Astronomers discover type of rocky planet much bigger than Earth

(Reuters) – Astronomers have discovered a new type of rocky planet beyond the solar system that weighs more than 17 times as much as Earth while being just over twice the size, scientists said on Monday. The so-called “mega-Earth” circles a very old star called Kepler-10, which is located about 560 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Draco. The discovery, announced at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Boston, was a surprise since planets […]

Scientists grow human cartilage using stem cells

(Reuters) — For the first time, fully functional human cartilage has been grown using stem cells derived from human bone marrow in a laboratory. According to the research team at Columbia University in New York who developed the new method, cartilage is a simple but important tissue. It is the only tissue in the body that does not have blood vessels or nerves. It is also a load-bearing tissue that protects the bone ends in the joints. Cartilage […]

Introducing Duster: App To Help You To Have Fewer Friends In Facebook

If you want fewer friends in Facebook, and if you’re ready for a little cleaning, then you might like to use the recently released app designed for Facebook called Duster. Developed by Carter Wheatley and Adlai Gordon, two computer science students at Boston University, Duster app connects to your Facebook account and walk through your list of friends to pick out the people you haven’t been interacting with lately. Duster provides a list of casual acquaintance that gives […]

China confronts U.S. envoy over cyber-spying accusations

(Reuters) – China summoned the U.S. ambassador after the United States accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, warning Washington it could take further action, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, met with Zheng Zeguang, assistant foreign minister, on Monday shortly after the United States charged the five Chinese, accusing them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets. […]

U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on six American companies

(Reuters) – A U.S. grand jury has indicted five Chinese individuals with cyber espionage charges for allegedly targeting six American companies and stealing trade secrets, the U.S. Justice Department said, publicly accusing China of cyber spying for the first time. The hackers targeted U.S. companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries to steal information useful to competitors in China, the department said on Monday. The companies targeted include Alcoa Inc, United States Steel Corp, Allegheny […]

Mexican cave skeleton reveals secrets of New World’s first people

    (Reuters) – Scientists said on Thursday genetic tests on her superbly preserved remains found by cave divers have answered questions about the origins of the Western Hemisphere’s first people and their relationship to today’s Native American populations. These findings determined that the Ice Age humans who first crossed into the Americas over a land bridge that formerly linked Siberia to Alaska did in fact give rise to modern Native American populations rather than […]

Haitian orphan gets nation’s first 3-D printer prosthesis

(Reuters) – Born without fingers on either hand, Stevenson Joseph had little hope of treatment in a country where programs for the disabled are rare apart from a handful of charities. Now the 3-D prosthesis fitted to his left hand has given him a whole new range of dexterity, including being able to play catch with his friends for the first time and maybe even enabling him to write one day, according to staff at […]

Oracle wins copyright ruling against Google over Android

(Reuters) – Oracle Corp won a legal victory against Google Inc on Friday as a U.S. appeals court decided Oracle could copyright parts of the Java programming language, which Google used to design its Android smartphone operating system. The case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, is being closely watched in Silicon Valley. A high-profile 2012 trial featured testimony from Oracle’s chief executive, Larry Ellison, and Google CEO Larry Page, and the legal issues […]

Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected: report

(Reuters) – Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers were generally expecting, Taiwanese media reported on Friday citing unidentified supply-chain sour ces. A 4.7-inch screen version of the iPhone 6 will reach stores in August, the Economic Daily News reported without specifying which markets would receive the phone first. A 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model will be released in September, the newspaper said, as the iPhone 5 […]