US shoe seller says hacker compromised accounts

US online shoe seller Zappos.com was notifying some 24 million customers Monday that a hacker had gained entry to its computer network, but said credit card data was not affected.

Genetic fingerprint reveals new efficient maize cultivars

(PhysOrg.com) -- The parent’s performance has little to do with the child's success – at least in maize. Even weak parent plants can be crossed in a way in which they produce vigorous offspring. But not all plants ...

India has Red Planet Fever

Mars fever has gripped India. In a recent report from the Planetary Science and Exploration conference that was held in December 2011, scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are making preliminary plans ...

New climate-cooling molecule found

Scientists have succeeded in detecting and analyzing a new atmospheric molecule whose existence has long been suspected but never proved.

UN chief launches sustainable energy initiative

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched on Monday an initiative designating 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, with the aim of reaching its set goals by 2030.

'Proplyd-like' objects discovered in Cygnus OB2

The well known Orion Nebula is perhaps the most well known star forming regions in the sky. The four massive stars known as the trapezium illuminate the massive cloud of gas and dust busily forming into new stars providing ...

Goldilocks moons

The search for extraterrestrial life outside our Solar System is currently focused on extrasolar planets within the ‘habitable zones’ of exoplanetary systems around stars similar to the Sun. Finding Earth-like planets ...

New tool puts plant hormone under surveillance

(PhysOrg.com) -- Charles Darwin was the first to speculate that plants contain hormones. His pioneering research led to the identification of the very first and key plant growth hormone — auxin — in 1937.

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