After centuries of giving humanity little more than nicotine and death, the tobacco plant may be the wellspring of a revolution in gene therapy.
A Chinese state media agency has reported today that the country will launch a three-man spaceflight this month and all systems are already in final preparation.
In October 2003, China became only the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket, after the former Soviet Union and the USA. It sent two more astronauts on a five-day flight on its Shenzhou VI craft in October 2005.
Google has taken the war over exclusive web content into space. Not directly, of course—the satellite that was recently launched into space on a rocket bearing the Google logo was the result of a joint venture between a commercial satellite imaging provider and the department of defense. In return for undisclosed terms, Google got two considerations: its logo on the side of the launch vehicle, and exclusive use of the mapping images that the satellite produces.
Today Apple is almost certain to announce, at the very least, a new, taller iPod Nano. But amidst the hype surrounding the "Let's Rock" event, it's easy to get so caught up in the iPod's future that we forget where it came from.
The mood of scientists monitoring the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) swung from nervous anticipation to relief as the world's most expensive experiment got under way successfully.
Spectacular fossil forests have been found in the coal mines of Illinois by a US-UK team of researchers.
Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity told reporters: "Yes, we will be part of the Russian Federation.
"We will do it according to the norms of international law."
The Moon is terrific as far as desolate orbiting rocks go, but by all accounts, it's rather lacking in the nuclear power generator department. Which is a shame because that means NASA needs to build one itself to juice up any future lunar outposts.
The collapse of the UK's third largest package holiday group has left tens of thousands of Britons stranded abroad.
The decision to place XL Leisure Group into administration has also left thousands of staff facing the axe.
Where is the blog
The open-source browser, called Chrome, first appeared on an unofficial Google blog in the form of a comic book. "As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit 'send' a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome," the company said in the official announcement that appeared late Tuesday afternoon after the Internet began buzzing about the comic-book site. The blog posting was by Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director.
A steady stream of devoted evolutionists continued to gather in this small Tennessee town today to witness what many believe is an image of Charles Darwin—author of The Origin Of Species and founder of the modern evolutionary movement—made manifest on a concrete wall in downtown Dayton.
THE OWNER and editor of a web site that was critical of police abuse of the citizens of a troubled southern Russian province was arrested and apparently shot to death by police on Sunday.
Ingushetiya police arrested Magomed Yevloyev, proprietor of the website Ingushetiya.ru, on a plane from Moscow after it landed, according to deputy editor Ruslan Kautiyev.
A Malaysian welder had to have a nut removed from around his penis after an attempt to lengthen it before he gets engaged next week went embarrassingly wrong, a news report said on Sunday.
Dogs are becoming more intelligent and are even learning morals from human contact, scientists claim.
They say the fact that dogs' play rarely escalates into a fight shows the animals abide by social rules.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration destroyed an unmanned rocket 27 seconds into its ascent during an early-morning launching from Wallops Island, Va. The experimental rocket, made by Alliant Techsystems, had veered off course and was destroyed at an altitude of 11,000 to 12,000 feet. No injuries were reported on the ground, and NASA officials said they believed the debris had fallen into the Atlantic Ocean.
Unlike the cruel and unusual punishment of the cat o'nine tails, this cute cat o' four ears is nothing to be afraid of.
Killing cancer cells, while leaving normal tissue unscathed, is almost impossible.
Nanotechnology may do the trick, but big pharmaceutical companies are far from embracing that strategy. In the meantime, highly-engineered biological molecules will fill the void.
Antibodies can recognize cancer cells, and latch onto them, but they won't kill their targets without some help.
A five-year-old girl shot her 18-month-old brother in the head with an airgun in what police said was a "tragic accident".
Attacks in the wild are under way against Linux systems with compromised SSH keys, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team is warning.
The attacks appear to use stolen SSH keys to take hold of a targeted machine and then gain root access by exploiting weaknesses in the kernel. The attacks then install a rootkit known as Phalanx2, which scours the newly infected system for additional SSH keys. There's a viral aspect to this attack. As new SSH keys are stolen, new machines are potentially vulnerable to attack.
Two “modern day Ninjas” calling themselves Shinobi Warriors on a quest to rid the area of drug users and drug dealers have been put out of business by police.