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Hackers Are Getting Younger These Days
2013-02-08 11:15:26

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online To be honest, we all should have seen this coming. According to BBC News, AVG´s Virus Labs have discovered that children as young as 11 years old have been writing malicious code to hack into other systems. Unsurprisingly, these young children are using this code to hack into online gaming networks in order to steal digital currency used in the games as well as extra tools and weapons to help them progress through the...

DNA Proves Remains Belong To King Richard III
2013-02-04 04:35:04

[ Watch the Video: The Search For King Richard III ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online DNA testing has proven “beyond reasonable doubt” that human remains discovered beneath a parking lot in the East Midlands region of England are those of King Richard III, UK scientists announced on Monday. The skeleton, which was discovered last September in the foundations of an old church in Leicester, matched the DNA of descendants of the 15th century...

Dinosaur Fossil Challenges Bird Evolution Theory
2013-01-25 04:10:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A recently discovered dinosaur fossil believed to pre-date those from which birds were believed to have evolved could drastically change current theories on the origins of flight, according to a new UK study. According to BBC News, the fossil comes from a feathered-but-flightless dinosaur that was less than a foot in length and lived approximately 140 million years ago. The creature, which has been dubbed the Eosinopteryx, would...

Dog Domestication Depended On Ability To Digest Human Foods
2013-01-24 07:15:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Your family dog is likely to dig through the kitchen trashcan for food if you give him half a chance. It's annoying to live with, but new information shows that this behavior runs deeper than we might know. A new study of dog genetics, led by Uppsala University, reveals that compared to wolves, dogs have numerous genes involved in metabolizing starch. This supports the theory that some dogs emerged from wolves that were able to...

Stephen Hawking Among Those Calling For Pardon Of Alan Turing
2012-12-15 06:49:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Professor Stephen Hawking is among those calling upon British Prime Minister David Cameron to pardon Alan Turing, the mathematician and computer scientist who was instrumental in the breaking of the Enigma code during World War II but was later found guilty of violating laws banning homosexuality. Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Rees, Royal Society President Sir Paul Nurse, and eight other prominent figures signed a letter sent to...

British Scientists Begin To Drill Antarctic Ice Sheet To Hunt For Life
2012-12-22 06:45:50

[Watch Video: Tractor Train From Union Glacier To Lake Ellsworth] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (Dec. 22, 2012) A long-awaited project to drill through Antarctica´s ice sheet to a deep subglacial lake to look for life has been on hold for the past week due to a malfunction in the drill´s boiler system. The team heading the $12 million operation could only sit patiently in the subzero temperatures of the southern continent as they waited...

IBM Announces New Chip Which Mixes Light And Copper
2012-12-10 10:35:46

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Today, IBM will announce a new process by which they can create a new computer chip with additional optical power. By combining optical links to the standard 90-nanometer chip-making procedure, IBM says they can create a chip capable of transferring data at a remarkable 25 gigabits per second, according to CNET's Stephen Shankland. The notion of combining these two technologies on one chip certainly isn´t new. IBM´s...

Astronomer And Television Host Sir Patrick Moore Passes Away
2012-12-10 06:24:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Sir Patrick Moore, a UK astronomer who also spent more than five decades covering space travel as a broadcaster, passed away at his home Sunday at the age of 89. Moore, the author of dozens of books on astronomy and the host of the BBC television program The Sky At Night for over 50 years, died "peacefully at 12:25 this afternoon" at his residence at Selsey, West Sussex, his friends and colleagues said in a statement Sunday,...

Amazon Chief Says Kindles Sell At Cost
2012-10-12 05:01:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos revealed on Thursday that the online retailer makes no profit on sales of its Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD devices, but is relying instead on making money through sales of books and other content subsequently bought by device owners. "We sell the hardware at our cost, so it is break-even on the hardware," Bezos told BBC News during a European launch event of Amazon´s new Paperwhite...

Motorola Wins Over Microsoft
2012-10-07 08:10:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online After several stinging defeats earlier this year, Motorola has finally won a patent case victory over rival Microsoft, as a German court has ruled the Google-owned telecommunications outfit did not infringe on a system that allowed applications to work on different devices. The verdict, announced Friday in a Mannheim courtroom, said Motorola Mobility -- which was purchased by Mountain View, California-based Google for $12.5...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.