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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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How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world’s future energy needs

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Uncork a bottle of champagne, and as the pressure of the liquid is abruptly removed, bubbles immediately form and then rapidly begin the process of "coarsening," in which larger bubbles grow at the expense of smaller ones.

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Badger cull fails to meet target

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year’s cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.

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Daimler puts aside $748 million for antitrust case

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

BERLIN (AP) " Daimler AG says it’s booking a 600 million-euro ($748 million) charge related to European Union antitrust proceedings against commercial vehicle makers.Daimler said Thursday it’s increasing a provision first made in…

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Why are UK teenagers skipping school?

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Analysis of the results of a large-scale survey reveals the extent of truancy in English secondary schools and sheds light on the mental health of the country’s teens.

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Sony Pictures hack – whodunnit?

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Is North Korea the obvious suspect?

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Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 289,000, lowest level in 6 weeks

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 289,000, lowest level in 6 weeks.

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How to teach all students to think critically

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

All first year students at the University of Technology Sydney could soon be required to take a compulsory maths course in an attempt to give them some numerical thinking skills.

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France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixing

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

PARIS (AP) " France’s antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene and cleaning products including shampoos,…

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Easy, affordable cover extends growing season in home gardens

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

A technique used by commercial growers to protect tender crops from harmful cold temperatures may be an affordable option for home growers as well, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service vegetable specialist.

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VIDEO: India launches largest rocket

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.

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Bits Blog: BlackBerry Classic Hits the Right Keys

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

After some miscues and failed experiments, BlackBerry is getting back on track with the BlackBerry Classic, a throwback device that combines modern amenities with the keyboard and power features its users love.

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Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world. We won’t ever be silicon slaves, insists an AI expert

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Snapchat boss tearful at Sony hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel left "devastated" as plans for his messaging app are leaked as part of the Sony Pictures hack.

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Badger cull fails to meet target

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year’s cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.

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Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter.Thursday’s figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority,…

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People often withhold key facts to win negotiations, and don’t think they’ve done wrong

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

It was a deft explanation that, to many observers, gave credence to the nickname "Slick Willie." President Bill Clinton, facing increasing questions about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, appeared on PBS’s "NewsHour" with host Jim Lehrer on Jan. 21, 1998, to deny allegations of an affair with "that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."

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Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

MOSCOW (AP) " Putin says that Western sanctions 25-30 percent responsible for Russian economic crisis.

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Badger cull fails to meet target

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year’s cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.

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EU court clears stem cell patenting

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

A human egg used to produce stem cells but unable to develop into a viable embryo can be patented, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

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A guide to the Sony Pictures hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 19•14

What we know about the devastating hack that hit Sony

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Electron spin could be the key to high-temperature superconductivity

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Swiss scientists take a significant step in our understanding of superconductivity by studying the strange quantum events in a unique superconducting material.

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Reports: jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

MOSCOW (AP) " Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets, has reportedly been released from under house arrest just hours before President Vladimir Putin’s annual…

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Mobile deal to reduce ‘not-spots’

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Agreement is reached between the government and the country’s biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.

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Japan lab cannot repeat ground-breaking cell finding: reports

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Some of Japan’s top scientists have been unable to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking stem cell study, but which spiralled into a scandal that included a respected researcher’s suicide, reports said Thursday.

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Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

(AP)—Researchers say they’ve collected promising weather data by flying drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form.

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Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Asian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei…

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VIDEO: ‘Ice pancakes’ form on River Dee

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Ice pancake formations, more commonly seen in the Antarctic, have been photographed on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.

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AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that…

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NZ dollar dips as economic growth revised down

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The New Zealand dollar dipped after the country’s pace of economic growth was revised down, though continued to beat expectations, and as the Federal Reserve gets closer to making a call on whether to hike interest rates.The kiwi…

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

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•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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Dot Earth Blog: With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

A look at the mix of economic, political and environmental factors that prompted Gov. Cuomo to bar fracking.

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How Kim Jong Un became the target of ‘The Interview’

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

NEW YORK (AP) " A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote."You’re always hoping nothing horrible is going to happen, obviously,"…

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Dot Earth Blog: With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

A look at the mix of economic, political and environmental factors that prompted Gov. Cuomo to bar fracking.

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‘Ringing’ rock arches recorded

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

America’s huge humming arches

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Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America decided not to release the film, ending any prospect of a serious theatrical release.

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14 charged in deadly US meningitis outbreak

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

BOSTON (AP) " Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain…

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‘Vast store’ of world’s oldest water

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The world’s oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth’s crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.

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Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike; stocks soar

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.That was the message sent Wednesday as the…

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Bits Blog: Throwback BlackBerry Classic Hits the Right Keys

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

After some miscues and failed experiments, BlackBerry is getting back on track with the BlackBerry Classic, a throwback device that combines modern amenities with the keyboard and power features its users love.

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AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future.The official spoke on condition…

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Underfire Uber ramps up rider safety

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Uber is ramping up driver background checks and other security measures worldwide after the smartphone-focused car-sharing service was banned in New Delhi following the alleged rape of a passenger.

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Dot Earth Blog: With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

A look at the mix of economic, political and environmental factors that prompted Gov. Cuomo to bar fracking.

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Bits Blog: Iowa Pursues a Virtual Driver’s License App

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Iowa’s plan to introduce a smartphone app for electronic driver’s licenses comes with a host of data security and privacy challenges.

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GDP: Economy grows faster than expected

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

New Zealand’s economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the September quarter as a good start to the dairy season and increased oil and gas activity stoked activity.Gross domestic product expanded 1 percent to a seasonally…

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Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The studio made its decision after multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America said they would not show the film.

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Dot Earth Blog: With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

A look at the mix of economic, political and environmental factors that prompted Gov. Cuomo to bar fracking.

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US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in…

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Consumer loyalty driven by aesthetics over functionality

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

When designing a new car, manufacturers might try to attract consumers with more horsepower, increased fuel efficiency or a lower price point. But new research from San Francisco State University shows consumers’ loyalty and passion for an automobile brand are driven more by appearance. Aesthetics that resonate on an emotional level are more responsible for brand loyalty than such factors as functionality and price, the study found.

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Theater Chains Decline to Show Sony’s ‘The Interview,’ Citing Threats

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America decided not to release the film, ending any prospect of a serious theatrical release.

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Top theater chains cancel ‘The Interview’ showings

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

NEW YORK (AP) " The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film.Regal Cinemas,…

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Stanford aims to bring player pianos back to life

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

(AP)—Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods.

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Rhyme and reason: Writing poems in computer code

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Beyoncé’s tweets as sacred text, error messages that tell a tragic tale and the looping program of a failing relationship: we parse a new literary phenomenon

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Bits Blog: T-Mobile Allows Subscribers to Hold on to Unused Mobile Data

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

T-Mobile USA said on Tuesday that it would allow customers to roll their unused mobile Internet data into the next month’s phone bill.

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Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

NEW YORK (AP) " The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be "patient"…

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New conversion process turns biomass ‘waste’ into lucrative chemical products (w/ Video)

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets.

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Festival lights viewed from space

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Satellites view how Christmas in the US and Ramadan in the Middle East brighten the globe.

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Bits Blog: Throwback BlackBerry Classic Hits the Right Keys

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

After some miscues and failed experiments, BlackBerry is getting back on track with the BlackBerry Classic, a throwback device that combines modern amenities with the keyboard and power features its users love.

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Trade Me defends Gift Finder tool from ‘sexist’ claim after petition launched

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

An online petition criticising Trade Me’s Gift Finder tool as "sexist" has attracted 250 signatures in its first few days.Aucklander Louise Wickham launched the ‘Fix your sexist Gift Finder’ petition on Change.org on Monday.The…

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BPG image format judged awesome versus JPEG

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

If these three letters could talk, BPG, they would say something like "Farewell, JPEG." Better Portable Graphics (BPG) is a new image format based on HEVC and supported by browsers with a small Javascript decoder. The format is intended to replace the JPEG image format when the file size or quality is an issue. BPG’s advantages include a high compression ratio, whereby files are much smaller than JPEG for similar quality.

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Giant robotic insect takes its first steps

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

A six-legged robot that moves its legs independently can walk over obstacles and rough terrain

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New Blackberry ‘back to its roots’

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Blackberry launches what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone, the Blackberry Classic.

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Philae comet landing ‘all a blur’

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.

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#RosettaWatch: Comet lander could wake up next year

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The Philae lander is getting enough sunlight to keep warm, team members say, and the Rosetta spacecraft may have already taken pictures of its landing spot

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Bits Blog: T-Mobile Allows Subscribers to Hold on to Unused Mobile Data

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

T-Mobile USA said on Tuesday that it would allow customers to roll their unused mobile Internet data into the next month’s phone bill.

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Obama: time to boost travel, commerce with Cuba

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Barack Obama says his changes to U.S. policy with Cuba will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, and to use their credit and debit cards in the country.Obama also says that more resources should…

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Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire’s impacts

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition. Land managers are using fire as a tool to mimic past fire conditions, restore fire-dependent forests, and reduce fuels in an effort to lessen the potential for large, high-intensity fires, like the Rim Fire. A study led by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and recently published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management examined how the Rim Fire burned through forests with restored fire regimes in Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were as resistant to high-severity fire as many scientists and land managers expected.

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Cape Cod Mystery: A Surge of Stranded Turtles

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Volunteers are waging a rescue effort after finding almost 1,200 turtles washed ashore since mid-November, far more than in the previous record year.

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App Smart: Santa Apps Bring Fun and Order to the Holidays

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

These apps offer Christmas-themed diversions and recipes, as well as ways to organize your gift plans.

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Star’s flying visit could fling comets at Earth

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

It might not happen for a quarter of a million years, but a nearby star coming closer to the sun could send planetary remnants hurtling to Earth

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Albanian deputy minister sacked over power bills

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

TIRANA, Albania (AP) " Albania’s deputy environment minister has been sacked for allegedly not paying her electricity bills " just as the government is striving to persuade Albanians to settle old power debts.In a statement on his…

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Curiosity Rover on Mars: Burps point to life on the red planet

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The first signs of life on Mars have been discovered, Nasa announced yesterday.Intriguing "burps" of methane were recorded by the space agency’s exploration vehicle, Curiosity Rover, which may have been produced by bacteria-like…

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BlackBerry launches Classic smartphone in last-ditch effort

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

(AP)—BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new smartphone called the Classic, featuring a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones—and most smartphone customers—have embraced touch screens.

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Early Look at Web Videos, for a Small Monthly Fee

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The start-up company Vessel is betting that viewers will pay $3 a month to see premium content from celebrities and music stars before the rest of the world.

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A guide to the Sony Pictures hack

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

What we know about the devastating hack that hit Sony

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Cook farm waste into energy

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

It takes some cooking, but turning farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph.

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US stocks open higher; Traders watch Fed meeting

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

NEW YORK (AP) " The U.S. stock market is opening modestly higher ahead of a key policy announcement from the Federal Reserve.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 70 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,140 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time…

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

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•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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Napster co-founder to invest in allergy research

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Napster co-founder Sean Parker missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless of times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.Now that…

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Origin of the Eukaryotic cell: Part II – Cytoskeleton, membranes, and beyond

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

(Phys.org) —In Part I of our review of the new book "The Origin and Evolution of the Eukaryotic Cell" we talked about the acquisition of endosymbionts by cells. While there we focused on some of the genetic issues involved in acquiring mitochondria, here we want to focus on some of the other structural features that defined eukaryotic evolution. One approach that many of the chapter authors take is to examine the ways in which different bacterial and archaeal cells solve the universal problems of building membranes, organizing DNA, and constructing cilia or flagella to move things about. If prevailing intuitions are right, then once we are armed with sufficient knowledge regarding which primitive bacteria bear the rudimentary traces of the major innovations that define eukaryotic cells then the one true evolutionary path should be laid bare before us.

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Fewer Ebola Cases Go Unreported Than Thought, Study Finds

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Transmission of the Ebola virus occurs mostly within families, in hospitals and at funerals, not randomly like the flu, Yale scientists said.

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US current account deficit rises to $100.3 billion

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

WASHINGTON (AP) " The U.S. current account trade deficit widened slightly in the July-September quarter, largely due to foreign institutions paying less in fines and penalties to the U.S. government.The Commerce Department says…

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Technology turns eyewear into a smart device capable of displaying visual information

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Sony Corporation announces the development of an attachable Single-Lens Display Module that can turn eyewear of varying designs into smart devices.

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Jeans made to block wireless signals

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Jeans that block wireless RFID signals, prevent hackers accessing card details, are to go on sale.

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AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

LONDON (AP) " No one said the recovery from the global financial crisis would be easy and 2014 provided that in spades.While the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, is showing clear signs that its recovery is self-sustaining, the…

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Biased statistic leads to less spending for severe railway accidents

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

City University London Professor of Engineering Development, Professor Philip Thomas, says that the Department for Transport’s (DfT) safety policy on severe railway accidents, is based on opinion measurements that were filtered using the Valuation Index, a statistic biased in favour of low values.

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Apple halts Russian online sales

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Technology giant Apple says it cannot currently sell products online in Russia because the rouble’s value is too volatile for it to set prices.

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Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

The creeping movement of the ground in California’s Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.

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Dot Earth Blog: How a Porcupine and YouTube Helped Save the Bronx Zoo’s Budget

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

How a century-old conservation group chose YouTube and a porcupine to fight budget cuts in the depth of the recession.

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Google considers data risk warnings

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Google is proposing to warn people their data is at risk every time they visit websites that do not use the "HTTPS" system.

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Smart shoes with lasers make strides in mobility

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

Adding laser tips to ordinary shoes can improve the stride and pace of people with Parkinson’s disease

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Irish lawmakers open probe into banking crisis

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

DUBLIN (AP) " Irish lawmakers have opened a fact-finding investigation into the causes of Ireland’s banking crisis, when a collapsing property market exposed reckless lending and required an emergency international bailout.Wednesday’s…

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Image: Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Written By: admin - Dec• 18•14

From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset and posted it to social media on Dec. 14, 2014.

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