Billionaire Yuri Milner bids another $100 million to explore the cosmos

SAN FRANCISCO Billionaire Internet investor Yuri Milner announced another $100 million initiative on Tuesday to better understand the cosmos, this time by deploying thousands of tiny spacecraft to travel to our nearest neighboring star system and send ...

3-D printer, 'Gecko Grippers' head to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket loaded with supplies and science experiments blasted off from Florida on Tuesday, boosting an Orbital ATK cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.The 194-foot (59-meter) rocket s...

Striking back against the machine: Korean Go player beats Google program

SEOUL South Korean Lee Sedol won his first match against a computer program developed by a Google subsidiary on Sunday in the ancient board game Go, denying a clean sweep for the artificial intelligence in a five-match series.Lee, one of the world's to...

Mastication adaptation: easier chewing benefited human ancestors

WASHINGTON A study in which people chewed on pieces of raw goat meat and vegetables smacked with a rock is shedding light on how changes long ago in the way our ancestors dined paved the way for physiological advances that helped make us who were are t...

Toronto officials propose rules for Uber, help for taxi drivers

TORONTO Toronto officials on Thursday proposed new rules to allow ride-hailing service Uber to operate in the city and let traditional taxis compete on fares.Among the recommendations, taxi companies would be permitted to offer lower rates for trips no...

VW to spend about half a billion euros on digital trucks by 2020

BERLIN Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) truck division will spend about half a billion euros (398,634,681 million pounds) by the end of the decade to enhance digital features of heavy-goods vehicles as truckmakers increase their focus on automation in road hau...

Foxconn seeking guidance on Sharp fourth-quarter, deal may not come this week: source

TAIPEI/TOKYO Foxconn has completed its due diligence on Japan's Sharp Corp through the end of 2015, but is seeking guidance from the loss-making electronics maker on its latest quarterly performance, a person familiar with the matter said. Foxconn, for...

NBA hothead's cool-guy hoverboard exit hits a speedbump

After fighting a teammate on the bench, throwing a towel at his head coach and whining for a trade since last summer, NBA forward Markieff Morris finally got what he wanted Thursday in a move from the Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards. He did not ex...

No, a Nuclear Explosion Did Not Launch a Manhole Cover into Space

In 1957, the Nevada Test Site saw a series of nuclear explosions that, according to legend, launched a manhole cover into space. Except it probably didn’t. Here’s where the story came from—and why the inadvertent source of the story has been trying ...

Space station crew back on Earth after record U.S. spaceflight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./ALMATY NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth on Wednesday after nearly a year on the International Space Station, the longest U.S. space mission on record, intended to pave the way for...