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  • Lol: Text message celebrates 25th birthday

    December 3, 2017 8:07 PM 36

    The first SMS (Short Message Service), or text message, was sent from a computer to a mobile phone on Dec. 3, 1992 by Neil Papworth. The U.K. software developer, who now resides in Canada, sent the first text to Richard Jarvis, a director at the London-based telecom company Vodafone UK. The message was “Merry Christmas.” Jarvis received it at while at the company’s

  • From hair dye to woodpeckers, new book shows da Vinci was curious about everything

    December 1, 2017 2:54 PM 29

    A new book is shedding light on the workings of one of the world’s greatest minds. Leonardo da Vinci, who painted the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and sketched the Vitruvian Man, created thousands of pages of notes, sketches, diagrams and scribbles that have survived the almost 400 years since his death. Author Walter Isaacson whittled down 7,200 pages

  • Russian weather satellite fails to enter orbit after launch

    November 28, 2017 12:26 PM 37

    MOSCOW - The Russian space agency says that a weather satellite has failed to enter a designated orbit following its launch, another blow to the nation's space program. Roscosmos says it has failed to establish communications with the Meteor M 2-1 satellite that was launched atop a Soyuz-2 booster rocket Tuesday from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. The agency

  • Canadian accused in Yahoo hack to appear in California court

    November 28, 2017 9:41 AM 38

    SAN FRANCISCO - A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails is set to appear in court today in San Francisco. Court records show Karim Baratov is scheduled to attend a change of plea hearing this afternoon. Baratov was sent to face charges to the U.S. this summer after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Canada. He was arrested

  • Dead humpback whale washes up on Rio's Ipanema beach

    November 16, 2017 12:09 PM 58

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- A dead humpback whale has washed up on the shores of Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema beach. Biologist Rafael Carvalho says Wednesday the whale appears to have been dead for a few days. Its body was decomposing and giving off a strong smell. Authorities were urging beachgoers who had flocked to Ipanema on a national holiday to stay away from the animal

  • Critically endangered Malayan tiger twins born in Prague Zoo

    November 14, 2017 2:11 PM 64

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- A keeper says twin Malayan tigers born in Prague Zoo have a good chance of survival, a rare success for any zoo on the European continent. The cubs, a male and a female, were born on Oct 3. So far, only two European zoos have managed to breed this subspecies of tiger, most recently a zoo in Halle, Germany, in 2013. There are only a few hundred

  • Several beaches whales die during rescue in Indonesia

    November 14, 2017 5:59 AM 66

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - A fisheries official says four of 10 whales that beached off Indonesia's Aceh province have died because of injuries and exhaustion. The sperm whales became stranded Monday at Ujong Kareng beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them. Nur Mahdi, the head of Aceh's marine and fisheries office, said two whales

  • Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years

    November 13, 2017 1:30 PM 56

    WASHINGTON - Scientists say global carbon pollution went up this year after three straight years when it didn't go up at all. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions rose about 2 per cent. The heat-trapping gas is a key cause of global warming. The report out Monday dashes hopes that emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas had peaked

  • Frozen treats, other supplies rocketing toward space station

    November 12, 2017 12:59 PM 47

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A stash of frozen treats and other supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia's cold eastern shore. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, launched the cargo ship just after sunrise from Wallops Island, aboard an unmanned Antares rocket. The Cygnus capsule should reach the orbiting

  • Hubble sees light echoes of supernova explosion in distant galaxy

    November 10, 2017 9:01 PM 42

    Explosion is the closest one in at least 40 years The Hubble Space Telescope captured the light echoes of a distant supernova rebounding off a dust cloud in a distant galaxy. On Jan. 21, 2014, a star in the M82 galaxy, which lies 11.4 million light-years away and can be found near the handle of the Big Dipper, exploded in a brilliant supernova named