Discovery of Oxygen on Comet 'Big Surprise'

Stunned scientists announced Wednesday the unexpected discovery of large quantities of oxygen on a comet which streaked past the Sun in August with a European spacecraft in tow. The find came as a “big surprise”, and challenges mainstream theories on the formation of our Solar System, said scientist Andre Bieler of the University of Michigan.Read More

PayPal Reports Rise in Profits, Weak Transaction Volumes

Payment processor PayPal Holdings Inc, spun off from eBay Inc reported quarterly revenue slightly below analysts’ expectations as a strong dollar hurt its transaction volumes in China and Europe. Shares of PayPal, which listed for the second time on the Nasdaq in July, fell 5.6 percent in extended trading on Wednesday. PayPal’s third-quarter revenue roseRead More

Global Smartphone Sales Pick Up on Fierce Competition

Global smartphone sales gained in the third quarter as major vendors ramped up special deals and financing to attract buyers, a survey showed Wednesday. A survey by IDC showed global smartphone sales of 355.2 million in the July-September period, up 6.8 percent from a year ago and the second highest quarterly total on record. SamsungRead More

Nasa Astronauts Kick Off Spacewalk for Upgrades at ISS

Two Nasa astronauts stepped out on a spacewalk Wednesday for upgrades and maintenance at the orbiting International Space Station, the US space agency said. Spaceflight veteran Scott Kelly, who is in the midst of a year-long stint at the ISS, began the first spacewalk of his career at 8:03am (12:03pm GMT or 5:33pm IST), accordingRead More