Review: Calling All Spies, Geeks and Gadget Freaks
The Web of Wanton Cruelty: Trolling Turns Vicious
You know all those movie scenes where the hero must infiltrate a highly secure enemy facility? A normal person thinks something like this: "Oh, my goodness -- I sure hope he manages to get through all those lasers and motion detectors! He's the hero, and therefore I fear for his well-being!"
Geeks and gadget freaks, however, are more intrigued by the hero's high-tech spy gear. "Cool," we think....
SLIDE SHOW: Solar Eclipse
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minnesota, took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents' bedroom closet and shot himself in the head. The next morning, Mitchell's school assembled in the gym to begin mourning. His classmates created a virtual memorial on MySpace and garlanded it with...
The sea creature giving Britain's olympic sailing squad a boost
Space producer Dave Mosher tells Part II of his Arctic journey to see the total eclipse.
With Automated Tagging, Web Links Can Surprise
Britain's sailing squad has an extra weapon going into the Olympics - an extract from a sea creature which could help keep them ready to race.
IOC Being Grilled on Internet Censorship in China
It wasn't what anyone expected to see while perusing a news article.
But there, in the final paragraph of an online story about the call girl involved in the Eliot Spitzer scandal, Yahoo's automated system was inviting readers to browse through photos of underage girls.
Yahoo Shortcuts, which more frequently offers to help readers search for news and Web sites on topics like "California" or...
Mixed Results for Growth Hormone in HIV Patients
IOC president Jacques Rogge was accused of backtracking on promises of press freedoms Saturday and some Internet sites remained blocked less than a week before the Beijing Games begin.
Under pressure from the International Olympic Committee, Chinese organizers unblocked some sites at the main press center and venues, but others remained censored for journalists covering the Summer Games....
Sealed Records Are Key to Anthrax Mystery
A hormone better known for illicit use among athletes can help treat troublesome complications from the AIDS virus, but with potentially risky side effects, a small study found.
Low-dose injections of human growth hormone, HGH, reduced fat deposits around internal abdominal organs by about 10 percent.
In addition, hormone shots lowered blood pressure and levels of blood fats called...
Eclipse darkens NW China, a week before Olympics
One of the nation's biggest unsolved mysteries could be resolved soon when the Justice Department discloses details of its investigation of a government scientist who committed suicide last week before he could be charged in the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001.
The case against Bruce Ivins, who worked at an Army biodefense lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., is before a federal grand jury and...
McCain -- "Big Oil's best investment": Obama
Reuters - Darkness fell on Friday over
the last outpost of the Great Wall of China, where a rare total
solar eclipse delighted skywatchers a week before the Olympics
Surprising Number of Lowland Gorillas Discovered in Africa
AFP - Barack Obama branded John McCain a stooge of profit-soaked US oil giants, as the White House rivals dueled on high gasoline prices and energy policy exactly three months from election...
The world's first cloned pet dogs
LiveScience.com - A new tally of lowland gorillas has found massive and surprising numbers of these African primates alive and well in the Republic of Congo, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists announced.
5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Indian Ocean
Five cloned pitbull terriers have been shown to the world after being born to two surrogate mothers
Oil drops below $120
Reuters - A 5.5. magnitude earthquake struck in
the Indian Ocean on Tuesday, but officials described it as
"small" and a tsunami warning was not...
Great Planet Debate: Scientists Could Overturn Official Definition
AFP - World oil prices fell below 120 dollars a barrel on Tuesday, a day after hitting the trough for the first time for three months, as slowing US demand for energy offsets tensions over crude-rich Iran, traders...
27 dead, thousands homeless in Pakistan floods
SPACE.com - Top
astronomers and other planetary scientists will step into the ring this month to
duke it out over a basic, yet controversial, question: What is a planet?
AP - Officials in Pakistan say floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have destroyed thousands of homes and caused at least 27 deaths.
Pet cloning service bears five baby Boogers
Should a baby be risked to save her sister?
Big Yahoo shareholder demands review of board vote
California woman pays £25,000 for South Korean scientists to create five identical copies of beloved pit bull terrier
Evaluating ecosystem services
(AP) -- A major Yahoo Inc. shareholder has asked for a review of how its votes were cast in last week's re-election of the Internet company's board, raising questions about whether the opposition to the directors may have been understated.
Extinction threat growing for mankind's closest relatives
Environmental conservation efforts have traditionally focused on protecting individual species or natural resources. Scientists are discovering, however, that preserving the benefits that whole ecosystems provide to people is more economically and environmentally valuable. At the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), ecologists will explore the application of ecosystem...
Human brains pay a price for being big
Mankind's closest relatives - the world's monkeys, apes and other primates - are disappearing from the face of the Earth, with some literally being eaten into extinction.
Instant messaging world confirms six degrees of separation
Metabolic changes responsible for the evolution of our unique cognitive abilities indicate that the brain may have been pushed to the limit of its capabilities. Research published today in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology adds weight to the theory that schizophrenia is a costly by-product of human brain evolution.
Lowering cholesterol early in life could save lives
A social graph derived from billions of instant messages validates folklore that there are about six degrees of separation between any two strangers on the planet.
Martian soil may contain detrimental substance
With heart disease maintaining top billing as the leading cause of death in the United States, a team of University of California, San Diego School of Medicine physician-researchers is proposing that aggressive intervention to lower cholesterol levels as early as childhood is the best approach available today to reducing the incidence of coronary heart disease.
(AP) -- NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has detected the presence of a chemically reactive salt in the Martian soil, a finding that if confirmed could make it less friendly to potential life than once believed.