Feds, family reach deal on use of DNA information
2013-08-07 18:25:52 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Some 60 years ago, a doctor in Baltimore removed cancer cells from a poor black patient named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. Those cells eventually helped lead to a multitude of medical treatments and laid the groundwork for the multibillion-dollar biotech indus...
Scientists plan controversial lab-made bird flu
2013-08-07 18:16:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain. This time around, the U.S. government is promising extra scrutiny of such high-stakes research up front.
Mummified Incan teen drank, did drugs
2013-08-03 15:32:38 UTC
In the month before her death as a sacrifice to Incan gods, a teenage girl drank heavily and chewed coca leaves, according to a new analysis of her mummified remains. The discovery suggests that the girl, known as the Maiden, was heavily sedated or perhaps already dead when she was entombed aroun...
Arctic methane 'time bomb' could have huge economic costs
2013-07-25 07:47:38 UTC
Scientists say that the release of large amounts of methane from thawing permafrost in the Arctic could have huge economic impacts for the world.
The researchers estimate that the climate effects of the release of this gas could cost $60 trillion (£39 trillion), roughly the size of the global ...
Google unveils new Nexus 7, Internet TV device
2013-07-24 19:38:56 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobile computing market.
The fancier devices unveile...
Loeb to sell 40M Yahoo shares as he leaves board
2013-07-22 21:00:37 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Activist investor Dan Loeb is leaving Yahoo's board with a windfall after a 15-month stint that vindicated his crusade to shake up the long-slumping company under new leadership.
Yahoo Inc. is spending $1.16 billion to buy back 40 million of the shares that Loeb's hedge fu...
Microbes can draw the line between species
2013-07-19 07:41:47 UTC
Sometimes it takes guts, or rather microbes in the guts, to make a species.
Genes are, of course, important. But the live-in microorganisms of jewel wasps play such an important role in keeping species separate that changing gut microbes can also change whether cross-species offspring live or ...
Will we ever... create a black hole?
2013-07-17 02:56:09 UTC
Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began operations in 2008, a small but noisy group of people were in uproar. The LHC would be so powerful, they thought, that when it rammed protons together at a significant fraction of light-speed, it could produce exotic particles or small black holes. Ear...
Spacesuit water leak ends spacewalk; astronaut OK
2013-07-17 02:39:10 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In one of the most harrowing spacewalks in decades, an astronaut had to rush back into the International Space Station on Tuesday after a mysterious water leak inside his helmet robbed him of the ability to speak or hear at times and could have caused him to choke or e...
Solar system has trailing tail, just like comet
2013-07-16 07:02:39 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA can prove it now. Our solar system has a tail, just like comets.
Scientists revealed images Wednesday showing the tail emanating from the bullet-shaped region of space under the grip of the sun, including the solar system and beyond. The region is known as the ...
New tiny moon found orbiting faraway Neptune
2013-07-16 06:38:32 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Chalk up one more moon for Neptune.
NASA announced the discovery of Neptune's 14th moon Monday. The Hubble Space Telescope captured the moon as a white dot in photos of Neptune on the outskirts of our solar system.
The new moon — Neptune's tiniest at just 12 mile...
Edward Snowden has 'blueprints' to NSA
2013-07-15 06:43:37 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public, a journalist close to the NSA leaker said.
Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with Th...
Norway mulls broadband coverage in Arctic
2013-07-11 16:00:59 UTC
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway may provide high-speed Internet in one of the few places on Earth where it's not available: the Arctic.
The Norwegian Space Center has teamed up with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to assess the feasibility of a new satellite system covering northern areas out...
Google logic: why Google does the things it does the way it does
2013-07-09 07:48:29 UTC
Michael Mace is co-founder of Zekira, and author of Map The Future, a book on how to create better business strategies. He was previously chief competitive office and vice-president of competitive planning at Palm. His work before that included time at Apple as director of worldwide customer & co...
European firms 'could quit US internet providers over NSA scandal'
2013-07-05 08:11:12 UTC
European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American internet providers because of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, the European commission has warned.
Neelie Kroes, the commission vice-president who speaks on digital affairs, predicted that providers of cloud s...
Honeybees use right antennae to tell friend from foe
2013-07-03 08:19:41 UTC
To avoid a scuffle, a wayward honeybee might do best to stay on a stranger’s left. That’s because honeybees preferentially use their right antenna to distinguish between compadres and intruders, researchers report June 27 in Scientific Reports.
Scientists knew that the bees’ left and right ant...
Ancient horse's DNA fills in picture of equine evolution
2013-06-30 21:33:43 UTC
A frozen fossil of a horse has yielded the oldest genome sequence ever compiled. Clocking in at about 700,000 years old, the horse DNA is nearly 10 times older than the previous record holder, the genome of an 80,000-year-old Denisovan, an extinct evolutionary cousin of Neandertals and modern peo...
SKorea mobile network touted as world's fastest
2013-06-27 05:55:06 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world's fastest wireless network.
SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third gene...
Space capsule returns from mission to Chinese lab
2013-06-26 09:58:26 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts landed safely Wednesday on the country's northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking the latest success for China's manned space program as it enters its second decade.
The Shenzhou 10's descent modu...
Digital 3-D atlas of brain reveals tiny details
2013-06-21 06:58:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have a new brain atlas to help them study their favorite organ. It's a digital, three-dimensional model called "BigBrain."
Its resolution is finer than a human hair, so it can reveal clusters of brain cells and even some large individual cells. It is being made avail...
LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order
2013-06-20 08:45:57 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase o...
NASA picks 8 new astronauts, 4 of them women
2013-06-17 15:19:24 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has eight new astronauts — its first new batch in four years.
The space agency announced its newest astronaut class Monday. Among the lucky candidates: the first female fighter pilot to become an astronaut in nearly two decades. A female helicopter pilot also i...
New lungs buy time but don't cure cystic fibrosis
2013-06-17 04:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who fought for a lung transplant has a difficult journey ahead. The transplant isn't a cure for her cystic fibrosis, and new lungs don't tend to last as long as other transplanted organs.
But it can extend life by years, buying some tim...
Microsoft brings Office to iPhone, but not tablets
2013-06-15 17:20:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers running its own Windows system.
Microsoft also isn't sell...
Ideas for keeping your data safe from spying
2013-06-15 07:03:53 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Phone call logs, credit card records, emails, Skype chats, Facebook message, and more: The precise nature of the NSA's sweeping surveillance apparatus has yet to be confirmed.
But given the revelations spilling out into the media recently, there hardly seems a single aspect of da...