Report: Radiation damage at the root of Chernobyl’s ecosystems

Radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area, according to a study just published in the journal Oecologia. The resulting buildup of dry, loose detritus is a wildfire hazard that poses the threat of spreading radioactivity from the Chernobyl area.

Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem for Antarctica's Ross Sea

The Ross Sea, a major, biologically productive Antarctic ecosystem, "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as rising temperatures and changing wind patterns create longer periods of ice-free open water, affecting the life cycles of both predators and prey, according to a paper published by researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Is Google losing control of the Android ecosystem?

ABI Research confirms that Android once again dominated the Q4 2013 shipment numbers for smartphone advanced operating systems with 77% market share of over 280 million smartphones shipped in Q4 2013.

Android ecosystem takes the baton from Apple iPad in the tablet race

A shift in leadership is now upon the tablet mobile computing market. Indeed, analysts at ABI Research recently identified a trio of events signaling Apple’s iPad family of products has passed the baton to the Android ecosystem.

Microsoft's 720 to herald new Xbox ecosystem

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will reportedly act as a central hub to a number of devices, all of which are likely to carry an "X" branding, such as the 7-inch X-Surface gaming tablet.

Apple says 40 billion apps downloaded, 20 billion in 2012

Apple's extensive app ecosystem shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Indeed, Cupertino is confirming that users have downloaded a staggering 40 billion apps, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone.

World’s largest and oldest trees are threatened

Large, old trees are in rapid decline and need to be protected says a new study in the journal Science.

Cretaceous ecosystems vulnerable before asteroid impact

The mass extinction that saw the end of the dinosaurs was made worse than it might have been by the structure of the ecosystems of the time.

Analyst: Amazon makes over $130 per Kindle Fire 

I think most of us knew that Amazon's Kindle Fire would would be a resounding success when it hit the market. 

Nanoparticles lethal to Arctic ecosystem

Queen’s University researchers have discovered that nanoparticles - now found in everything from socks to suntan lotion - may be causing irreparable harm to soil systems and the environment.

PC gaming is back, baby!

The PC Gaming Alliance wants you to know the industry spotlight has shifted from consoles back to where it belongs: on rigs.

US Cybersecurity Czar wants online "identity cards"

US Cybersecurity Czar Howard Schmidt has proposed the creation of an online "identity ecosystem" to secure financial transactions in cyberspace.

Adobe criticizes Apple's notoriously closed ecosystem

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has accused Apple of creating and enforcing a closed ecosystem during his keynote speech at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.