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Solar filament snakes across the sun, may soon end in violent burst

A giant filament has appeared on the surface of the sun — and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured images of the long, dark formation.<p>Straightened out, the serpentine filament would measure about 1 million miles from end to end, stretching close to halfway around the sun.<p>Filaments are …

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MSN Messenger Is Completely Shutting Down On October 31st

It’s the end of an era for one of Microsoft's most popular instant messaging software products. Microsoft started to phase out MSN Messenger (also known as Windows Live Messenger) globally in April 2013 and it will be completely shut down on October 31st. MSN Messenger is only available in mainland …

Nearby Star 'Alpha Centauri A' May Harbor Rocky Planets; 'Find' Heralds Planet-Hunting Shortcut

NASA’s Kepler mission may have made planet-hunting seem easy, but the hard truth is that most of the time looking for planets around other sun-like stars is painstakingly slow. And most of the extrasolar planetary search grunt work is still done on the ground using tried and true methods first put …

THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990 and remains in operation.. A 2.4-meter …

Chance of 'megadrought' in U.S. Southwest now 50%, study says

The chance of a "megadrought" gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California's already parched landscape.<p>The odds of a 10-year drought afflicting the southwestern U.S. have increased to 80%, according to a new study by Cornell …

Rising carbon dioxide levels may reduce the nutritional value of important foods

A study in the journal Nature finds that rising concentrations of carbon dioxide threaten global human nutrition by significantly reducing the levels of nutrients important to human health.<p>Researchers cultivated 41 different varieties of staple crops on three continents to examine how they might be …

Ukraine PM Wants NATO Membership

European leaders warn Russian invasion of east Ukraine at 'a point of no return'

Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine is at a 'point of no return' and risks a 'state of war' with Europe, European Union leaders warn<p>EU leaders warned Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine was at a “point of no return”, risking a “state of war” with Europe and instructed officials to prepare new sanctions …

Chris McDaniel challenge tossed in Mississippi

A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s challenge of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran’s June Republican primary runoff victory.<p>The McDaniel camp had asserted that Cochran’s winning margin came from ineligible Democratic voters — evidence of which they intended to prove at a …

Koch oil leftovers fire Mich. race

DETROIT — For a green-minded Democratic candidate, the symbolism is irresistible: Towering piles of an oil refinery’s dusty leftovers blighted a Detroit neighborhood, thanks to the Koch brothers — and a major Koch-backed political group is taking the side of his Republican opponent.<p>The four-story …

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

Landmark civil rights legal records deleted from Pacer

<b>Records of landmark US civil rights cases presided over by one of the country's most senior judges have been removed from the internet.</b><p>The state-run Public Access to Court Electronic Records (Pacer) service deleted numerous court documents deemed incompatible with a software upgrade.<p>These included …

Ukraine crisis: rebels seize key coastal town as they open new front near Russia

Lightning capture of Novoazovsk puts new area of border in separatist hands and suggests help from Moscow<p>• <b>Russian forces brought into Ukraine, says Petro Poroshenko - live</b><p>Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine seized a key coastal town on Wednesday in a move which opened a dangerous new front …

Dropbox Pro Gives Subscribers 1TB of Storage as Cloud Wars Heat Up

The cloud wars just got even more serious. Dropbox on Wednesday announced big changes to its Dropbox Pro offering, including more storage space and …

Ambassadors for evidence

Ebola infections, wars in the Middle East, an erupting volcano in Iceland – a glance at newspaper headlines in London last week shows how important issues requiring policy decisions are not constrained by national boundaries. However, the science advisory systems that help policymakers are …

The 6 Step Social Media Marketing Strategy Plan For Your Business

Social media is more than just a fun way to engage and communicate with friends. It can be an extremely powerful business marketing tool if …

Supersonic subs cross the Pacific in under two hours

The distance between Shanghai and San Francisco is around 6,135 miles (9,873 km), and a team of scientists aims to make that trip possible in 100 minutes. Researchers at Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab have developed new tech that allows submarines to traveling a …

Iceland volcano: Magma moving towards new volcanic system

<b>A volcanic system close to Iceland's Bardarbunga's volcano was hit by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake in the early hours of Wednesday.</b><p>It adds to concerns that magma from Bardarbunga could feed into the nearby Askja volcano.<p>British and Icelandic scientists say that 50 million cubic metres of molten rock …

Robo Brain teaches robots how to understand the world

For a robot to be able to wash clothes, vacuum carpets or serve you cocktails on a Friday night, it needs to be loaded with the appropriate software and data. In the future, though, a robot will easily be able pull info they need to do those things (and more) from a single online service called …