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New Russian jet takes to air in bid to rival Airbus and Boeing

Sun, 28 May 2017 14:20:01 EDT

Russia on Sunday held a successful test flight of its new MC-21 medium-haul passenger jet that it hopes will revive its troubled civil aviation industry and challenge giants Airbus and Boeing.



Ford's changes at the top aimed at faster decision-making

Sun, 28 May 2017 14:16:52 EDT

Earlier this week, Ford Motor Co. replaced company veteran Mark Fields as CEO with Jim Hackett, a relative newcomer to the auto industry. Ford said it needed the change to speed up decision-making and reorient toward the future.



More Heathrow chaos as BA scrambles to recover from IT crash (Update)

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:32:26 EDT

Thousands of travellers faced further chaos on Sunday as British Airways cancelled around 60 flights from London's Heathrow Airport following an IT system failure.



US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban (Update)

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:31:55 EDT

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.



Google linking online and offline worlds in new ad challenge

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:40:38 EDT

Google is testing a way to tie online ads to brick-and-mortar store purchases, a move whetting marketing appetites while fueling privacy worries.



Why nuclear could become the next 'fossil' fuel

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:37:32 EDT

A gray dinosaur statue outside south Florida's largest power plant is meant to symbolize two decommissioned fossil fuel reactors, but it also could be seen to represent a nuclear industry crumpling under mounting costs.



BA aims to restore normal flight service after IT failure

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:36:20 EDT

British Airways said Sunday it was still working to restore its computer systems but hoped to resume flights from London airports, a day after a global IT failure crippled its services.



In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:36:00 EDT

On a highway in Banff National Park in western Canada, tourists hastily park their cars to catch a glimpse of a bear at the edge of the forest.



Google's AlphaGo retires on top after humbling world No. 1

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:34:48 EDT

The Google-owned computer algorithm AlphaGo is retiring from playing humans in the ancient Chinese game of Go after roundly defeating the world's top player this week, its developer said Saturday.



BA outage creates London travel chaos; power issue blamed

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:31:24 EDT

British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend.



Carcass of 79-foot blue whale washes ashore in California

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:30:05 EDT

The body of a 79-foot (24-meter) blue whale has washed ashore in California's Marin County and experts are trying to determine why it died.



Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:28:07 EDT

Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district.



What if US quits climate deal? Doesn't look good for Earth

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:27:20 EDT

Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said. That's because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.



US science agency: Selfies with seal pups a no-no

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:28:47 EDT

U.S. officials are warning people not to take selfies with seals, no matter how tempting.



Marine species distribution shifts will continue under ocean warming

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:27:39 EDT

Scientists using a high-resolution global climate model and historical observations of species distributions on the Northeast U.S. Shelf have found that commercially important species will continue to shift their distribution as ocean waters warm two to three times faster than the global average through the end of this century. Projected increases in surface to bottom waters of 6.6 to 9 degrees F (3.7 to 5.0 degrees Celsius) from current conditions are expected.



Construction begins on the world's first super telescope

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:23:40 EDT

Scientists are a step closer to understanding the inner-workings of the universe following the laying of the first stone, and construction starting on the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.



Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:02 EDT

On Oct. 13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of the lunar surface, produced an image that was wild and jittery. From the sudden and jagged pattern apparent in the image, the LROC team determined that the camera must have been hit by a tiny meteoroid, a small object in space.



Canadian accused in Yahoo hack to appeal bail denial

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:54:45 EDT

A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails says he'll appeal a judge's decision to deny him bail.



'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:54:22 EDT

Almost two billion years ago, a 10-kilometre-wide chunk of space slammed down into rock near what is now the city of Sudbury. Now, scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth are marrying details of that meteorite impact with technology that measures surrounding crystal fragments as a way to date other ancient meteorite strikes.



Conch shells spill the secret to their toughness

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:52:40 EDT

The shells of marine organisms take a beating from impacts due to storms and tides, rocky shores, and sharp-toothed predators. But as recent research has demonstrated, one type of shell stands out above all the others in its toughness: the conch.



G7 demands internet giants crack down on extremist content

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:34:42 EDT

The G7 nations on Friday demanded action from internet providers and social media firms against extremist content online, vowing to step up their fight against terrorism after the Manchester attack.



Study finds Congo's miners often resort to hunting wildlife for food

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:32:58 EDT

A new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has revealed how mining for valuable minerals in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a major driving factor in the illegal hunting of great apes and other wildlife for food.



Oh baby! DC zoo officials hoping to get panda pregnant

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:10:02 EDT

Zoo officials in Washington are hoping to get panda mom Mei Xiang pregnant—again.



French designer shows off DIY robot in public for first time

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:01:55 EDT

A French designer has shown his humanoid DIY robot to the public for the first time.



Fractious politics leads 'Far Cry' video game to US

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:01:33 EDT

The latest edition of the blockbuster shooter video game "Far Cry" plays out on US soil, inspired by angry political divides and intense isolationist passions in rural America.



Why communication is vital—even among plants and funghi

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:58:53 EDT

Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found a plant protein indispensable for communication early in the formation of symbiosis - the mutually beneficial relationship between plants and fungi. Symbiosis significantly enhances a plant's ability to take up vital nutrients like phosphate from the soil, and understanding the processes involved holds great promise for the development of sustainable 'biosolutions' to enhancing food production in order to feed a growing global population.



Fungal enzymes team up to more efficiently break down cellulose

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:55:56 EDT

One of the biggest barriers in the commercial production of sustainable biofuels is to cost-effectively break down the bioenergy crops into sugars that can then be converted into fuel. To reduce this barrier, bioenergy researchers are looking to nature and the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi that, collectively, can break down almost any substance on earth, including plant biomass.



A 3-D look at the 2015 El Nino

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:52:30 EDT

El Niño is a recurring climate pattern characterized by warmer than usual ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Two back-to-back 3-D visualizations track the changes in ocean temperatures and currents, respectively, throughout the life cycle of the 2015-2016 El Niño event, chronicling its inception in early 2015 to its dissipation by April 2016. Blue regions represent colder and red regions warmer temperatures when compared with normal conditions.



High levels of PFOA found in mid-Ohio River Valley residents from 1991 to 2013

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:47:52 EDT

New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) reveals that residents of the Mid-Ohio River Valley (from Evansville, Indiana, north to Huntington, West Virginia) had higher than normal levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) based on blood samples collected over a 22-year span. The exposure source was likely from drinking water contaminated by industrial discharges upriver.



Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:45:53 EDT

Almost 150 years after Charles Darwin first proposed a little-known prediction from his theory of sexual selection, researchers have found that male moths with larger antennae are better at detecting female signals.