Science

  • Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record

    (Reuters) - A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night…

    Reuters
  • Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan

    A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves. U.S. District ...

    Associated Press
  • NASA Astronaut Hopes to See Fourth of July Fireworks from Space

    Orbiting NASA astronaut Scott Kelly doesn't have any special plans for the Fourth of July, though he will try to catch a glimpse of the fireworks displays down on Earth. "Hopefully the timing will be right, and I'll be able to look down and see little specks of light over the United States on the…

    SPACE.com
  • Seabirds Smell Their Way Home

    By assessing bird flight patterns, a team of scientists has found evidence supporting the idea that seabirds navigate using smell. This is the "first direct evidence that seabirds use odor maps to navigate over vast expanses of visually featureless oceans to locate preferred grounds, and then to…

    LiveScience.com
  • Despite regulatory troubles, DNA testing firm 23andMe raises more money

    After FDA roadblocks, the company continues to push forward.

    Fortune
  • Thailand's first MERS case to leave hospital

    An Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday, Thailand's health minister said. The 75-year-old man, who had traveled to Bangkok for treatment for a heart condition and was then…

    Reuters
  • Indoor Outdoor Space: Enclosed Walkway Gives Privacy + Light

    The shortage of living space in Japan has inspired some rather creative, unusual, and fascinating architecture. The Kusatsu House from Alts Design Office is another project that was adapted to fit the building site rather than the other way around. The home is located right next to a parking lot…

    Dornob.com
  • Fourth of July: Let These 5 Apps Help With Fun, Food, Travel Plans

    Whether you're hitting the road, planning an all-American cookout or looking for some fun in the sun, these five apps can help make sure you enjoy the holiday weekend.

    ABC News
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    Paying With a Selfie

    MasterCard may let you use selfies as authentication.

    ABC News Videos
  • Solar-powered plane breaks solo flight record across Pacific to Hawaii

    By Suzanne Roig HONOLULU (Reuters) - A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy has broken a world record for the longest non-stop solo flight, the project team said on Thursday. The Solar Impulse, which took off from Japan on Monday on the…

    Reuters
  • Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis promising for some patients

    LONDON (AP) — Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.

    Associated Press
  • Blame Your Boss for Your Laziness

    New research finds that employee proactivity is tied to both genes and work environment.

    Ozy
  • Mass Shootings Are Contagious

    Mass shootings spawn subsequent mass shootings, new research finds. The researchers discovered statistical "clusters" of shootings in which four or more people die, the standard definition of a mass shooting. School shootings also cluster, said study researcher Sherry Towers, a professor of…

    LiveScience.com
  • Could You Learn to Love Genetically Modified Bacon?

    Scientific breakthrough or sci-fi nightmare: That’s the question society has been grappling with in regard to genetic modification for more than a generation now, with pro- and anti-GMO camps seemingly ever more entrenched in their respective opinions—leaving a wide swath of the public in the…

    Takepart.com
  • GAO sees room for improvement in bank cyber security exams

    U.S. banking regulators must hire and train more examiners with technology expertise so they can give more useful cyber security recommendations to small and mid-sized banks, a federal watchdog agency has warned. A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office identified the issue as…

    Reuters
  • Congress worries about space industry, reliance on Russian rockets

    Congress is calling for the space industry to end its reliance on a Russian rocket engine, encouraging industry leaders to offer viable alternatives, increasing competition and limiting costs. The United States needs to invest in an American rocket propulsion industrial base, ending the reliance on…

    American City Business Journals
  • Fourth of July Downer: Fireworks Cause Spike in Air Pollution

    Fireworks are a beloved tradition of the Fourth of July, but the colorful displays also bring a spike in air pollution, a new study shows. The researchers analyzed information from more than 300 air-quality monitoring sites throughout the United States, from 1999 to 2013. The researchers looked at…

    LiveScience.com
  • Aliens will look just like humans, says Cambridge professor

    Technically Incorrect: Building on the principle of evolutionary convergence, an academic says it's likely that aliens will resemble us.

    CNET
  • India to spend $8 billion to boost irrigation, reduce dependence on monsoon

    NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has approved spending of 500 billion rupees ($7.9 billion) over five years to expand irrigation in rural areas to boost crop productivity and it also plans an online agricultural market to help farmers get better prices for their produce. A total of 53 billion…

    Reuters