Two planets orbit nearby ancient star

An international team of scientists, led by astronomers at Queen Mary University of London, report of two new planets orbiting Kapteyn's star, one of the oldest stars found near the Sun. One of the newly-discovered planets ...

AT&T says DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

AT&T says that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, that means it can afford to pull fiber connections into more homes, for additional superfast broadband Internet coverage.

Black hole 'batteries' keep blazars going and going (w/ Video)

(Phys.org) —Astronomers studying two classes of black-hole-powered galaxies monitored by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found evidence that they represent different sides of the same cosmic coin. By unraveling ...

Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears (Update 2)

The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.

Power plant plan further clouds coal's future

President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to reduce the gases blamed for global warming from the nation's power plants gives many coal-dependent states more lenient restrictions—and won't necessarily be the primary reason ...

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