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What We Can Learn About A Whale From Its Earwax

A lot, actually<p>Baleen whales have no need for Q-tips. Water blocks off the ear canal, which has a unique anatomy, so over time wax builds up into what researchers call an earplug. Previously, scientists counted the layers of wax, like counting tree rings, to help determine a whale’s age, but a team …

Google Wallet Cards Arriving Now, But Consumer Benefits Remain Unclear

Those who signed up for the new Google Wallet debit card at the end of November are now receiving their cards in the mail, following the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. This MasterCard-powered prepaid debit card allows you to link your online Google Wallet balance to a real, plastic card you …

In Waterloo, Chris Hadfield has his final stint as a lab rat

For Chris Hadfield, the return to Earth – scientifically speaking – didn't come last May when his capsule bumped down on the Kazakhstan steppe. Rather it came on Tuesday afternoon while he was lying on a cot in a small lab at the University of Waterloo.<p>With sensors on his arms and legs and an …

Space Exploration

Associated Press News

This Is What Ford’s All-New 2015 Mustang Really Looks Like

Fifty years after Ford first unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, the American automaker is betting a total redesign can make the …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Water of an ancient sea identified under Chesapeake Bay

Half a mile under Chesapeake Bay is the oldest sizable body of seawater to be identified worldwide. This ancient sea is thought to be 100-145 million …

Earth Science

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

Net Neutrality

Coin eight-in-one Bluetooth credit card adds security features, boosted pre-order availability

Judging by the millions of YouTube views since it launched just last week, there's quite a bit of interest in Coin. The Bluetooth-enabled swipeable lets you add in identifying info from up to eight individual credit, debit, membership, loyalty and gift cards, and comes along with companion Android …

Dropbox-Rival Box Is Raising $100M In New Funding At A $2B Valuation

Enterprise cloud file storage firm Box is raising an additional $100 million in capital at a valuation of around $2 billion. A filing with the State of Delaware was first noticed by VC Experts. We’ve heard from sources that Box is indeed raising a new round, at a $2 billion-plus valuation. The …

Intel Media sale looks increasingly inevitable, TV contracts on hold

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Intel’s (s INTC) new CEO Brian Krzanich has made up his mind and decided that he doesn’t want to disrupt the TV business, …