International Science & Technology News

  • newFossil skull from Utah sheds light on primitive mammal group

    Fossil skull from Utah sheds light on primitive mammal group

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fossilized skull of a small critter found in Utah underneath a dinosaur foot bone is providing insight into one of the most primitive mammalian groups and has scientists rethinking the timing of the break-up of Earth's bygone…
    - 2 hours ago 23 May 18, 8:33pm -
  • newScientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month

    Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month

    LONDON (Reuters) - A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist.
    - 9 hours ago 23 May 18, 1:25pm -
  • 'Alien asteroid' may be the oldest object in the solar system

    'Alien asteroid' may be the oldest object in the solar system

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident of our solar system that astronomers have concluded originat…
    - 2 days ago 21 May 18, 7:54pm -
  • China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: Xinhua

    China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: Xinhua

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said.
    - 3 days ago 21 May 18, 6:47am -
  • 'Made in China' label sheds light on old Java Sea shipwreck

    'Made in China' label sheds light on old Java Sea shipwreck

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fresh examination of Chinese ceramics and other cargo from an important Java Sea shipwreck has led researchers to conclude that the vessel sank a century earlier than previously thought, providing insight into Asia's maritime…
    - 6 days ago 17 May 18, 7:11pm -
  • China launches first rocket designed by a private company

    China launches first rocket designed by a private company

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched its first privately developed rocket from a launchpad in northwestern China on Thursday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country's ambitious space exploration program.
    - 7 days ago 17 May 18, 7:28am -
  • Scientists explore DNA secrets of green-blooded lizards

    Scientists explore DNA secrets of green-blooded lizards

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of lizards inhabiting the island of New Guinea boasts one of the most exotic traits of any animal: green blood. And scientists have been trying hard to figure out what benefit this characteristic -- caused by high level…
    - 7 days ago 16 May 18, 10:00pm -
  • Oxygen presence in distant galaxy sheds light on early universe

    Oxygen presence in distant galaxy sheds light on early universe

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After detecting a whiff of oxygen, astronomers have determined that stars in a faraway galaxy formed 250 million years after the Big Bang -- a rather short time in cosmic terms -- in a finding that sheds light on conditions in…
    - 7 days ago 16 May 18, 8:05pm -
  • Europa's plumes make Jupiter moon a prime candidate for life

    Europa's plumes make Jupiter moon a prime candidate for life

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new look at old data is giving scientists a fresh reason to view Europa, a moon of Jupiter, as a leading candidate in the search for life beyond Earth, with evidence of water plumes shooting into space.
    - 9 days ago 14 May 18, 9:32pm -
  • Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking send-off

    Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking send-off

    LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking's family have invited time travelers to his memorial service, seeking to tackle one of the curiosities that eluded the British physicist during his extraordinary life.
    - 12 days ago 12 May 18, 9:56am -
  • newMacron tells global tech CEOs: 'There is no free lunch'

    Macron tells global tech CEOs: 'There is no free lunch'

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron told executives from the world's biggest technology firms that he believed in innovation but that he wanted tougher regulations and for them to contribute more to society.
    - 60 mins ago 23 May 18, 9:05pm -
  • newUber trims losses and grows business, plans new stock sale

    Uber trims losses and grows business, plans new stock sale

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber cut its losses almost in half and its ride bookings jumped 51 percent since one year ago, the Silicon Valley ride-services firm said on Wednesday, showing that months of scandal and retreating from overseas markets has…
    - 1 hour ago 23 May 18, 8:45pm -
  • newTesla shares seen rising despite 'fever pitch' of bad news: analyst

    Tesla shares seen rising despite 'fever pitch' of bad news: analyst

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Negative news stories about Tesla Inc have hit "fever pitch", but the electric carmaker's stock price is likely to surge as output of its Model 3 sedan improves, according to an analyst research report.
    - 1 hour ago 23 May 18, 8:44pm -
  • newFacebook suggests no compensation for European users affected by data breach

    Facebook suggests no compensation for European users affected by data breach

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook is unlikely to compensate the 2.7 million European users whose data was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica because sensitive bank account data had not been shared, the company said on Wednes…
    - 1 hour ago 23 May 18, 8:37pm -
  • newUber ends Arizona self-driving program following fatality

    Uber ends Arizona self-driving program following fatality

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday.
    - 2 hours ago 23 May 18, 7:53pm -
  • newCyber researchers, Ukraine warn of possible Russian attack

    Cyber researchers, Ukraine warn of possible Russian attack

    TORONTO/KIEV (Reuters) - Hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries, some of the world's biggest cyber security firms warned on Wednesday, in a campaign that Ukraine said was preparation for a future Rus…
    - 5 hours ago 23 May 18, 5:18pm -
  • newItaly to auction 5G frequencies by end-September

    Italy to auction 5G frequencies by end-September

    MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's communications regulator AGCOM said on Wednesday the government would auction frequencies for fifth-generation mobile services in September, in a move it expects to raise at least 2.5 billion euros ($2.9 billion) for state c…
    - 5 hours ago 23 May 18, 5:03pm -
  • newFacebook users unite! 'Data Labour Union' launches in Netherlands

    Facebook users unite! 'Data Labour Union' launches in Netherlands

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Activists in Amsterdam on Wednesday launched the 'Datavakbond' or "data labor union", which hopes to elect leaders to negotiate directly with Facebook and Google over what they do with users' data.
    - 5 hours ago 23 May 18, 4:39pm -
  • newTesla Model 3 registrations zip past rivals in California

    Tesla Model 3 registrations zip past rivals in California

    (Reuters) - Tesla Inc's Model 3 sedan recorded more registrations in California than its class rivals BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class in the first quarter, according to a report by the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA). Model 3 registr…
    - 10 hours ago 23 May 18, 12:20pm -
  • newMobile payment firms struggle to dethrone cash in Southeast Asia

    Mobile payment firms struggle to dethrone cash in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE/HANOI (Reuters) - Bui Mai Phuong is an avid online shopper, ordering anything from clothing to personal-care products from her smartphone. But she prefers to pay with cash.
    - 15 hours ago 23 May 18, 6:59am -
  • Shoemakers bring bespoke footwear to the high street

    Shoemakers bring bespoke footwear to the high street

    AMONG the boutiques in the canal district of Amsterdam is a shoe shop, called W-21, that has a selection of stylish footwear in the window. A select group of customers were recently invited there to have their feet scanned by a laser, and then to spe…
    - 1 day ago 22 May 18, 2:29pm -
  • What makes good music?

    What makes good music?

    HIT songs are big business, so there is an incentive for composers to try to tease out those ingredients that might increase their chances of success. This, however, is hard. Songs are complex mixtures of features. How to analyse them is not obvious…
    - 6 days ago 17 May 18, 2:51pm -
  • Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy

    Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy

    GREENLAND’S icy mountains are not an obvious place to search for an archive of economic history, but a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that they provide one. Joseph McConnell of the Desert Research…
    - 6 days ago 17 May 18, 2:51pm -
  • The two ways to measure how fast the universe is growing do not agree

    The two ways to measure how fast the universe is growing do not agree

    Edwin Hubble in his natural habitatONE of the most basic facts about the universe is that it is expanding. This observation, made by Edwin Hubble (pictured) in 1929, leads to all sorts of mind-stretching ideas. That the universe is growing implies it…
    - 6 days ago 17 May 18, 2:51pm -
  • Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious

    Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious

    “BLOODY plants! Always in the way.” That is not the sort of expostulation expected of a researcher from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. But Lee Davies is not a botanist, he is a mycologist—an expert in fungi—who, at home in London, helps cura…
    - 6 days ago 17 May 18, 2:51pm -
  • The world’s lightest wireless flying machine lifts off
    Where’s the swatter?DRONES are getting ever smaller. The latest is the first insect-sized robot to take to the air without a tether delivering its power.To get their device aloft, Sawyer Fuller of the University of Washington, in Seattle, and his c…
    - 8 days ago 15 May 18, 4:33pm -
  • A better way to transmit messages underwater

    A better way to transmit messages underwater

    RADIO waves cannot penetrate water, so cannot be used for submarine communication. That is why the sea is probed by sonar, not radar. But, as people and their machines venture ever farther into the deep, ways of building underwater communications net…
    - 13 days ago 10 May 18, 2:54pm -
  • How do you define “safe driving” in terms a machine can understand?

    How do you define “safe driving” in terms a machine can understand?

    WHEN people learn to drive, they subconsciously absorb what are colloquially known as the “rules of the road”. When is it safe to go around a double-parked vehicle? When pulling out of a side street into traffic, what is the smallest gap you shou…
    - 13 days ago 10 May 18, 2:54pm -
  • The idea that women are cyclical cuckolders bites the dust

    The idea that women are cyclical cuckolders bites the dust

    Equally unattractive at any time of the month?ONE of the more intriguing findings in the field of evolutionary psychology over the past two decades has been that ovulating women are more strongly attracted to men with faces that have pronounced mascu…
    - 13 days ago 10 May 18, 2:54pm -
  • Evolution sometimes leads up blind alley
    This picture is of an Edith’s checkerspot butterfly laying her eggs on some blue-eyed Mary, the plant usually eaten by its caterpillars. This week’s Nature, however, describes the fate of a population of the insect in Nevada that evolved to prefe…
    - 14 days ago 9 May 18, 6:49pm -
  • How to change emotions with a word

    How to change emotions with a word

    DIPLOMATS the world over know that a well-chosen turn of phrase can make or break a negotiation. But the psychological effects of different grammatical structures have not been investigated as thoroughly as they might have been. A study just publishe…
    - 20 days ago 3 May 18, 2:49pm -
  • A pasteurisation machine for breast milk

    A pasteurisation machine for breast milk

    FOR the feeding of babies, everyone agrees that “breast is best”. It is not, however, always convenient. Textile workers in Bangladesh, who are mostly women, are entitled to four months’ maternity leave. Once this is over, they often end up par…
    - 20 days ago 3 May 18, 2:49pm -