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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...

IPv4 Internet Addresses Running Low In Europe
2012-09-15 07:14:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Nearly all of the old-style Internet addresses in Europe have been used up, leading the governing body to place strict rules rationing the number of applications firms can submit for the remaining few, according to various media reports published Friday. According to BBC News Technology Correspondent Mark Ward, the currently utilized IP Version 4 (IPv4) addressing system was limited to just 4.3 billion internet protocol addresses...

Biomass Increase Found In West African Forests
2012-08-27 07:09:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Even in the midst of a four decade long drought, protected forests in West Africa have somehow experienced an increase in their carbon storage capacity in recent years, a team of researchers from Ghana and the UK have discovered. According to BBC News Environmental Reporter Mark Kinver, previous studies had suggested that a lack of precipitation in Ghana and the surrounding region resulted "in less carbon being stored as...

Super Hi-Vision Television Format Approved
2012-08-27 04:29:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The UN agency responsible for overseeing international information and communication technology standards has approved a new television format that has 16-times the resolution of current high-definition televisions (HDTVs), various media outlets reported late last week. Jay Alabaster of IDG News, citing "Japanese sources" (one from public broadcasting station NHK, developers of the technology, and another from the  Ministry...


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