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A Christmas Gift for Amazon: What Could Go Right to Justify the Online Retailer's Stock Price

published about 3 hours ago
A Christmas Gift for Amazon:  What Could Go Right to Justify the Online Retailer's Stock Price
When I was a college student in 1995, I remember the excitement that Amazon.com’s launch generated among my fellow Harvard geeks. Of course, at the time, most people understood the online retailer to be focused on selling books, but those of us who saw the writing on the wall, understood that founder Jeff Bezos’s vision was much broader (the logo always intimated that Amazon would sell everything from A to Z). Bezos wanted Amazon to not just be an online ... more

Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

published about 3 hours ago
Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form
DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.

SpaceX pushes Falcon 9 rocket launch to January

published about 3 hours ago
SpaceX pushes Falcon 9 rocket launch to January
The SpaceX launch meant to test the process of landing the company's 14-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket on a "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the ocean has been delayed until January 6, according to Reuters. SpaceX spokesperson John Taylor named a problem with the routine pre-launch test firing of the rocket's engine as the reason.

Catalonia forges ahead with plan to turn Barcelona's region into a thriving tech hotspot

published about 3 hours ago
Catalonia forges ahead with plan to turn Barcelona's region into a thriving tech hotspot
A plan to turn Catalonia into Spain's foremost tech region is taking shape with the merger of six of its tech centres.

$140 smartphone running CyanogenMod released by Micromax

published about 3 hours ago
$140 smartphone running CyanogenMod released by Micromax
Indian smartphone vendor Micromax has unveiled the smartphone in its YU range, which will ship with KitKat-based CyanogenMod onboard.


National Briefing | Northwest: Washington: Pollution Swaps Proposed

published about 16 hours ago
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed a cap-and-trade plan that would require industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

U.S. satellite spies holiday lights from space

published about 17 hours ago
U.S. satellite spies holiday lights from space
Americans are serious about their Christmas lights -- so much so that a NASA satellite can see them from space.

Dot Earth Blog: With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking

published about 19 hours ago
Dot Earth Blog: With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking
A look at the mix of economic, political and environmental factors that prompted Gov. Cuomo to bar fracking.

Owners of Chemical Company Charged in Elk River Spill

published about 19 hours ago
Owners of Chemical Company Charged in Elk River Spill
Four owners and operators of Freedom Industries are charged in the January leak that cut off drinking water to hundreds of thousands of residents in ... more

Owners of Chemical Company Charged in Elk River Spill

published about 21 hours ago
Owners of Chemical Company Charged in Elk River Spill
Four owners and operators of Freedom Industries were charged in the January leak that cut off drinking water to hundreds of thousands of residents in ... more
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A New Clue in the Search for Life on Mars: Methane Gas

published 1 day ago
A New Clue in the Search for Life on Mars: Methane Gas
The presence of methane could be the result of a geological process or the product of microbes.

Rosetta Mission Data Rules Out Comets as a Source for Earth’s Water

published Wed, Dec 10 2014 13:57 GMT
Rosetta Mission Data Rules Out Comets as a Source for Earth’s Water
Results from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission suggest that comets most likely did not supply early Earth with its water.

Explore Mars for Yourself

published Tue, Dec 09 2014 12:18 GMT
What does a Martian sunset look like? Here is a list of resources for a deeper understanding of the red planet.

Curiosity Rover’s Quest for Clues on Mars

published Mon, Dec 08 2014 17:17 GMT
Curiosity Rover’s Quest for Clues on Mars
More than two years after arriving on Mars, Curiosity is climbing a mountain of sedimentary rock, reading the story of how the young planet turned ... more

Basics: A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up

published Mon, Dec 08 2014 16:36 GMT
Basics: A One-Way Trip to Mars? Many Would Sign Up
Would-be Mars pilgrims must count on living, and dying, some 140 million miles from Earth. Nevertheless, there is demand for one-way tickets.