08 January 2013

NASA says 2013 will be a year of science on the space station

NASA says 2013 will be a year of science on the space station
Orlando Sentinel
WASHINGTON — Right before Christmas, a Russian rocket carrying three astronauts — one American, one Russian and one Canadian — launched from a chilly spaceport in Kazakhstan to begin a five-month mission to the International Space Station.

Microsoft's Windows 8 Lifted by $617 Million Defense Deal
(Corrects location of headquarters in third paragraph.) Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) won a $617 million contract with the U.S. Defense Department to provide its latest software, including the Windows 8 operating system. The three-year agreement announced ...

Endangered Beluga Whales See Slight Population Uptick
A rare group of beluga whales in Alaska saw a slight increase in numbers last year, a survey showed. Scientists estimated that the population of Cook Inlet belugas stood at 312 in 2012, compared with a record low 278 in 2011, officials with the National ...

Driverless Cars from Audi and Toyota Debuting at CES
Popular Mechanics (blog)
The annual Consumer Electronics Show is typically a hotbed for embedded automotive technologies and cutting edge gadgetry. But next week's Las Vegas-based proceedings will feature the debut of two automated cars from major manufacturers, kicking the ...

Popular Mechanics (blog)

Bonobos buy friends with bananas
Mother Nature Network (blog)
Sharing with strangers is not unique to humans, according to a new study by Duke University anthropologists, whether it's motivated by altruism or affability. Fri, Jan 04 2013 at 3:42 PM. Related Topics: Animal Research, Endangered Species, Science, Wild ...

Mother Nature Network (blog)

Our Views: Bird count helps nature
The Advocate
Christmas has passed, but for Baton Rouge area birdwatchers, the real conclusion of the holiday season is Saturday, when the Baton Rouge Audubon Society hosts its Christmas Bird Count. The New Orleans Audubon Society held its Christmas Bird Count ...

Leap Motion gets $30 million funding for new motion sensor controller technology
The Droid Guy
The technology you probably have seen in Steven Speilberg's 2002 movie Minority Report has been fully realized by Leap Motion's hand-motion controller. The San Francisco-based startup company recently received $30 million funding for the technology ...

Google Maps is not blocking Windows Phone, Google says
Los Angeles Times
Google is denying reports online Friday that say the company started blocking Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps amid tension in its relationship with Microsoft. Nothing has changed with the Google Maps service, the company told The ...

China's price fixing fine against panel makers symbolic only: analyst
Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) The fines imposed by Chinese authorities on six flat panel makers, including four from Taiwan, for conspiring to fix prices seem to be symbolic only because the sum is so small, according to a market analyst. David Hsieh, DisplaySearch's ...

GM recalls 69000 van and truck models from 2013
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- General Motors Co. (US:gm) is recalling 69,000 full-sized vans and trucks under its Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet brands for the model year 2013 because of a possible steering column defect, according to reports on Friday.

CES 2013: Gorilla Glass 3 to be three times more scratch resistant than previous ...
New Delhi: New York-based Corning, which is said to be the world's largest maker of glass for liquid-crystal-display computers and TVs, is planning to introduce a new version of Gorilla Glass, a scratch-and impact-resistant glass used on many gadgets ...


Library of Congress digs in to full archive of 170 billion tweets
It took four years to hit 21 billion tweets. Now Twitter users generate nearly half a billion a day, and the Library of Congress will be archiving and indexing all of them. Daniel Terdiman. by Daniel Terdiman. January 4, 2013 6:05 PM PST Follow @GreeterDan ...

Polaroid unveils award-winning kids' tablet
Hindustan Times
Polaroid, once famous for its instant cameras, has officially launched a seven-inch tablet aimed at children in the lead-up to this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, due to be held in Las Vegas January 8-11. The Polaroid Kids Tablet boasts an...

Hindustan Times

Windows 8 slow sales: Yes it's the hardware
Summary: Pundits are proclaiming a slow adoption for Windows 8 and blaming the lackluster reception to the hardware. The problem is the buying public has never demanded different PC hardware. James Kendrick. By James Kendrick for Mobile News ...


Dead on Facebook: Pranksters kill accounts with fake death reports
While vacationing with his wife in Cancun, Rusty Foster did something many would find inexplicable — he didn't check his Facebook account. Not once. But when the couple returned to their home in Peaks Island, Maine earlier this week, Foster learned much ...

Used Wii U consoles reportedly allow for downloads of previous owner's games
Scoring a Nintendo Wii U console for lower than retail price with a few extra games sounds like a Black Friday sale. That's not the case, these reports are true. According to a NeoGAF thread spotted by Eurogamer, a person can buy a used Wii U and download ...


In his San Francisco digs, 'Sutro Sam' is living just as he otter
Los Angeles Times
Since moving into the ruins of the historic seaside baths near the Golden Gate Bridge, the furry river otter has gone from mild curiosity to outright celebrity in San Francisco. "Sutro Sam," as he has been christened by his growing fan base, is believed to be the ...

iPhone 5 discount wars lead to $65000 in losses for Best Buy
Ars Technica
The holiday battle over iPhone sales left Best Buy with $65,000 in losses, the company said on Friday. The Wall Street Journal cited Best Buy's claims as part of a piece on Walmart's advertising practices, pointing out that Best Buy was "compelled" to ...

Apple could launch 'iPhone Mini' next year, analyst says
In its ongoing battle against Samsung, Apple may be forced to unveil a smaller, cheaper version of its flagship phone, says Strategy Analytics. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. January 4, 2013 6:28 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. Will the iPhone get a baby ...

atom smasher heading for two-year hiatus
A computer graphic shows a candidate event in the search for the Higgs boson, with two electrons and two muons streaking away from a proton collision. By JOHN HEILPRIN. updated 1/4/2013 10:02:26 PM ET 2013-01-05T03:02:26. Print; Font: +; -. GENEVA ...

Carbon Rich Asteroids Caused Dark Patches at Protoplanet Vesta
French Tribune
Earlier, it was considered that dark patches on the protoplanet Vesta have occurred due to the geological procedures that would have taken on the planet. However, it is has now been found that the dark patches have occurred due to the collision of asteroids.

French Tribune

Only one company can solve Apple's mapping woes quickly (and it's not Waze)
If Apple were to acquire a mapping company to fix Apple Maps, which would it be? We've seen a great deal of speculation in the past week about Apple buying a company to help it solve its nagging mapping headache. The big rumor, both started and ...


HTC Windows Phone 8S review
THE HTC WINDOWS PHONE 8S is HTC's second Windows Phone 8 handset, and this time around the firm is targeting those after an affordable Windows Phone device. Its specifications affirm the handset's place in the mid-range Windows Phone lineup, ...


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