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Technique turns ash into hydrogen gas

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:26am
Piles of ash leftover from incinerated trash may be a viable source of hydrogen gas that can be used to generate electricity and power cars, suggests a process pioneered in a research lab.The trick? Just add water, which reacts with residual metallic aluminum in the ash, explained Aamir Ilyas, a water resource engineer at Lund University in Sweden, who developed the technique.The aluminum comes fr...    

Europe's new space weather center tracks sun storms

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:15am
By Space.com The European Space Agency opened a new space weather center last week in Brussels to keep tabs sun storms that could interfere with satellites in orbit and power grids on Earth.Formally inaugurated on April 3, the Space Weather Coordination Center (SSCC) will gather information on space weather and solar storms, as well as disturbances in the Earth's geomagnetic environment and ionosp...    

Adam Orth leaves Microsoft after telling Xbox 'always online' critics to 'deal with it'

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:03am
Adam Orth, the Microsoft executive who became Internet-famous last week after tweeting a series of harsh rejoinders against critics of the next Xbox's controversial 'always online' functionality, has left his position at the company.According to a report from Game Informer, the former Microsoft Studios creative director left his position this week — less than a week after he riled up many gamers...    

5 areas of science that get boost in Obama budget

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 10:46am
By Tanya LewisLiveScience The proposed 2014 budget released by the White House Wednesday brings good news for science: Under the budget, civilian research spending would swell by 9 percent from 2012 levels.President Barack Obama's budget provides a total of $143 billion for research and development (R&D), which includes investments in energy, space exploration, basic research and STEM (science...    

Secret orangutan population found on Borneo

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 10:13am
By LiveScience A population of 200 of the world's rarest orangutans was found tucked away in the forests of the island of Borneo, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).All subspecies of Bornean orangutans are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. But scientists estimate just 3,000 to 4,500 individuals are left in the subspecies known as Pongo py...    

Brief Twitter outage leads to broken links

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 9:46am
For a brief period this morning, many links on Twitter led nowhere. Clicking any link on any tweet led to an "Oops" page on Twitter that said that "Something is technically wrong."Links on old tweets, tweeted days ago, and fresh links tweeted just a few moments before this post went live, brought up the same message. Links seem to be working fine now, however. Twitter's blog and status page don't ...    

Pre-caffeine tech: Killer apps, Etsy hats!

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 8:40am
Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning.The IRS may be reading your email without a warrant, these documents suggest. Meanwhile, Cancelled comic causes Internet outrage over Apple's "porn problem."Check it out wannabe spies! You can totally hide secret messages in Facebook photos with this online tool.Also, Facebook is fixing to a...    

Why you better not cry in space

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:01pm
Is there anything Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield can't do? He's the commander of the International Space Station, a guitar-strumming space troubadour, a prolific orbital photographer and a frequent commentator about life in space. Hadfield seems to do it all, but apparently there's at least one thing he can't do — namely, shed a tear in zero gravity.Hadfield demonstrated why there's no crying i...    

Facebook to add official links to your posts about movies and TV

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 8:18pm
Do you need everyone on Facebook to know that you're watching the latest episode of "Game of Thrones"? Facebook is adding new features to status updates to give your activities a little more punch in the news feed.The news post describing the feature is a bit spare on details, but it does say that "if you share that you're watching a movie like 'Jurassic Park,' your post will contain the movie ico...    

Francis Crick's DNA letter to his son sells at auction for a record $6 million

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 7:50pm
A 60-year-old letter in which biologist Francis Crick told his son about DNA's double-helix structure, weeks before the Nobel Prize-winning discovery was revealed to the world, sold at a New York auction on Wednesday for a record price of $6 million."I'm sort of in a state of shock," said Michael Crick, the son who received that letter in 1953 and held onto it for six decades. "The family is calli...    

Hide secret messages in Facebook photos with this online tool

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 5:54pm
A new tool for the Chrome browser lets users encode messages directly into the photos they put on Facebook — whether it's a love note or the combination to a safe. It's an old-school technique that wasn't possible on the social network until now.The tool, a Web browser extension called "Secretbook," uses a well-known method of cryptography known as digital steganography. It involves hiding bits of...    

Cybersecurity more of a priority in Obama budget

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 5:33pm
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama proposed on Wednesday increased spending to protect U.S. computer networks from Internet-based attacks in a sign that the government aims to put more resources into the emerging global cyber arms race. Obama's budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, calls for more military "hackers" to head off escalating cyber threats from China, Iran, Ru...    

Great white sharks gorge on dead whale blubber

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 5:22pm
By Becky OskinLiveScienceGreat white sharks feast together on dead whales, which are important food resources for the normally solitary predators, a new study finds.Drawn by wind-blown slicks of chemicals from decomposing flesh, great white sharks measuring up to 16 feet (5 meters) long gathered at floating carcasses near South Africa's Seal Island, gorging on blubber, researchers found during obs...    

Adobe fixes flaws for Flash, Shockwave, ColdFusion

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 5:16pm
Multimedia software maker Adobe issued patches to fix flaws in several of its products April 9, some of which left customers vulnerable to computer crashes and attacks from hackers and cybercriminals. The first update was for Adobe Flash Player, which powers YouTube as well as thousands of ads. The patch fixes at least four flaws that cause crashes and have the potential to be used to infect...    

How cherry tree popularity blossomed in US

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 4:32pm
By Elizabeth HowellLiveScienceThe pink cherry blossoms that explode into bloom every spring in Washington, D.C., are famous around the country, flowering due to a courtesy gift from Japan more than a century ago. But one of the first attempts to send the flowers over to the capital didn't go so well.A few seeds did make their way into the United States before the Japanese sent thousands in the 190...    

IRS may be reading your email without a warrant, documents suggest 

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 4:21pm
The IRS could be reading your emails without a warrant, according to newly released documents obtained by the ACLU under the federal Freedom of Information Act.The civil liberties organization shared the documents Wednesday, saying that its review of IRS Criminal Tax Division manuals and memos show that the agency is not always following a 2010 appellate court ruling that the government must obtai...    

Saturn's dazzling rings make it 'rain' on planet

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 4:04pm
By Miriam KramerSpace.comIt's raining on Saturn, and the giant planet's amazing rings are apparently the cause, scientists say.A new study unveiled Wednesday has found that erosion from particles making up the icy rings of Saturn are forming rain water that falls on certain parts of the planet.Scientists using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii have found that tiny ice particles that compose the plane...    

PC sales have steepest decline on record: IDC

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 4:04pm
Personal computer sales plunged 14 percent in the first three months of the year, the biggest decline in two decades of keeping records, as tablets continue to gain in popularity and buyers appear to be avoiding Microsoft's new Windows 8 system, according to a leading tech tracking firm. The huge drop over a year ago, the steepest since International Data Corp started publishing sales numbers in 1...    

Baby dinosaurs wiggled their legs while still in eggs

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:48pm
By Stephanie PappasLiveScience Embryonic dinosaurs kicked and wiggled in the egg, a new discovery of a baby-dino-bone bed suggests.The bones, all from not-yet-hatched embryonic dinosaurs, are among the oldest dinosaur-embryo fossils ever found. What's more, the embryo fossils came from separate nests and the dino embryos were at different stages of development when they died — two discoveries that...    

Organs made transparent with new imaging technique

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:09pm
By Tanya LewisLiveScience For the first time, scientists have developed a way to make organs transparent to light while keeping them intact, providing a detailed glimpse of their inner structure.Using the new technique, scientists imaged the neurological wiring in a mouse's brain. The method, known as CLARITY (Clear Lipid-exchanged Acrylamide-hybridized Rigid Imaging/Immunostaining/In situ hybridi...