The wisdom of a crowd armed with radiation detection devices is helping to chart radiation readings across Japan as the country struggles to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. RDTN.ORG, built by Portland, Oregon-based Uncorked Studios, with the help of many external contributors, asks people to submit readings from their locations for posting on a Google map that aggregates the data.
On Monday, we reported that more than 100,000 people had signed their names to an online petition protesting Apple's decision to allow an anti gay app on its app store. Today, we bring you word of a trio of Democratic Senators - New York's Charles Shumer, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Nevada's Harry Reid - urging Apple to remove apps for the iPhone and iPad that they claim can help drunk drivers evade checkpoints errected by the police.
Maybe it's the condition of the economy. Or our fascination with the latest exploits of Charlie Sheen. But this much is certain: when it comes to concerns about global warming, the American people aren't especially concerned. And when they are asked for their opinion, a big divide shows up based upon their political affiliation.
Chalk it up to a case of mistaken identity?
Over twenty years ago, researchers came upon what they said were the 3.5 billion-year-old remains of bacteria fossils in western Australia's Apex Chert Formation. But new research by a team of geologists from the University of Kansas debunks that claim, arguing instead that what was under review was actually an assortment of minerals - basically a "series of quartz and haematite-filled fractures."
On a day when the stock market got creamed - at one point down more than 200 points - shares of Netflix were up more than 14% in early afternoon trading. Irrational exuberance or the smart money laying bets?
Internet Explorer 9 is surprisingly competitive across the board. Zippy browsing speeds, minimalist layout, and innovative features make this not only the best version of IE to date, but catapult Internet Explorer back into the browser wars. The one big drawback? You must have Windows 7 or Vista to use it. XP users are stuck on IE8. Forever.
Here's an extraordinary sight to take in, courtesy of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The probe sent back this rare image of what scientists call a runaway star. Astronomers believe it was set in motion either through the supernova explosion of a companion star or the result of a close encounter with some other stars in space.