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Google, Microsoft agree: Cloud is now safe enough to use

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nevermind Microsoft's awkward "Scroogled" anti-Google campaign. When it comes to cloud security, the two giants are practically best buds.<p>At the annual RSA Conference held at the Moscone Center here on Wednesday, Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and …

5 Bad Habits You Can Blame Your Brain For

We all have a few bad habits. Fortunately for you (and the rest of the human race), it's only partially your fault.<p>Your brain works in mysterious …

How to Bounce Back When Life Gets You Down (And Become a Better Person in the Process) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Bad experiences are a part of life that we all have to deal with. No one is immune. We all have to deal with pain, disappointment and loss. We all …

Busted: International Narwhal Tusk Smuggling Ring

Keep your hands off the whale<p>Narwhals are just a bit safer today. A multiyear investigation has resulted in arrests connected with illegal transporting of the whale tusks across international borders. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Fish and …

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

Texas A&M

Chivalry makes men nervous: the subtle art of male-on-male emasculation

You'd never guess to look at us, of course, but men are sensitive. When researchers at Purdue University, Indiana, asked a man to open a door for a random sample of men and women, they found that the men who'd had the door opened for them reported lower confidence and self-esteem. The women, being …

Cancer 'drove black skin evolution'

Scientists believe dark skins appeared more than a million years ago to prevent our African ancestors dying from skin cancer<p>Cancer may have driven the evolution of black skin early in human history, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe dark skins appeared more than a million years ago to prevent our …

NASA is using satellites to track California's terrible drought

Last year was the driest for most of California since record-keeping began in 1849. That's caused stress for farmers, state officials, and the federal government, which has lined up aid packages and legislation to bolster drought-related relief. Now California's Department of Water Resources and …

5 Misconceptions About This Winter From Hell

Everybody needs a pastime to help them get through a long winter. For some people, it's waxing hyperbolic about how bad the weather really is.<p><b>It's Cold Everywhere!</b><p>It's hard to look at the big picture when you're just trying to get to work without slipping on the ice—or trying to fly anywhere over …

How a Misdiagnosis Almost Led to a Space Walking Disaster

The Mishap Investigation Board releases a first report on the EVA mishap of July 2013, when water filled the helmet of astronaut Luca Parmitano.<p><b>Astronaut Luca Parmitano was about 44</b> minutes into a space walk in July 2013 when he felt something that shouldn't be there—water inside his helmet and on …

Forecasting the Future Flu to Build a Better Vaccine

Health experts must create the seasonal flu vaccine long before the seasonal flu arrives—and it's different every time. Now, a new weapon.<p><b>With the flu, every year is a rapid arms race.</b> Countless numbers of viruses are pushed to mutate and spread over and over again, transforming until they can …

Public Health

Everything you need to know: The polar vortex

The polar vortex never seeps into your house, to freeze you and your family inside. It can’t do that because it stays in the mid to high …

Global Warming

‘Mystery’ hormone keeps horses pregnant

The discovery of a previously unknown pregnancy-supporting hormone in horses solves a scientific mystery, report researchers.<p>Characterization of the …

Opinion

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Space maps: California looks to satellites for drought help

Nasa to use space satellite images to help monitor California drought<p><b>Nasa scientists</b> are going to use images filmed from space to help monitor one of the worst droughts in <b>California's</b> recorded history.<p>Scientists said they would deploy imaging tools to measure snowpack and groundwater levels in an …

The business of bleeding horseshoe crabs

Every year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive by biomedical companies, according to a fascinating story in <i>The Atlantic</i>. The blood, colored baby blue because it contains copper, coagulates when it detects bacteria and can therefore be used to test for contamination. The …

More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain

Traditionally, research has focused on women's "biological clock." But in recent years, scientists have been looking more and more at how the father's age at conception might affect the baby, too.<p>A study published Wednesday hints that age really might matter — in terms of the child's mental …

Children of older men at greater risk of mental illness, study suggests

Children born to fathers over the age of 45 are at greater risk of developing psychiatric problems and more likely to struggle at school, according to the findings of a large-scale study.<p>The research found that children with older fathers were more often diagnosed with disorders such as autism, …

How Uncle Sam Is Helping to Feed the Honeybees

When I wrote a cover story last August about the plight of the honeybees, I didn’t think I’d still be talking about it half a year later. Yet this …

Magnet ‘medicine’ attracts T cells to fight cancer

Magnets can help kick start cancer-killing T cells and increase their power, according to a new study of mice with the deadly skin cancer …

This Wall Comes Alive When You Touch It

Hexi is an interactive display that ripples like a pond in response to movement.<p>Designer Thibault Sld created this wall of 60 modules loaded with servos, together called Hexi, which undulate in response to movement--whether that's a touch of the hand, or running past, or something else. Nearby …

Researchers 3D Print a Whale Graveyard So They Can Study It Later

After road construction on the Pan-American Highway revealed a mysterious whale graveyard in Chile, researchers scrambled to figure out why so many …

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish: Moon Jellies Fed Peanut Butter in Experiment

<i>Deep Sea News</i> reports that researchers fed peanut butter to baby moon jellies (<i>Aurelia aurita</i>) at the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas. The …

Could Cooked Meat Hold A Risk Factor For Dementia And Diabetes?

If the results hold up, they could point the way toward new treatments.<p>Cooking meat may be a risk factor for dementia and diabetes, according to new research. When meat is heated, it can produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which form when protein or fat reacts with sugar. The research …

Diabetes

Domestic violence puts 10,000 at high risk of death or serious injury

More than 10,000 women and children are at high risk of being murdered or seriously injured by current or former partners, according to police assessments obtained by the Guardian.<p>In a stark illustration of the levels of domestic violence across the country, data from 34 out of the 44 police forces …

Disability benefit delays cause 'distress'

<b>Disabled people are facing "distress and financial difficulties" owing to the slow processing of claims under a new benefit scheme, a report has found.</b><p>Claimants for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) were having to wait weeks longer than anticipated, the National Audit Office (NAO) …

Binding 'pre-nup' law for couples proposed

<b>Couples in England and Wales would be able to legally agree the terms of a divorce before marrying, under a new law being put forward.</b><p>The Law Commission believes making pre and post-nuptial agreements legally binding will make it easier for couples to manage their finances after a split.<p>Currently, …

Google must remove all “Innocence of Muslims” videos from YouTube, appeals court rules

A California appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google(s goog) to take down all copies of a controversial anti-Islamic movie, granting an injunction …

Google Glass attack offers a new lens on privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO — When a tech consultant showed off her Google Glass the other night at the Haight Street bar Molotov's, the result was explosive - and …

Motorola Hints At New Moto X This Summer

Motorola has given a strong hint that the successor to its flagship Moto X handset is coming this summer, and reiterated its commitment to providing lower-cost devices.<p>The company took to Twitter during the Mobile World Congress conference to answer questions from followers and the press. Among …