. 1, ou...
Indonesian volcano brings life as well as death
2014-02-16 07:19:22 UTC
SIDOMULYO, Indonesia (AP) — The ash and debris that Indonesia's Mount Kelud blasted from its belly brought death and misery, and disrupted international air traffic. But for many of the millions of people cleaning up in the wake of the explosive eruption, it was also a money earner and a shot...
Methane Leaks from the U.S. natural gas production
2014-02-14 09:44:08 UTC
WASHINGTON — The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”
But a surprising new report, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually h...
New gender options for Facebook users
2014-02-14 07:17:43 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Female, chose three: Androgynous, Transgender and Gende...
French president meets tech execs in San Francisco
2014-02-12 19:28:11 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is meeting with city officials and tech kingpins in San Francisco, and offering his government's support to French entrepreneurs seeking to gain a foothold in Silicon Valley.
Hollande was greeted at San Francisco's...