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Climate Change Researcher Offers a Defense of His Practices

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 06:12 GMT // 0 Comments

The scientist at the center of a controversy over fossil-fuel funding for climate research denounced his critics on Monday and said that he would be “happy to comply” with possible additional disclosure requirements from scientific journals publishing his papers. Wei-Hock Soon, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is at the center of a controversy over […]

Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda’s Help

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:17 GMT // 0 Comments

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Martha Furie stormed into the room and huffily sat down in a chair. “Well, you know, I’ve been working really hard, studying Lyme disease,” she said, her voice tinged with disdain, to the woman sitting in the next chair. “It’s been a long process. It’s hard to talk about it.” ­Alan […]

Study Links Syria Conflict to Drought Made Worse by Climate Change

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:52 GMT // 0 Comments

Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011. The drought was the worst in […]

Vast Majority Of Us Would Prefer A Thicker Smartphone If It Meant A Better Battery

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:09 GMT // 0 Comments

Americans don’t want thinner phones. At least, not if that means shorter battery life. A new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that an overwhelming majority — 73 percent — of adults polled would prefer a thicker phone with longer battery life to a thinner one with shorter life. An employee shows the curved screen of a new […]

Big Surprise Found Inside Mysterious Coffin-Within-A-Coffin Buried Near King Richard III

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:42 GMT // 0 Comments

Archaeologists recently cracked open a mysterious “coffin-within-a-coffin” found just yards from the grave of King Richard III in Leicester, England — and they were surprised at what they discovered inside. The lead coffin — encased within a larger limestone coffin found at the Grey Friars church dig site — was initially thought to hold the […]

Lenovo Being Investigated For Use Of Superfish Software

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:23 GMT // 0 Comments

BOSTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen’s office said on Monday it has launched an investigation into Lenovo Group Ltd’s sales of laptops preloaded with Superfish software, which the U.S. government last month warned made users vulnerable to cyberattacks.The Lenovo Group Ltd. logo is displayed in the company’s headquarters in Beijing, China, […]

Termites Are Guardians of the Soil

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:19 GMT // 0 Comments

Basics By NATALIE ANGIER A termite mound in Kenya. Such mounds can reach 30 feet high and 80 feet across. (G. Sosio/De Agostini, via Getty Images) The giant termite mounds that rise up from the sands of the African savanna are so distinctive it’s tempting to give them names, like “Art Deco Skyline” or “Trumpeting […]

Zuckerberg Goes on Charm Offensive for Internet.org

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:57 GMT // 0 Comments

The Facebook chief executive outlined on Monday why he thought Internet.org, a service backed by his company that is intended to provide people in emerging markets with free access to some online applications, would help telecommunications carriers persuade customers to spend more on streaming content to their cellphones. The service, which is now offered in […]

Long-Lost Fortress Of Genghis Khan Discovered In Mongolia

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:45 GMT // 0 Comments

A team of Mongolian and Japanese archaeologists confirmed last week that a fortress found in southwestern Mongolia more than a decade ago was built by none other than the legendary Genghis Khan. – During his reign of the Mongol Empire from 1206 to 1227, Genghis Khan conquered almost 12 million square miles of contiguous land […]

These Ultra-Small Bacteria May Be The Tiniest Life Forms On Earth

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:12 GMT // 0 Comments

So, this is about as small as life can get. Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have captured the first detailed microscopic images of so-called “ultra-small bacteria” that are believed to represent the lowest size limit possible for life on Earth. Scientists have debated the existence of these tiny […]

Big Telescope Gives Best-Ever 3D View Of Deep Space

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:42 GMT // 0 Comments

Along with Earthrise and the Pillars of Creation, the Hubble Deep Field (HDF) photo of 1995 is one of astronomy’s most iconic photos. But if you were wowed by the Hubble Deep Field–and the similar Hubble Deep Field South (HDFS) image of 1998–you should know that a telescope in northern Chile has outdone Hubble. It’s […]

An Uneasy Relationship Between Telecom and Tech

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 12:51 GMT // 0 Comments

BARCELONA, Spain — For the next four days, a sprawling conference center here will become the global hub for the telecommunications and technology industries. More than 80,000 people — including heavy hitters like Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook; Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; and Vittorio Colao, chief executive of Vodafone — […]

Apple Pay: A New Frontier For Scammers

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 12:51 GMT // 0 Comments

Criminals in the US are using the new Apple Pay mobile payment system to buy high-value goods – often from Apple Stores – with stolen identities and credit card details.IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MASTERCARD – MasterCard demonstrates Apple Pay at the launch of MasterCard’s NYC Tech Hub on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in New York. (Photo […]

Zip-Line Through The Amazon Jungle With Google’s Newest Street View Feature

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 09:33 GMT // 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it’s like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google’s widely used digital maps. The maps’ “Street View” option mostly provides panoramic views of cities […]

Microsoft Presents Low-Cost Phones and Windows 10 for Mobile

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 09:18 GMT // 0 Comments

At the Mobile World Congress here on Monday, Microsoft for the first time showed off Windows 10 for phones and continued its evolving strategy of delivering low-cost Lumia devices that are attractive to emerging phone markets — and the growing prepaid phone market in the United States. The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are […]

SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off With World’s First All-Electric Satellites

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 04:37 GMT // 0 Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. March 1 (Reuters) – A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world’s first all-electric communications satellites into orbit. The 22-story tall booster soared off its seaside launch pad at 10:50 a.m. EST (0350 GMT), the third flight in less than two […]

Apple’s New Job: Selling a Smartwatch to an Uninterested Public

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 03:48 GMT // 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO — For Apple, the hard part — making a smartwatch — is nearly over. Soon it will be time for the harder part: selling the long-anticipated Apple Watch to consumers who, so far, are not very excited about the idea of wearing computers on their bodies. Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of […]

It’s settled: How to pronounce ‘GIF’

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 02:12 GMT // 0 Comments

Those short, animated loops that have captivated the Web for decades? They’re pronounced like a brand of peanut butter. Steve Wilhite created the Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, while working for Compuserve in 1987. When he received a Webby Award in 2013 for it, and delivered his five-word acceptance speech (that’s all the Webbys allow), […]

Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge, Unveiled at Mobile World Congress, Offer Best of iPhone and More

by The New York Times // March 1, 2015 // Updated 23:34 GMT // 0 Comments

The Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge have a more iPhone-like naming convention: Galaxy S becomes the brand name, with the 6 tacked on after a space. They’ve been redesigned all in glass, dumping the removable plastic back cover that many complained felt cheap. The phone’s interface is simpler, there’s a greater […]

Here’s How Samsung’s Apple Pay Competitor Will Work

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 21:37 GMT // 0 Comments

Last fall, Apple launched Apple Pay, bringing mobile-payment technology to the iPhone. Samsung now wants to get that on Android phones — at least the ones it makes. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones announced Sunday will come with mobile-pay capabilities. Samsung’s payment service won’t come until this summer, and will launch only in […]

Samsung Announces New Galaxy S6 Phones, Opens Fire On Apple

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 19:44 GMT // 0 Comments

iPhones might bend, but they sure don’t curve. Samsung announced two new Galaxy S6 smartphones Sunday at the Mobile World Congress, an industry exhibition held in Barcelona, Spain. – Unlike previous Galaxy models — which are some of the most popular Android phones in America — the S6 will not have a removable battery, and […]

Samsung Announces New Galaxy S6 Phones, Opens Fire On Apple

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 19:44 GMT // 0 Comments

iPhones might bend, but they sure don’t curve. Samsung announced two new Galaxy S6 smartphones Sunday at the Mobile World Congress, an industry exhibition held in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 devices. | Samsung – Unlike previous Galaxy models — which are some of the most popular Android phones in America — the S6 […]

New Ikea Furniture Will Charge Your Phone Wirelessly

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 15:54 GMT // 0 Comments

Swedish furniture maker Ikea International A/S unveiled a new range of furniture that it says can wirelessly charge some mobile devices. The Swedish furniture giant made the announcement on Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Upcoming furniture from IKEA will include wireless charging pads for your phone. | Ikea The collection includes tables, desks and […]

How Meditation Primes The Mind For Spiritual Experiences

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:57 GMT // 0 Comments

The practice of mindfulness dates back at least 2,500 years to early Buddhism, and since then, it’s played an important role in a number of spiritual traditions. While the stillness and connecting with one’s inner self cultivated through mindfulness are certainly an important part of a spiritual practice, feelings of wonder and awe — the […]

How 3D Printing Could End The Deadly Shortage Of Donor Organs

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:51 GMT // 0 Comments

Three-dimensional printing has been used to make everything from pizza to prostheses, and now researchers are working on using the emerging technology to fabricate hearts, kidneys, and other vital human organs. A kidney prototype and ear and finger bone scaffolds made with Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s 3-D printer. | Wake Forest Institute for […]

Astronauts Take Third Spacewalk To Complete Tricky Cable Job At International Space Station

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 13:20 GMT // 0 Comments

Spacewalking astronauts ventured out for the third time in just over a week Sunday to complete an extensive, tricky cable job at the International Space Station. The advance work — involving nearly 800 feet of cable over three spacewalks — is needed for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA. A pair of docking ports will […]

Tinder Is Building Is Own Ad Product

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 20:01 GMT // 0 Comments

Dating app Tinder is ready to make some money. Read the whole story at Re/code RiveraNotario | Flickr

Sorry, But Your Dog Can’t Remember That Fun Game Of Fetch

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 16:35 GMT // 0 Comments

Sorry to break it to you, but your dog probably has no recollection of that fun game of fetch the two of you played yesterday. And that yummy treat you gave him just minutes ago? Even that has probably gone poof!Li Kim Goh via Getty Images The truth is, a dog’s memory just isn’t very […]

The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely ‘Backwards’

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 16:29 GMT // 0 Comments

Anti-depressants are the most commonly-prescribed medication in the U.S., with one in 10 Americans currently taking pills like Zoloft and Lexapro to treat depression. But these pharmaceuticals are only effective less than 30 percent of the time, and often come with troublesome side effects. Bloomberg via Getty Images In a controversial new paper published in […]

The FCC Did NOT Make The Internet A Public Utility

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:03 GMT // 0 Comments

Today the Federal Communications Commission voted 3–2 to approve of Title II-backed net neutrality regulations. Read the whole story at Medium AP

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