2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Astronomical Wonders
Once-in-a-lifetime astronomical events and monumental scientific achievements drove people to look to the skies and online on Yahoo! throughout 2012.
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- Helicopter gunships used in Mexico resort battle
- Skier Vonn's knee fails number one fan Tiger Woods
Val-d'Isère (France) (AFP) - American speed queen Lindsey Vonn failed to put together a winning run for onlooking boyfriend Tiger Woods on Saturday as her unstable right knee gave way halfway down the course. Vonn insisted the incident would not have major ramifications, saying she would race a maximum of two more events before heading to Sochi to defend her Olympic downhill title in February. Vonn sustained the injury to her knee in a horrific crash in last February's World Ski Championships in Schladming. "Unfortunately I have no ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and it just gave out on me," Vonn said, with Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden going on to win the downhill.
- This is what everyone hates the most about their tablets
People love their tablets… except when they don’t. Fixya, a self-described “community based trouble-shooting resource,” has followed up on a report it released last month about the biggest smartphone pain points with a new report showing what everyone hates the most about their tablets. Fixya said that it created its latest report by “sifting through over 10,000 problem impressions to determine the most common issues with each device,” so it does seem to give a pretty good snapshot about tablet owners’ biggest frustrations. We’ll start with the iPad Air, which looks like it will be a favorite to appear under people’s Christmas trees this year. Fixya says that while users have generally raved about the iPad Air, many have complained about the instability of
- US retailer Target offers discount after security breach
US retailer Target is making up for a major IT security breach by offering its customers in the United States on Saturday and Sunday a ten-percent discount on any single purchase. Some 40 million customers may have had information from their credit and debit cards compromised by hackers who broke into its database between November 27 and December 15, Target said Thursday. The next day company CEO Gregg Steinhafel appeared in a videos posted on a company website in which he explained the security breach, apologized for delays at company call centers, and extended the offer. Steinhafel also said that customers "will not be held financially responsible for any credit and debit card fraud," and for extra assurance, Target "will be offering free credit monitoring services."
- Surprise: Louisiana Sinkhole Slid Sideways Before Collapsing
The Earth's surface slid sideways by as much as 10 inches (26 centimeters) before collapsing into a still-growing toxic sinkhole in Bayou Corne, La., a new study reports. "This was unusual for us," said Cathleen Jones, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Usually at a sinkhole, we expect to see vertical movement at the surface, some sort of subsidence," Jones said. The subtle surface changes revealed in the new study, published in the Dec. 13 issue of the journal Geology, could improve models of how the sinkhole formed, Jones said. The sideways flow was like water slipping into a bathtub drain, Jones said.
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- Today Is a Very Bad Day for Obamacare
With three days until the first enrollment deadline, Obamacare is stumbling, not running, thanks to a critical administration retreat and exasperation from key partners. Late on Thursday evening, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that those with cancelled plans would get a de facto one-year exemption from the individual mandate. With no individual mandate, healthy people won't sign up for insurance. If they don't sign up for insurance, insurers can't offer affordable plans to the sick.
- Motor racing-Ferrari want teams to discuss post-Ecclestone F1
By Alan Baldwin Dec 20 (Reuters) - No one individual can replace Bernie Ecclestone at the helm of Formula One and teams must start planning for a very different future after the 83-year-old eventually leaves the stage, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said. The Italian, who has been in the sport since the mid-1970s, wants to invite team principals to a meeting at Ferrari's Maranello factory in January to discuss where Formula One is heading and what should be done. "We are arriving a little bit at the end of a very, very important cycle and era of Formula One," the 66-year-old told reporters over a Christmas lunch at Ferrari's Fiorano test track where the team's late founder Enzo spent much of his time. Ecclestone is facing a series of legal battles linked to a deal that brought private equity firm CVC on board as the largest shareholder eight years ago.