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Microsoft sues Samsung for the interest on its $1 billion+ patent payment

Microsoft had over a billion reasons (per year) to pursue a patent licensing deal with Samsung back in 2011 over the latter's use of Android. That fact is laid bare by a lawsuit today over the interest on payments (based on the number of Android devices sold) that are supposed to flow from Korea to …

Xseed está intentando traer Rune Factory 4 a Europa

A principios de este año, os comunicamos la mala noticia de que el lanzamiento europeo de Rune Factory 4 había sido cancelado por <b>Marvelous AQL</b> por …

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

If we want to understand what’s happening in the brain when people ‘hear voices’, we first need to understand what happens during ordinary inner speech<p>Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read Read more from the Inner Voices series<p>Most of us will be familiar with the …

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: We're Getting Closer to Delivery by Drone

Amazon apparently is making progress on its goal of eventually delivering small packages to your home by drone.<p>In his annual letter to shareholders, made public Thursday, CEO Jeff Bezos provided an update on the company’s accomplishments and projects over the past year. That included a brief …

Customers

Big music labels file their own lawsuit against Megaupload over piracy

The seemingly inevitable has happened: following in the footsteps of the MPAA, the big music labels behind the RIAA have filed a copyright lawsuit against Megaupload. The companies assert that Kim Dotcom and crew both fostered and "handsomely profited from" illegally copied tunes shared through the …

Australia could have a high-speed rail network by 2025

A joint report has found that a high-speed rail network connecting Australia's east coast from Brisbane to Melbourne could be completed in just 11 years.<p><i>(Credit: BZE)</i><p><b>A joint report that took two years has found that a high-speed rail network connecting Australia's east coast from Brisbane to</b> …

High-speed Rail

How do you fix two-thirds of the web in secret?

When word of the Heartbleed bug first came out, news spread like a fire alarm — but it didn’t spread evenly. The vulnerability was spread across as many as two out of every three servers, which made a standard disclosure impossible. Some companies like Facebook got the news early, either from …

Google Makes Glass Available To Anyone (Who Can Afford it) (For A Few Days)

Part of the cachet, and the stigma, around Google Glass derives from how hard it is to get your hands on a pair: You have to be a member of the Glass Explorer beta tester program — or, like infamous Glasshole Sarah Slocum, at least have a friend who is and doesn’t mind letting you borrow them.<p>Until …

Watch This Charger Fully Juice A Smartphone In 30 Seconds

The power of quantum dots<p>I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated.<p>An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a …

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

First Successful Regeneration Of An Organ In A Mammal

A chemical trigger regrows the thymus of a living mouse<p>Oh, to be a mouse. You'd have been cured of every conceivable cancer and now, you'd have something of a fountain of youth, too, at least for your thymus. A team of researchers has gotten immune-system organs called thymuses in mice to grow, <i>The</i> …

Biology

Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds

A study in mice shows that trauma might be inherited through altered gene expression in sperm<p>Researchers have put ample effort into identifying genes that help explain why cancer or heart disease run in some families. But scientists still don't know if some genes can explain why the children and …

Cherry trees blossom six years early after a trip to space

In 2008 Japanese scientists decided to take a handful of cherry tree seeds (and by "handful" we mean over 250) to space. The embryonic plants spent eight months aboard the International Space Station as part of an educational project aimed at children. When the stones returned, 14 of them were …

Starwatch: Mars at its closest

Mars comes closer to the Earth on 14 April than at any time since early 2008. Even so, it appears only 15.2 arcsec across through our telescopes and we need good observing conditions, and some patience, to appreciate its surface detail. Just don't expect as sharp a view as that in our Hubble image …