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Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99 percent certainty

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation …

How It Works: An Electronic Cigarette

The future of smoking<p>Since electronic cigarettes hit the market in 2007, yearly sales have reached $1 billion in the U.S. Although they’re popular, it’s still unclear how safe they are. Last year, a study from an international group of scientists showed that the toxins in e-cigarette vapor are 9 to …

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Report: NSA Exploited Heartbleed to Siphon Passwords for Two Years

The NSA knew about and exploited the Heartbleed vulnerability for two years before it was publicly exposed this week, and used it to steal account …

T-Mobile Adds More Data, No-Cost International Texting to Simple Choice Plans

T-Mobile today announced that it was altering its existing Simple Choice plans, adding more data, a new pricing tier and no-added-cost international texting from the United States.<p>Simple Choice plans still start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited data, talk and text on the T-Mobile …

Scientists dig up giant virus more than 30,000 years old in Siberia

Scientists have unearthed a giant virus more than 30,000 years old from the frozen soil in a remote region of Siberia.<p>While this ancient virus is harmless to people, the scientists behind the discovery warn that the discovery suggests that the thawing of permafrost in polar regions, as a result of …

Disney to pull Boy Scouts funding by 2015 over policy banning gay leaders

The Walt Disney Company has given notice to the Boy Scouts of America that it will pull all funding to the group starting in 2015 because of a BSA membership policy that bans gay leaders, the entertainment company said Friday.<p>Disney does not give money directly to the national organization or local …

Seaweed could be key to weight loss, study suggests

<b>Seaweed could be the secret ingredient to losing weight, research has suggested.</b><p>Scientists at Newcastle University said a compound found in common seaweed would stop the body absorbing fat.<p>Tests showed that alginate, found in sea kelp, can suppress the digestion of fat in the gut.<p>The findings, …

Pakistan Taliban announce month truce

<b>The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government.</b><p>Pakistan's government welcomed the announcement as a "positive development", and said it was prepared to resume talks.<p>The talks broke down last month, after Taliban-linked militants …

Apple's iCloud security feature in OSX is bypassed in just 70 lines of code

If there is anything the tech world has learned about security, its that four-digit PINs are fundamentally unsafe. Align that against a poorly …

Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine

<b>This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET.</b><p>Russia's parliament has unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to authorize the intervention of Moscow's forces in Ukraine until "the normalization of the political situation" there. In response, Ukraine put its own forces on alert and …

Russian parliament approves troop deployment in Ukraine

<b>Russia's upper house of parliament has approved President Putin's request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine.</b><p>He had asked that Russian forces be used "until the normalisation of the political situation in the country".<p>Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, where …

NASA's AIRS Sees Rivers of Rain for California

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NASA Satellite Sees Great Freeze Over Great Lakes

<i>At night, as cold settles in, lake ice creaks and groans. It's been excessively cold, and I camped exposed on the snow-swept surface. Other than the</i> …

Scientists in Japan to put Stars-2 satellite into orbit to trial space cleanup

It sounds like an idea for a niche movie aimed at sci-fi anoraks: a floating magnetic net that harnesses tonnes of wayward space junk and makes the overcrowded orbital lanes above Earth's atmosphere safe for future exploration.<p>Yet that is what scientists in Japan will have in mind when they put a …

Chinese Scientist Likens Beijing's Smog Problem To "Nuclear Winter"

Farms are in a "smog panic" as plants falter without sunlight<p>A Chinese scientist said that the smog situation in the country is so bad that it resembles a "nuclear winter," preventing plants from producing energy from the sun's rays via photosynthesis, and presenting a possible disaster for the …

Facebook Messenger for Windows will Shut Down on March 3

Facebook today began prompting Facebook Messenger for Windows users with a message saying the app is shutting down next week. Without much of an explanation, the company plans to kill off Windows support for Facebook Messenger on March 3.<p>“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger …

The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal - in pictures

The Gurung tribespeople of Nepal have been collecting honey from Himalayan cliffs for centuries, but now their lifestyle is under threat from commercialisation and tours offering visitors a chance to 'join a honey hunt'. Photographer Andrew Newey spent two weeks living with the Gurung in central …

Sony to shutter two-thirds of its US stores

Sony Electronics is closing 20 of its 31 US-based store locations, the Japanese consumer electronics giant announced this afternoon. The news follows layoffs at Sony affecting approximately 5,000 employees worldwide; it's unclear if European or Asian Sony stores are affected by today's news (we've …

Supersonic Jet Throws Traditional Design 'Out The Window'

<i>In our</i>Weekly Innovation series<i>, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet.</i><i>Do you have an innovation to share?</i>Use our form.<p>Requesting the window seat on a flight is about to take on a new meaning.<p>The Boston-based company Spike Aerospace has announced a private …

Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors

Archaeologists have mapped an ancient gladiator school, where the famed warriors lived, trained, and fought.<p>Ancient Rome's gladiators lived and trained in fortress prisons, according to an international team of archaeologists who mapped a school for the famed fighters.<p>Discovered at the site of …

New pain pill's approval: 'Genuinely frightening'

A potent little painkiller is causing a big stir.<p>A coalition of more than 40 health care, consumer and addiction treatment groups is urging the Food and Drug Administration to revoke approval of the prescription drug Zohydro.<p>The hydrocodone-based drug is the latest in a long line of painkillers …

Vietnam on high alert over flu risk

H7N9 avian influenza may spread from China for first time.<p>The H7N9 avian-influenza virus that has killed more than 100 people in China in the past …

iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered

As has been widely reported, Apple recently discovered a critical bug in its iOS and OS systems. The security flaw made users of its computers and mobile devices vulnerable to attackers that might want to intercept sensitive information sent during banking sessions, email and other communications …

Indonesia: Rising sea 'threatens 1,500 islands'

<b>As many as 1,500 of Indonesia's islands could be under water by 2050 because of rising sea levels, it's been reported.</b><p>In the capital city, Jakarta, the main international Soekarno-Hatta Airport could be below sea level as soon as 2030, with outlying districts turned into lakes, says Singapore's …

Airborne Snow Observatory: Measuring Snowpack from the Sky

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Sumatra peat fires (February 17-23, 2014)<p>Peat fires burning in Sumatra produced a carbon monoxide (CO) plume visible from space in this series of …

California's Drought: A Shocking Photo And Other Updates

Farmers in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency last month, are facing hard choices as a drought threatens to ruin their crops. They must weigh the costs of paying for irrigation against the chance that their fields will never get enough water this season.<p>A striking …

Open access science publisher demands full availability of data

If you publish in PLoS, be prepared to share all the underlying data.<p>Yesterday, the open access publisher <i>Public Library of Science</i> announced a change …

NASA GPM Core Observatory's Rehearsal Weekend at Tanegashima

[image-95][image-51]<p>On the first floor of the Spacecraft Test and Assembly building at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space …