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Free Mobile Services Set To Take Off

Just when you thought your kids already spend too much time on the phone, along comes a new service that offers free mobile-phone calls and text messages for 16-to-24-year-olds who agree to accept advertising delivered onto their handsets. On Sept. 24, the hotly anticipated startup Blyk made its debut in Britain. Mobile carriers and Internet companies around the globe will be watching its...

Scientists: Rising Seas Will Reshape Nation

Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting. In about a century, some of the places that make America what it is may be slowly erased. Global warming -- through a combination of melting glaciers, disappearing ice sheets and...

Greenhouse Gas Station Atop Volcano

An international group announced plans on Monday to erect what it claims will be the highest-altitude, greenhouse gas-monitoring center to date, to be built atop the Sierra Negra volcano in central Mexico. The Washington-based Climate Institute and other foundations and companies have raised the initial $1.9 million to pay for the station, which will join a worldwide web of similar labs at...

More Ebola Cases Confirmed in Congo

Eight more cases of Ebola have been identified in Congo, raising to 17 the number of people confirmed to have contracted the deadly illness, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The cases were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told reporters in Geneva. The outbreak in Congo is the first major resurgence of Ebola in...

Amazon Goes Live with DRM-Free Music

Web retailer Amazon.com Inc. launched its much-anticipated digital music store Tuesday with nearly 2.3 million songs, none of them protected against copying. The store, Amazon MP3, lets shoppers buy and download individual songs or entire albums. The tracks can be copied to multiple computers, burned onto CDs and played on most types of PCs and portable devices, including Apple Inc.'s iPod...

'Arnie,' 'Al' Push Climate Action

(AP) -- "Arnie" and "Al," Republican and Democrat, shared the world spotlight to press for climate action, adding a touch of star quality to the staid proceedings of a U.N. summit.

A new look at the proton

Dutch researcher Paul van der Nat investigated more than three million collisions between electrons and protons. In his PhD thesis he demonstrates -- for the first time -- that the spin contribution of quarks to the proton can be studied by examining collisions in which two particles (hadrons) are produced.

Asian spacefarers race for the moon

Asian giants Japan, China and India are engaged in a race to map lunar resources and make the moon a platform to explore planets beyond, amid a renewed burst of global space activity.

Baby booms and birth control in space

Stars in galaxies are a bit similar to people: during the first phase of their existence they grow rapidly, after which a stellar birth control occurs in most galaxies. Thanks to new observations from Dutch astronomer Mariska Kriek with the Gemini Telescope on Hawaii and the Very Large Telescope in Chile, it is now known that a part of the heavy galaxies already stopped forming stars when the...

Bavaria to build Maglev train line in Germany

Bavarian officials have found funds to build a magnetic levitation train with the backing of industrial groups, but more than half the region's residents oppose the futuristic and already fatal project.

Chinese takeaway in the Wadden Sea

Shore crabs catch their food at food-rich spots and subsequently eat it elsewhere. With this takeaway strategy the crabs maximize their food uptake and keep competing crabs at a distance, says Dutch researcher Isabel Smallegange.

How adhesive protein causes malaria

Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI) have identified the biochemical mechanism behind the adhesive protein that give rise to particularly serious malaria in children. The knowledge of how the malaria parasite makes blood vessels become sticky paves the way for a future vaccine for the disease, which...

Primate sperm competition: speed matters

Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Irvine have found evidence that supports the theory that reproductive competition during the evolution of primate species has occurred at the level of sperm cell motility.

XO Laptop Promo: Overwhelmed by Demand?

For two weeks in November, One Laptop Per Child will sell its vaunted XO laptops to North American consumers. Under the organization's "Give One, Get One" program, consumers can buy two XOs at a time -- one to keep and one to be donated to a child in the developing world -- but only from November 12 to November 26. The organization is promising delivery by Christmas. While the opportunity might...

Consumers face record winter heating costs (Reuters)

Reuters - U.S. consumers are expected to pay record prices for heating oil, electricity and propane to warm their homes this winter, and low-income families will need government help to cover those bills, government energy officials said on...

Microsoft and Google Court Facebook with Millions

Facebook could be likened to the prom queen of the social-networking community these days. Its suitors are Microsoft and Google, among others. Indeed, companies are standing in line, hoping for the chance to invest in the popular site. According to news reports, Microsoft and Google are both interested in snagging a stake in the company. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft might...