Obama to warn rising sea levels could cost US $200 bn
President Barack Obama will on Wednesday warn that a one-foot rise in sea levels could cost the United States as much as $200 billion, in a speech warning of the security risks of climate change.
Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax
Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.
US charges China academics in trade theft scheme
US prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three university professors, with a years-long scheme to steal mobile phone technology trade secrets for Beijing's benefit.
Unsavory hits the App Store and Google Play
Almost 90 percent of restaurant workers in the United States do not have access to paid sick days. Unsavory, a new mobile game available for iOS and Android lets players take the role of these workers preparing food to see ...
Rid of CDs, Starbucks teams up with Spotify
Months after ending its tradition of CD sales, coffee giant Starbucks confirmed the rapid growth of music streaming as it announced a partnership with Spotify.
Obama gets his own @POTUS account, joins Twitter age
President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new account: @POTUS. Spelled out, that's President Of The United States.
Something is rotten in the state of US education
A report released last year estimates that nearly half of the nation's new teachers quit within five years, a rate of attrition that costs the United States over US$2 billion annually. ...
New analysis of archived calls of North Atlantic right whales reveals distinctive traits
Human beings have unique voices—from the deep, resonating bass of James Earl Jones to the raspy melodies sung by Broadway star Carol Channing—and we routinely recognize individuals based solely on the ...
Quantum physics on tap: Nano-sized faucet offers experimental support for longstanding quantum theory
We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. Think of a river flowing through narrow rapids.
New research explores when quantum systems get critical
An international team of scientists from China and Australia have released research that has probed how quantum matter changes when it makes a 'quantum phase transition'.
Rdio ramps up streaming music effort
Music-streaming service Rdio on Thursday ramped its offerings with a subscription that allows people to keep a selection of songs for off-line listening.
Study reveals fruit flies exhibit the building blocks of emotion
A fruit fly starts buzzing around food at a picnic, so you wave your hand over the insect and shoo it away. But when the insect flees the scene, is it doing so because it is actually afraid? Using fruit flies ...
Spain to offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi in 46 airports
Spain's airport authority says it will start providing free and unlimited Wi-Fi in 46 airports across the country by the end of the year.