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State of the Art: Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might Appear

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Despite growing fears of its invincibility, Amazon could be threatened as smartphones transform the way Americans shop and goods are delivered.

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VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico’s forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.

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State of the Art: Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might Appear

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Despite growing fears of its invincibility, Amazon could be threatened as smartphones transform the way Americans shop and goods are delivered.

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Owners of Chemical Firm Charged in Elk River Spill in West Virginia

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Four owners and operators of Freedom Industries were indicted in the January leak that cut off drinking water to hundreds of thousands of residents.

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Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time…

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Obama Vows a Response To Cyberattack on Sony

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

President Obama said the U.S. would “respond proportionally” to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it.

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Sony ‘will not drop’ N Korea film

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Sony Pictures says it is looking at alternative ways to release film satire The Interview, cancelled in the wake of a cyber-attack.

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Rosetta to Swoop Down on Comet in February

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The European Space Agency’s orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in February 2015. The low flyby will be an opportunity for Rosetta to obtain imagery with a resolution of a few inches per pixel.

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Kocherlakota warns Fed of ‘unacceptable’ risk

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " One of three Fed officials who dissented in the Fed’s policy decision this week is warning that the central bank is taking an "unacceptable" risk by not paying more attention to the dangers posed by low inflation.Narayana…

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Hacker wars in the Ukraine conflict

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Virtual battle for eastern Ukraine

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Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

NEW YORK (AP) " Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday…

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Google Files Suit Against Mississippi Attorney General

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The search giant accused the official, Jim Hood, of violating federal law in his efforts to get it to remove links to some content.

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How the Dow Jones industrial average did Friday

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor’s 500 index notch its second-best week this year.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 26.65 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,804.80.The Standard &…

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Obama vows response to Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was "a mistake".

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Sony defends shelving ‘Interview’ after Obama criticism

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

NEW YORK (AP) " Amid mounting pressure and criticism from President Barack Obama, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has defended the company’s shelving of "The Interview."In an interview Friday with CNN, Lynton insists…

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Obama vows response to Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

President Obama vows to respond to an alleged North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but says cancelling a film release was "a mistake".

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BlackBerry Narrows Loss in Quarter, but Revenue Declines

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The company reported a drop in third-quarter revenue to $793 million, despite the introduction of a heavily publicized phone.

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Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama played down the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America’s infrastructure.He…

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Google Files Suit Against Mississippi Attorney General

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The search giant accused the official, Jim Hood, of violating federal law in his efforts to get it to remove links to some content.

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Dot Earth Blog: From Maine to Denmark, Islanders (Including Students) Seek Sustainable Energy Solutions

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Students from an environment-minded college on a Maine island learn how an island in Denmark turned from fossil fuels to renewable energy

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What is FBI evidence for North Korea hack attack?

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

What makes the US think North Korea hacked Sony?

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Obama pledges proportional response to Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond "proportionally" to North Korea’s punishing hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment at a place, time and manner "that we choose."Obama says the attack "caused a lot…

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Obama Vows U.S. Response to North Korea Cyberattack on Sony

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

President Obama’s threat came just hours after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that the North Korean government organized the cyberattack that debilitated the Sony computers.

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Obama vows response to Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

President Barack Obama promises a US response after North Korea’s alleged cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, and calls the decision to cancel the film a mistake.

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AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) " U.S. regulators have granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of drugs for ovarian cancer, AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynparza.The drug is for women whose ovarian cancer is associated with certain…

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Bits Blog: Rent the Runway, a Designer Fashion Start-Up, Raises $60 Million

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Investors are bullish on the company’s prospects, particularly its new subscription-based, Netflix-like business model.

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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un.

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FBI says North Korea hacked Sony – what’s the proof?

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The FBI says North Korea forced Sony to cancel the release of Seth Rogan’s film The Interview. But security experts are sceptical

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Hackers gloat over ‘The Interview’ cancellation in new email

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

NEW YORK (AP) " Hackers have sent a new email to Sony Pictures Entertainment, praising the studio as "very wise" to cancel the release of "The Interview" and saying Sony’s data is safe "as long as you make no more trouble."The email…

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F.B.I. Offers Evidence Tying North Korea to Sony Attack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The bureau said there were significant similarities between the cyberattack that debilitated Sony Pictures computers and previous attacks by North Korea.

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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un.

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Suspects deny ‘sextorting’ teenager

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.

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First Global Maps from Orbiting … Carbon Observatory

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission show elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burning and hint at potential surprises to come.

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Pressure on Putin as ruble crisis builds

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Kremlin insiders gathered in secret last February to answer a crucial question for Vladimir Putin – could Russia afford the economic blowback from taking over Crimea?Moscow said yes. The markets aren’t so sure.As President Putin…

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Probe’s comet landing wins breakthrough vote

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The Rosetta mission, which has for the first time put a spacecraft in orbit around a comet and landed a robotic probe on its surface, has been voted this year’s most important scientific breakthrough by the editors of the journal…

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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

FBI formally accuses North Korea of launching cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

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LA River’s flood role is ‘paramount’

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

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New Evidence for a Mars Water Reservoir

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

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Hungary official says disputed Internet tax plan ‘dead’

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) " A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, "is dead and will never come back to life."In October, the government said an Internet tax was needed to complement a levy…

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VIDEO: Greenpeace to aid Nazca Lines inquiry

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Greenpeace will co-operate with an investigation by a Peruvian court to determine responsibility for damage caused by activists at the Nazca Lines, the group’s chief executive says.

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Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC story

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

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Bits Blog: The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the ‘Erasable Internet’

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The hack at Sony underscores the need for more secure online communication systems. That is, if people are willing to use them.

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Chrysler to recall about 257K Ram pickup trucks

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

DETROIT (AP) " Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.The recall covers Ram 1500 pickups from the 2005 model year.Chrysler says in documents…

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BlackBerry Narrows Loss in Quarter, but Revenue Declines

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The company reported a drop in third-quarter revenue to $793 million, despite the introduction of a heavily publicized phone.

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Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, surprises Street

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

NEW YORK (AP) " Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter, surprising Wall Street.The Canadian company’s stock climbed almost 3 percent in Friday premarket trading.For the period ended Nov. 29, the company…

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Microsoft takes on tech scammers

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

The US software giant takes legal action against firms it alleges have been offering bogus tech support in its name to unwitting consumers.

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Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

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Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

BEIJING (AP) " Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.The…

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Jupiter moon’s geysers disappear in cloud of mystery

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Plumes of water from Jupiter’s moon Europa have not reappeared since their discovery – and evidence now suggests they may not have existed to begin with

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Millions deleted in Instagram purge

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users.

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3D printer makes tool in space

Written By: admin - Dec• 20•14

Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an e-mail.

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German consumer confidence on the rise

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

BERLIN (AP) " German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases.The GfK research group said Friday its forward-looking consumer…

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HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

HONG KONG (AP) " A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption after a high profile trial.The property magnate Thomas Kwok was Friday convicted of conspiracy for…

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Asia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) " Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve’s reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies…

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Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

TOKYO (AP) " The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited has resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.Haruko Obokata said in a statement…

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Liberia Will Proceed With Senate Vote Delayed by Ebola

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

An election repeatedly delayed because of the epidemic and other challenges will be held on Saturday, but critics worry whether voting will fair and safe.

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Psst! It’s Me, the Mannequin. This Would Look Great on You.

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Retailers are experimenting with mannequins that communicate electronically with customers’ smartphones, hoping to lure them into the store.

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Auckland convention centre cost jumps by a fifth

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further…

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Birds fled ‘day before’ US tornadoes

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".

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China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

CHICAGO (AP) " China is promising to streamline a regulatory process that has held up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States. The country also pledges to enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among…

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In pictures: Bangladesh oil spill clean-up

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Bangladesh oil slick threatens world’s largest mangrove forest

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New record depth for deepest fish

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench – the deepest place on Earth.

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Hellman’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (AP) " Hellman’s mayonnaise maker Unilever says that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small…

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Scientists find meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

(Phys.org)—NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

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Shrink ship bubbles ‘for climate fix’

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Shrinking the bubbles generated by ships could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.

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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

HAVANA (AP) " The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco…

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Experts ‘grasping at straws’ to save near-extinct rhino

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

So how exactly do you save an almost extinct rhinoceros? Turns out, a test tube baby rhino could be the solution, being sought by experts on three continents. But it won’t be easy.

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Kepler Spacecraft Finds New Planet

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

The planet, about two and a half times the size of Earth, is in a category of planets called super-Earths that do not exist in our solar system.

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Job ads dip in November

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Total job advertising has taken an end-of-year dip, falling 0.1 per cent in November after seasonal adjustments, following a 0.3 percent drop the previous month, according to the ANZ Job Ads index.However, owing to the vagaries…

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Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Carbon mission returns global maps

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Nasa’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth atmosphere.

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Owners of Chemical Firm Charged in Elk River Spill in West Virginia

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Four owners and operators of Freedom Industries were indicted in the January leak that cut off drinking water to hundreds of thousands of residents.

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Bits Blog: Uber Driver in Boston Area Is Charged With Rape

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

The man is accused of picking up a young woman in Boston on Dec. 6 while presenting himself as the driver for a ride-sharing service.

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Oil slumps to fresh low in US trading

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Oil prices have skidded sharply lower in volatile trade, pushing the US benchmark futures contract to a new five-year low amid concerns about ample global supplies.West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for January delivery tumbled $US2.36…

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Matter: The Strange Tale of a New Species of Lizard

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Aspidoscelis neavesi was produced in the lab by mating two other species, and its creation defies conventional ideas about how new species evolve.

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Ear-check via phone can ease path to diagnosis

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Ear infections are common in babies and young children. That it is a frequent reason for young children’s visit to doctors comes as no consolation for the parents of babies tugging at their ears and crying as the parents try to get speedy appointments and travel to consultations. A system for easing the path to a doctor’s diagnosis and treatment is being offered in the form of Oto HOME, a smartphone-enabled ear-checker tool, which families can use at home.

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U.S. Weighs Response to Sony Cyberattack, With North Korea Confrontation Possible

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

American officials say North Korea was involved in the hacking even as Sony canceled a comedy that features the fictional killing of North Korea’s leader.

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Biggest science breakthroughs of 2014

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

The Rosetta mission which has for the first time put a spacecraft in orbit around a comet and landed a robotic probe on its surface has been voted a<a href=’http://news.sciencemag.org/scientific-community/2014/12/breakthrough-year-…

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‘Team America’ screenings also pulled from theaters

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

NEW YORK (AP) " Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters.After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release…

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Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

It’s been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film’s release.

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Bits Blog: The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the ‘Erasable Internet’

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

The hack at Sony underscores the need for more secure online communication systems. That is, if people are willing to use them.

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Social shopping takes off in Asia

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

The latest trend driving Asian spending sprees

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How to think about… Alien contact

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

First, try not to think about what alien life might be like. Then wonder whether we have any chance of finding it

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Ireland repays $11 billion to IMF years early

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

DUBLIN (AP) " Ireland has repaid 9 billion euros ($11 billion) to the International Monetary Fund several years early, a move that saves heavy interest costs and illustrates the strong Irish rebound after its bailout.Finance Minister…

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New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth’s non-avian dinosaurs, according to new research from Princeton University.

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Germany’s BASF, Gazprom scrap planned asset swap

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

BERLIN (AP) " Germany’s BASF SE says it has agreed with Russian gas company Gazprom to call off an asset swap that the two firms had planned for the end of this year.BASF didn’t immediately give a reason for Thursday’s decision.Russia…

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Creation of ‘Rocker’ protein opens way for new smart molecules in medicine, other fields

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Human cells are protected by a largely impenetrable molecular membrane, but researchers have built the first artificial transporter protein that carries individual atoms across membranes, opening the possibility of engineering a new class of smart molecules with applications in fields as wide ranging as nanotechnology and medicine.

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The Rise of a New Smartphone Giant: China’s Xiaomi

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Founded in 2010 to sell cheap phones online, the company has become the No. 3 producer worldwide behind Apple and Samsung and is looking toward Brazil and India.

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Apple ‘failing to protect workers’

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

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Dot Earth Blog: A Chat on New York’s Shale Gas Ban with Anti-Fracking Superhero Mark Ruffalo

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

A chat with anti-fracking campaigner and movie star Mark Ruffalo on on Gov. Cuomo’s shale gas ban.

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad gets A380, complete with suite

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " Abu Dhabi’s national carrier, Etihad, has showcased the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky."The A380 will operate daily to London Heathrow…

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Politics no problem, say US and Russian space travellers

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

A US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut gearing up for the longest-ever flight on the International Space Station (ISS) said Thursday they were unfazed by any turbulence in their countries’ political ties.

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Apple ‘failing to protect workers’

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

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DealBook: FireChat Messaging App Seeks to Build on Success at Hong Kong Protests

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

FireChat, which allows users to text each other regardless of whether they have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, disclosed that it has raised more than $10 million and is seeking more.

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Out There: A Picture Captures Planets Waiting to Be Born

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Astronomers have obtained, in the image of the young star HL Tauri, what might be the best view yet of dust in the act of turning into planets.

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Aer Lingus rejects bid by British Airways parent

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

DUBLIN (AP) " Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia.Shares in the Dublin-based carrier surged by as much as…

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Discovery in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

For four years, researchers at Universite catholique de Louvain have been trying to find out how bacteria can withstand antibiotics, so as to be able to attack them more effectively. These researchers now understand how one defense mechanism works and the results of their research have been published in the prestigious scientific journal Cell.

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Net overseers hit by phishing attack

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Hackers have managed to penetrate the internal network used by the organisation that oversees the net’s addressing system.

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#Rosettawatch: first snaps of Philae’s arrival on 67P

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

This first photo by ESA’s Philae lander after its touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a warning sign that things hadn’t gone to plan

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Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year.The rates’ historically low levels could be a boon to potential homebuyers. Mortgage company…

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