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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cougar’s odyssey points to migratory trend

A cougar from the Black Hills of South Dakota prowls forest land in Clark County, Wis., where an automatic trail camera snapped this early-morning shot on Jan. 18, 2010. In June 2011, the same cougar was hit by a car and killed in Connecticut, DNA tests showed. The cougar's 1,500-mile (2,414-kilometer) journey from South Dakota to Connecticut blew previous cougar travel records out of the waterBiologists say that many wild animals are recolonizing old habitats or establishing new ones, and a cougar’s odyssey from South Dakota to Connecticut fits that trend.

Did Ice Age derail dog domestication?

The 33,000-year-old remains of an animal in Siberia susggest it was partly domesticated, and that it resembled this modern-day Samoyed dog. However, scientists say the conditions for that early domestication effort apparently could not be sustained, perhaps because of the Ice Age.Some dogs were domesticated by at least 33,000 years ago, but these canines did not generate descendants that survived past the Ice Age, a study in the journal PLoS ONE suggests.

Bush science adviser John H. Marburger dies at 70

John Marburger, shown here at the Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider in 2000, died on Thursday at the age of 70. Marburger served as the lab's director from 1998 to 2001, and as presidential science adviser from 2001 to 2009.The White House science adviser to President George W. Bush, John H. Marburger III, a physicist, has died at 70. He often dealt with issues about man-made global warming and claims of political interference in science. He also was the longest serving presidential science adviser in U.S. history.

Get 3-D views of NASA’s past and future

NASA's last space shuttle mission and its next Mars rover mission look twice as awesome in stereo ... and stay tuned for additional 3-D imagery.Science editor Alan Boyle’s Weblog: NASA’s last space shuttle mission and its next Mars rover mission look twice as awesome in stereo … and stay tuned for additional 3-D imagery.

Senate subpoenas NASA over rocket documents

This artist's concept shows the Ares V cargo launch vehicle, a rocket that may be similar to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) in many ways.A Senate panel issued a subpoena ordering NASA to produce internal documents related to the agency’s progress on the Space Launch System, the heavy-lift rocket Congress ordered NASA to make ready for flight by Dec. 31, 2016.

Malware tricks victims into giving money to crooks

A new strain of dangerous malware is worming its way into online bank accounts on Windows systems and informing customers that their accounts have been frozen, then instructing them to refund the money.

UFO sightings in Wild West? Well, pilgrim…

A still photo of Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig in the new movie "Cowboys and Aliens."The new film “Cowboys and Aliens,” starring Harrison “Indiana Jones” Ford and Daniel “James Bond” Craig, opens today and is likely to snatch the top spot at the box office this weekend. The anachronistic sci-fi thriller tells the story of extraterrestrials who attack a small New Mexico town in search of — well, I won’t give away any spoilers.

AT&T to throttle data speeds for ‘unlimited’ hogs

AT&T says it’s going to start limiting speeds Oct. 1 for the 5 percent of its customers with “unlimited” data smartphone plans who clog the airwaves the most.

Anonymous posts some hacked NATO info

Hackers with the loose-knit group Anonymous said on Friday they had broken into the network of U.S. government contractor Mantech International Corp and posted some NATO-related correspondence online.

Fake ‘wrong transaction’ hotel spam hits email

Hundreds of emails have been making the rounds in the past few days informing people that a hotel made a “wrong transaction” while processing their credit card. In turn, the emails offer recipients a refund.