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'Hobbit' had bigger brain than thought

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 8:07pm
By Charles Choi, LiveScienceThe brain of the extinct "hobbit" was bigger than often thought, researchers say.These findings add to evidence that the hobbit was a unique species of humans after all, not a deformed modern human, scientists added.The 18,000-year-old fossils of the extinct type of human officially known as Homo floresiensis were first discovered on the remote Indonesian island of Flo...    

Real 'hobbit' had larger brain than thought

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 7:50pm
By Charles Choi, LiveScienceThe brain of the extinct "hobbit" was bigger than often thought, researchers say.These findings add to evidence that the hobbit was a unique species of humans after all, not a deformed modern human, scientists added.The 18,000-year-old fossils of the extinct type of human officially known as Homo floresiensis were first discovered on the remote Indonesian island of Flo...    

Methane-gobbling material found, scientists say

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 6:34pm
Scientists have discovered a new material that can capture and concentrate methane, a potent greenhouse gas. While carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas, can be captured using a variety of techniques, methane capture has proved elusive primarily because it interacts weakly with other materials, according Amitesh Maiti, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.He and co...    

As Boston bombing photos and videos pour in, where do investigators begin?

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 5:11pm
When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, there were nearly as many camera-equipped smartphones as people there in Copley Square. It could well have been the "most photographed spot on Earth at that moment," as Slate speculated. Now, the Boston Police Department and the FBI are hoping to collect all that crime scene data."What we would like is forwarding any photos that you h...    

Why woodchucks don't upchuck

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 4:49pm
By Charles ChoiLiveScienceRodents don't puke, and now researchers understand why. They apparently lack both the brains and bodies for vomiting.  Future research could help lead to better anti-vomiting therapies for patients with cancer and other disorders, scientists added.Rodents make up about 40 percent of all mammal species. Many rodents are small and have fast rates of growth and reproduction,...    

Video ads to hit your Facebook feed this summer: Report

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 4:27pm
Your Facebook news feed may be invaded by auto-playing video ads starting this summer, according to a report by Ad Age. The 15-second spots could cost advertisers as much as $1 million a day.Citing "executives briefed on the product," Ad Age reports that the ad format is still in flux as the social network searches for a way to draw attention to the ads without disrupting ordinary browsing. Previo...    

Energy bursts may be death knells of giant stars

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 4:05pm
By Tanya LewisSpace.com A new type of powerful, long-lasting explosion deep in space may be the death knell of gigantic stars, scientists say.Star explosions (called supernovas) can give off high-powered flashes of radiation known as gamma-ray bursts. These bursts usually fall into two categories: ones that last less than two seconds, and ones that last for several minutes. But this new type of ex...    

Google Glass specs revealed: One-day battery life, bone-conducting speaker and more

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:54pm
Ever since Google first showed off Glass, there's been speculation about the futuristic headgear's specifications. Now we've finally got some official details, straight from the tech deities of Mountain View, Calif. — right down to the fact that Glass software will be called "Glassware."The Google Glass display — that strange square that sits just above eye-level — is described as being the "equiv...    

Sympathy for Boston from space

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:38pm
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...    

What caused latest deadly earthquake in Iran

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:32pm
By Becky OskinLiveScienceThe strongest earthquake to hit Iran in more than 50 years was a subduction-zone quake — the same tectonic setting underlying deadly temblors in Japan, Chile and Indonesia.The magnitude-7.8 Khash earthquake struck 51 miles (82 kilometers) beneath the Earth's surface, where the Arabian Plate dives under the massive Eurasian Plate, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported....    

With 'Skyrim' out of the way, Bethesda teases fans about itsnext game

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:26pm
Bethesda Softworks, the studio behind popular open-world role playing games like "Fallout 3" and "The Elder Scrolls" series, announced this week that it was officially done producing additional downloadable content (DLC) for "Skryim" in order to make room for its "next adventure." And while fans and critics alike met the news of "Skyrim's" end with a tinge of melancholy, many gamers no doubt wante...    

Dead Space fan turnssurvival horror into live-action trailer

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 2:48pm
"Dead Space," with all of its allusions to sci-fi horror classics like "Alien" and "Event Horizon," is one of those video games that seems perfectly suited for the big screen. Since it was released in 2008, after all, the game that popularized the term "strategic dismemberment" has been adapted for comic books, animated films, and two direct sequels. But one aspiring filmmaker and avid "Dead Space...    

New atom smashers offer hints of a new physics

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 2:48pm
By Jesse EmspakLiveScienceThe new generation of atom smashers such as the Large Hadron Collider is offering hints that new physics (and exotic new particles) await discovery. And scientists are just reaching the point where they can explore those alternatives.At a news conference Sunday at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver, three panelists offered their takes on the quest for new par...    

Space opens up whole new world of cancer research

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 1:58pm
By Charles Q. ChoiSpace.comAdvanced strategies to fight cancer are taking inspiration from experiments in the final frontier of outer space, researchers say.The gravity experienced in low-Earth orbit, which is 10,000 to 1 million times less powerful than that felt on Earth's surface, allows researchers to study cell behavior that's normally masked by responses to gravity. Learning more about these...    

Wanted: Astronauts for one-way trip to Mars

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 1:36pm
By Rob CoppingerSpace.comLONDON — A nonprofit organization that aims to land four astronauts on Mars in 2023 will kick off its two-year, televised search for Red Planet explorers this summer.The Netherlands-based Mars One will begin accepting application videos in July, charging a fee to weed out folks who aren't serious about their candidacy. The group hopes to raise millions of dollars this way,...    

New Facebook for iOS adds features - but it's no Home

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 1:30pm
Facebook has updated its iOS app with some features from its new Android launcher, Home — but don't expect the same level of integration as the "Facebook Phone." Apple is unlikely to let Facebook take over their hardware any time soon.The new features mainly pertain to messages: iOS users now have access to Chat Heads, Home's pictorial representation of current conversation. Users will also be abl...    

Kudzu-eating stinkbug may attack US soybeans

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 12:57pm
By Megan GannonLiveSciencePesky vines of kudzu native to Asia have crept throughout the southeastern United States in recent decades, and now a stinkbug that feeds on the plant is making an American invasion, too. Worse, new researchshows that the kudzu bugs' taste for soybeans threatens crops outside of the South.Kudzu (Pueraria montana) was first introduced to the United States as an ornamental ...    

NASA's Mars-bound mega rocket ahead of schedule, on budget

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 12:30pm
By Clara MoskowitzSpace.comCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The development of NASA's biggest, most powerful rocket yet is running ahead of schedule and on budget, its primary contractor said last Wednesday.The towering Space Launch System (SLS) is a 384-foot (117 meters) behemoth intended to launch astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit to deep-space asteroids and Mars. The vehicle is slated to make its firs...    

Watch online as Antares rocket blasts off on first flight

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 12:30pm
By Tariq MalikSpace.comWALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — An untested commercial rocket is poised to launch into space from Virginia's Eastern Shore on Wednesday, and you can watch the test flight live online.The new private Antares rocket, built by the Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corp., is slated to blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at the southern tip of this small island at 5 p.m. EDT. If all ...