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Video: A colorful 'landing' on Pluto

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:10:11 EST

What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto—starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon—and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Apple antitrust suit: Qualcomm overcharged 'billions' (Update)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:24 EST

Apple on Friday sued Qualcomm, accusing the California chipmaker of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties, echoing charges filed days earlier by US antitrust regulators.

Firm believes it can tap the potential of geothermal energy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:01 EST

TerraCOH's vision is grand. The fledgling firm would use carbon dioxide emissions - a nemesis to the planet - to power a geothermal energy system, which would in turn produce low-cost, clean electricity.

Traders use algorithms that capture Trump's remarks and then buy or sell affected stocks

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:40:01 EST

The jaw-dropping speed at which certain stocks have moved in response to Donald Trump's tweets about corporate America makes it seem as if Wall Street already was waiting for the president-elect's words.

Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:36:06 EST

City police officers with specialized training will be able to refer anyone having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to a hospital or treatment facility rather than arrest them for minor crimes, according to federal court documents filed late Thursday.

Trump signals big shift on energy, climate policies

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:25:25 EST

US President Donald Trump signaled a sharp break on energy and the environment policy Friday, announcing plans to undo climate policies and promote domestic energy development as part of his "America First" agenda.

Europe cold front endangers 23,000 child migrants: UNICEF

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:43:02 EST

More than 23,000 child refugees and migrants could risk respiratory infections, "even death from hypothermia," due to sub-freezing temperatures across Europe, warned the UN children's fund UNICEF on Friday.

Massive Antarctic ice shelf ready to break apart

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:03:14 EST

A chunk of ice half the size of Jamaica which is breaking away from West Antarctica is now attached to its parent ice shelf just by a thread, scientists reported Friday.

Society set for head-on collision with driverless cars

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:02:49 EST

Evangelists for driverless cars see a bright future coming down the road: thousands of lives saved, countless driving hours freed up, cityscapes transformed with traffic jams vanquished.

Avalanches, a mountain menace

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:00:02 EST

Avalanches such as the one that smashed into a hotel in central Italy on Wednesday are complex phenomena triggered by a combination of local factors.

New project aims to improve diversity in arts and humanities research

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:50:01 EST

How universities and black and minority ethnic communities work together will be the focus of a new UK-wide project. Common Cause is a new collaborative arts and humanities initiative will map routes to greater inclusion that enable the UK's diverse population to fully participate in research and collaborations.

Interpol opens new front in war against wildlife crimes

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:41:37 EST

International police body Interpol announced a new project Friday that will identify and dismantle origanised crime networks between Africa and Asia that have devastated wildlife and made ivory a sought-after luxury.

Data should smash the biological myth of promiscuous males and sexually coy females

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:40:02 EST

That males are naturally promiscuous while females are coy and choosy is a widely held belief. Even many scientists – including some biologists, psychologists and anthropologists – tout this notion when interviewed by the media about almost any aspect of male-female differences, including in human beings. In fact, certain human behaviors such as rape, marital infidelity and some forms of domestic abuse have been portrayed as adaptive traits that evolved because males are promiscuous while females are sexually reluctant.

Seals found able to find hidden fish by using whiskers to trace aspiration currents

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:40:01 EST

A team of researchers with the University of Rostock in Germany has found that seals are able to use their whiskers to find fish hiding in the sand on the ocean floor. In their paper published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the team describes experiments they carried out with seals in a near-native environment and what they learned from them.

Is part of Chelsea Manning's legacy increased surveillance?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:01 EST

The military's most prolific leaker of digital documents has ushered in an age of even more increased surveillance over government workers. The legacy of Chelsea Manning's actions is under discussion in the wake of the announcement that the former Army private will be released from military prison in May. In one of his last official acts, President Obama commuted her sentence for violations of the Espionage Act and copying and disseminating classified information. The commutation reduced her sentence from 35 years to the seven years she has already served, plus four additional months needed to effect her release.

New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:28:35 EST

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of automakers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators.

Samsung probe finds faulty batteries triggered fire: report

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:28:17 EST

A Samsung probe into the exploding batteries that forced the electronics giant to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones has found irregularly sized batteries caused overheating, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The world's cities: vital, but fragile

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:27:29 EST

They may be richer and more numerous than ever, but the world's urban dwellers can be forgiven a sense of dread as threats pile up from climate change, terrorism and anarchic growth.

We all need contacts—how organelles hug in cells

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:26:43 EST

Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how different compartments (or organelles) of human cells interact.

Probe for nanofibers has atom-scale sensitivity

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:21:39 EST

Optical fibers are the backbone of modern communications, shuttling information from A to B through thin glass filaments as pulses of light. They are used extensively in telecommunications, allowing information to travel at near the speed of light virtually without loss.

Amazing SpaceX images highlight perfect Falcon 9 landing

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:20:37 EST

SpaceX was able to celebrate a successful return to flight this week with a picture-perfect launch of the Falcon 9 rocket on January 14, 2017 that successfully delivered a fleet of ten advanced Iridium NEXT mobile voice and data relay satellites to orbit. But the icing on the cake was the dead-center landing and recovery of the Falcon 9 booster on their drone barge (named "Just Read The Instructions") in the Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of California.

What is the Alcubierre "warp" drive?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:20:04 EST

It's always a welcome thing to learn that ideas that are commonplace in science fiction have a basis in science fact. Cryogenic freezers, laser guns, robots, silicate implants… and let's not forget the warp drive! Believe it or not, this concept – alternately known as FTL (Faster-Than-Light) travel, Hyperspace, Lightspeed, etc. – actually has one foot in the world of real science.

Video: How machine learning is transforming the world around us

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:19:26 EST

"Siri, will it rain today?", "Facebook, tag my friend in this photo." These are just two examples of the incredible things that we ask computers to do for us. But, have you ever asked yourself how computers know how to do these things?

New method recognises tree species automatically

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:50:01 EST

A joint research project by Tampere University of Technology's mathematics laboratory and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has developed a new method of recognising tree species based on laser scanning measurements. The method enables the calculation of classification features in a completely new way.

Around Antarctica: ACE expedition completed its first leg

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:40:01 EST

The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) arrived yesterday in Australia after 30 days at sea. The scientific expedition, launch by the Swiss Polar Institute, completed the first leg of its voyage around the southernmost continent. Here is a recap of the first leg of the trip and a look at what awaits researchers on the second leg, which gets under way this coming Sunday.

The evolution of massive galaxy clusters

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:30:14 EST

Galaxy clusters have long been recognized as important laboratories for the study of galaxy formation and evolution. The advent of the new generation of millimeter and submillimeter wave survey telescopes, like the South Pole Telescope (SPT), has made it possible to identify faint galaxy clusters over large fractions of the sky using an effect first recognized by Rashid Sunyaev and Yakov Zel'dovich in 1969: When hot electrons in the cluster gas interact with light from the ubiquitous cosmic microwave background they increase its brightness very slightly.

STO2 landed and data secured

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:30:01 EST

The STO2 telescope with Dutch detectors on board that circled around the South Pole in December 2016 to investigate gas clouds between the stars landed safely on 30 December.

Violations of energy conservation in the early universe may explain dark energy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:30:01 EST

(—Physicists have proposed that violations of energy conservation in the early universe, as predicted by certain modified theories of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity, may explain the cosmological constant problem, which is sometimes referred to as "the worst theoretical prediction in the history of physics."

Emotional security system

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:28:06 EST

A security system that analyses a user's brainwaves could determine whether the user is in a fit mental state to be granted access to resources. Details are published in the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms.

Researchers produce vital component in search for earth-like planets

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:21:30 EST

Researchers at Uppsala University plan to manufacture a new type of coronagraph for the VLT, the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The coronagraph is a key component of the telescope which will be used to search for planets in the neighbouring star system Alpha Centauri.