USAF vehicle breaks record for hypersonic flight
An experimental aircraft has set a record for hypersonic flight, flying more than 3 minutes at Mach 6 - six times the speed of sound.
Sony to challenge Apple in Japan with e-reader
Sony said Thursday it will launch an e-reader in Japan and set up a platform for newspapers, books, comics and magazines, challenging rival Apple a day before its iPad goes on sale in the country.
Rare disorder makes people think they smell bad
Race is on for museums to host retired space shuttles
US museums are wasting no time in jostling to showcase the three retiring space shuttles after Atlantis touched down on Earth this week, capping the last scheduled mission of its 25-year career.
Scientists win 'Asian Nobel Prize' for mapping the universe
Three US scientists whose work helped map the universe are among the recipients of the one-million-US-dollar Shaw Prize, known as the "Asian Nobel," the competition's organisers said Thursday.
Privacy fears mount as ad targeting sophistication grows
In the quest for better targeted advertising, marketers are using high-tech tools that can pinpoint a person's location, demographics and habits, raising the hackles of privacy activists.
Antiretroviral therapy associated with decreased risk of HIV transmission
Researchers have found that treating HIV-infected persons with antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces HIV transmission to their sexual partners by more than 90 percent. The study is published this week in the Lancet.
Electric ash found in Eyjafjallajokull's plume, say UK researchers
In the first peer-reviewed scientific paper to be published about the Icelandic volcano since its eruption in April 2010, UK researchers write that the ash plume which hovered over Scotland carried a significant ...
Rats damage huge swathes of China's grasslands
A plague of rats has gobbled up vast swathes of grasslands in north China, sparking a mass extermination drive amid concerns for herders, state media said Thursday.
Int'l conference to save forests opens in Oslo
(AP) -- Last December, an international conference on climate change approved global plans prevent deforestation. But those plans have not been implemented, and now a smaller meeting of nations in Oslo will try Thursday ...
Mexico to ban junk food from schools to fight fat
(AP) -- Mexico is looking to battle the bulging waistlines of its children by banning the sale of junk food in its schools, including many of the traditional treats generations of kids have grown up with.
Uncertainty over Medicare pay sets doctors on edge
(AP) -- For the third time this year, Congress is scrambling to stave off a hefty pay cut to doctors treating Medicare patients - even as the Obama administration mails out a glossy brochure to reassure seniors ...
Chinese court hears novelist's Google lawsuit
(AP) -- A Chinese novelist's lawsuit against Google over its online library is going ahead in court after settlement talks failed.
Image-conscious youth rein in social networking
(AP) -- What's that? A young college grad lecturing her elders about online privacy?