For decades, scientists have debated what caused the dinosaurs to go extinct 66 million years ago. Most sided with the idea that an asteroid had slammed into the oceans off Mexico, triggering tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires and temperature fluctuations. A few scientists, however, held onto the idea that massive volcanic eruptions around the globe, rather than […]

Calif. exec David Goldberg died after collapsing in gym

Last Updated May 4, 2015 6:49 PM EDT David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, was exercising at a gym in a Mexican resort when he collapsed before he died Friday, sources tell CBS News. The resort is near the town of Punta Mita in Southwest Mexico. Efforts to […]

New device for eyes-free texting while driving

From the if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em school of product marketing, a new device called RayGo aims to make texting while driving easier and less dangerous. Figuring that people are going to text and drive and there’s little hope of that stopping any time soon, an Israeli team adapted technology designed for the […]

Baby starfish offer a glimmer of hope for recovery

Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn’t surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island. He and another diver tallied […]

New "super Earth" exoplanets found around nearby star

Astronomers have discovered two new alien worlds a bit larger than Earth circling a nearby star. The newfound exoplanets, known as HD 7924c and HD 7924d, are “super Earths” with masses about 7.9 and 6.4 times greater, respectively, than that of our home planet, researchers said. The planets orbit the star HD 7924, which lies […]

Funky fish inspiring next generation of robots

May 4, 2015, 4:19 PM|This video shows the undulatory swimming style of four different types of fish that look nothing alike but evolved with similar types of movements. Computer animation from Northwestern University shows the black ghost knifefish’s movements, followed by images of robots inspired by the fish. Article source:

Movements of fish, bats inspire next-gen robots

For the likes of tuna or sharks, making their way through the ocean is all about speed and stamina. But for select group of marine species like the Persian carpet flatworm, cuttlefish and the black ghost knifefish, the key to navigating their murky and cramped worlds is agility. In a study published in PLOS Biology, […]

Obama’s carbon plan could save 3,500 lives annually

The Obama Administration’s hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation’s power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes. A study from Harvard and Syracuse University calculates the decline in heart attacks and lung disease when […]

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Vanity Fair Offers Clearer Look at Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o Characters (Video)

May the Fourth be with you!  “Star Wars Day” got off to a good start with a new video giving fans the clearest glimpse of Adam Driver‘s character so far. To promote its Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover feature, Vanity Fair has uploaded a 45-second, behind-the-scenes video that shows legendary photographer Annie Liebowitz talking […]

USA Unveils Ambitious Digital Launch Plan for Hacker Drama ‘Mr. Robot’

USA’s new hacker drama Mr. Robot is getting a big prepremiere push online. In a bid to get eyeballs on the network’s forthcoming drama, the premiere will launch a month ahead of its June 24 broadcast bow on a wide array of platforms. On May 27, the pilot will debut on VOD, the USA Now […]