Andy Alger

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4 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Dumbbell and Lunar Lineup

Changing Planet<p>The Dumbbell Nebula, a remnant of a dying star some 1,300 light-years from Earth, is a favorite summertime target for backyard telescopes. Courtesy REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF<p><b>With the moon out of the night sky this week, some far-off treasures come to light. A planetary alignment with</b> …

Social Octopus Species Shatters Beliefs About Ocean Dwellers

Group-living animals are helping scientists learn more about octopus behavior.<p>If recent octopus discoveries have taught us anything, it's that these eight-armed ocean dwellers are smart. They can use tools, change color in an instant, and commission their arms to solve problems. But they generally …

MH17 — The Crash That Changed Everything — Changed Very Little On The Ground In East Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held territory, killing all 298 on board, the sheer horror and scale of the tragedy looked certain to alter the conflict in eastern Ukraine irrevocably, or perhaps even end it for good.<p>But on the ground 10 days later, …

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MH17 jet 'downed by missile shrapnel,' says Ukraine

<b>Security officials in Ukraine say the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.</b><p>They say the information came from the plane's flight data recorders, which are being analysed by British experts.<p>However, …

MH17 crash: Victims' families to meet David Cameron

<b>Families of the British victims of the MH17 air crash are to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.</b><p>The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down on 17 July in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels have been fighting Ukrainian government forces.<p>All 298 passengers, including 10 Britons, on the flight …

Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - In a well-lit office with red window frames in downtown Bucharest, Romania’s first bitcoin ATM attracts many who until it opened in May had to buy or sell the digital currency face-to-face or through wire transfers.<p>George Rotariu uses the first bitcoin ATM in downtown …

'Holy grail' battery life tech could end smartphone woes

For years now we've watched smartphones get progressively in every way -- in terms of camera skills, screen resolution and raw power. And yet there …

Gadget Watch: PadFone novel as phone-tablet hybrid

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies often blend old products to give you something new.<p>This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone …

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk', say campaigners

<b>Fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances", according to new rules issued by the government.</b><p>It said the regulations for the new bidding round for licences - the first in six years - are stricter than before.<p>And companies applying to frack near beauty spots …