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 ...
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 co...
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.
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 ...
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 rep...
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 availa...
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.
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 ...
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 LE...
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 ...
NASA diagnosing problem on Mars rover Curiosity
2013-11-21 06:54:17 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem.
The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it ...
NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars
2013-11-19 00:47:48 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet's radical climate change.
The Maven spacecraft is due at Mars next fall following a jo...
Scientists: Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet
2013-11-13 00:33:44 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator — similar to a snow leopard — evolved in Asia and spread out.
The nearly complete skull dug up in Tibet was estimated at 4.4 million years old —...
Satellite hits Atlantic _ but what about next one?
2013-11-11 18:14:28 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — This time it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean — but what about next time?
The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the we...
Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust
2013-11-08 20:49:06 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid.
The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they've never seen anything like it. Incredibl...
Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger
2013-11-06 18:59:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.
Meteors about the size of the one that stre...
India launches first mission to Mars
2013-11-05 10:42:02 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel.
Hundreds of people watched the rocket carrying the Mars spacecraft take ...
What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?
2013-11-05 09:20:00 UTC
San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to co...
India vies for elite role in space with Mars trip
2013-11-04 07:12:07 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth.
With a Tue...
How ticks get under your skin
2013-11-02 06:23:17 UTC
A close look at a tick’s mouthparts reveals enviable burrowing tools.
A new look at a tick’s mouthparts shows how the arachnid saws its way through skin and hangs on for up to a week. The castor bean tick Ixodes ricinus, a European species that...
Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupts
2013-10-28 06:07:49 UTC
Europe's tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, erupts on Saturday. Lava spewed into the night sky over Etna's south-eastern crater and a kilometre-high ash plume was formed above the crater by sunrise. While there have been...
Most distant galaxy ever discovered was a prolific star factory
2013-10-24 07:24:10 UTC
Exceptionally high rate of star formation in the galaxy, formed a mere 700m years after the big bang, has baffled astronomers.
Astronomers have spotted the most distant galaxy ever seen after a faint ray of light struck a telescope on a volcano...
Cheetahs' Iranian revival cheers conservationists
2013-10-23 08:08:05 UTC
Wildlife experts hail success of UN-backed initiative to protect Asiatic cheetahs from extinction despite sanctions.
Asiatic cheetahs, a subspecies of the fastest animal on earth, are extinct globally except in Iran where they are considered to...
California 'sea serpents' draw gawkers
2013-10-22 06:55:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The silvery carcasses of two giant oarfish were discovered along the Southern California coast last week, baffling scientists and gaining a growing online following who gawked at the bony, snake-like creatures.
A 14-foot oarf...
1.8M-year-old skull gives glimpse of our evolution
2013-10-18 08:48:06 UTC
DMANISI, Georgia (AP) — The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early evolution and indicates our family tree may have fewer branches than some believe,...