• New Horizons captures images of water ice and blue skies on Pluto

    Images of Pluto taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show the dwarf planet has blue "hazes" and water ice, the agency said in a statement released today. As NASA explains, the blue sky is formed by the way "haze particles" scatter blue light, although the particles themselves are probably gray…

    The Verge
  • ULA needs relief on Russian engines before GPS launch bid: CEO

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co , on Friday said it cannot bid in a U.S. Air Force competition to launch a GPS satellite unless it gets some relief from a ban on use of Russian rocket engines. ULA Chief…

  • Marrone Bio gets approval for new biological control, says it's on track with financial reports

    Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. announced Thursday its newest crop protection product has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The biological pest control company’s new product, Majestene, is a naturally derived control for roundworms on many crops. Marrone scientists developed…

    American City Business Journals
  • The City Where Everyone Goes Into Engineering

    A few months before public exams in India, as most tenth graders spent extra hours bent over their books, students at St. Michael’s School in Hyderabad sat listening to Arun Kumar, a medal-winning archer, in fascination. Out on the field with him, the ninth and tenth graders took turns shooting…

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  • Caribou, A CRISPR Genome-Editing Company, Is Going To Share Ideas With DuPont

    Caribou, the genome engineering company spun off from Jennifer Doudna's CRISPR lab at Berkeley three years ago, announced today that it has agreed to a cross-licensing deal with DuPont, the industrial-chemicals company.

  • Smoking set to kill one in three young men in China, study finds

    One in three of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion of them succeed in quitting smoking, researchers said on Friday. "Without rapid, committed, and widespread action to reduce smoking levels, China will face enormous numbers of premature…

  • Play Eliminates Its Membership Fee

    The Amazon rival abandons its yearly membership fee, hoping for a profit based on commissions.

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  • Nobel 101: How does the Peace Prize get picked?

    The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Friday morning in Oslo, Norway. Q. Who was Alfred Nobel? Upon his death in 1896, Mr. Nobel left much of his wealth to the establishment of the five Nobel Prizes as instructed in his will.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Hamburgers might be on the menu for Russian cosmonauts

    MOSCOW (AP) — Hamburgers could soon be debuting on Russian menus in space.

    Associated Press
  • US Spy Satellite Launches Into Space Along with 13 Tiny Cubesats

    8:49 a.m. local California time), lofting the secret NROL-55 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the agency that operates the United States' spy satellites. Nine of the tiny spacecraft were sponsored by the NRO, while NASA sponsored the other four. "That was a great launch and I'm…
  • Flies, worms and crickets crawl onto EU policymakers' menu

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Houseflies, crickets and silkworms can be safe, nutritious and more environmentally friendly alternatives to chicken, beef or pork, research carried out for the European Commission finds. The Commission, the EU executive, is working on revised legislation on…

  • Why Pacific Biosciences Pushed Higher Today

    The sequencer maker highlights its new machine at the American Society of Human Genetics.

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    Ars demos BIRD by MUV Interactive

    Ars' Cyrus Farivar demos BIRD, a digital interaction tool by MUV Interactive.

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  • ​Is a robot smarter than an eighth grader? Paul Allen and Oren Etzioni want to find out

    A machine can become a grandmaster at chess, but take years to learn to fold a towel, and that's a problem artificial intelligence experts in Seattle have set their minds to solving. “Things that seem easiest to a person are paradoxically some of the hardest things for the machine,” said Oren…

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  • Online Ads Could Help Deliver Important Health Messages

    Those pesky ads that show up in Internet searches might have a new use — to deliver public health messages that aim to prevent cancer, a new study suggests. In the study, researchers used the online advertising service Google Ads to create advertisements aimed at preventing skin cancer linked to…
  • Is Your Refrigerator Running? No, Really, You Won a Nobel Prize

    The phone rings in the middle of the night. The number is unrecognizable. The voice on the other end of the line is unfamiliar—and it comes with a Swedish accent.

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  • California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.

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  • ICYMI: Mars life, bendy smartphone screens and more

    Today on In Case You Missed It: It's Space Week, and today's celestial story is an earth-bound look at what a colony of humans would have to endure on Mars. People from Hawaii's Space Exploration Analog ...

  • InStyle, Jaunt VR target fashion audience with virtual reality cover

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As makers of virtual reality content get ready to enter the mass market next year, one company is hoping to appeal to a broader audience outside of the tech set by harnessing fashion magazine InStyle's young female demographic. Jaunt VR, which creates…