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Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

AT&T reduces 2GB Mobile Share Value plans by $15 per month

Following up on the news that its UnCarrier rival will soon raise the cost of its unlimited data plan, AT&T is making some pricing changes of its own -- in the completely opposite direction. The base rate for the company's 2GB Mobile Share Value plan is currently $55 (that's the base price, …

Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller

Maureen O'Reilly beams with pride as she shows a visitor around Grafton, N.H., a town so small it doesn't even have a traffic light.<p>"Have a look at this," O'Reilly says, pointing to a postcard view of hilly rural New England. "How beautiful is this? It's really pretty in the fall, really, really …

Missing Malaysian jet may have disintegrated in mid-air: source | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam (Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of wreckage from the …

5 Things To Know About The NSA's Surveillance Activities

It's hard to keep track of all the leaks by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Much of the material has been published in Britain's <i>Guardian</i>, as well as other publications, including <i>The Washington Post</i>, and have shed light on some of the agency's surveillance …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

6 new uses for your old iPad

If the arrival of Apple's latest iPad is tempting you to upgrade, you might be debating the fate of your old iPad.<p>Two options: keep or sell. The latter can net you some funds to help defray the cost of the new tablet; here are some tips on selling used iPads for maximum profit.<p>But there are plenty …

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Phablets: Should Your Next Phone Be Bigger Than Your Hand or Face?

They can be about the same size as a 6-inch Subway sandwich, pickles and honey mustard included, of course. Samsung's Galaxy Mega, in particular, is …

The new Mac Pro: will professionals embrace Apple's brave, expensive vision of the desktop?

For photographers, designers, musicians, and video editors, Apple's musclebound machine is the $3,000 question<p>There’s no doubt that Apple’s brand-new Mac Pro is as much a statement as a computing tool. From its dramatic introduction at WWDC 2013 (marked by SVP Phil Schiller’s bravado) to its …

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages …

Chimpanzees Choose Their Friends!

Why Facts Won't Help You Win Arguments

Why We Sent Jellyfish To Space

Put These Quarter-Sized GPS Trackers On Everything

They'll go on phones, bicycles, teenagers—anything!<p>Misplaced your phone? Dropped your keys? Lost your dog? This crowdfunded project would let you locate basically anything with tiny GPS trackers that are accurate to within 5 feet.<p>Retrievor is GPS disk that's barely more than an inch in diameter and …

Poachers Try To Hack Data From Rare Tiger's GPS Collar

The endangered tiger has been moved to a new reserve.<p>There are fewer than 2,500 Bengal tigers left in the wild. To keep an eye on this endangered species, conservationists at the 210-square-mile Panna Tiger Reserve in India attached a GPS tracking collar to one of the park's tigers this past …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Virgin Galactic hopes its spacecrafts might someday be used for superfast flights across Earth

Virgin Galactic may be closing in on launching its first-ever commercial space flight, but the company is also thinking about how its technology can help improve travel on Earth, as well. Speaking at the Wired 2013 event in London, Virgin Galactic's commercial director Stephen Attenborough hinted …

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Not all viruses are bad for us. Some of them might even help up us fight off bacterial infections someday.<p>Naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages attack specific types of bacteria. So researchers at the University of Leicester decided to try and take advantage of phages' …

Watch Live: Partial Lunar Eclipse Darkens Moon’s Surface

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 5:30 pm. 5:30 pm<p>This afternoon, the moon will dip into the …

Invasive Flower Adapted To Conquer, Study Finds

Biologists found evidence that purple loosestrife underwent evolution after arriving in North America.<p>Don't let its frilly flowers fool you. Purple loosestrife is a survivor. This plant is an invasive species in North America and it's made good use of the 50 years since it was first introduced to …

Spacewatch: India goes to Mars

As the optimum period opens for flights to Mars, both India and the US are poised to launch Mars-orbiting craft. The US federal shutdown, though, threatened both missions, delaying them until the next launch window opens in 2015-2016. As it is, dispensations were granted to allow work on Nasa's …

8 Fun Facts About Gummies

The candy world was crushed this week—the king of the gummi bear has died.<p>On October 15, Haribo owner Hans Riegel of Bonn, Germany, passed away at …

Schools Aren't Teaching Kids To Code; Here's Who Is Filling The Gap

Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools.<p>U.S. students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned. But computer science is in even worse shape: Of 12 technical subjects examined in a …

British Gas: alternative, cheaper energy suggestions

Yesterday British Gas announced it will be increasing its prices by approximately 10%. Understandably, at a time of increasing austerity and falling wages, a lot of people are very angry about this, as evidenced by an ill-advised social media exercise by the British Gas services director. This …

How Fast Does An Elephant Pee?

David Hu's "Law of Urination" says nearly all mammals empty their bladders in the same amount of time. And he's got videos to back it up.<p>David Hu wanted to know what it'd be like to change an elephant's diaper. Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biology at the Georgia …

Xiaomi’s Lei Jun would really like everyone to please stop calling him “China’s Steve Jobs”

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. In the first of our series profiling companies experiencing explosive growth, posted yesterday, Quartz featured Xiaomi, a Chinese mobile-phone maker that has captured the domestic market for cheap phones and the imagination of reporters worldwide. Our first …

Retina iPad Mini coming at next week’s Apple event, analyst says

Peter Misek of Jefferies & Co says that Apple will be launching an iPad Mini at next week’s Apple Event in San Francisco, the “we still have a lot to cover” event.<p>“Our checks indicate that the Mini Retina is having production issues, but [we] think Apple is more likely to launch in CQ4 with fewer …