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California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

TheStreet (Aug. 12, 2014) — A California law which will require smartphones to have a switch allowing users to render the device inoperable when stolen is in the final approval stage. The California Senate passed the so-called kill switch measure on Monday. The bill is now being sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. According to the bill's author, theft of smartphones had been growing along its popularity, and two-third of the robberies in the Bay Area involved smartphones. He said, 'Our goal is to swiftly take the wind out of the sails of thieves who have made the theft of smartphones one of the most prevalent street crimes.' If the governor signs the bill, smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung will need to notify the users when the technology becomes available. It would also require wireless carriers to check user name and passwords associated with phones that were once deactivated before the phones can be used again. Minnesota passed a similar bill earlier this year and lawmakers in New York, Illinois and Rhode Island are considering similar legislation. TheStreet's Julia Sun reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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Worldwide Smartphone Use Projected To Jump 25% in 2014

Worldwide Smartphone Use Projected To Jump 25% in 2014

TheStreet (June 11, 2014) — New research from eMarketer projects that world monthly ownership of smartphones should reach $1.76 billion this year up by 25% from 2013. Almost one quarter of the world population will use smartphones this year and just under one third will be using a smart phone by 2017. The United States remains the second largest smartphone market in the world after China. Total current use in the U.S. is 163.9 million smartphone owners. By 2015, eMarketer projects that 15 countries will have more than half to their populations adopting smartphones. This worldwide embrace of technology will have a significant influence on media usage, eCommerce and marketing. Video provided by TheStreet
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Stephen Hawking Says Black Holes Aren't Really Black

Stephen Hawking Says Black Holes Aren't Really Black

Newsy (Jan. 26, 2014) — The famous physicist suggested black holes might not have an event horizon — and therefore aren't truly black.
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Stephen Hawking's Story Hits Silver Screen

Stephen Hawking's Story Hits Silver Screen

Reuters - Entertainment Video Online (Dec. 10, 2014) — Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane join stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones at the UK premiere of biopic, "The Theory of Everything". Joel Flynn reports. Video provided by Reuters
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Monster Galaxies Gain Weight by Eating Smaller Neighbors

Sep. 19, 2014 — Massive galaxies in the universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies. Astronomers looked at more than 22,000 galaxies and found that while smaller galaxies ... full story
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Stream of Stars in Andromeda Satellite Galaxy Shows Cosmic Collision

Feb. 23, 2014 — The Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. Researchers have detected a stream of stars in one of the Andromeda Galaxy's outer satellite galaxies, a dwarf galaxy ... full story
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Map of Universe Questioned: Dwarf Galaxies Don't Fit Standard Model

June 11, 2014 — Dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies defy the accepted model of galaxy formation, and recent attempts to wedge them into the model are flawed, reports an international ... full story
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Weighing the Milky Way: Researchers Devise Precise Method for Calculating the Mass of Galaxies

July 29, 2014 — Does the Milky Way look fat in this picture? Has Andromeda been taking skinny selfies? Using a new, more accurate method for measuring the mass of galaxies, and international group of researchers has ... full story
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Mysterious Dance of Dwarf Galaxies May Force a Cosmic Rethink

July 21, 2014 — The discovery that many small galaxies throughout the universe do not 'swarm' around larger ones like bees do but 'dance' in orderly disc-shaped orbits is a challenge to our ... full story
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Satellite Galaxies Put Astronomers in a Spin

July 23, 2014 — Astronomers have studied 380 galaxies and shown that their small satellite galaxies almost always move in rotating discs. However, such satellite galaxy discs are not predicted by current models of ... full story
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Smallest Known Galaxy With a Supermassive Black Hole

Sep. 17, 2014 — Astronomers have discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge ... full story
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Milky Way Amidst a 'Council of Giants'

Mar. 11, 2014 — We live in a galaxy known as the Milky Way -- a vast conglomeration of 300 billion stars, planets whizzing around them, and clouds of gas and dust floating in between. Though it has long been known ... full story
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Violent Origins of Disc Galaxies: Why Milky Way-Like Galaxies Are So Common in the Universe

Sep. 17, 2014 — For decades scientists have believed that galaxy mergers usually result in the formation of elliptical galaxies. Now, for the the first time, researchers have found direct evidence that merging ... full story
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Riddle of the Missing Stars: Hubble Observations Cast Further Doubt on How Globular Clusters Formed

Nov. 20, 2014 — Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are ... full story
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Astronomers Use Hubble to Study Bursts of Star Formation in the Dwarf Galaxies of the Early Universe

June 19, 2014 — They may only be little, but they pack a star-forming punch: new observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show that starbursts in dwarf galaxies played a bigger role than expected in the ... full story
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Interactive Dark Matter Could Explain Milky Way's Missing Satellite Galaxies

Sep. 8, 2014 — Scientists believe they have found a way to explain why there are not as many galaxies orbiting the Milky Way as expected. Computer simulations of the formation of our galaxy suggest that there ... full story
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Supermassive Black Hole Blows Molecular Gas out of a Galaxy at One Million Kilometers Per Hour

July 7, 2014 — New research has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some ... full story
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Fat or Flat: Getting Galaxies Into Shape

Feb. 27, 2014 — Astronomers have discovered what makes some spiral galaxies fat and bulging while others are flat discs -- and it’s all about how fast they spin. The researchers found that fast-rotating spiral ... full story
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Small, but Plentiful: How the Faintest Galaxies Illuminated the Early Universe

July 7, 2014 — Astronomers investigating the behavior of the universe shortly after the Big Bang have made a surprising discovery: the properties of the early universe are determined by the smallest ... full story
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Milky Way Has Half the Amount of Dark Matter as Previously Thought, New Measurements Reveal

Oct. 9, 2014 — A new measurement of dark matter in the Milky Way has revealed there is half as much of the mysterious substance as previously thought. Australian astronomers used a method developed almost 100 years ... full story
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Nearby Galaxy Is a 'Fossil' from the Early Universe

May 1, 2014 — Scientists analyzed the chemical elements in the faintest known galaxy, called Segue 1, and determined that it is effectively a fossil galaxy left over from the early universe. Stars form from gas ... full story
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Astronomers Complete Cosmic Dust Census

Mar. 18, 2014 — Astronomers have completed a benchmark study of more than 300 galaxies, producing the largest census of dust in the local Universe, the Herschel Reference Survey. Astronomers observed galaxies at ... full story
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This Star Cluster Is Not What It Seems: Messier 54 Shows Lithium Problem Also Applies Outside Our Galaxy

Sep. 10, 2014 — A new image from the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile shows a vast collection of stars, the globular cluster Messier 54. This cluster looks very similar to many ... full story
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Ultra-Bright Young Galaxies Discovered

Jan. 7, 2014 — Astronomers have discovered and characterized four unusually bright galaxies as they appeared more than 13 billion years ago, just 500 million years after the big bang. Although Hubble has previously ... full story
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