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NSA reportedly collects only 20 to 30 percent of call records, doesn't cover 'most' cellphones

As the FISA court approves limits to the NSA's phone-record tracking, anonymous sources tell <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that the agency actually collects 20 percent or less of American call records, contradicting reports that the program creates a comprehensive database. According to people apparently …

Newly Excavated 4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Pyramid Threatened by Development

The pyramid is in the news this week after overblown reports about its "discovery."<p>Decades before the great pyramids at Giza took shape, a modest stepped pyramid arose at a site now known as Edfu. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago have been studying the 4,600-year-old stone structure …

California V. Robots: The Fear and Loathing Behind Landmark Anti-Drone Legislation

If you happen to hate drones, put the champagne on standby. California lawmakers are in the process of enacting landmark legislation to restrict the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by law enforcement, with promises of similar laws to come for private and commercial systems. AB1327, which …

See HIV Infecting Gut Tissue

The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.<p>Highlighted in blue and purple in this electron microscope image are HIV-1 virions. As you can kind of tell from their surroundings, they're embedded in living tissue—this is HIV in the middle of …

Did Ancient Aliens Build Giant Stone Boxes in Egypt?

As usual, the answer to every headline question is, "probably not," but I'll leave this for you to decide.<p>My good friend Dr. Steven Novella sent me this video in the hopes that we might talk about it on this week's Skeptics' Guide to the Universe (which we do - look for our discussion to come out …

Asteroid Belt May Be Just One Big Melting Pot Of Space Rocks

The asteroid belt, a ring of rubble between Mars and Jupiter, has sometimes been written off as discarded leftovers from the solar system's start. But new research published in the journal <i>Nature</i> shows that the belt actually formed during an unruly later era, when planets themselves were on the move.<p>…

Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of a strain of bacteria that caused one of the most deadly pandemics in history nearly 1,500 years ago.<p>They did it by finding the skeletons of people killed by the plague and extracting DNA from traces of blood inside their teeth.<p>This plague struck in …

Bug-ridden cruise ship returns to port — with sick bay overflowing

They made it.<p>An illness-ridden cruise ship returned home Wednesday, an abbreviated end to a brutal voyage in which 600 passengers and crew were struck down by a fast-moving stomach bug.<p>The Royal Caribbean liner The Explorer of the Seas pulled into port in Bayonne, N.J., just after 1 p.m. The 10-day …

Google reportedly partners with Audi for on-board Android

Google is reportedly hitting the road for its next battle with Apple for mobile OS market share.<p>The Web giant has teamed with automaker Audi to develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on the Android operating system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The aim of the …

Why Battery Life Should Be The New Smartphone Battleground

Smartphones are unquestionably one of the most useful devices of the 21st century but they continue to have one critical flaw – battery life. We’ve all been there – you forgot to charge your smartphone and you have 10% battery life left to see you through the day.<p>You think of ways to charge it, …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Jesus Christ

LG announces Chromebase, a Chrome OS all-in-one computer

Google's Chrome OS is typically found in inexpensive Chromebook laptops, and occasionally a Chromebox desktop as well. At next month's Consumer Electronics Show, however, LG will put it into a desktop computer monitor. The company has just announced the Chromebase, a 21.5-inch all-in-one computer …

Geminid meteor and Nova Centauri

A shooting star and a “new” star, or nova. The shooting star is space dust. And the nova is an explosion on an old star. Check out this photo by …

China eyes collection of lunar samples in 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to launch its next unmanned lunar probe in 2017, with the key aim of collecting and bringing back lunar samples, an official said on Monday, after the country’s first probe landed successfully on the moon over the weekend.<p>A view of China's first moon rover, Yutu, or …

Our Favorite Science And Technology Reads From 2013

The best long-form stuff we read this year<p>It was a great year in reading, but no one could've caught all of the amazing science and technology stories. So we've rounded up a few--from <i>Popular Science,</i> as well as plenty of other places--and placed them here for your convenience. Enjoy, and feel free …

Damaged blood vessels may contribute to Alzheimer’s

Cells in the blood-brain barrier may control multiple steps in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease—and could serve as potential targets for new …

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Ham the astrochimp: hero or victim?

Name: Ham the Chimp<br>Species: <i>Pan troglodytes</i><br>Dates: 1957-1983<br>Claim to fame: First primate in space<br>Go visit: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington D.C.<p>Last week, I had the great privilege of meeting primatologist Dr Jane Goodall. (I am writing a profile of her for the Wellcome Trust’s …

Physical buttons make a comeback in Samsung's low-end Galaxy Core Advance

The rugged Galaxy S 4 Active had them, and so did the lesser-known Xcover2. But all-physical navigation buttons are becoming rarer on Samsung phones nowadays, and that's why our eyes were drawn to the manufacturer's latest low-end offering, the Galaxy Core Advance. In addition to the obvious trio …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

The 10 best films of 2013, No 6 – Before Midnight

Another year, another sequel, another shameless attempt to cash in on prior brand recognition and to exploit fans desperate for another hit of their favourite franchise. So why was Richard Linklater's second sequel to Before Sunrise greeted with a loving embrace, rather than the spitting backlash …