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Testosterone makes male canaries sing more, but not better

Testosterone makes male canaries sing more, but not better

Male canaries tend to sing a lot more when testosterone is injected into a particular region of their brain, but researchers have found that the quality of the song failed to attract females.
Ananth Baliga
Bad weather halts rescue of Antarctic ship

Bad weather halts rescue of Antarctic ship

A third attempt to rescue the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy was thwarted by poor weather and visibility, forcing the Australian vessel Aurora Australis to move back into open waters.
Ananth Baliga
SpaceX to launch its first rocket of 2014 on Friday

SpaceX to launch its first rocket of 2014 on Friday

SpaceX will make its first launch of the new year this Friday from Florida's Cape Canveral, when it launches a Thaicom 6 television satellite.
Ananth Baliga
Only lawyers profit as tech giants go to war over patents

Only lawyers profit as tech giants go to war over patents

Technology companies have research and development departments, design staffs, factories to build their products, sales and marketing departments to convince consumers to buy them -- and increasingly, it seems, lawyers to bicker and sue over patents.
JIM ALGAR, United Press International

Four new species of sea creatures found off Scotland

Four new species of sea snail, clam and marine worm have been found in deep waters off Scotland, the government says.

Russia successfully launches AIST satellite

Russian Aerospace Defense Force officials said Saturday they successfully launched a scientific and education satellite.

Russia, other countries ban fishing of black-caviar-producing sturgeon

Russia and other countries that border the Caspian Sea have banned the fishing of black-caviar-producing sturgeon in the region for one year, officials say.

Cosmonauts complete spacewalk

Two cosmonauts completed a spacewalk Saturday to replace equipment on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian space officials said.

5,000 polar bears expected to be born around New Year's

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature says about 5,000 polar bears are expected to be born in the Arctic around New Year's.

Bank robberies decrease as criminals switch to cyber-crime

Bank robberies in Britain have dropped 90 percent in the last decade as criminals find greater rewards in targeting financial services online, figures indicate.

Russian dark energy satellite's launch pushed back to 2015

A Russian satellite to study dark energy forces by observing galaxies has been delayed due to problems with a German-built telescope, a science official said.

Study: Teens abandoning Facebook, leaving it 'dead and buried'

Teenagers are abandoning Facebook in large numbers, citing their parents as the biggest deterrent to their using the service, a European study found.

British scientist argues against changes in Nobel Prize process

The president of Britain's Royal Society says the system of selecting Nobel Prize winners should not be changed, despite calls for reforms.

After cold spring, hot summer proved a boon for British wildlife

Wildlife in Britain is experiencing one of its best years "in living memory," thanks in part to a hot summer, the National Trust says.

Greece's financial crisis produces dangerous air quality

The financial crisis in Greece has led to a crisis of another kind, U.S. researchers say -- dangerous air quality caused by burning cheaper fuel for warmth.
Extinction risk prompts ban on fishing for caviar-producing sturgeon

Extinction risk prompts ban on fishing for caviar-producing sturgeon

Russia and other countries bordering the Caspian Sea say they've agreed to stop fishing black-caviar-producing sturgeon because the fish is close to extinction.
Debate erupts over plans to harvest burned timber in California

Debate erupts over plans to harvest burned timber in California

A proposal to salvage burned timber from a massive fire on 257,000 acres in California, including portions of Yosemite National Park, has ignited a debate.
Electric cars to remain niche: US Energy Information Administration

Electric cars to remain niche: US Energy Information Administration

Despite electric vehicles gaining popularity they will account for only one percent of all cars sold in 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook report for 2014.
Ananth Baliga

Microscope and smartphone camera may help diagnose skin cancer

A small thumb-size microscope used with a smartphone camera could help in diagnosing possible skin cancers, a Canadian computer scientist says.
NASA developing robots that will land by bouncing on a surface

NASA developing robots that will land by bouncing on a surface

NASA is developing the Super Ball Bot that will be able to absorb the impact of a hard planetary landing by squishing and bouncing until it comes to a stop.
Ananth Baliga
Saturn and its moons get in on the festive spirit in stunning Cassini photos

Saturn and its moons get in on the festive spirit in stunning Cassini photos

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured stunning images of Saturn and its two moons, Titan and Enceladus, which resemble Christmas ornaments and a snow ball.
Ananth Baliga
Inner workings of a battery revealed

Inner workings of a battery revealed

Researchers using an electron microscope have seen the inner workings of a battery electrode while it is bathed in wet electrolytes, mimicking real-world conditions.
Ananth Baliga

Google files countersuit against patent holding group Rockstar

Google has filed a lawsuit against an Apple- and Microsoft-backed patent group alleging its "patent dragnet" has damaged Google's Android platform.
First launch of new Soyuz rocket with redesigned engine delayed

First launch of new Soyuz rocket with redesigned engine delayed

A test launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket with a new engine design has been delayed until 2014, officials said without specifying a new date.
Historians, environmentalists oppose Calif. solar power plant

Historians, environmentalists oppose Calif. solar power plant

A proposed solar power plant in California has come under fire over concerns it will mar historic elements of a World War II internment camp and harm wildlife.
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