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Costa Rica To Close Its Zoos And Release Animals Into The Wild

The silky anteater, shown here, could be climbing trees in its native forests soon.<p>Costa Rican Environment Ministry officials yesterday announced the closing of its two national zoos, the Simon Bolivar zoo and Santa Ana Conservation Center. But they're not just shuttering; they're going to become …

Milky Way over Ligurian Sea

The Milky Way over the Ligurian Sea as seen from Sestri Levante in the Italian Riviera.<p>EarthSky Facebook friend Maranatha_IT Photography captured …

The 10 Weirdest-Named Shark Species

Happy Shark Week! In honor of the One True American Holiday (all other holidays are less true, due to lower shark content), I spent about an hour reading about sharks on Wikipedia. Important findings from a solid morning's research: sharks often have weird names. For example: the birdbeak dogfish. …

How to pick lottery numbers and win: 8 ways to increase your chances

Some people use family birthdays, others use lucky numbers while there are those that swear by a fail-safe “system".<p>There are almost as many ways of choosing lottery numbers as there are chances of winning it.<p>With a must-win £24.7 million jackpot up for grabs this week, picking the right numbers …

How Biological Patents Promote Research And Save Lives

Patenting viruses doesn't restrict research--it gives an incentive to do more research.<p>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people can't patent isolated human genes, which it considers a product of nature, but they can patent something exceptionally similar: cDNA, a synthesized copy from …

Google Play Music All Access Goes Live In 9 European Countries

Today, Google’s music service has gone live in nine European countries. As reported by Android Police, users in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK now have access to Google Play Music All Access.<p>Announced at the company’s developer conference in May, …

Electric road charges buses while they drive

South Korea has launched the world's first road-powered electric vehicle network to charge public buses while they're on the move.<p>The challenge with electric vehicles -- well, one of them -- is that to actually, you know, go anywhere, they have to be stationary for significant blocks of time so …

Magnetism

WhatsApp is growing like crazy — 300 million monthly users and counting

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>WhatsApp has sprouted a new feature: push-to-talk voice messaging. The move, which was first reported by AllThingsD, is useful …

Volkswagen and Google launch SmileDrive Android app: it makes insufferable commutes sufferable (video)

It surely isn't the first time we've seen a quirky automaker look to the smartphone in order to add a bit of pizazz to the morning drive -- Mini owners far and wide have plenty of inside jokes when it comes to the Mini Connected app. That being said, SmileDrive might just have the market cornered …

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 …

Grinding 20-Ton Mirrors For The Giant Magellan Telescope

One of the largest telescopes ever made will reveal previously unobservable facets of our universe's past.<p>The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be one of the largest telescopes ever made, and will allow scientists to observe distant realms in unprecedented detail. It will display the far reaches …

Dolphins Recognize The Calls Of Long-Lost Friends

Scientists have known for years that dolphins recognize each other by the sound of each animal's signature whistle. But it wasn't known for just how long dolphins could remember these whistle calls.<p>The individually specific whistle that each dolphin generates before its first birthday "for them …

Black Holes One Of Space's Great Paradoxes

Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. In this edition: Black holes.<p>…

Black Holes

Musk says he ‘shot himself in the foot’ revealing Hyperloop

Anyone smart enough to build a tube that transports people 600 miles per hour to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes should step up because creator Elon Musk says he’s too busy to actually build it.<p>“I think I shot myself in the foot by ever mentioning the Hyperloop. I’m too …

3D Printing Hits The Fashion World

The word “printing” probably conjures up images of 8.5 x 11 paper jammed in a malfunctioning machine. But not for long. As 3D printing becomes more mainstream, its applications are broadening.<p>Architects and scientists have been using 3-D printing to create models for decades, but it’s beginning to …

In The Smartphone Wars It’s iOS Vs. Android And Windows Phone Vs. The Rest

It’s Smartphone Platform Market Share Day, meaning that your local nerds are atwitter about the latest figures: Android’s continuing massive growth, the slowing of iOS’s year-over-year unit volume expansion, and curiously, today, if Windows Phone’s numbers matter.<p>You see, Windows Phone posted the …

Jurassic squirrel's secret is out after 165m years

Discovery of furry animal with sharp teeth and poisonous spur provides more clues to the evolution of mammals<p>The discovery of a small furry beast from the Jurassic era has given scientists fresh insights into the evolution of the first mammals on Earth. The fossilised remains of the squirrel-sized …

U.S. military satellite, paid for by Australia, launched into orbit | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday carrying a communications satellite for the U.S. military and its partners, including Australia, which paid for the spacecraft and launch services.<p>The Delta …

Nearly 80 percent of smartphones shipped last quarter ran Android, says IDC

The smartphone market continues to explode, and the Android ecosystem has been the biggest beneficiary of that growth. According to the latest smartphone OS marketshare numbers from IDC, shipments of Android phones increased a whopping 73.5 percent to reach over 187 million units in the second …

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …