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UK moves to tighten rules on drone use

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:38:14 EDT

British officials have announced plans to regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation.

Creating the largest neutrino detectors in the world

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:40:11 EDT

A new era in neutrino physics in the United States is underway, and UW–Madison's Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) in Stoughton is playing a key role.

National Weather Service cancels its union contract

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:08:35 EDT

In what could be the first major labor showdown of the Trump administration, the National Weather Service announced it will cancel its contract with the union representing about 3,800 of its meteorologists and other workers.

Optimization for self-production may explain mysterious features of the ribosome

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:08:13 EDT

Optimization for self-production may explain key features of ribosomes, the protein production factories of the cell, reported researchers from Harvard Medical School in Nature on July 20.

Name that scotch: Colorimetric recognition of aldehydes and ketones

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:29:19 EDT

Vodka tastes different from brandy, and connoisseurs can distinguish among different brands of whiskeys. The flavors of spirits result from a complex bouquet of volatile compounds. New colorimetric sensor arrays on disposable test-strips read by hand-held devices allow for their rapid, inexpensive, and sensitive identification by their chemical "fingerprints". They are based on novel sensor arrays that detect and differentiate among a diverse range of aldehydes and ketones, as reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Noru east of Japan

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:28:07 EDT

NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible-light image of Tropical Storm Noru after it formed far to the east of Japan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

NASA spots newly formed Tropical Depression 08W in South China Sea

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:30:26 EDT

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured an image of newly formed Tropical Depression 08W near Hainan Island, China.

Zing! Sprint opens 'Twice the Price' store next to Verizon retailer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:20:04 EDT

The advertising war between the cell phone carriers is hitting the pavement, and once again, Sprint is taking on Verizon.

NASA notes 9th northwestern Pacific Tropical Cyclone

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:01:57 EDT

The ninth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean has formed and developed into a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Kulap was spotted by NASA's Terra satellite far to the west of Midway Island.

GOES Satellite sees Tropical Depression 09E form

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:53:50 EDT

The Eastern Pacific Ocean has been recently generating a lot of tropical cyclones. Tropical Depression 09E just formed off the southern coast of Mexico and was captured in imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite.

Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science (Update)

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:50:01 EDT

Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States August 21.

Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners—for a price

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:24:31 EDT

Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals.

Judge OKs $11.2M settlement for hacked Ashley Madison users

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:22:11 EDT

A federal judge on Friday approved an $11.2 million settlement between the marital infidelity website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information, including financial data and details of their sexual proclivities.

High-tech mystery: Is a Facebook phone in the works?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:20:55 EDT

Facebook could be working on a smartphone, according to paperwork recently spotted by cyber sleuths which the tech giant filed earlier this year.

Since its IPO, Snap Inc. did exactly what it said it would, so why is its stock struggling?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:20:01 EDT

The Los Angeles tech company behind Snapchat offers a simple sales pitch to investors: We'll release features niftier than anything our competitors can produce.

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:06:34 EDT

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of harmful particulate matter inside car cabins was found to be twice as high as previously believed.

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:37:45 EDT

Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.

Silicon Valley investors embrace a new vision of college

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:20:01 EDT

Make School, a for-profit startup in this city's South of Market district, is one of the most unusual schools in the country: It lets students enroll in classes for free if they agree to pay later after they land a job.

3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:13:51 EDT

A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient scientific breakthrough serves as the foundation for the team's modern, innovative solution to remaining challenges in current 3D shape reconstruction. This new approach to 3D shape acquisition is based on the well-known fluid displacement discovery by Archimedes and turns modeling surface reconstruction into a volumetric problem. Most notably, their method accurately reconstructs even hidden parts of an object that typical 3D laser scanners are not able to capture.

Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:13:29 EDT

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn't include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency.

Good fighters are bad runners

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:11:52 EDT

For mice and men, a strength in one area of Darwinian fitness may mean a deficiency in another. A look at Olympic athletes shows that a wrestler is built much differently than a marathoner. It's long been supposed that strength in fighting, or protecting territory and resources, comes at the expense of running, or spatial mobility. Now an experiment with house mice provides evidence for this theory. 

Satellite sees Tropical Storm Greg after 'eating' a depression

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:10:46 EDT

Tropical Storm Greg is intensifying after absorbing the moisture from the remnants of former Tropical Depression 8E. NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Greg as it moves west in the Eastern Pacific.

Best Buy rings up a rebound

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:20:02 EDT

Five years ago Best Buy Co. looked like a retail dinosaur, another victim of e-commerce juggernaut and other online sellers.

NC island's mysterious birth appears on NASA satellite images

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:08:30 EDT

NASA has released satellite images that show North Carolina's newly formed Shelly Island was born in November.

Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:51:29 EDT

The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times as bright as the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy combined, occurred about 3.5 billion years after the big bang at a period known as "cosmic high noon," when the rate of star formation in the universe reached its peak.

Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:06:08 EDT

Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dali's vast estate.

Lyft team steers toward open self-driving tech (Update)

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:05:29 EDT

US ride-share startup Lyft on Friday dedicated a new team focused on speeding up its effort to create a self-driving vehicle platform, which would be open to use by other companies.

In saliva, clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:04:56 EDT

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today.

Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:04:24 EDT

Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom. Discoveries of new amphibians are extremely rare in the United States with only three new frog species discovered since 1985 - and toad species are even more rare, with the last species discovered north of Mexico, the now extinct Wyoming toad, in 1968.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Fernanda sliding into central Pacific

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:03:06 EDT

Tropical Storm Fernanda has crossed the 140 degree longitude line and entered the central Pacific Ocean. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission, or GPM, satellite took a look at the rainfall the weakening system was still generating as it moves toward Hawaii.