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World's sixth mass extinction may be underway: study

Richard Ingham and Laurent Banguet Yahoo! News 03/05/2011
NASA research satellite plunges into the sea

For the second time in two years, a rocket glitch sent a NASA global warming satellite to the bottom of the sea Friday, a $424 million debacle that couldn't have come at a worse time for the space agency and its efforts to understand climate change.

World's sixth mass extinction may be underway: study

Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth's history, according to a paper released by the science journal Nature.

Launch of US Air Force's Secret X-37B Space Plane Delayed a Day by Bad Weather

Bad weather in Florida thwarted the U.S. Air Force's attempts to launch its latest secret X-37B space plane Friday (March 4), forcing a one-day delay for the robotic reusable mini-shuttle.

Secretive X-37B space plane set for 2nd launch...

The U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane is poised to launch on its second mission Friday (March 4), though what exactly it will be doing once it leaves the ground remains a mystery.

Global warming means more snowstorms: scientists

Climate change is not only making the planet warmer, it is also making snowstorms stronger and more frequent, US scientists said on Tuesday.

Tiny spy planes could mimic birds, insects

You'll never look at hummingbirds the same again. The Pentagon has poured millions of dollars into the development of tiny drones inspired by biology, each equipped with video and audio equipment that can record sights and sounds.

Robotics shutdown briefly strands astronaut

MARCIA DUNN Yahoo! News 03/01/2011
The Atlas, a human-like droid, will be able to walk through rough terrain, crawl and use its hands.

A Massachusetts engineering firm known for creating futuristic military robots has received multimillion dollar contracts to develop two more battlefield bots for the Department of Defense.

Robotics shutdown briefly strands astronaut

A robotic system shutdown interrupted Monday's spacewalk outside the International Space Station, leaving an astronaut stuck with an 800-pound pump in his hands for nearly a half-hour.

Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years

Charles Q. Choi National Geographic 02/28/2011
Activists fight plan to deport Moscow's stray dogs

Scroungy and street smart, Moscow's 26,000 stray dogs roam the Russian capital, bedding down in subway stations and even learning to ride the trains. But some are aggressive, traveling in packs and attacking people.

Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years

Even a regional nuclear war could spark "unprecedented" global cooling and reduce rainfall for years, according to U.S. government computer models. Widespread famine and disease would likely follow, experts speculate.

Christchurch earthquake: 150 feared dead on New Zealand's 'darkest day' [PHOTO]

Paul Chapman, in Wellington, Bonnie Malkin and Andrew Hough Telegraph 02/24/2011
Throngs view space shuttle Discovery's last launch

Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, thundered into orbit for the final time Thursday, heading toward the International Space Station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.

Christchurch earthquake: 150 feared dead on New Zealand's 'darkest day' [PHOTO]

More than 150 are feared dead after a major earthquake hit Christchurch, one of New Zealand's biggest cities, in what the prime minister described "New Zealand's darkest day".

Deadly quake rocks New Zealand, topples buildings [VIDEO]

A strong quake killed and trapped people beneath rubble and sparked fires and toppled buildings in New Zealand's second-biggest city of Christchurch on Tuesday.

Get ready for a 'global Katrina': Biggest ever solar storm could cause power cuts which last for MONTHS

The world is overdue a ferocious 'space storm' that could knock out communications satellites, ground aircraft and trigger blackouts - causing hundreds of billions of pounds of damage, scientists say.

Japan unearths site linked to human experiments

Justin McCurry The Guardian 02/22/2011

Trying brain pacemakers to zap psychiatric disease

LAURAN NEERGAARD Yahoo! News 02/22/2011
Toyo Ishii, a former military nurse, broke her 60-year silence about Unit 731 in 2006.

Authorities in Japan have begun excavating the former site of a medical school that may contain the remains of victims of the country's wartime biological warfare programme.

Trying brain pacemakers to zap psychiatric disease

Call them brain pacemakers, tiny implants that hold promise for fighting tough psychiatric diseases — if scientists can figure out just where in all that gray matter to put them.

Hong Kong air pollution claims 1860 lives a year, experts say

Worsening air pollution in Hong Kong is causing 1,860 extra deaths a year and costing the city 2.5 billion US dollars in health costs and lost earnings, experts said Monday.

Huge solar flare said to jam China communications

The strongest solar flare in four years disrupted radio communications in southern China, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

South Korea chaos after 'heaviest' snowfall in more than century

The heaviest snowfall in more than a century on South Korea's east coast is causing widespread chaos.


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