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2012-07-13 12:10:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We´re familiar with the lexicon: Businesses and organizations often ask their fans and followers to “like” them on Facebook. From giant billboards to tiny, side ads on various websites, companies sure do make a fuss about people liking them, but are these likes worth the expense and effort? The BBC conducted an investigation to get to the bottom of the “Like” game, and the short answer? It´s hard to...

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2012-07-13 09:08:57

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine recently revealed that they have developed a “timeline” that shows early signs of Alzheimer´s, even with unseen progress. The team of researchers examined families who had a genetic risk of having the disease. The findings, which were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that signs of Alzheimer´s can appear up to 25 years...

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2012-07-12 09:40:04

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The halls were quiet and empty this past Wednesday in Portugal´s hospitals. Normally filled with crowds of bustling bodies, the hospitals were clear of physicians and other medical staff. This scene is just one example that highlights the European Union fiscal crisis and its affect on many parts of European society. Signs of the recession can be seen throughout the different industries, including the health care sector. In Portugal,...

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2012-07-11 15:39:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last summer, rioters took to the UK streets to loot and pillage in protest of the shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham, North London. These youths allegedly used BlackBberry´s BBM messaging feature to gather and organize their next “protest.” Though technology may have aided and abetted these criminals, it also helped bring the story to the rest of the world as local citizens took to Twitter and Facebook,...

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2012-07-11 11:23:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The U.K. government is embracing the future by working on regulations in order to allow the operation of spaceplanes. The new regulations would enable launch systems like the Skylon concept being developed by Reaction Engines Limited (REL) to take place in the U.K. Currently, these types of vehicles are prohibited from using European airspace, but the government is looking to change that. REL's Skylon vehicle would take off...

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2012-07-11 09:24:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Could a dollar-store T-shirt someday help you charge your smartphone or tablet computer on the go? It may sound fanciful, but researchers at one American university are experimenting with technology capable of doing just that. Mechanical Engineering Professor Xiaodong Li and Post-Doctorate Lihong Bao, both of the University of South Carolina, are working on a way to turn the fabric of a simple piece of clothing into a...

iBrain Could Soon Help Stephen Hawking Communicate
2012-07-08 08:54:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An American scientist currently developing a device that would allow Professor Stephen Hawking to "write" words with his brain waves is scheduled to present his latest findings at a consciousness conference in the UK city of Cambridge, BBC News and Asian News International reported on Saturday. As previously reported by our own Lee Rannals, the device in question is known as the iBrain and is essentially a brain scanner which...

Android Botnet Caught Red-handed
2012-07-06 04:20:56

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It's an evil triangle that touches all three of the major search engines. Microsoft engineer Terri Zink uncovered spam revealing a botnet running on Android mobile phones using Yahoo! Mail. The good news, if there is any, is that the malware is somewhat traceable due to the Yahoo! Mail IP addresses listed in the headers of the email. Zink, who writes the Cyber Security Blog on MSDN Blogs, identified the spam messages earlier this...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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