Zany scientists honored in alternative Nobels (Update)

In the ultimate accolade for the world's mad scientists, spoof Nobel prizes were awarded Thursday for studies into beetle sex, turtles yawning, the desperation of people dying to urinate and other daffy investigations.

China launches first module for space station

China took its first step towards building a space station on Thursday when it launched an experimental module ahead of National Day celebrations.

$13.2 mn for Apotheker, $1 pay for Whitman at HP

Ousted Hewlett-Packard chief executive Leo Apotheker is leaving with compensation worth at least $13.2 million while his successor, Meg Whitman, will receive an annual salary of $1.

YouTube service stumbles

YouTube service stumbled on Thursday, leaving some visitors frustrated that they couldn't watch videos at the popular website.

Review: Software for recording now, playing later

(AP) -- If the idea of being stuck on a plane for hours without access to the movies in your Netflix queue fills you with dread, software that lets you record streaming videos from the Web and watch them later on your laptop ...

Document shows how phone cos. treat private data

A document obtained by the ACLU shows for the first time how the four largest cellphone companies in the U.S. treat data about their subscribers' calls, text messages, Web surfing and approximate locations.

With Kindle Fire, Amazon's digital ambitions burn

(AP) -- Amazon's unveiling of the Kindle Fire tablet computer sends a bright-hot message: The online retailer is ready to rival iPad maker Apple in an effort to be the world's top digital content provider.

Tree frogs chill out to collect precious water

Research published in the October issue of The American Naturalist shows that Australian green tree frogs survive the dry season with the help of the same phenomenon that fogs up eyeglasses in the winter.

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