Google is building 180 satellites to bring Internet worldwide
2014-06-02 16:32:05 UTC
Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites (not pictured here) that will go into low orbit and ...
Paralysed woman walks with robotic skeleton - video
2014-06-01 17:32:28 UTC
Sophie Morgan, who was paralysed from the chest down when she was 18, tries out a robotic skeleton which has allowed her to walk for the first time in 11 years.
The machine, called Rex, is being made available in the UK after being used for pa...
Mars: Space agency to test new device over Hawaii
2014-06-02 15:48:33 UTC
The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.
For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hit...
Google builds self-driving cars without standard controls
2014-05-28 12:55:38 UTC
Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.
The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.
Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks li...
Unusual finding: 95 million year-old largest dinosaurs ever
2014-05-17 21:44:05 UTC
Scientists in Argentina have found fossilized remains of one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the earth. It is believed to be a new species of Titanosaur.
A team led by researchers from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio found the ...
German Economy Minister: Google breakup may be an option
2014-05-16 20:49:53 UTC
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that US Internet giant Google could eventually achieve such a strong market position that breaking up the company may become an option. Google was not amused.
While failing to explain how exactl...
Brain Injury Releases Astonishing Mathematical Powers
2014-05-13 07:42:11 UTC
When two thugs bashed Jason Padgett outside a bar they weren't trying to release skills he never knew he had, less still conduct one of the most groundbreaking neuroscience experiments of the century. But as it turned out, that's what they did. Ho...
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
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 clash...
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...
'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, wher...
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 secu...
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 ...
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 chang...
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 ...
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...
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.
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 co...
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 origi...
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 lar...
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 on...
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 ...
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 fuzz...
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...
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 compa...