A home-brew observatory detects exoplanet

David Schneider, a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum, was interested in exoplanets, planets that orbit stars other than the sun, but figured this kind of exercise as a home-based project was going to need expensive telescopes; ...

FBI looking into hack of Sony Pictures' computers

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Child poverty pervasive in large American cities, new report shows

Years after the end of the Great Recession, child poverty remains widespread in America's largest cities. A paper just released by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a research center based at Columbia University's ...

Snowden calls on UN to protect privacy, rights

Edward Snowden, co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, has called on the United Nations to propose new measures to protect individual privacy and human rights.

NASA's CATS eyes clouds, smoke and dust from the space station

Turn on any local TV weather forecast and you can get a map of where skies are blue or cloudy. But for scientists trying to figure out how clouds affect the Earth's environment, what's happening inside that shifting cloud ...

Microsoft buys email mobile app Accompli

Microsoft said Monday it was buying the mobile email management application Accompli, in a deal reported to be worth more than $200 million.

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