Tag: Science & Tech

NASA: Comet ISON is ‘brightening’

NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign website says the comet is “brightening dramatically” ahead of its close encounter with the sun on Thursday. The glare of the sun has blocked most ground-based observations for now, but NASA has a fleet of spacecraft watching as ISON plunges toward the sun. Two space telescopes recorded images of the…

Bitcoin Surges To New High As U.S. Considers Regulation [VIDEO]

Bitcoin surged over 27 percent to a new high of $675 US on Monday as the U.S. government began hearings on possible regulation of the digital currency. While not an official seal of approval, the hearing is giving some legitimacy to a payment mechanism that has been associated with illegal activities even as it gains…

40 Billion ‘habitable Earths-size’ planets Discovered in Milky Way alone

Do they come in peace? Astronomers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Hawaii released a study Monday saying there are likely around 40 billion planets with Earth-like characteristics in our galaxy. The closest one? 12 light years away, or 72 trillion miles. And just in case you weren’t blown away yet, experts…

Partial Solar Eclipse Lights Up The US East Coast Sky Sunday

A rare solar eclipse was seen by millions at sunrise on Sunday morning. The display was seen on across the east coast of the United States as far west as eastern Ohio, and as far south as Florida. A total eclipse of the sun was visible to those in central Africa. USA Today

Dark matter not found in 1st results from powerful detector

The first results from the most sensitive dark-matter detector ever built shows the equipment did not find any conclusive evidence of the substance, scientists announced Wednesday. The LUX detector is buried one mile beneath the ground in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Scientists think that dark matter makes up the majority of matter in…

Expedition 37 Arrives At International Space Station

NASA has confirmed that a new trio of Expedition 37 residents has arrived at the International Space Station, docking to the Poisk mini-research module Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are scheduled for a five-and-a-half month stay in space,…

Volcano The Size Of New Mexico Discovered Off Japan

The largest volcano in the world, and possibly one of the largest in the Solar System, has been discovered off the coast of Japan by scientists. The volcano has been named Tamu Massif by the scientist who discovered it, after Texas A&M University where he taught for decades. Tamu Massif dwarfs its nearest rival, Hawaii’s…

Google Announces Android 4.3, Jelly Bean’s New Flavor

Google announced the next iteration of its Android mobile operating system, version 4.3, at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The new version of Android is actually the third version to carry the “Jelly Bean” label, as opposed to the rumored next-generation leap, “Key Lime Pie.” Android 4.3 introduces a number of new features.…

NASA Shares Photos Of Earth, Seen from Saturn And Mercury

NASA has shared new images of the Earth and moon, as seen from Saturn and Mercury. In this photo captured by the Cassini orbiter on July 19, Saturn’s rings can be seen with Earth and the moon. Earth is a blue dot at the center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion…

Astronomer Discovers New Moon Orbiting Neptune

An astronomer has discovered Neptune’s smallest known moon, a mini-world that eluded detection until it was found almost by accident in years-old imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope. Neptune’s 14th moon, currently known only as S/2004 N 1, is thought to measure no more than 12 miles (20 kilometers) across. It orbits about 65,400 miles…

Ga. Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Gets Bionic Hands – VIDEO

A Georgia woman who lost both her hands and legs to a flesh-eating bacteria this past summer has been outfitted with prosthetic hands. And Aimee Copeland of Snellville, Ga., is learning to use them here at Touch Bionics in suburban Columbus, Ohio. “It feels amazing,” said Copeland, the first woman in the world with bilateral…

Computers Can Now ‘Predict Your Dreams’

Computers Can Now ‘Predict Your Dreams’

A computer can predict what you’re dreaming about based on brain wave activity, new research suggests. By measuring people’s brain activity during waking moments, researchers were able to pick out the signatures of specific dream imagery — such as keys or a bed — while the dreamer was asleep. NBC News

Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Ocean Floor

Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Ocean Floor

Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Ocean Floor Massive engines that launched astronauts to the moon in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission were recovered by a private expedition led by the founder of Amazon.com. “We found so much,” said Jeff Bezos, the online retailer’s CEO, in an update posted Wednesday (March 20) on the Bezos…

Holy Spock! BlackBerry Inventor Now Wants To Build Star Trek-Like Tricorder

Holy Spock! BlackBerry Inventor Now Wants To Build Star Trek-Like Tricorder Mike Lazaridis, inventor of the BlackBerry smartphone, is starting a $100 million quantum technology fund that’s aiming to turn devices like the medical tricorder from “Star Trek” into reality. “What we’re excited about is these little gems coming out,” Lazaridis said in an interview…

Google Releases Realtime API For Drive Apps

Google Releases Realtime API For Drive Apps Google has released a new application programming interface (API) that allows developers to implement real-time collaboration in Google Drive apps. Users of Google Docs, as well as Spreadsheets and Slides, now have the ability to edit a document at the same time others are doing so, and each…

Google Inc Said It Will Shut Google Reader On July 1

Google Inc said it will shut Google Reader on July 1, citing declining usage for the application that aggregates content served by web feeds, as it forges ahead with its strategy to focus on fewer products that have more impact. reuters

WATCH: Google Glass Video Shows New Functions And User Interface

WATCH: Google Glass Video Shows New Functions And User Interface The latest Project Glass video shows what it’s like to use Google Glass. The video release coincides with a new push to find ‘Glass Explorers’ willing to plunk down $1500 to test the new technology. nydailynews

Nicolau Copernicus Becomes The Centre Of Google’s Universe As The Search Giant Marks Astronomer’s 540th Birthday

For all his efforts, Nicolaus Copernicus is at the centre of the space-exploration universe. The astronomer, born 540 years ago today, has a crater on the moon and aNASA trajectory system. In 1972, scientists in the U.S. and Britain launched a Copernicus observatory (OAO-3) into orbit. The Kopernik Space Education Center, perched at the top…

Apple Cuts MacBook Prices By Up To $200

Apple Inc cut the price on the base version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop with “retina” display by $200 as it revamps its top-end laptops, weeks after the company reported a steep decline in Mac sales in the holiday quarter. Investors have worried that Apple’s iPad is cannibalizing its Mac range, but Chief Executive…

Asteroid To Make Close Approach To Earth Next Week

Asteroid To Make Close Approach To Earth Next Week An asteroid half the size of a football field will make a close approach to Earth next week, but poses no threat of crashing into our planet, NASA officials say. Asteroid 2012 DA14’s close encounter is a record-breaking celestial event, according to Don Yeomans, the head…

Mary Leakey 100th Birthday: Google Doodle Honours Famous British Archaeologist And Anthropologist

The Google doodle represents one of Leakey’s most famous achievements – the discovery of 3.5 million-year-old fossilised hominid footprints, at Laetoli in Tanzania. Famous British archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey has been honoured with a Google doodle to mark what would have been her 100th birthday. Born in London on February 6, 1913, her passion…

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Re-branded BlackBerry Launches 2 Devices Under New OS

The first two handsets powered by the new Blackberry 10 operating system have been unveiled by RIM, which changed its name to BlackBerry in the process and announced Alicia Keys as the brand’s new global creative director. BBC News