In Israel, a push to bring Arabs into tech sector
2014-02-09 07:12:20 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Ibrahim Sana worked for a global tech company, then broke off to start his own venture. Last year, he was crowned one of Israel's seven most promising young entrepreneurs by a financial newspaper.
Sana's story isn't typical — he is one of only a few hundred Arabs who have brok...
Google makes statement about Russian anti-gay law
2014-02-09 07:05:50 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google Inc. quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities by updating its iconic search page logo to depict illustrations of athletes ...
California leaders push for smartphone kill switch
2014-02-09 07:10:56 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen — a move that could be the first of its kind in the country.
State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorn...
Happy 10th birthday, Facebook
2014-02-04 09:33:06 UTC
<h3>Facebook - the project that began in a student's dorm and went on to become one of the greatest internet success stories of all time - is celebrating its 10th birthday.</h3>
In the last decade, it has attracted millions of people who use it to communicate with friends, post updates on thei...
San Francisco: Google must move 'mystery' barge
2014-02-04 03:19:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must move a mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday.
The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission investigated nu...
New research shows how circumbinary planets form
2014-02-01 10:38:58 UTC
One planet, two stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form.
Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world counterparts, observed by the Kepler space telescope,...
Exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered
2014-01-27 19:25:02 UTC
An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 million light-years away. This makes it the nearest...
Ocean water may reach upper mantle through deep sea faults
2014-02-01 10:39:53 UTC
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from Earth's oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought.
Water is carried mantle by deep sea fault zones which penetrate the oceanic plate as it bends into the su...
Samsung, Google sign patent agreement
2014-01-27 18:35:43 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants.
Seoul-based Samsung said Monday...
One Step at a Time, Researchers Learning How Humans Walk
2014-01-19 10:35:25 UTC
Humans and some of our hominid ancestors such as Homo erectus have been walking for more than a million years, and researchers are close to figuring out how we do it.
It's never been completely clear how human beings accomplish the routine, taken-for-granted miracle we call walking, let alone ...
Chimps Can Use Gestures to Communicate in Hunt for Food
2014-01-19 10:31:01 UTC
Remember the children's game "warmer/colder," where one person uses those words to guide the other person to a hidden toy or treat? Well, it turns out that chimpanzees can play, too.
Researchers at Georgia State University's Language Research Center examined how two language-trained chimpanzee...
Male Honey Bees More Susceptible Than Females
2014-02-01 10:41:11 UTC
Gender differences in nature are common, including in humans. A research team from Bern, Switzerland has found that male European honey bees, or drones, are much more susceptible than female European honey bees, known as workers, to a fungal intestinal parasite called Nosema ceranae. Originally f...
Woman to testify against Google Glass citation
2014-01-16 08:12:24 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law.
The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it...
Bacteria Seed Ocean With Nutrient-Rich Packets
2014-01-13 10:35:30 UTC
The most abundant photosynthetic organism in the world sheds countless little sacs into the oceans, which could be having a dramatic impact on marine ecosystems, according to a new study. These microbial buds contain proteins and genetic material, which may influence the growth of other marine mi...
The True Color of Ancient Sea Creatures
2014-01-12 09:55:22 UTC
Looking a bit like a dolphin, but with a long slim snout filled with pointy teeth, one species of ichthyosaur was practically invisible in the murky depths of Jurassic seas, thanks to dark pigmentation that covered its entire body. That’s one conclusion of a new study that provides an unprecedent...
Bacteria Lay Out Welcome Mat for Tubeworms
2014-01-12 09:49:23 UTC
Although they remain firmly attached to rocks on the sea floor and other surfaces for most of their lives, ocean-dwelling tubeworms spend their early days as free-swimming larvae, looking for a place to call home. A key factor in their decision to latch on somewhere is the presence of certain bac...
Potentially record-setting cold to start Sunday
2014-01-05 10:21:54 UTC
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bitterly cold temperatures blowing into the Midwest and Northeast in the coming days are likely to set records, disrupt schools along with airports and endanger those who go outside without the proper clothing.
The frigid air will begin Sunday and last into early next ...
How to reveal cloudy weather on alien world?
2014-01-02 07:21:05 UTC
Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they have definitively charact...
To grow or to defend: How plants decide
2014-01-02 07:21:16 UTC
Scientists have discovered how plants use steroid hormones to choose growth over defense when their survival depends on it. The findings published in the open-access scientific journal eLife could be used to engineer crops that combine size with pathogen resistance.
"A major dilemma faced by p...
Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100
2014-01-02 07:10:01 UTC
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates. The researc...
NSA intercepts computer deliveries
2013-12-30 08:04:48 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.
Interview: Bharat Ratna winner CNR Rao talks about science in India and his immediate interest, artificial photosynthesis
2013-12-29 08:47:47 UTC
While India is doing well in scientific research “others are doing better and more”, says Dr Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, better known as CNR Rao or simply Dr Science, who has just been honoured with the country’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. The 79-year-old scientist, who is ...
Astronauts complete rare Christmas Eve spacewalk
2013-12-24 19:35:55 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's a wrap for NASA's Christmas Eve spacewalk.
Two astronauts are safely back inside the International Space Station after replacing a pump in a crippled cooling line on Tuesday. Preliminary testing shows the new pump to be working well. NASA expects to have the st...
Indonesia cave reveals history of ancient tsunamis
2013-12-24 07:06:24 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia's massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating up to 7,500 years ago, a rare natural record that suggests the next disaster could be centuries away — or perhaps only decades.
Europe launches satellite to map 1 billion stars in Milky Way
2013-12-23 17:30:45 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy.
The satellite was lifted into space from French Guiana at 6:1...