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Unprecedented wave of shark attacks causes terror in North Carolina

Seven people have been bitten since June but wildlife experts say it is down to several different sharks and is not "a Jaws situation"<p>A seventh person in <b>North Carolina</b> has been bitten by sharks in what is becoming an unprecedented wave of attacks on tourist beaches.<p>The 68-year-old man was flown to …

North Carolina

A solar-powered plane traveling from Japan to Hawaii just hit the home stretch

Solar Impulse 2 had traveled 67 percent of the way to the tropical US state by 2100 GMT Wednesday, having flown 5,199 kilometers (3,230 miles) with 2,536 km more to go, according to the project.<p>By that time the plane and its veteran Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg had logged nearly 75 hours of …

Xiaomi Mi 4i kernel source code release

The Xiaomi Mi 4i is one of the best smartphones you can get for around $200. Developers and tinkerers look for something more than just the best bang for the buck, though. They want to be able to create, flash and modify their phones’ software in order to truly customize their experience. The sad …

Why one Google designer encouraged his team to get drunk before testing products

That means that Googlers will often test new gadgets or software pre-launch to work out bugs, validate their worth, and give feedback and suggestions on their capabilities.<p>Ideally, the dogfooding process helps designers and engineers spot issues that they can weed out before unleashing the product …

Google Glass

Nikon offers fast general-purpose APS-C lens and supertelephoto updates

Essentially a DX-mount option that serves a similar purpose as its 24-120mm f4 FX-mount lens -- it's the equivalent focal range on a Nikon APS-C camera like the D7200 -- the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR sounds like a great general-purpose alternative to Nikon's slow 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit …

Nikon

​Fukushima nuclear reactor will get mapped with subatomic particles

Scientists from Los Alamos National Lab have discovered how to look through and map just about anything with a new process: the science-fictionally sounding muon tomography. Even in places like the highly radioactive Fukushima reactor, the method doesn't require any disassembly or any need for …

Seventh shark attack in three weeks reported in North Carolina

<b>A 68-year-old man has been badly injured by a shark in North Carolina in the seventh attack off the US state's coast in less than three weeks.</b><p>Local officials said the man was swimming in waist-deep water with his adult son on Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks.<p>He suffered wounds to his ribcage, …

A probe zooming to Pluto just sent home a mesmerizing timelapse gif

Looking good, Pluto.<p>NASA's New Horizons probe is starting to get a clearer view of the dwarf planet and its five moons as it speeds through space …

Solar System

N.Y. Prison Where Killers Escaped Gets a New Boss, Security Rules

New York correctional authorities on Wednesday ordered a new batch of security measures at the prison where two convicted murderers escaped last month and triggered a 22-day manhunt.<p>Staff at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora will conduct weekly inspections of prisoners’ cells, gates will …

Sea horse's square tail could inspire future armored robots

With an equine head and a prehensile tail, the sea horse seems as odd as it is adorable -- but these strange little creatures are tougher than they look. Scientists studying the animal's square-shaped tail have discovered that it's better able to withstand attack than a smooth, round tail would …

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.<p>The man died Monday at the plant in …

Automotive Industry

Report into plane crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan says captain had previously failed training on dealing with engine failure<p>The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR mistakenly switched off the plane’s only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, killing 43 people, Taiwan’s …

Asia Pacific

NSA's spying on UN and others detailed in newly published documents

Imagine you're a world leader walking into a meeting with the president of the United States. But he already knows everything you're going to say because his spies hacked into your communications and read your notes before you got there.<p>That's not a plot for the latest James Bond flick. It's …

Surveillance

How to Use a Texting App Without Sending a Text

In China, messaging apps like WhatsApp are widespread. But users there don’t send text like much of the world does.<p>Voice messaging—or sending short audio clips instead of text messages—has taken China by storm. Step on a Beijing subway and you’ll see people barking into their phones intermittently, …

Apps

Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco pier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian …