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Your TV may be watching you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this week, we learned that Samsung televisions are eavesdropping on their owners. If you have one of their Internet-connected smart TVs, you can turn on a voice command feature that saves you the trouble of finding the remote, pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. But making …

Privacy

Obama to sign executive order on cybersecurity info sharing

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Ukraine cease-fire deadline provokes bitter last-gasp battle

ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian-backed separatists mounted a vicious assault Friday in eastern Ukraine ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline, …

Happy face or angry face? A dog can tell the difference, study finds

Word to the wise: Don't play poker with your dog. He can read your face like a book. A new study shows that man's best friend is remarkably good at discerning happy expressions from angry ones – even when he's only looking at half of a person's face.<p>The authors say the findings, published in the …

Report from Darmstadt: Philae status and early Rosetta results from DPS

ESA Rosetta and Philae team at European Space Operations Centre, Nov. 10, 2014<p>From left to right: Matt Taylor, Rosetta project scientist; Stephan …

Philae update: My last day in Darmstadt, possibly Philae's last day of operations

The press room was nearly empty this morning -- only a few stalwarts are left. I, Eric Hand (from Science), and Steven Young (Astronomy Now) were …

Pictures of the Week 11.13.14

Scientists Regrow Severed Spinal Cords In Rats

Neuroscientists surgically and chemically reconnect rats' severed spinal cords, recovering the rats' bladder control.<p>Scientists have found a way to reconnect severed spinal cords in rats, allowing them to regain bladder control--a major accomplishment that could one day help humans with similar …

Alien planets found in star cluster surprise scientists

Alien planets are popping up in unexpected places.<p>Astronomers using the planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft have found two planets circling different stars in the violent environment of an ancient open star cluster called NGC 6811 located about 3,300 light-years from Earth. Until now, four of the more …

Scientists Decode DNA Of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

The oldest sequenced genome will help researchers understand horse evolution.<p>So scientists have decoded the genome of a 700,000-year-old horse. It wasn't enough to figure out exactly what the horse looked like—hair color, for example, will have to wait for further analysis—but it helped the …

Jets of molten rock push Earth's tectonic plates

Giant fountains of hot rock under central Africa and the central Pacific that have apparently remained stationary for at least 250 million years are helping drive the movements of the massive tectonic plates making up Earth's surface, researchers say.<p>Below the rocky layer that makes up Earth's …

Earth Science

'The Lyme Wars' That Tiny Ticks Have Wrought

Until 1977, Lyme disease was almost unknown. But in the decades since a Yale rheumatologist first described an unusual cluster of arthritis cases in Lyme, Conn., the disease has become the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the country. Acute symptoms of Lyme disease commonly include a …

Ultramarathoners: Faster, Higher, Stronger And Sleepier

The Tor des Geants covers over 200 miles and 20 mountain peaks.<p>In the decidedly nutty sport of ultramarathoning, the stakes keep getting higher. The courses get longer and the terrain steeper, but runners continue to push the boundaries of human endurance and sheer will.<p>So a team of researchers in …

New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. But the majority of species are …

Why some mountain ranges don't erode away

Landslides, or the lack thereof, may help mountain ranges remain far longer than previously thought, new research suggests.<p>As the tectonic plates that make up Earth's surface drift, mountain ranges such as the Himalayas in Asia and the Andes in South America form where the plates collide, similar …

Geology

Navy Report on Maryland Drone Crash: “Disastrous Results” Averted

The fiery demise of a Global Hawk drone last year could have led to disaster, according to a report from Navy investigators obtained by Jefferson …

Monitoring group says Syria toll tops 100,000

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria's uprising, a monitoring group has said, as a proposed Geneva peace conference looked set to be delayed, dimming hopes for an end to the bloodshed.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists and officials on the …

Black Bear Roams In D.C., Days After Red Panda's Jaunt

First there was Rusty, the red panda. Now there are reports that a bear was captured after roaming around in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prompting (mostly unserious) concerns of a possible siege on the nation's capital.<p>The bear is described as being about a year old, weighing nearly 100 pounds. It …

BP mounts offensive in spill settlement dispute

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With an ad blitz and a tersely worded letter, BP is mounting an increasingly aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>In letters that started going out Tuesday, BP …

World's Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

Well-preserved specimen pushes back the timing of modern horse evolution.<p><b>DNA shines a light back into the past, showing us things that fossils can't. But how far back can that light extend?</b><p>Some of the oldest DNA sequences come from mastodon and polar bear fossils about 50,000 and 110,000 years old, …

NIH Takes Another Step Toward Retirement Of Research Chimps

The National Institutes of Health says it will retire hundreds of chimpanzees that the agency had been using for research. Animal rights activists see the move as a big step towards ending the use of chimps in research, but it will be awhile before any of the research chimps find their way into …

Activists Say Gay Marriage Will Be Legal Across America in 5 Years

Today's Supreme Court rulings only legalize unions in California, but campaigners say they set the stage for fast changes nationwide.<p><i>This post has been updated with additional information.</i><p>Gay-marriage advocates were celebrating Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions not just because of what they mean …

Nelson Mandela On Life Support (REPORT)

Nelson Mandela has been placed on life support, CNN reported Wednesday afternoon.<p>The former South African president's health remained critical for the fourth consecutive day as tribal leaders reportedly were warned to prepare for his death.<p>According to Sky News' chief correspondent in South Africa, …

Australia takes Japan to court over whaling

A court appeal brought by Australia to prevent Japanese whaling in the Antarctic has got under way at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.<p>A global ban prevents commercial whaling, but Japan says it needs to continue its annual hunt for scientific research.<p>Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas …

Bumpy-Headed Reptile Fossils Discovered

<b>New fossils of an ancient reptile called Bunostegos akokanensis indicate that it probably wasn’t winning any prehistoric beauty contests.</b><p>“Imagine a cow-sized, plant-eating reptile with a knobby skull and bony armor down its back,” Linda Tsuji, leader of a new study on the critter, said in a …

NASA Will Join Japan And Italy On Mission To Mercury

A third trip so close to the sun<p>The U.S. is joining Italy and Japan on a trip to Mercury. Once there, the joint mission will determine the makeup and history of a planet that's been difficult to study because of its proximity to the sun.<p>NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Rome last week and …

Daughter says Mandela 'responding to touch'

Nelson Mandela's condition is "very critical" and "anything is imminent", his daughter Makaziwe Mandela has said.<p>"I can reiterate that Tata [father] is very critical, that anything is imminent, but I want to emphasise again that it is only God who knows when the time to go is," she told broadcaster …