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Science News: The Milky Way: How to See It in the Summer Night Sky

The Milky Way: How to See It in the Summer Night SkyLate summer is one of the best times of year to view the full splendor of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The Milky Way used to be visible on every clear, moonless night, everywhere in the world.


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Science News: 'Theory of Everything' Poster Unveiled for Stephen Hawking Biopic

'Theory of Everything' Poster Unveiled for Stephen Hawking BiopicA new poster for a Stephen Hawking biopic set for release later this year celebrates the love and scientific theories of one of the most well known cosmologists ever. The "Theory of Everything" poster shows Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his first wife Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) spinning around on a lawn in England. Hawking's equations appear in white text, floating in the image.


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Science News: Atomic Clock Will Fly to Space Station in 2016

Atomic Clock Will Fly to Space Station in 2016A new atomic clock is due for installation on the International Space Station in 2016, ushering in a new age of physics experiments probing the relationship between space and time. Once there, the space station's robotic arm will install it on a payload platform outside the Columbus Laboratory, one of the station's research modules. Another atomic clock called SHM, or Space H-Maser will also be on the orbiting outpost. Together the two clocks will make up the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES), a device that will be so accurate that it will lose only one second every 300 million years.


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Science News: Traces of One of Universe's First Stars Detected

Traces of One of Universe's First Stars DetectedAn ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's first stars, a new study reports. The chemical signature of the ancient star suggests that it incorporated material blasted into space by a supernova explosion that marked the death of a huge star in the early universe — one that may have been 200 times more massive than the sun. "The impact of very-massive stars and their explosions on subsequent star formation and galaxy formation should be significant," lead author Wako Aoki, of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, told Space.com by email. The first stars in the cosmos, known as Population III stars, formed from the hydrogen and helium that dominated the early universe.


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Science News: High 'n' Dry: GPS Offers New Way to Measure Drought

High 'n' Dry: GPS Offers New Way to Measure DroughtThe western United States has suffered a crippling drought for the past three years, but researchers now have a fuller picture of the extent of damage, thanks to a new way to measure how much water has been lost.


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  • Indonesia Says Hello to China’s ‘Little Rice’ Smartphone
    JAKARTA—China’s leading smartphone vendor, Xiaomi, has arrived in gadget-crazy Indonesia. It is the first foray into Southeast Asia’s largest economy for the Chinese company, which will start by selling its budget Redmi series exclusively on ...
  • Fontana elementary school makes ‘contact’ with International Space Station
    FONTANA >> Seven students from Dorothy Grant Elementary School in rapid-fire succession Wednesday asked an International Space Station astronaut questions about shaving, where he gets oxygen and why he wanted to venture into space. As the space station ...
  • Water My Yard website revamped
    The new Water My Yard site has been completely updated, making it even easier for homeowners to sign up, create profiles and better manage landscape irrigation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation experts. “Automated text ...
  • L.A. Unified can't account for $2 million in computers, audit says
    More than $2 million worth of Los Angeles Unified computers, mostly iPads, could not be accounted for during a recent audit by the school system's inspector general. The review also found that the school district lacked an effective tracking system — and ...
  • Oklahoma companies well-represented on Inc. 5000 list
    Rankings show fastest-growing private companies in the nation. More than two dozen Oklahoma companies are in the 2014 Inc. 5000 rankings. More than two dozen Oklahoma companies were ranked in the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private ...
  • GPS Data Helped Scientists Study Sheepdogs in Action
    There’s a recipe to herding sheep, according to a new study focused on sheepdogs and their behaviors. A team of UK-based researchers used GPS devices to track the movements of working sheepdogs and their flock. They found the dogs don’t just chase ...
  • Apple to unveil 'iWatch' on September 9
    Apple will unveil an "iWatch" in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said Wednesday. The California tech giant is expected to merge style and innovation ...
  • Taiwan-Based Streaming Music Service KKBOX Raises $104M To Expand Overseas
    KKBOX, a Taiwan-based company that has provided streaming music services in Asia since before Spotify was founded, announced (link in Chinese) that it has raised $104 million from Singapore GIC (formerly known as the Government of Singapore Investment ...
  • Whispir Conversation Platform goes global with Telstra
    Telstra Global customers will be able to dial into the Whispir Conversation Platform from the end of August, with the telco announcing today that it will tie the enterprise communication service into its international application product range. Whispir's ...
  • The Clean Cut: CBS News features boy with Down syndrome heading to college
    Rion Holcombe, whose reaction to his college acceptance letter took the Internet by storm, is now attending Clemson University. SPARTANBURG, S.C. — When Rion Holcolme applied for college, his parents were unsure what the outcome would be. According to ...
  • US judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung smartphones
    SAN FRANCISCO: A judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Apple to ban US sales of rival Samsung smartphones targeted in a recent $2 billion patent trial in Silicon Valley. The decision was seen as a setback for Apple in its long-running battle with Samsung ...
  • First Take: New clues to Alibaba's value
    SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba Group Holding has updated its IPO registration document, with financial results for the quarter ended in June showing sales at the Chinese Internet giant are still surging and its profit margins are expanding. Given the valuations ...
  • Notthingham seminar series takes a look at Big Bang
    For 85 years, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh has promoted popular astronomy in Western Pennsylvania and focused on the education of the general public and its members in the science and hobby of astronomy. To foster this goal, the Mingo ...
  • New fossil likely displays the earliest origin of muscles in animals
    A fossil discovered in Canada is that of the oldest creature known to possess muscles, an important evolutionary adaptation, scientists say. The fossil found in Newfoundland of a creature possible related to jellyfish and sea anemones shows traces of ...
  • Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity
    TORONTO -- Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans. So news this week that Burger King will buy Tim ...
  • China supplier of Samsung, Lenovo denies using child workers
    BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - A China-based supplier for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd said on Thursday it had never hired child laborers, denying allegations by a U.S.-based activist group. Samsung Electronics also said it had found no ...
  • NOAA adds 20 species of coral to ‘threatened’ list under Endangered Species Act
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that 20 kinds of coral will be listed as ‘threatened,’ pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The federal agency cited the slew of new scientific papers addressing the ...
  • Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal judge has rejected Apple’s attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday’s rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in ...
  • FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks
    A report on Bloomberg.com said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions aimed at Russia. The attack ...
  • Alibaba profit triples ahead of IPO
    With less than a month before its initial public offering, the Alibaba Group is intent on showing just how profitable - and focused on mobile - it really is. The Chinese e-commerce behemoth disclosed Wednesday that its profit nearly tripled in the quarter ...
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