Discovery launches news Web site will feature science, technology content

Discovery Communications has decided to take its longstanding news channel on and let it stand on its own.

The media company has launched, a new stand-alone Web site focused on science- and technology-related news. The site features sections on Earth, space, tech, animals, dinosaurs, archaeology, human and history, along with a collection of expert columns and commentary on space, technology and Earth. Plus, the multimedia site will showcase content from corporate sibling

In conjunction with the site launch, Discovery has also rolled out a new Discovery News app for the iPhone and iTouch devices. That app will cost consumers 99 cents.

With the launch, Discovery is looking to build on its heritage in the area of popular science and technology. But it faces stiff competition as big media companies such as NBC Universal's and CNN cover technology news extensively, as do a large collection of bloggers.

On the science front, appears to be competing with networks such as TechMediaNetwork, which manages properties such as, and -- both of which regularly reach more than 1 million unique users each month.