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James Cameron Donates Submarine On One-Year Anniversary Of Mariana Trench Dive
2013-03-27 10:02:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On the one-year anniversary of legendary filmmaker/director James Cameron´s descent to the bottom of the world, the submarine he used to make that solo descent — a nearly 7 mile journey to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — is being donated to science. Cameron, famed director of the blockbuster movies “Titanic” and “Avatar,” told BBC News that he would be donating his...

EU Bee Protection Ban On Pesticides Fails To Pass
2013-03-17 08:08:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online European Union (EU) nations have failed to agree on proposals that would have banned three pesticides reportedly linked to the decline of the global bee population. According to the BBC, a recent report from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has concluded the substances in question posed a “high acute risk” to the pollinating insects. The EU´s executive body, the European Commission, had been...

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,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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