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China Mobile, Apple launch a future together

China Mobile, Apple launch a future together

Mobile phone maker Apple Inc. launched its partnership with China Mobile Friday with an executive signing phones and heralding the future.
Rhino poaching in South Africa increased by 50 percent in 2013

Rhino poaching in South Africa increased by 50 percent in 2013

Rhino poaching in South Africa increased by more than 50 percent in 2013, making it the worst year for white rhino conservation efforts.
Ananth Baliga
Spinning star and black hole locked in cosmic dance

Spinning star and black hole locked in cosmic dance

Spanish astronomers say they've discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a "spinning" star -- dubbed a Be-type star.

Thousands of natural gas leaks found under streets of Washington, D.C.

Natural gas is escaping from aging pipes beneath the streets of the U.S. capital, creating potentially harmful concentrations in some locations, a study found.

Birds choose V-formation in flight for aerodynamic efficiency

Birds improve the flock's aerodynamics by flying in V-formation, British scientists say.
Apple to reimburse parents whose kids made unauthorized in-app buys

Apple to reimburse parents whose kids made unauthorized in-app buys

Apple says in an agreement reached with the U.S. government it will refund at least $32.5 million for kids' in-app purchases.
World's oldest trees grow faster, sequester more carbon, study finds

World's oldest trees grow faster, sequester more carbon, study finds

Despite a common view of large old trees as unproductive, a study has found the world's oldest trees are growing faster and sequestering more carbon as they age.
Sixth Sense? Extrasensory perception is not so extrasensory

Sixth Sense? Extrasensory perception is not so extrasensory

People who say they have a sixth sense or ESP are actually detecting changes with their usual senses, and finding them hard to identify or articulate.
Ananth Baliga

Success reported in protecting whales during seismic oil-gas surveys

The oil/gas industry, scientists and conservationists have worked to produce a way to minimize seismic survey impacts on rare whales, a conservation group says.

Study: Humans, primates long-lived because we burn fewer calories

Humans and other primates burn 50 percent fewer calories daily than other mammals, U.S. scientists say, explaining why we grow so slowly and live long lives.

MLB expands use of replay

The teams that comprise Major League Baseball Thursday unanimously approved the expansion of the use of instant replay beginning in the upcoming season.
Old trees grow just as fast as young trees

Old trees grow just as fast as young trees

Older trees have been found to grow just as fast as young trees do, contrary to earlier research that suggested trees lost their vigor with maturity.
Ananth Baliga
Ban on shark finning missing from latest draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ban on shark finning missing from latest draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The leaked draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership weakens attempts by environmentalists to ban shark finning.
Ananth Baliga
Birds fly in V formation to optimize aerodynamic lift

Birds fly in V formation to optimize aerodynamic lift

Birds have been found to fly in a V formation to synchronize their wingbeats and optimize the aerodynamic lift they can get from upwash, the upward flow of air at the front edge of a wing.
Ananth Baliga
Limited water predicted west of the Continental Divide

Limited water predicted west of the Continental Divide

A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide -- west of the Rocky Mountains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

CT scans of living skulls can add to forensic database to ID remains

CT scans could be incorporated into a growing 3D forensic database to help determine the ancestry and sex of unidentified remains, U.S. researchers say.
U.S. conservationists laud EU action against ivory poaching

U.S. conservationists laud EU action against ivory poaching

A U.S. conservation group says it applauds a European Parliament action calling for moratoria on ivory sales in an attempt to curb rampant elephant poaching.

Arctic sea ice cracks result in atmospheric mercury falling to earth

Cracks in arctic sea ice that expose seawater to cold polar air pump toxic atmospheric mercury down to the surface and into the food chain, U.S. scientists say.

Speech not a one-sided affair in the human brain, researchers find

We use both sides of our brain for speech, U.S. researchers report in a study they say alters previous conceptions about neurological activity.

San Diego program to encourage young women to hone computing skills

Several Southern California universities say they've joined with industry groups in a program to encourage young women to learn and apply computing skills.
Smartphone app to help birdwatchers identify subjects of sightings

Smartphone app to help birdwatchers identify subjects of sightings

U.S. birdwatchers can get help identifying a species they're observing by reaching for their smartphone, Cornell University developers of an app say.

Hydroelectric dams said source of greenhouse gas methane

Small hydroelectric dams, despite their "green" reputation, are creating "hotspots" of greenhouse gas emissions, a European researcher says.
Trees at Walden Pond putting out leaves earlier with climate change

Trees at Walden Pond putting out leaves earlier with climate change

Trees at Walden Pond are leafing almost 18 days earlier than when Henry David Thoreau made observations at the Massachusetts lake in the 1850s, a study found.
Massive valley deeper than Grand Canyon found under antarctic ice

Massive valley deeper than Grand Canyon found under antarctic ice

A massive ancient subglacial trough -- deeper than the Grand Canyon -- exists under the ice of Antarctica, a team of British experts says.
U.S. Senate turf war looms over Target hacking investigation

U.S. Senate turf war looms over Target hacking investigation

At least three Senate committees are fighting for the right to filet U.S. retailer Target for its massive security breach, aides to the various committees said.
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