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2011-08-23 13:00:47

  Physicists are hinting that the Higgs-Boson particle, sometimes referred to as the “God particle”, may be nonexistent. According to the AFP news agency, physicists announced at a European conference that a big atom-smasher experiment had shown tantalizing hints of the Higgs-Boson, as the search to identify the particle enters the final stretch with results expected late next year. Physicist Howard Gordon, deputy US ATLAS operations program manager told AFP,...

2011-06-21 06:20:00

The world's oceans are declining much faster than previously believed, a consortium of ocean experts warned on Monday. Ocean life is "at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history," the scientists said in their report, blaming the problem on pollution, overfishing and other man-made causes that are acting simultaneously in ways not seen before. The panel of 27 of the world's top ocean experts said these conditions are pushing the oceans to the...

2011-06-11 06:40:00

A widespread wheat plague is threatening farms, raising bread prices and unleashing fresh political and economic unrest, according to experts. The disease strain has shown up in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and has hiked food prices in the Arab world, Mexico, Haiti and beyond. "Stem rust, when it goes epidemic, destroys a crop," said Ronnie Coffman, a leading expert on wheat disease and chair of the department of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University. "There is nothing left...

2011-05-16 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced a partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP), the global news agency known for delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of events shaping our world. blinkx users will now be able to find and watch videos from AFP covering various categories of news, including politics, sports, business, entertainment, health, science and technology at www.blinkx.com. AFP is...

2011-04-29 10:40:00

Experts suggest that the deadly tornadoes that whipped across the South may have been the largest and most powerful ever to be recorded, leaving behind total destruction and a rising death toll. The increase in tornadoes in the wake of deadly storms should not be mistakenly blamed on climate change, say U.S. meteorologists. "If you look at the past 60 years of data, the number of tornadoes is increasing significantly, but it's agreed upon by the tornado community that it's not a real...

2011-04-13 14:52:35

Scientists have found a link between intensifying climate events and tectonic plate movements in findings that could provide a valuable insight into why huge tremors take place. Understanding why plates change direction and speed is key to unlocking huge seismic events like last month's Japan earthquake, which shifted Earth's axis by several inches. The researchers from France and Germany found that the strengthening Indian monsoon had accelerated movement of the Indian plate over the past...

2011-04-13 10:35:00

Smartphone software designed to predict traffic jams and warn motorists even before they get on the road is being tested by IBM, reports AFP. The new technology is being tested by IBM employees in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley area in Northern California, which the company hopes "will ultimately help drivers around the world" avoid bad traffic. IBM has developed a "first-of-its-kind learning and predictive analytics tool" service called Traffic Prediction Tool (TPT) that continuously...

2011-03-10 12:07:00

CHICAGO, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world, is honoring Chicagoan Betty Bergstrom with its Founders' Medallion for her extraordinary contributions to the organization and the fundraising profession. The AFP Founders' Medallion is presented to members who, through their dedication to the principles of ethical and effective fundraising, honor the legacy of AFP's founders: Harry...

2011-03-10 06:25:00

The US Department of Justice's antitrust division, formerly headed by Thomas Barnett, stepped in to break up a Google/Yahoo advertising venture shortly after it formed in 2008. Barnett, who today is in private practice, again is going after Google. He is serving as counsel for Expedia.com, which has partnered up with several other online travel sites in an attempt to bring down Google's $700 million acquisition of flight information company ITA Software. The members of the FairSearch.org...

2011-02-17 12:24:07

Industry players and experts say that smartphones and tablets are driving a mobile revolution, allowing video to take the lead in a business once dominated by voice calls. According to companies that monitor traffic, video already does or will soon account for the majority of mobile data traffic, and the new surge of tablet sales is likely to increase that. "If you want to put 2011 into a nutshell you can say that for the mobile phone companies their business is changing from an ears...

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