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Verizon rolling out Wi-Fi calling to Samsung devices this week, iPhones next year

Verizon is turning on Wi-Fi calling for devices on its network next week, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Additional devices — including iPhones — will be updated to support the service "early next year." Verizon is the last of the big four US carriers to flip the switch on Wi-Fi …

Wi-Fi

Inside Neil Young's Epic Summer Tour With Promise of the Real

Micah Nelson talks about life on the road with "Uncle Neil" and spills about their upcoming tour plans<p>Neil Young and Promise of the Real were just …

18 facts about 'The Goonies' in honor of the film's 30th anniversary

<i>The Goonies</i>, the cult film that features an all-kid cast, just turned 30 this weekend.<p>The classic 80's film is a story about a group of working-class …

Nepal's government ill-equipped to handle earthquake disaster

As the death toll from Nepal's massive earthquake passed 4,200 on Monday, it was not just drinking water, hospital beds, gasoline, electricity and sanitary facilities that were in short supply.<p>Hope in the government's ability to help was also increasingly scarce.<p>Unstable and resource-starved even …

Nepal Earthquake Before And After Pictures Show Devastation Of 7.8 Magnitude Tremor

In the wake of the huge earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, the true scale of the devastation is emerging.<p>The magnitude 7.8 quake struck the …

Natural Disasters
World Food Program

Watch: Aerial view of devastation in Nepal\'s earthquake epicentre

The Nepalese Army on Monday released aerial shots it filmed on Sunday of the devastation caused by the earthquake that struck at the weekend. The …

Desert-Dwelling Fish Can 'Hold Its Breath' for Five Hours

Tiny pupfish have adapted their respiration to go without oxygen for long stretches.<p>Never go up against a pupfish in a breath-holding contest. This wee swimmer, resident of warm springs near Death Valley in California, can go with almost no oxygen for up to five hours at a time, according to a new …

These Spiders Look Like They’re Covered In Mirrors

This isn’t a stained-glass sculpture or piece of delicate jewelry – it’s a real live spider. These spiders, called mirror or sequined spiders, are …

Insects

Solar Eclipses Are Slowly Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

About twice a year, the Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, giving rise to a partial solar eclipse if the alignment is imperfect, but leading to either a total or annular solar eclipse if the Earth, Moon and Sun all form a straight line in space.<p>It’s only by chance that the Moon and the Sun …

Space Travel

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy

The Origins Of Saturn's Massive Superstorms Solved

Earth's hurricanes are puny by comparison<p>Storms here on Earth might be devastating events that can last for days and bring cities to their knees, but that's nothing compared to Saturn's storms. Massive thunderstorms complete with lightning and high winds can cover an area roughly the same size as …

Grand Canyon Named America’s Most Endangered River

When Teddy Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument more than a century ago, he famously said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”<p>Last week, American Rivers named the Grand Canyon America’s Most Endangered …

'Simply amazing' gray whale swims 14,000 miles, breaking world record

There's migrating, and there's <i>migrating.</i><p>Using satellite tracking devices, scientists discovered that a western North Pacific gray whale, which is a …

Why Does an Octopus Walk Funny? Scientists Are Amazed

Octopuses move with a simple elegance, but they have no rhythm, according to new research.<p>Each of an octopus's eight arms is soft, flexible and muscular, and acts as if it has an infinite number of joints, said the study's lead author, Guy Levy, a postdoctoral researcher of neurobiology at the …

Zoology

The truth about the mysterious center of the universe

NASA<p>BI Answers: Where is the center of the universe?<p>Type "Where is the center of the universe?" into Google and you'll be surprised to learn that it's actually an art gallery in Brooklyn, New York.<p>Of course, cosmologists who study the nature of the universe in which we live would disagree, but the …

Universe

Odd Sound In Antarctica May Be From New Whale Species

Heard, but not seen<p>Apparently no one told a group of whales in Antarctica that they were supposed to be seen and not heard. Instead, what scientists believe is a new whale species is doing the exact opposite.<p>Recordings taken by a research vessel near the polar continent captured a strange, …

Japan's magnetically levitated vehicle train sets new speed record

Magnetically levitated vehicle surpasses 366mph on test track and sets sights on going even faster<p><b>Japan</b>’s <b>magnetically levitated (maglev) train</b> has set a new speed record, hitting 366.61mph on a test track.<p>Central Japan Railway Co., which is developing a vehicle that it sees as the long-distance, …

Book in Brief: How to Clone a Mammoth

“Will there ever be a real Jurassic Park?” I’ve heard this question more times than I can count. The answer is always “No“. Aside from the problem of getting a viable clone to develop inside a bird egg – one that scientists haven’t cracked yet – DNA’s postmortem decay happens too fast to give us …