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APNewsBreak: Fireball remnants likely in Calif.

Tiny meteorites found in the Sierra foothills of Northern California likely were part of a giant fireball that exploded in daylight with about one-third the explosive force of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, scientists said...

Apple CEO Tim Cook emerges from Steve Jobs' shadow

(AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook has long seen as the humorless and unemotional guy running the show from behind the scenes. But he is beginning to reveal a more assertive and eloquent side, hinting that he's learning to shoulder more of Steve Jobs' role as a front man and leader.

China enjoying fruit of Apple's labor

People in China are not only making coveted Apple gadgets, they are snapping them up as the booming nation becomes a top market for the trend-setting California company.

Dogs turn down extra food if a human provides the right cues

Dogs can be manipulated to choose against their preference by human cues, opting to turn down extra food in order to follow the human's choice, according to results published Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The work was led by Sarah Marshall-Pescini of the University of Milan.

Learned, not innate human intuition: Study finds twist to the story of the number line

Tape measures. Rulers. Graphs. The gas gauge in your car, and the icon on your favorite digital device showing battery power. The number line and its cousins – notations that map numbers onto space and often represent magnitude – are everywhere. Most adults in industrialized societies are so fluent at using the concept, we hardly think about it. We don't stop to wonder: Is it "natural"?...

Mantis males engage in riskier mating behavior if deprived of female access

Male praying mantises are more likely to engage in risky mating behavior if they have not had recent access to females, as reported Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. Female praying mantises are known for their cannibalistic behavior toward their mates, and males take a large risk when they attempt to reproduce.

Review: 4 camera app alternatives to Instagram

(AP) -- I'm one of the millions of smartphone owners addicted to Instagram, the free camera app that makes tweaking and sharing photos miraculously easy. While it's wildly popular and the target of Facebook's $1 billion takeover deal, Instagram isn't the only camera app worth having.

Study shows developing organisms can identify and fix abnormalities in head and face

Developmental biologists at Tufts University have identified a "self-correcting" mechanism by which developing organisms recognize and repair head and facial abnormalities. This is the first time that such a mechanism has been reported for the face and the first time that this kind of flexible, corrective process has been rigorously analyzed through mathematical modeling.

Apple's CEO on Tablet-Laptop Hybrids -- Really?

Microsoft's coming Windows 8 operating system is focusing attention on the possibility of tablet-laptop hybrids. This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to that idea in so many words, amounting to the equivalent of "Really?" Cook told a conference call of analysts that "anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that the products are about tradeoffs." With a hybrid, he said, "you...

Country diary: Glapthorn, Northamptonshire: The lek of love for dung flies

Glapthorn, Northamptonshire: Dung flies are using the blackish lumps of sheep excreta as mini leks – places where males display and compete for the attention of femalesThe fields of miscanthus (elephant grass) have all been harvested, leaving rows of foot-high, bamboo-like stubble clumps. Red spikes are thrusting up around them from the bases of last year's stems. It seems the farmer is sticking...