Japan to fine or jail computer virus creators
Japan will punish people who create or wilfully spread computer viruses with fines and prison terms of up to three years under a new law enacted by parliament.
Team reports scalable fabrication of self-aligned graphene transistors, circuits
(PhysOrg.com) -- Graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of graphitic carbon, has the potential to make consumer electronic devices faster and smaller. But its unique properties, and the shrinking scale of electronics, ...
Ocean's harmful low-oxygen zones growing, are sensitive to small changes in climate
(PhysOrg.com) -- Fluctuations in climate can drastically affect the habitability of marine ecosystems, according to a new study by UCLA scientists that examined the expansion and contraction of low-oxygen ...
US startup challenges Swiss Post on home turf
A US firm that specializes in verifying email delivery is expanding into Europe and challenging the Swiss Post, which it has accused of brazen patent infringement.
World Cup Twitter ban for All Blacks
All Blacks players have been banned from communicating directly with fans via Twitter during this year's World Cup, amid fears the microblogging website will prove a distraction during the tournament.
Gamers griping handheld controls
Even though motion-sensing videogame controllers are all the rage, sometimes a player prefers a Batarang for bashing bad guys.
Microsoft Kinect makes moves on computers
Microsoft on Thursday began letting software developers imbue computers with voice and motion-sensing technology from its Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 videogame console.
New Harry Potter project spellbinds cyberspace
Harry Potter fans were abuzz with excitement on Thursday after creator JK Rowling launched a mysterious web site counting down to the announcement of a new project.
US Senate votes down ethanol subsidies
The US Senate voted Thursday to end a $6 billion subsidy for ethanol in a move that appeared largely symbolic but sends a message about the growing unease on support for the biofuel made mostly from corn.
Cancer death rate gap widens based on education
(AP) -- The gap in cancer death rates between college graduates and those who only went to high school is widening, the American Cancer Society reported Friday.
Conflicting policies on flying under ash confuse
(AP) -- If you had hoped to fly Qantas between Australia and New Zealand, you were out of luck. The national carrier grounded planes after a plume of ash from a Chilean volcano moved over the southern Pacific.
Home learning experiences boost low-income kids' school readiness
Home learning experiences that are consistently supportive in the early years may boost low-income children's readiness for school. That's the finding of a new longitudinal study that appears in the journal Child Development.
Poor 'gut sense' of numbers contributes to persistent math difficulties
A new study published today in the journal Child Development (e-publication ahead of print) finds that having a poor "gut sense" of numbers can lead to a mathematical learning disability and difficulty in ach ...