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Successful Launch For NASA's NPP Satellite
2011-10-28 06:00:15

[ Watch the Video ] After a five-year delay, NASA´s NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this morning at about 2:48 a.m. local time (5:48 EDT) aboard a Delta II rocket. The NPP satellite will be lifted by the rocket to its 512-mile-high orbit above Earth where it should separate from the second stage rocket at about 6:45 a.m. (PDT). The $1.5 billion NPP weather and climate satellite represents a critical first step...

2011-10-25 13:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Entertainment has green-lit a new original adventure series titled "Da Vinci's Demons," developed and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. This is the first project to enter production under the multi-year agreement Starz signed with BBC Worldwide Productions earlier this summer. The series was jointly announced today by Starz Media Managing Director, Carmi Zlotnik and BBC Worldwide Productions Head, Jane Tranter. Written by David S....

2011-10-25 06:06:00

LONDON, October 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), in partnership with the BBC, today announced that all oil paintings in public ownership in Staffordshire have been uploaded to the Your Paintings website for the nation to enjoy. Your Paintings is a project to create a complete online catalogue of every oil painting in the national collection, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings Paintings by Freud, Gainsborough, Lichtenstein, Lowry, Renoir...

Forensic Scientists Criticize FBI's New CODIS Plan
2011-10-18 04:53:22

Five members of the forensic science community criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) DNA database system, according to a BBC report by writer Paul Rincon. The FBI's CODIS system generates the genetic profiles stored in the U.S. national DNA database. The agency plans to expand the number of genetic markers used by CODIS to try and classify individual DNA profiles. However, a few forensic scientists have negative opinions about the FBI's new plan. Dr Bruce Budowle...

Image 1 - China Launches Tiangong-1 Space Lab
2011-09-29 10:44:10

China´s Tiangong-1 space laboratory was launched from the Jiuquan spaceport in the Gobi Desert on Thursday at 21:16 local time (13:16 GMT) aboard the Long March 2F rocket, reports BBC News. The rocket´s ascent took the spacecraft out over the Pacific and into orbit where it will be stationed roughly 218 miles above Earth. The 35-foot-long module will be unmanned for now, but China does plan to send its astronauts to the station sometime next year. This marks China´s first...

Bacteria Used to Encrypt Messages
2011-09-28 05:20:48

Scientists have discovered a method whereby E. Coli bacteria are used to encrypt messages. The discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by researchers from Tufts University, allows simple messages to be encoded by genetically modified bacteria that produce different florescence proteins. These proteins react to different light frequencies allowing patterns to be developed. The scientists setup an alphabet and grid system using seven...

2011-09-27 12:05:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will launch "Live from the BBC Vault," the new series featuring concert broadcasts from the extensive and wide-ranging BBC Radio archive. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101014/NY82093LOGO ) "Live from the BBC Vault" will feature two different performances each week on various SiriusXM channels. SiriusXM listeners will hear classic performances recorded over the past 40 years by...

Sea Launch Completes First Post-Bankruptcy Liftoff
2011-09-26 04:04:42

  A spacecraft launch service operating from a mobile sea platform in the Pacific Ocean successfully completed their first launch since emerging from bankruptcy protection in late 2010, BBC News Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos reported on Saturday. Sea Launch, which completed Chapter 11 reorganization procedures on October 27 of last year, launched the Atlantic Bird 7 broadcast satellite from its Odyssey Launch Platform. The launch, which took place near the Equator, was the...

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2011-09-25 07:38:02

An Irish coroner has ruled that a 76-year-old man who burned to death last December was a victim of spontaneous combustion, according to BBC News reports on Friday. Dr. Ciaran McLoughlin, the coroner of West Galway, said that the death of Michael Faherty was the first case of spontaneous combustion he had ever seen. Faherty died at his home in Clareview Park, Ballybane, on December 22, 2010, and according to the British news agency, "investigators had been baffled as to the cause of Mr....

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2011-09-25 07:03:15

Apple is being sued by Taiwanese chip designer Via, which claims that the American company "willfully" infringed upon their patents, BBC News reported on Friday. According to the British media report, Via says that the ideas in question were used in Apple TV, the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, as well as the operating system software these devices utilize. The patents reportedly involve the ways in which these products' chips use and transfer data. James Kendrick of ZDNet Mobile News reports...