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Fighting games help unite gamers all over the world

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 11:51am
    

A new argument that Admiral Byrd didn't make North Pole

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 11:07am
By Andrea ThompsonLiveScienceOn May 9, 1926, famed American explorer Richard Byrd took off from the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen along with his pilot, Floyd Bennett, in an attempt to be the first to fly to the North Pole. About 16 hours later, the pair returned to the island in their Fokker tri-motor airplane, the Josephine Ford, saying they had indeed accomplished the feat.Byrd submitte...    

Sony wants the PS4 tobe cheaper at launch than the PS3

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 11:01am
With the launch of the PlayStation 4 just months away from its planned 2013 holiday release, Sony has still been exceptionally tight-lipped when it comes to key details like how much the new console will cost and what it even looks like. But as the British gaming site MCV points out, the Japanese gaming giant has at least owned up to some mistakes it made with the launch of the PlayStation 3 in 20...    

2,000-year-old ritual bath found in Jerusalem

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:28am
By Megan GannonLiveScienceArchaeologists in Jerusalem say they've found a 2,000-year-old ritual bath with a sophisticated system to keep water pure, Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.The bath, known as a miqwe or mikveh, was found at a site in southwest Jerusalem's Kiryat Menachem quarter, and researchers say it had a unique water supply system. The miqwe collected rainwater from thre...    

Pre-caffeine tech: Boston

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:11am
Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.Following the confusion and panic caused by the Boston Marathon bomb blasts, websites have been set up for people to report that they're safe, or check in on a loved one.YouTube created an "Explosions at Boston Marathon" video page.Cellphone congestion following the Boston Marathon bombings ...    

4,500-year-old harbor structures and papyrus texts unearthed in Egypt

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 10:39pm
Archaeologists have stumbled upon what is thought to be the most ancient harbor ever found in Egypt, along with the country's oldest collection of papyrus documents, Egyptian authorities say.The harbor goes back 4,500 years, to the days of the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) in the Fourth Dynasty, the Egypt State Information Service reported on Friday. The Great Pyramid of Giza serves as the tomb of Khufu,...    

Sympathy for Boston from space

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:33pm
Monday's Boston Marathon bombing prompted expressions of sympathy from humanity's farthest-flung outpost: the International Space Station."Our crew just heard about the horrible events at the Boston Marathon," the space station's commander, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, wrote in a Twitter update. "We all pass along our condolences and thoughts to everyone affected."Later, Hadfield tweeted a p...    

Scientists see three promising blips in underground dark matter search

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 6:49pm
Three potential signatures of exotic dark matter particles have been found hidden in the readings from an underground lab in Minnesota  — and although the results are too tentative to be classified as a discovery, scientists say they provide promising new clues to the solution of a decades-old mystery."People shouldn't come away from this thinking that we've found dark matter," Rupak Mahapatra, a ...    

Cellphone service spotty but not 'shut down' in Boston area

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 6:38pm
Cellphone congestion following the Boston Marathon bombings has led to many dropped calls, but according to wireless carriers, service has remained operational."There was no damage to the Verizon Wireless network, which is seeing elevated calling and data usage throughout the region since the explosions occurred," reads Verizon's statement, sent to NBC News.Cell towers are like highway on-ramps — ...    

Online tools help people reconnect after bomb blasts

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 5:43pm
By Suzanne Choney, contributing writer, NBC News.comFollowing the confusion and panic caused by the Boston Marathon bomb blasts, websites have been set up for people to report that they're safe, or check in on a loved one.The best mainstream resource is the Red Cross' Safe and Well site, where you do two things: register yourself as being "safe and well," or find out other people's status. Those p...    

Online tools help people reconnect after bomb blasts

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 4:53pm
Following the confusion and panic caused by the Boston Marathon bomb blasts, websites have been set up for people to report that they're safe, or check in on a loved one.The best mainstream resource is the Red Cross' Safe and Well site, where you do two things: register yourself as being "safe and well," or find out other people's status. Those people will have to register with the site first, of ...    

Newfound comet likely won't hit Mars next year

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:09pm
By Space.com A comet that had a slim chance of crashing into Mars in 2014 will almost certainly fly harmlessly past the Red Planet, scientists say.NASA researchers had given Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) a 1-in-8,000 chance of striking the Red Planet in October 2014, but revised calculations now put the possibility of an impact at just 1 in 120,000.While the odds of a Mars comet strike are now e...    

Private drones pose privacy threat, says Google's Eric Schmidt

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 3:09pm
According to the Guardian, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said domestic drones pose a threat to personal privacy.In a recent interview, Schmidt explained that peeping neighbors are one example of the privacy infringements that the flying cameras could allow. "You're having a dispute with your neighbor," Schmidt told the news outlet. "How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought...    

WordPress accounts are under botnet attack

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:47pm
WordPress, a popular blogging platform used by individuals as well as big businesses including UPS and eBay, is the target of a widespread botnet attack.The vulnerability that allows hackers to get into WordPress accounts and take them over for other purposes: user accounts where the word "admin" is the username. The advice for immediate action: Change admin to a different — and much stronger — us...    

Proposed ban on violent video games in public spaces faces legal problems

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:36pm
A state lawmaker in New Jersey is planning to introduce legislation that would prohibit public spaces such as amusement parks, movie theaters, bowling allies, or restaurants from making video games rated “mature” or “adults only” available to play.Under the proposed legislation, business owners could face fines of up to $10,000 for the first offense and $20,000 for repeated offenses.In a statement...    

EA shuts down some Facebook games including 'SimCity Social'

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:20pm
Electronic Arts is shuttering some of its Facebook games — including "The Sims Social" and "SimCity Social" — because not enough people are playing them. The video game company said Monday that it will continue to run its more popular titles. These include "Bejeweled Blitz" and "Plants vs. Zombies Adventures" from PopCap. Zynga, an EA rival for social games, has also had trouble attracting enough...    

Controversy over exoplanet-naming contest heats up

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 2:14pm
By Mike WallSpace.comThe company behind an exoplanet-naming contest says it's fighting to restore its business and its reputation in the wake of some disapproving words from the International Astronomical Union.Officials with the space-funding company Uwingu say a press release the IAU issued on Friday misrepresents the nature of the contest — which aims to pick a "people's choice" name for Alpha ...    

How nanosponges might suck up toxins and save lives

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 1:46pm
By Jesse EmspakDiscovery NewsBacteria are becoming more resistant to the best weapon we have against them: antibiotics. But what if we could live together in peace? Instead of killing the germs, there may be a way to render them harmless to the body using nanosponges to soak up the toxins that make us sick.Could nanosponges become the next universal antidote? Bioengineer Che-Ming "Jack" Hu of the ...    

Curbing these 4 pollutants could slow sea level rise

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 1:46pm
By Becky OskinLiveScienceSharp reductions in short-lived airborne pollutants could significantly slow sea level rise before 2100, a new study finds.The four pollutants — black carbon, methane, ozone and hydrofluorocarbons — all cycle through the atmosphere more quickly than carbon dioxide, which lasts for centuries in the troposphere, the part of the atmosphere we live in and breathe. Carbon dioxi...