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NASA touts plan to grab asteroid as 'unprecedented technological feat'

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:09pm
NASA says it will begin work on an ambitious mission to capture a near-Earth asteroid and bring it to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system as part of the agency's overall $17.7 billion agenda for the coming year.The budget request for fiscal year 2014, unveiled on Wednesday, also aims to get U.S. astronauts back to flying on U.S.-based spaceships by 2017, launch the $8.8 billion James Webb Spac...    

T-Mobile wants you to trade in your old iPhone, but is it a good deal?

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:20pm
T-Mobile is doing everything it can to tempt customers at other carriers to switch over. The company recently killed the contract, and now it's talking up a deal where owners of an iPhone 4 or 4S can upgrade to an iPhone 5 for no money up front. But is it really worth doing?The T-Mobile deal is that you bring in your iPhone, and the company knocks off the $100 you'd have to pay up front for the iP...    

Baby dinosaurs wiggled away while still in eggs

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:14pm
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...    

Recent summer heat waves unprecedented, study says

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:09pm
The summer heat waves over the past decade that killed thousands of people in Europe, scorched the Russian wheat crop, and sent Greenland's glaciers galloping to the sea are without parallel since at least 1400, according to a new study.The findings are based on a statistical analysis of summer seasonal temperatures inferred from tree rings, ice cores, lake sediments, and instrumental records. The...    

Stephen Hawking visits LA stem cell lab where his disease is studied

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:47pm
By Alicia Chang, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES — Stephen Hawking toured a stem cell laboratory Tuesday where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost completely paralyzed.After the visit, the 71-year-old Hawking urged doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to support the...    

How Apple's App Store crackdown could hurt mobile game discovery

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:36pm
Earlier this week in a peculiar sudden change of direction, Apple removed the app-discovery application AppGratis from the iTunes App Store — leaving AppGratis CEO Simon Dawlat "in total disbelief," seeing as the tech giant had approved an iPad version of his app just days before its ouster. Apple's reasoning behind pulling AppGratis from iTunes was that it was in violation of several of the App ...    

Friendships go south on Facebook as people get ruder: survey

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:36pm
LONDON — Rudeness and throwing insults are cutting online friendships short, with a survey showing people are getting ruder on social media and two in five users have ended contact after a virtual altercation. As social media usage surges, the survey found so has incivility with 78 percent of 2,698 people reporting an increase in rudeness online with people having no qualms about being less polite...    

Earliest fish stews were cooked in Japan during last ice age, experts say

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:36pm
In the chilly final years of the last ice age, hunting communities in Japan may have served up warm fish stews of salmon and shellfish for dinner. In charred scrapings from clay pots dating back to the Jomon period 15,000 years ago, scientists found well-preserved traces of fat from marine and freshwater fish and shellfish. The pots themselves are among the oldest clay vessels found anywhere, but ...    

Dinosaur-killing asteroid sparked global firestorm

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:09pm
By Megan GannonLiveScienceThe huge asteroid impact thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago may have painted the sky a blazing-hot red and sparked a cataclysmic global firestorm, researchers say.Most scientists believe the mass die-off known as the K-T extinction — which saw up to 80 percent of all species vanish — was caused by an asteroid or comet that carved out the 112...    

Whoa — check out this 'ghostly' green nebula!

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:41am
By Miriam Kramer Space.comAn amazing new photo from a telescope in Chile has captured the most detailed view yet of a green glowing blob 3,300 light-years away from Earth.The new image, released Wednesday by the European Southern Observatory, shows the planetary nebula IC 1295 like it has never been seen before. This picture, which ESO scientists dubbed "ghostly," marks the first time the nebula h...    

'Dark lightning' zaps airline passengers with radiation

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:02am
By Charles ChoiLiveScience "Dark lightning" that is almost invisible within clouds may regularly blast airline passengers with large numbers of gamma rays, scientists find.However, these outbursts do not seem to reach truly dangerous levels, researchers added.More than a decade ago, researchers unexpectedly discovered thunderstorms could generate brief but powerful bursts of gamma rays, the highes...    

Mysterious stone structure found beneath Sea of Galilee

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:23am
By Owen JarusLiveScienceA giant "monumental" stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and even how long ago it was built.The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons, the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships...    

Pre-caffeine tech: George Takei, Grumpy Cat, Help Find Nancy

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:01am
Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morniJo Spencer Zinser is looking for her mom. Join her "Please Find Nancy" Facebook page and see if you can help. Pilot texting was indeed a "self-induced distraction" in a helicopter crash, says the official NTSB report. Is iPhone going to get bigger screens? Here's some speculation and analysis....    

Activision gives $2 million to 'Call of Duty' charity for veterans

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:01am
"Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard has donated $2 million to Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), a charitable organization the video game industry giant founded in 2009 "to help soldiers transition to civilian careers after their military service," according to the nonprofit's mission statement. The $2 million from Activision comes on top of an additional $1.7 million that was raised by selling l...    

17 years in the making, this spring's cicada invasion generates early buzz

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 10:29pm
After hanging around underground for 17 years, billions of flying bugs known as cicadas are due to sweep over the East Coast starting sometime in the next month. And although it's too early to predict exactly where or when the brood will appear, this spring's emergence should rate as the most closely watched bug-out in history."For entomophobes, this is the season of despair. For the entomophiles,...    

Physicist Stephen Hawking visits LA stem cell lab

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 8:51pm
By Alicia Chang, APLOS ANGELES — Stephen Hawking on Tuesday toured a stem cell laboratory where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost completely paralyzed.After the visit, the 71-year-old Hawking urged doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to support the research.Hawking ...    

US headed for 'perfect storm' in space, Air Force general says

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 8:35pm
By Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.comCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Shrinking government budgets, combined with a growing reliance on space assets by the United States — especially by its military — are putting the country in an undefended position, Gen. William Shelton, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command, said Tuesday.Every U.S. military action depends on space capabilities such as satellite-based ...    

TV-streaming service Aereo wins latest court battle, but broadcasters call it piracy

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 7:40pm
A startup called Aereo is promising customers access to live broadcast television on their computers for $12 a month — or just $80 per year. Not everyone is happy about that.If you're used to watching Netflix, Aereo's Web browser interface may seem familiar, but the content doesn't come from on-demand libraries. Instead, Aereo streams live television channels. If you want to watch a show later, yo...    

Primitive fish with butt fins shows evolution's quirks

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 7:34pm
By Tia Ghose, LiveScienceA 370-milion-year-old, primitive fish sported a weird pair of fins just below its anus, new research shows.The strange appendages, detailed Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters, were found on an ancient jawless fish called Euphanerops longaevus that lived around the time that jawless fishes like lampreys split off from jawed vertebrates, which include everything from sha...    

On Yuri's Night, party like it's 1961

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 7:23pm
By Miriam KramerSpace.comThis week, space geeks around the world will celebrate the historic flight that made Yuri Gagarin the first person to leave the confines of Earth 52 years ago."Yuri's Night" (celebrated annually the week of April 12) commemorates Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first flight with parties and special events honoring more than five decades of human spaceflight. This year, fes...