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.
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...
FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria
2013-12-17 02:04:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove ...
Obama meets with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns
2013-12-17 17:43:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday huddled with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.
The White House says the meeting was focused on efforts to repair the Obama administration's Hea...
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...
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.
First lady Michelle Obama: “I'm not a big believer in Facebook for young people"
2013-12-02 19:44:56 UTC
First lady Michelle Obama doesn’t want her two young daughters to have a big presence on Facebook yet, she told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in an interview.
“I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people…particularly for them, because ...
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, Zuckerbe...
Will icy comet survive close encounter with sun?
2013-11-24 19:25:17 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun.
The moment of truth comes Thursday — Thanksgiving Day.
The sun-grazing Comet ISON, now t...
Reagan's role in NSA's hack of Google and Yahoo
2013-11-21 19:11:42 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas, allowing br...
Mid-Atlantic rocket launch gives East rare view
2013-11-21 06:56:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rocket streaked along the eastern U.S. early evening sky Tuesday in an unusual sight as NASA put a smartphone and 28 other tiny satellites into orbit.
NASA and the Air Force launched the private Minotaur rocket from Wallops ...
Volcano raises new island far south of Japan
2013-11-21 06:08:23 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said.
Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 200 m...
Altered landscape for Sony, Microsoft consoles
2013-11-15 09:29:11 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?
When Sony and Microsoft last came out with new video game consoles — seven and eight long years, respectively, the companies touted the machines' high-definition...
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...
Hurricane? Cyclone? Typhoon? Here's the difference
2013-11-08 20:41:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and moved out to the South China Sea:
HURRICANE? CYCLONE? TYPHOON? They're all the same, officially tropical cyclones. But they just use distinctive terms for a storm in differe...
Critics blast Google's European antitrust offer
2013-11-06 18:52:06 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Google's latest offer to settle a European investigation into the alleged abuse of its dominant positions in online search and advertising leaked out Wednesday, with one competitor calling it "a new form of abuse."
Google: NSA spying on our data centres 'outrageous'
2013-11-05 11:16:44 UTC
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has attacked the US government for apparently breaking into the connections that link the company's data centres around the world as "outrageous" and described other surveillance practices as "possib...
Metamorphosing beast center-stage in Sony game
2013-11-04 07:02:58 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Knack was created to be the perfect beast to show off the spectacularly vamped up visual powers of the PlayStation 4 game console. The hero of the game, which is also called "Knack," is made up of 5,000 parts that cluster together and...
AP-CNBC poll: Twitter faces skeptical investors
2013-11-04 06:15:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter faces skepticism from potential investors and the broader public ahead of its initial public offering, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Monday.
Some 36 percent of Americans say buying stock in the 7-ye...
Space pioneer recalled as curious, adventuresome
2013-11-03 08:37:27 UTC
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter had an adventuresome spirit and was driven to know everything he could about the universe, fellow space pioneer John Glenn said Saturday at Carpenter's funeral.
"Scott's curiosity knew no bounds,"...
Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future
2013-11-02 21:57:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They're likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report ...
Steroids boost muscles for the long haul
2013-11-02 06:31:25 UTC
Experiments in mice suggest effects don’t end when doping does.
Steroids may continue to boost muscle-building capacity long after a person stops taking the drugs, a new study of mice suggests. The finding could mean that athletes who cheat by ...
Astronomers explain planets’ backward motion
2013-11-02 06:29:01 UTC
Unseen giants may be flipping orbits of Jupiter-sized worlds.
They’re hot, they’re huge and they move the wrong way. In the rapidly growing catalog of planets found outside the solar system, about a dozen Jupiter-sized ones tightly circle their...
NSA secretly taps Yahoo, Google
2013-10-31 03:22:38 UTC
In this slide from a National Security Agency presentation on “Google Cloud Exploitation,” a sketch shows where the “Public Internet” meets the internal “Google Cloud” where user data resides. Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in pr...
Europe to U.S. companies: Face drastic sanctions
2013-10-22 01:45:02 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament committee on Monday approved sweeping new data protection rules that would strengthen online privacy and outlaw the kind of data transfers that the United States used for its secret spying program.