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The best science and technology pictures of the week

Some of the most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a brain sculpture and close encounter with a lion’s jaw.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Leaping whales and fierce fossils<p>Slingshot drones and lab-grown bones<p>US Air Force’s 2013 best pics and lobster …

Smallpox: Last refuge of an ultimate killer

In July 2014, long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box were discovered at a research centre near Washington. Until then, it was believed that only two places on Earth guard the last remaining samples of this killer virus. As Rachel Nuwer discovered in this feature, first published …

Georgia Football: Behind-the-Scenes Look at an Official Recruiting Visit

In the days and weeks leading up to national signing day on Feb. 5, high school student-athletes from around the country made their official visits to potential schools looking to secure their services.<p>But what goes into an official visit?<p>The truth is, there's no real answer. Each official visit is …

College Football

US phone companies to explore replacing all phone numbers with IP addresses

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is nothing new, of course, but so far it's been regarded merely as an add-on to America's regular, analog-based copper and cellular voice networks -- networks that are currently maintained as a matter of legal requirement. The FCC isn't necessarily such a stickler for …

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Obama promises action and seeks a science-funding boost

US President Barack Obama says 2014 will be a “year of action” in which he plans to use his executive authority to enact new policies, while seeking …

Can we ever fully trust personal gene tests?

Kits sold to consumers that predict health risks from our genes have been hit by major concerns over their reliability. Nic Fleming investigates why.<p>"Neurological conditions, 60% probability," a nurse in green scrubs reads in a monotone voice. A young woman cradles her newborn while an anxious new …

No, college football players aren't unionizing for pay-for-play

Tuesday, college athletes at Northwestern University began an attempt to create a union. And if you actually listen to them, they're not calling for that thing you're disagreeing with them over.<p>The college athlete labor movement initiated by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and teammates …

New Apple TV may offer cable TV integration in addition to gaming

No longer just an area of intense interest<p>Following Apple TV rumors from <i>9to5Mac</i> last week, the site's often-reliable Mark Gurman has revealed more details on the next-generation of Apple's set-top box. While last week's report focused on the ability to play games through Apple TV, this week Gurman …

College athletes' plan to unionize attacked by NCAA

College athletes are planning to break years of tradition and form a trade union.<p>Football players at Northwestern University have filed an application with the National Labor Relations Board, the federal statutory body that recognizes groups that seek collective bargaining rights.<p>Ramogi Huma, …

Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed

After a long spell of partisan trench warfare and gridlock, President Obama called for "a year of action" Tuesday as he focused on themes that are central to his second-term agenda. The changes he proposed in his annual State of the Union speech were relatively modest, but flashes of ambition …

Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of government documents to journalists last year, was nominated for …

Associated Press News

90-Minute DNA Screening Available Soon For Law Enforcement

The rapid test is being evaluated by the Pentagon.<p>Current human DNA tests take two to three weeks to be completed, and must be sent into an accredited laboratory. But a new rapid test, which could analyze human DNA in 90 minutes in the field, is nearly complete, Pentagon and industry officials told …

Austria Greenlights DIY Genetic Engineering

In Austria, where genetically engineered food is banned from the shelves, regulators have granted the first DIYbio lab permission to work with GMOs. For only 40 euros and some paperwork, the one-year-old biohacker space, Open BioLab, is now bioengineering its first batch of bacteria.<p>Unlike in the …

Genetic Engineering

2015 BMW M4 Dissected: Everything You Need to Know

Three begets four in BMW's tech-loaded hot rods.<p>BMW’s M3 began as a four-cylinder homologation special and evolved profoundly over nearly three decades, punctuated by a series of powertrain changes. Throughout, the M3’s street spirit, track skills, and everyday versatility were never in question; …

Carbon Fiber

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of The Month

Welcome to the first edition of Recommended Dose, a monthly mix series for <i>All Songs Considered</i> that will collect our favorite new electronic music at the end of every month.<p>Our inaugural mix actually looks back at December and January. Unlike other corners of the music industry, the dance world …

State of the Union: 8 Things Obama Won't Say, But Might Want To

Sometimes there are things you want to say but just can't.<p>When President Obama delivers his fifth State of the Union address tonight, there are a …

U.S. sending biggest Winter Olympics team to Sochi | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Olympic Committee said on Monday it is sending the all-time largest athlete delegation of any nation in Winter Games history to next month’s Sochi Olympics with a 230-member team spread across all 15 disciplines.<p>Appartment buildings are pictured next to the Sanki sliding center …

Super Bowl 2014: Seahawks players believe in Russell Wilson

Wilson hasn't put up the numbers that Peyton Manning has, but he's earned the respect of his teammates, regardless.<p>Russell Wilson finished the 2013 regular season with less than half the touchdown passes for the Seattle Seahawks than Peyton Manning racked up during his record-breaking season with …

Pete Carroll voted most popular

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll seemed a little stunned when told he was the clear winner in ESPN.com's NFL Nation Confidential …

Super Bowl ticket demand down because 'teams are not sexy'

NEW YORK — At this time a year ago, there was speculation the Super Bowl in New York could be the priciest ticket ever. But brokers said Monday the market for the Seattle Seahawks-Denver Broncos matchup is soft, and tickets are available for much closer to face value than anticipated.<p>And don't …

Carl Icahn, Who Can't Stop Buying Apple, Just Bought $500 Million More

Carl Icahn loves him some Apple stock. Just a week ago, in two separate Tweets, the activist investor announced that he had bought $1 billion more stock. Now he wants more. When Apple shares sank on disappointing earnings Tuesday, Icahn announced he grabbed another $500 million.<p>Icahn’s Apple …

Will 600 sick passengers sink cruise prices?

Another stomach-churning disaster has hit a cruise ship, and while it’s bad news for the industry, it could lead to lower prices for consumers …

Royal Caribbean

iPad Numbers: New Record 26 Million Sold Last Quarter

Apple revealed some impressive iPad numbers during their Q1 2014 financial call yesterday afternoon. For the quarter that ended on December 28, 2013 the company set an all time record for iPads sold in a quarter.<p>Here’s the record-breaking total and some other notable iPad numbers from the Apple …

iPad

Nintendo denies smartphone software rumor, says it has 'no plans' to offer mini-games on rival hardware

Nintendo? Making games for other hardware? Not <i>so</i> fast. Nikkei's widely reported tale of Mario et al. coming to a smartphone near you is unlikely to happen -- at least in the way we were all half-hoping for. The company has told Engadget that it has no plans to offer "mini-games" on smartphone …

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