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Apple denies knowledge of, assistance in NSA iPhone spyware

Apple denies knowledge of, assistance in NSA iPhone spyware

Apple, reacting to news the U.S. National Security Agency worked on iPhone spyware to monitor users, says it has not cooperated with the NSA on such projects.

Apple reports adoption of iOS 7 has reached 78 percent

Apple's latest version of iOS, iOS 7, is now installed on 78 percent of all iPhones, iPads, and iPods, the Cupertino, Calif., company says.
Scientists surprised to discover anemones living under antarctic ice

Scientists surprised to discover anemones living under antarctic ice

A species of sea anemone found on the underside of Antarctica's ice sheets is the only marine animal known to live embedded in ice, U.S. researchers say.
NASA moon orbiter snaps photo of Chinese rover and its lander

NASA moon orbiter snaps photo of Chinese rover and its lander

China's Yutu rover on the surface of the moon is visible in an image captured by a camera on a NASA satellite orbiting the moon, scientists say.
Smartphone app meant to warn Australians of fire risk comes under fire

Smartphone app meant to warn Australians of fire risk comes under fire

Some residents of Australia's Victoria state say a government smartphone app meant to warn of fire danger has either failed to work or created false alarms.
Hubble Space Telescope sees weather on distant alien planet

Hubble Space Telescope sees weather on distant alien planet

U.S. researchers say they've used the Hubble Telescope to reveal the weather on an alien world, and the forecast is for clouds, clouds and more clouds.

Climate change could put seafloor marine life in world oceans at risk

Seafloor marine life could face major threats from climate change by 2100, with even the most remote deep-sea ecosystems at risk, a British oceanographer says.

Climate models without cloud formation data miss climate warming clues

Global climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than previously estimated, an Australian researcher says, citing the role of clouds in climate change.

Mission to test laser communications across space distances a success

NASA says tests using spacecraft in orbit around the moon confirm the potential of using lasers to communicate across space.
Observations bolster theory of how binary stars form

Observations bolster theory of how binary stars form

Observing previously unseen binary companions to very young protostars is helping in understanding how such multiple-star systems form, U.S. astronomers say.
New evidence explains the formation of binary star systems

New evidence explains the formation of binary star systems

The discovery of two previously-unseen binary companions to two young protostars has given strong support to the theory that binary star systems form from a fragmented disk of dust and gas.
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Earth's crust collapsed into the mantle during the Archean eon

Earth's crust collapsed into the mantle during the Archean eon

Around four billion years ago, when the Earth's mantle was hotter than it is now, the crust was too unstable and began to disintegrate, according to researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany.
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Hornworm uses its 'tobacco breath' to ward off predators

Hornworm uses its 'tobacco breath' to ward off predators

The foul-breathed hornworm, Manduca sexta, repurposes ingested nicotine and exhales it to keep predators at bay.
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Uncertainty over helicopter rescue for stranded ship Akademik Shokalskiy

Uncertainty over helicopter rescue for stranded ship Akademik Shokalskiy

A planned helicopter rescue to airlift passengers and crew members from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy in Antarctica has been delayed due to bad weather.
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Los Angeles likely to score driest year since record-keeping began

Los Angeles is on track to set a dry-weather record, with the year looking to end up the driest since official record-keeping started in 1877, experts say.

App downloads set holiday record despite maturing market

App downloads over the holidays managed to set a record despite a slowing of the annual increase in a maturing market, a U.S. mobile analytic firm says.

Social networking up in U.S., Facebook leads in total numbers

Nearly three-quarters of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind with Facebook the dominant platform, a survey found.

China to upgrade homegrown GPS to improve accuracy

China says it will have 30 satellites in its Beidou navigation system by 2020 to improve accuracy to within inches to better compete with the U.S.GPS.

Thieves used USB sticks to infect ATMs, withdraw large amounts of cash

Cyber thieves cut and drilled their way into European cash machines in order to infect them with malware this year, security researchers say.
Mangrove forests march up Florida coast as killing frosts decrease

Mangrove forests march up Florida coast as killing frosts decrease

Mangroves, known to be sensitive to cold, have expanded dramatically on Florida's Atlantic Coast as the frequency of killing frosts has dropped, scientists say.

Poll: Fewer Republicans, more Democrats say they believe in evolution

Fewer U.S. Republicans believe in evolution now than five years ago, with a Pew Research poll finding an 11 percentage point drop.

Removing federal protection of gray wolves called dangerous

A proposal to remove the gray wolf from federal protection could lead to the endangerment of other species in the United States, some researchers say.

New computer memory can hold data 20 years without power

Researchers in Singapore say they've developed new computer memory that can store more data and keep it intact 20 times longer than current magnetic memory.
100-year-old photo negatives recovered in Antarctica

100-year-old photo negatives recovered in Antarctica

Photo negatives taken by Ernest Shackleton during an Antarctic expedition from 1914 to 1917 have been recovered in a supply shack on the continent.
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Sharks tweet their location to warn Australian beachgoers

Sharks tweet their location to warn Australian beachgoers

Sharks in Western Australia have been fitted with transmitters that tweet their location if they swim close to popular beaches.
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