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Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

<b>Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.</b><p>A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.<p>The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types …

Cancer

Pirlo's brilliance in this era is like Roger Federer beating Rafa Nadal with a wooden racquet

The almost-mythical midfielder will win his 100th Italy cap in the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico and fans must cherish the final days of …

Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access

article<p>en_US<p>https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/introducing-project-loon.html<p>Official Google …

Professor's 'brain soup' experiment shows cognitive power

Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel from the Lab of Comparative Neuroanatomy in Rio De Janeiro has come up with a way of comparing the number of neurons in different animals' brains by creating what she calls "a brain soup".<p>She spoke to Sarah Montague at the TED Conference in Edinburgh this week, and …

Rio De Janeiro

Startups from around the world take on America at Plug and Play Expo 2013

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Walking into the Plug and Play Tech Center for the first time, I feel like I am at the United Nations of startups. Flags from around the world hang from the ceiling, and the hum of accented voices fills the building. Approximately 1,000 people come through the Sunnyvale campus …

Ball physics: next-gen sports games are more real, and more fun, than ever

I pressed A to pass the ball from Messi to Neymar, but I didn’t expect what happened next. Messi tapped the ball lightly with the outside of his foot, shifting it past the defender just-so. And Neymar didn’t wait for the ball to come to his feet — he instinctively took off running, let the ball …

Smile! Hackers Can Silently Access Your Webcam Right Through The Browser (Again)

You know those people who put tape over their laptop’s webcam to keep digital peeping toms at bay? They’re not crazy.<p>A new proof of concept is making the rounds today that demonstrates how a hacker can snap pics off your webcam, right through the browser, with no consent required.<p>Well, technically, …

No more roaming fees in Europe as of July 2014

Good news for anyone living in any of the 27 EU countries: as of next July, you’ll pay the same rate for calls and data when travelling within Europe as you do at home, reports <i>The Telegraph.</i><p>Consumers will next year be able to use their mobile phones across the European Union for the same price as …

Bosch offers $3,000 wireless chargers to Leaf and Volt owners

Bosch recently released an $450 charging solution for EVs, but if you want to go wireless, it's going to cost you a lot more. The company has formed an exclusive partnership with Evatran for the distribution and installation of its wireless chargers for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. Each Plugless …

Microsoft Adds Support For Google Cloud Messaging, Git And Custom APIs To Azure Mobile Services

Microsoft today announced a number of updates to its Azure Mobile Services that include support for Git source control, custom APIs and Android push notifications through Google Cloud Messaging to its mobile backend service. Azure users now also get a free 20MB SQL database for mobile services and …

The next version of Android will be aimed at low-end phones and emerging markets

Google’s Android mobile operating system, which powers the majority of smartphones on the planet, may be about to go on a crash diet that will shrink it to a size it hasn’t been since 2010. The results could be a leaner, faster mobile operating system that reinvigorates older Android phones and …

Android News

U.S. Schools Are Dumb About Their Smart Devices, Report Finds

Just having an iPad for every kid isn't enough.<p>U.S. schools are spending money on laptops and tablets for their students, but they aren't checking what kinds of returns on investment they're getting, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.<p>In addition, many schools end up …

Scientists, the web is becoming your oyster

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>The digital tools and services remaking media, commerce, education, and most other parts of our lives, are finally starting to …

U.S. Patent Office Says Apple’s Rubber Banding Patent Claim Is Valid

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office returned a power weapon to Apple’s patent arsenal this week, reversing an April ruling that invalidated key …

MakerBot's Replicator 2 joins Amazon's newly launched 3D printer store

Granted, it's not a 3D printer in every home, but it's surely a step in the right direction. MakerBot announced today that its Replicator 2 will be joining Amazon's new 3D Printer Store, a central location on the site for devices, accessories, books and the like. The store features a number of …

Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…

U.S. schools not making the grade when it comes to education technology

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Here’s a bit of disappointing but not-so-surprising news: according to a new report from the nonprofit think tank Center for …

Mozilla Science Lab encourages scientists to share ideas over open web

Even though scientists created this glorious internet you see before you, current scientific practice is still based more on publishing academic papers than sharing ideas online. As one of the more prominent proponents of the open web, Mozilla stepped in to offer a solution with a new open science …

Astronomers Have Discovered A New Type Of Star

For years scientists have known that the apparent brightness of many stars changes over time, however, the kind of variable star seen in this new European Southern Observatory photo of the open star cluster NGC 3766 has not been studied in detail before.<p>By using the La Silla Observatory in Chile, a …

Universe

Prevention Pill Cuts HIV Risk For Injecting Drug Users

A once-a-day pill has been proven to lower the risk of getting HIV among needle-using drug addicts, just as it does among heterosexual couples and men who have sex with men.<p>Among 2,400 injecting drug users in Bangkok, those assigned to take a daily dose of an antiviral drug Viread, or tenofovir …

White children nearly a minority, says US census

<b>For the first time, half (49.9%) of American children under the age of five are of a racial or ethnic minority, according to the US Census Bureau.</b><p>The agency projected that in the US, whites would become a minority in the under-five age group this year or next.<p>The 2012 data also found that for the …

Demographics

Chinese Astronauts Dock With Orbiting Space Lab

A trio of Chinese astronauts has successfully docked with the Tiangong-1 space laboratory for what's expected to be a total of 15 days in orbit — the longest mission to date for China's burgeoning manned space program.<p>The published plan is for the three-person crew, including Wang Yaping, China's …

British Honeybees Are Getting Wiped Out At Record Rates

Over the 2012-2013 winter season, 34 honeybee colonies of every 100 were lost on average — more than double that of the previous year.<p>Widespread die-offs are being blamed largely on bad weather and a late spring, BBKA said in their report.<p>An exceptionally rainy season — the summer of 2012 was the …

Insects

Neonicotinoids harm birds and soil

Pesticides banned by the EU for harming the bee population could also be killing birds and mammals and organisms in the soil, a new study has found.<p>Certain neonicotinoids were banned by the European Commission earlier this year, despite resistance by the UK Government, because of fears the …

The First Test Flight Of The Brand New Airbus Jetliner Went Perfectly

The first test flight of the A350 XWB, the j etliner designed by Airbus to compete with Boeing's Dreamliner, was a success, the company says.<p>The plane took off from Toulouse at 10 a.m. Friday morning, and flew for just over four hours with a team of two pilots and four test engineers on board. …

Aviation

Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

Australian archaeologists using remote-sensing technology have uncovered an ancient city in Cambodia that has remained hidden for more than a millennium under dense jungle undergrowth.<p>The discovery of Mahendraparvata, a 1,200-year-old lost city that predates Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple …