Drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned
2013-12-23 17:30:54 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it’s possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people.
Scientists experimented with the drug after uncovering details of how they believe HIV cripples the immune s...
New Kit Predicts Most Common Lung Cancer Survival
2013-12-21 07:27:51 UTC
This genetic test is the result of a joint research of Computational Intelligence Group of the Department of Artificial Intelligence of the UPM with the Molecular Oncology Unit of the CIEMAT. This test would enhance patients' quality of life for those who have a good prognosis by avoiding chemoth...
Why It Snows So Much in the Frozen North
2013-12-21 07:14:08 UTC
When it doesn't show signs of stopping, most of us just mumble a few choice words and get out the snow shovel. Scientists, however, wonder where all that snow is coming from, particularly in pristine places like the Arctic. Raymond Shaw and his colleagues may have found an answer.
Here's the c...
Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station
2013-12-20 07:37:21 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station.
Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in J...
hompson: Microsoft to pick CEO early next year
2013-12-18 07:55:51 UTC
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year.
Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday.
Ballmer said in August he would retire within 12 months.
Facebook testing video advertisements
2013-12-18 07:52:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more about commercialism than communing with friends.
Google's top searches peer into society's mindset
2013-12-18 07:46:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died ...
China to launch moon rock-collecting probe in 2017
2013-12-16 07:46:44 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday its plan to launch its fifth lunar probe in 2017 with the aim of bringing lunar soil and rock samples to Earth was on track after a successful moon landing of another space probe over the weekend.
The Chang'e 5 mission would mark the third and final phase of Ch...
Iran: Second monkey sent into space
2013-12-14 11:04:22 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it has successfully sent a monkey into space for a second time, part of an ambitious program aimed at manned space flight.
Iran's state TV said that the launch of the rocket dubbed Pajohesh, or Research in Farsi, was Iran's first use of liquid fuel and re...
Astronaut may get Christmas wish for spacewalk
2013-12-13 19:26:46 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system.
Mastracchio, an experienced spacewalker, said he's more than ready to go out and make repairs, if deemed necessary by Mission Control.
Instagram launches direct messaging feature
2013-12-13 10:13:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram has added a new feature that lets users share photos and videos with up to 15 people rather than everyone who follows them on the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing app.
Called Instagram Direct, the feature is available for Apple and Android phones, CEO Kevin Systro...
Geminid meteor shower ramps up Friday night
2013-12-12 09:18:52 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's time for the December sky show.
The annual Geminids (JEM'-i-nids) meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night. But the best viewing may be early Saturday, once the moon sets. Between 100 and 120 meteors are expected every hour at peak ...
Your guide to the 2013 Nobel Prizes
2013-12-10 07:49:47 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes will collect their $1.2 million awards Tuesday at ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo. Here's a look at the laureates and their achievements:
Three Americans were honored for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets...
NASA: Ancient Mars lake may have supported life
2013-12-10 07:20:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars, which scientists say could have been a perfect spot for tiny primitive organisms to flourish if they ever existed on the red planet.
The watering hole near the Martian equator existed about 3.5...
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
2013-12-09 20:09:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
As part of a global campaign to reform data collecti...
Federal study warns of sudden climate change woes
2013-12-03 23:20:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than climate change's bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the federal government concluded Tuesday.
The 200-page report by the National Academy of Sciences looked at warming p...
Hubble Telescope best shot at learning comet fate
2013-12-03 23:11:32 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's all up to Hubble.
NASA said Monday that the Hubble Space Telescope is the best bet for figuring out whether Comet ISON disintegrated during its brush with the sun last week.
A pair of solar observatories saw something emerge from around the sun following ISO...
German scientists develop warm LED light
2013-12-02 20:07:27 UTC
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have long been used in flashlights and bicycle lights - in applications where the main goals have been brightness and battery efficiency.
Despite its efficiency and environmental friendliness, the bluish tone of LED light has prevented it from becoming more widesp...
Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future
2013-12-02 19:24:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — via self-guided drone.
Consider it the modern version of a pizza delivery boy, minus the boy.
Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research...
Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates
2013-11-30 08:11:15 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can ...
Watchdog: Google breaching Dutch privacy law
2013-11-30 08:07:53 UTC
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection of Personal Data, said that Google's combining of ...
Small company helps Twitter make money
2013-11-29 09:04:11 UTC
DENVER (AP) — Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money.
Wayin has partnered up with the Denver Broncos to project tweete...
Facebook CEO Says Government "Blew It" with NSA Spying
2014-06-07 07:17:27 UTC
Palo Alto — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) needs to find a balance between protecting the country and staying transparent -- but he didn't say it in that nice of a way.
According to ABC News, Zuckerberg had a lot to say about current political affair...
Inmates learn tech sector from Silicon Valley pros
2013-11-25 08:55:00 UTC
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator a...
Studies provide no certainty in shipwreck search
2013-11-24 19:30:33 UTC
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five months after divers searched a remote section of Lake Michigan for a mysterious 17th century ship and retrieved a wooden slab the group leader believes is part of the vessel, it's still uncertain whether they are on the right track.
The object of the weeklong m...