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On Earth and in space, it's Yuri's Night!

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:17am
By Miriam KramerSpace.comSpace enthusiasts unite! Friday night, a 1-ton rover on Mars will celebrate 52 years of human spaceflight from the Red Planet while space groupies on Earth party the night away."Yuri's Night" honors more than five decades of human spaceflight with parties and special events commemorating a very special day in the history of human voyages into orbit. NASA's Mars rover Curio...    

Ötzi the Iceman could have used a dentist

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:55am
By Tia GhoseLiveScienceÖtzi the Iceman could have used a dentist. The amazingly preserved Neolithic mummy found in the Italian Alps had tooth decay, gum disease and dental trauma, new research suggests.The new findings, published Tuesday in the European Journal of Oral Sciences, suggest that the Iceman mummy's grain-heavy diet took a toll on his dental health."It's surprising how bad condition he ...    

New Twitter music app expected to launch today

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:38am
Facebook isn’t the only social media giant launching something new today. Following its acquisition of music service We Are Hunted, Twitter could be quietly rolling out a music of its own.Twitter hasn’t made any official announcements, but a new Web page at music.twitter.com went live on Friday morning. The website is pretty bare at the moment—it just contains the Twitter logo and text that ...    

Ant-icipation: Insects know when earthquakes are coming

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:32am
By Becky OskinLiveScienceAnts with the world's worst taste in real estate seem to sense earthquakes before they strike, according to research presented Thursday at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna.Active faults, fractures where the Earth violently ruptures in earthquakes, are the preferred housing site for red wood ants in Germany. Researcher Gabriele Berberich of the Univer...    

Pre-caffeine tech: Google death, Bitcoin blah blah blah

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:32am
Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.Good news everybody! Google wants to help you plan for your digital afterlife!Looks like Twitter is fixin' to launch a music app, just in time for Coachella. Nevermind Facebook! The Winklevi now own 1 percent of that Bitcoin everybody won't shut up about. A San Diego man was arrested for usi...    

No GPS? Ultra-tiny positioning chip points the way

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 7:51pm
When you need to get from here to there, you may not always be able to rely on satellite signals like GPS to guide you. This incredibly tiny chip allows position to be tracked and determined, and can be embedded in the smallest of devices.The chip takes up just 10 cubic millimeters, and as the picture shows, fits neatly into the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a penny. It contains three gyroscopes...    

Man arrested for filming police, phone said to be a weapon

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 6:35pm
A San Diego man was arrested for using his phone to take video of a citation being issued to him after a police officer said phones "can be converted to weapons," and the man refused to surrender the device.The incident has drawn national attention from the National Press Photographers Association, which has filed a protest with city officials, and the San Diego Police Department says it is now in...    

Sunday plans? Try spotting Jupiter in daylight

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 5:24pm
By Geoff GahertySpace.comHave you ever seen Jupiter in daylight? This weekend, you just might get your chance.Very few people have, but you could get an opportunity to join those elite ranks on Sunday. On that date, the moon will pass close to Jupiter, and can be used to locate the planet in the daytime sky.Although the daytime sky looks like an unbroken blue blanket on a clear, sunny day, it is a...    

Google introduces a tool for planning for your digital afterlife

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 5:07pm
One of the most haunting questions facing Web companies and their users is, what happens to the stuff of our digital lives after we die?Are our Facebook status updates, Flickr photos and Gmail messages like physical journals and photo albums for our families to flip through? Should our iTunes playlists be like records passed down through generations? Would we rest easier knowing that our digit...    

Debate over Grand Canyon's age runs deep

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 5:02pm
By Becky OskinLiveScienceSince two researchers suggested last year that the Grand Canyon was carved 70 million years ago (much older than the consensus of 6 million years), a rousing debate over the canyon's true age has played out at scientific meetings, through email,and, now, in the pages of a respected journal.In Thursday's issue of the journal Science, several geologists who've spent years ro...    

Where did global warming go? The deep ocean, experts say

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 4:40pm
The deep oceans have recently been soaking up much of the excess heat trapped under the ever-thickening blanket of greenhouse gases that humans pump into the atmosphere, according to a recent study.The finding may help explain why the pace of global warming at the surface has slowed in recent years compared to the 1990s, a phenomenon that has left members of the climate science community scratchin...    

New Mars photos may show 1970s Soviet lander

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 4:40pm
By Clara MoskowitzSpace.comRussian space enthusiasts poring through photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted what looks like the remains of the Soviet Mars 3 lander that arrived at the Red Planet in 1971.The Soviet Union lander was the first spacecraft to survive a Mars landing long enough to transmit data back to Earth. However, after transmitting for just 14.5 seconds after la...    

Drought blamed for demise of Mayans

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 4:13pm
By Stephanie PappasLiveScienceThe Mayan apocalypse may have been a bust, but a century-old understanding of the calendar that spawned the doomsday rumors appears to be right on.In a new study, scientists used modern methods to double-check the match between the Mayan Long Count calendar and the modern European calendar. Understanding how the two coincide is important, because research on the rise ...    

Humanity's closest ancestor was pigeon-toed, research reveals

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 3:23pm
By Charles ChoiLiveScienceThe most complete investigation of the anatomy of what may be the immediate ancestor of the human lineage is now shedding light on secrets about how it might have behaved, researchers say.For instance, the human ancestors may have moved in an entirely new way, with a somewhat pigeon-toed gait with a twisty trunk, the researchers added.The first specimens of the extinct sp...    

Cybercrime ring attacks video game companies for years-researcher

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 2:55pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a Chinese hacking ring that they said broke into the servers of dozens of online video gaming companies and stole valuable source code over a four-year period.Kaspersky Lab warned on Thursday that an organization it christened "Winnti" had infiltrated the servers of at least 35 game developers and publishers, mostly in East As...    

Mysterious sundial may be secret to Viking navigation

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 1:05pm
By Tia GhoseLiveScienceA mysterious Viking sundial found in Greenland may have helped the ancient mariners sail at the same north-south latitude across the Atlantic, new research suggests.The study, detailed Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A Mathematical and Physical Sciences, suggests that the raiding Norsemen might have been even more impressive sailors than previously th...    

Samsung Galaxy Mega phablets make iPhones look like Tic Tacs

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 1:05pm
There are big-screen phones, and then there’s the Samsung Galaxy Mega, a new line of Android devices that will come in both 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch sizes. Samsung likely won’t mind if you call the Megas phablets, as the company says it is looking to “combine the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet.”T...    

New Xbox rumors suggest Microsoft console won't be 'always-online'

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 1:05pm
Microsoft (or at least some of its recent employees) has been getting a lot of flack due to reports and speculation that the upcoming next-generation Xbox console will feature some kind of "always-online" digital rights management (DRM) requirement. But a new report from VGLeaks now seeks to debunk these rumors entirely. The website claims that the DRM rumors actually have to do with another Xbox ...    

Crick's Nobel Prize medal sold for $2 million; will boost science in China

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:53am
The Nobel Prize medal that Francis Crick won for his role in a historic DNA discovery was sold Thursday for more than $2 million to a Shanghai biotech executive who plans to use it to promote science in China, the auction house behind the sale said.The buying spree at Heritage Auctions in New York follows Wednesday's record-setting $6 million sale of a letter that Crick wrote to his son in 1953, i...    

Microsoft may release 7-inch tablet this year

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:48am
Microsoft may be entering the 7-inch tablet arena in the near future in an attempt to challenge the likes of the iPad mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. According to the The Wall Street Journal, the Windows 8 creator is reportedly working on a new, smaller lineup of tablets under the Surface moniker that will go into mass production later this year.According to one of the sources, Microsoft’s de...