China's Giant Interactive to go private for $3 bn
New York-listed Chinese online game developer Giant Interactive said Monday it had agreed to be taken private by its parent, backed by a consortium which will fund the $3 billion purchase.
New comet Jacques may pass 8.4 million miles from Venus this July
On March 13, Cristovao Jacques and the SONEAR team snared C/2014 E2 (Jacques) in CCD images taken with a 0.45-meter (17.7-inch) wide-field reflector at the SONEAR (Southern Observatory for Near Earth Asteroids ...
Shale could be long-term home for problematic nuclear waste
Shale, the source of the United States' current natural gas boom, could help solve another energy problem: what to do with radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. The unique properties of the sedimentary rock and related ...
How the science of deer hunting can help patients with diabetes
Body odor is a deer hunter's worst enemy, an alert to animals that an ominous presence is lurking, but the science behind suppressing it to give hunters an edge oddly enough could help researchers develop a life-saving device ...
Sound Anchor represents new inspection tool
An inspection technique developed by two Savannah River National Laboratory researchers is ready for commercial use, via a license agreement signed with a Texas company.
Twitter CEO in China 'to learn more' (Update)
Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo is visiting China, the biggest market where the popular messaging service is banned, the company said Monday.
Data-mining for crystal 'gold' at SLAC's X-ray laser
A new tool for analyzing mountains of data from SLAC's Linac Coherent Lightsource (LCLS) X-ray laser can produce high-quality images of important proteins using fewer samples. Scientists hope to use it to ...
Simulating lightweight vehicles operating on discrete terrain
Engineers increasingly rely on simulation to augment, and, in some cases, replace, costly and time consuming experimental work. However, current simulation capabilities are sometimes inadequate to capture ...
Better chemistry through parallel in time algorithms
Molecular dynamics simulations often take too long to be practical for simulating chemical processes that occur on long timescales. Scientists DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of ...
Game makers to explore social issues at conference
The video game industry is taking itself more seriously. Besides the usual talk of polygons, virtual worlds and artificial intelligence at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, there will ...
In quantum theory of cognition, memories are created by the act of remembering
NYC to host smartphone hunt for giant Easter eggs
New York City is getting ready for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app.
Rumours fly that gravitational waves have been detected
Last week the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) stated rather nonchalantly that they will be hosting a press conference on Monday, March 17th, to announce a "major discovery." Without a potential ...
Two-spray strategy outmanoeuvres crop weed
A strategy that applies herbicides to crops at two different times has been found to effectively combat weeds including wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) in northern Wheatbelt crops.