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Sweden wants EU to switch to emission-free cars by 2030

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:59:38 EDT

Sweden's environment minister on Saturday urged the European Union to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2030.

AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy Time Warner for $80B

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:30:45 EDT

Grab some popcorn—AT&T wants to take you to the movies.

Major California river adding key ingredient: water

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:29:04 EDT

A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn.

Over 50,000 evacuated in typhoon's path in southern China

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:29:35 EDT

Typhoon Haima forced the evacuations of more than 50,000 people in southern China after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people.

Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:29:09 EDT

A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:28:21 EDT

India's capital, laboring under the label of being the world's most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air.

Whalers in crosshairs at international huddle

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:27:27 EDT

More than 80 nations square off in Slovenia next week over the fate of the world's remaining whales, facing a multitude of perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear.

Facebook to allow more graphic news

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:21:50 EDT

Facebook on Friday said that it will begin allowing more graphic or potentially disturbing newsworthy posts to be shared at the leading online social network.

Unusual quantum liquid on crystal surface could inspire future electronics

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:21:06 EDT

For the first time, an experiment has directly imaged electron orbits in a high-magnetic field, illuminating an unusual collective behavior in electrons and suggesting new ways of manipulating the charged particles.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter views Schiaparelli landing site

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:56:50 EDT

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to ESA's ExoMars Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing technology demonstrator module.

New 3-D technology raises hopes for the coldest of cold cases

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:47:57 EDT

The faces are haunting. They stare, straight ahead, unblinking and made of malleable clay. There are fourteen total, all busts of the missing, the unidentified, the murdered. The forgotten.

Team finds Southern East Africa getting wetter, not dryer

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:44:02 EDT

The prevailing notion that the African continent has been getting progressively drier over time is being challenged by a new study that finds that drought has actually decreased over the past 1.3 million years and that the continent is on a 100,000-year cycle of wet and dry conditions. These new findings add a wrinkle to one of the keys to human evolutionary theory, the savannah hypothesis, which states that the progressively drier conditions in Africa led to prehuman ancestors migrating from forests and moving into grasslands.

Rap1, a potential new target to treat obesity

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:31:25 EDT

Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered a new mechanism in the mouse brain that regulates obesity. The study, which appears in Cell Reports today, shows that this new mechanism can potentially be targeted to treat obesity.

European craft crashed on Mars, possibly exploded: ESA

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:28:02 EDT

A tiny lander despatched to Mars on a trial run had crashed and possibly exploded on the Red Planet, mission control said Friday, confirming Europe's second failed attempt to reach the alien surface.

Physicists develop analytics to predict poll trends

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:40:01 EDT

As the countdown continues to the Presidential election, new analytical tools by physicists at The City College of New York promise a quicker and remarkably accurate method of predicting election trends with Twitter.

AT&T near bid for Time Warner: report

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:55:42 EDT

US telecom giant AT&T is in "advanced talks" to acquire entertainment group Time Warner in a move to add in-house content to distribution services, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Photos show European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded (Update)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:54:45 EDT

Europe's experimental Mars probe hit the right spot—but at the wrong speed—and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface, scientists said Friday.

Photonics dawning as the communications light for evolving NASA missions

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:53:17 EDT

A largely unrecognized field called photonics may provide solutions to some of NASA's most pressing challenges in future spaceflight.

Climate change impairs survival instincts of fish and can make them swim towards predators

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:50:57 EDT

Climate change is disrupting the sensory systems of fish and can even make them swim towards predators, instead of away from them, a paper by marine biologists at the University of Exeter says.

Oldest known planet-forming disk: Citizen scientists and professional astronomers join forces

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:39:40 EDT

A group of citizen scientists and professional astronomers, including Carnegie's Jonathan Gagné, joined forces to discover an unusual hunting ground for exoplanets. They found a star surrounded by the oldest known circumstellar disk—a primordial ring of gas and dust that orbits around a young star and from which planets can form as the material collides and aggregates.

New study to characterize methane emissions from natural gas compressor stations

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:36:12 EDT

Natural gas, a clean-burning fuel, has significant potential as a "bridge fuel" on a path to a sustainable energy future. However, its climate benefits are highly dependent upon the emission rate of methane from the nation's vast natural gas infrastructure.

NASA measures extreme rainfall with typhoons Sarika and Haima

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:24:12 EDT

Two powerful typhoons have hit the Philippines in less than a week. Sarika was followed by Typhoon Haima. Using satellite data, NASA estimated the intense rainfall generated by these two typhoons.

Non-metal catalyst splits hydrogen molecule

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:20:03 EDT

Hydrogen (H2) is an extremely simple molecule and yet a valuable raw material which as a result of the development of sophisticated catalysts is becoming more and more important. In industry and commerce, applications range from food and fertilizer manufacture to crude oil cracking to utilization as an energy source in fuel cells. A challenge lies in splitting the strong H-H bond under mild conditions. Chemists at Goethe University have now developed a new catalyst for the activation of hydrogen by introducing boron atoms into a common organic molecule. The process, which was described in the Angewandte Chemie journal, requires only an electron source in addition and should therefore be usable on a broad scale in future.

The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate—or is it?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:18:49 EDT

Five years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astronomers for their discovery, in the late 1990s, that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace.

SAP misses 3Q profit forecasts, raises outlook slightly

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:18:13 EDT

German business software company SAP SE on Friday reported third-quarter earnings of $814.6 million.

Tesla may enter ride ride-hailing business next year

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:50:01 EDT

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses.

Research targets conflict over wind farming and renewable energy in Korea

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:40:02 EDT

Associate Professor Richard Hindmarsh, of the Griffith School of Environment, has been successful in receiving a grant of about $36,000 from the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF). His Korean partner is Dr Hyomin Kim of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology.

Investors hit sell button on Nintendo's new console

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:30:01 EDT

Investors hit the sell button on Nintendo shares Friday as gamers and analysts were left underwhelmed by a sneak peek at the videogame giant's long-awaited new console.

When quantum scale affects the way atoms emit and absorb particles of light

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:27:55 EDT

In 1937, US physicist Isidor Rabi introduced a simple model to describe how atoms emit and absorb particles of light. Until now, this model had still not been completely explained. In a recent paper, physicists have for the first time used an exact numerical technique: the quantum Monte Carlo technique, which was designed to explain the photon absorption and emission phenomenon. These findings were recently published in EPJ D by Dr Flottat from the Nice -Sophia Antipolis Non Linear Institute (INLN) in France and colleagues. They confirm previous results obtained with approximate simulation methods.

Combating cybercrime when there's plenty of phish in the sea

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:20:01 EDT

As more and more crime moves online, computer scientists, criminologists and legal academics have joined forces in Cambridge to improve our understanding and responses to cybercrime, helping governments, businesses and ordinary users construct better defences.