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Indonesian volcano may erupt again, keep evacuees from returning home

Indonesian volcano may erupt again, keep evacuees from returning home

Seismic activity suggests one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia may erupt again, keeping evacuees from returning home, officials say.

Legacy of Neanderthal genome in some people ups risk of diabetes

A gene variant that may up the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans appears to have been inherited from Neanderthals, a study suggests.

Britain's Met Office to begin offering space weather forecasts

Britain's weather service said it will begin providing early warnings of solar storms that can disrupt satellites, radio communications and power grids.

U.N. human rights chief: Internet privacy a basic human right

The United Nations' human rights chief says the uproar over mass surveillance recalls the kind of response that helped defeat apartheid in South Africa.
Rainfall satellite will aid in environmental, weather science

Rainfall satellite will aid in environmental, weather science

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say they've set a launch date for a satellite intended to improve environmental research and weather forecasts.
UK meteorological office to provide daily space weather forecasts

UK meteorological office to provide daily space weather forecasts

The UK's Met Office will join small group of countries to forecast space weather, warning businesses of solar flares that could interrupt telecommunication services.
Ananth Baliga

Israeli researchers say Samsung S4 phone has security vulnerability

Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, has a security flaw that could let malicious software track emails and record data communications, experts say.
Space station astronauts finish spacewalk to replace cooling pump

Space station astronauts finish spacewalk to replace cooling pump

NASA says astronauts on the International Space Station have completed a spacewalk to replace a faulty cooling pump module with a spare.

Network provider: Christmas Internet traffic likely to break record

A surge in Internet traffic at Christmas likely will break records and make 2013 the most digital holiday period ever, U.K. service provider Virgin Media says.

Russia, Kazakhstan reach new agreement on Baikonur launch center

The presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan say they have agreed on a three-year road map for the joint use of the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

Slovenian hacker gets jail for writing malware behind global botnet

A Slovenian hacker accused of being behind a botnet that hijacked about 12.7 million computers around the world has been sentenced to 5 years in jail.
Naked mole rat, star of cancer research, honored by science journal

Naked mole rat, star of cancer research, honored by science journal

The naked mole rat isn't going to win any beauty contests but has been named Vertebrate of the Year by a leading scientific magazine.
NASA sends greeting card with images from Saturn and its moons

NASA sends greeting card with images from Saturn and its moons

NASA says images of Saturn and its moons from the Cassini spacecraft are appropriate for the holidays as they resemble Christmas ornaments suspended in space.
Scientists identify 'runaway' heat effect spreading earthquakes

Scientists identify 'runaway' heat effect spreading earthquakes

U.S. researchers studying deep earthquake faults in the Earth report they've discovered a "runaway" effect that allows tremors far below the surface to spread.
NASA celebrates 45th anniversary of Apollo 8 'Earthrise' photo

NASA celebrates 45th anniversary of Apollo 8 'Earthrise' photo

Forty-five years ago three NASA astronauts became the first men to orbit the moon, and in the process captured the historic Apollo 8 "Earthrise" photograph.
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NORAD's Santa tracker lets you follow him across the globe

NORAD's Santa tracker lets you follow him across the globe

You don't have to stay up all night to catch Santa Claus delivering your gifts. NORAD's Santa tracker lets you track his progress as he travels across the globe.
Ananth Baliga
Astronauts attempt to replace faulty pump on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Astronauts attempt to replace faulty pump on Christmas Eve spacewalk

NASA astronauts perform Christmas Eve spacewalk, attempting to fix a a faulty ammonia pump on the International Space Station. [Live stream]
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Humans, when hunting or foraging, move in same pattern animals use

Humans, when hunting or foraging, move in same pattern animals use

A mathematical model of the foraging behavior of animals from sharks to honey bees can describe human hunter-gatherer movement as well, U.S. scientists say.

Scientists tease out mysteries of the Milky Way's most massive stars

Deep within some of the darkest, coldest and densest clouds in our galaxy lies the answer to why some stars grow so massive, U.S. astronomers say.

Scientist: Bird DNA could be 'de-evolved' to yield dinosaur genome

Birds could be theoretically "de-evolved" to bring dinosaurs back to life, using their DNA to recreate the ancient reptiles, a British biochemist says.

Australia to monitor Japanese whale hunt by air

Australia says it will send a surveillance plane to the Antarctic Ocean to monitor possible conflicts between Japanese whaling ships and environmentalists.

European spacecraft readied for close encounter with Mars moon Phobos

The European Space Agency says its Mars Express spacecraft is being prepared for a close flyby of Mars' rocky moon Phobos, when it will whiz by within 30 miles.

Smartphones seen as aid to beneficial behaviors, goal achievements

Smartphones, sometimes seen as a distraction, could be the opposite by helping users stay attentive to achieve goals, a U.S. researcher says.
GPS allowed accurate prediction of Costa Rica earthquake

GPS allowed accurate prediction of Costa Rica earthquake

Using GPS to study changes in the Earth's shape allowed a forecast of the size and location of a 2012 magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Costa Rica, scientists report.

Study: Some plants won't cope with human-induced climate change

Human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than first believed to plants and global agriculture, a University of Florida scientist says.
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