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NASA spacecraft to crash into Mercury

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA’s pioneering Messenger spacecraft is expected to end its four-year study of the planet Mercury on Thursday by crashing into the planet’s surface, scientists said. Out of fuel to maneuver, Messenger is … Continue reading

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Study: Global warming to push 1 in 13 species to extinction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects. It won’t quite be as bad in North America, where only 1 in 20 species will be killed … Continue reading

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Scientists breed Arctic fish as they study ocean warming

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A silvery fish that represents an important link in the Arctic food chain has been successfully grown in laboratory conditions, giving federal researchers a tool to learn more about the key but vulnerable species. Arctic cod … Continue reading

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Limiting global warming to 2 degrees "inadequate", scientists say

By Laurie Goering LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Holding global warming to a 2-degree Celsius temperature rise – the cornerstone of an expected new global climate agreement in December – will fail to prevent many of climate change’s worst impacts, … Continue reading

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Tide turns against Scots power inventor

“Then Professor Anne Glover [former chief scientific adviser to the Scottish Government] announced these new conditions, making it impossible for somebody like me to enter the competition. “To actually manufacture a full-size generator and acquire a site for it to … Continue reading

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Auditors: National Science Foundation suspends UConn grants

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The National Science Foundation has frozen more than $2 million in grants to the University of Connecticut after a foundation investigation found two professors used grant money to buy products from their own company, Connecticut state … Continue reading

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Rocky Planets May Have Formed from Tiny Particle Clusters

Clumps of small, glassy particles may be responsible for the formation of giant asteroids and the planetary “embryos” that collided to form rocky planets like Earth, a new study suggests. Asteroid fragments that fall to Earth as meteorites often contain … Continue reading

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Five Mercury Craters Named to Celebrate End of NASA’s MESSENGER Mission

Just hours before NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft was expected to crash onto the surface of Mercury, ending the probe’s four-year observation of the rocky planet, the winners of a contest to name five new craters on Mercury were announced. The five … Continue reading

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Penguins Use Poop to Melt Ice, Make Baby Nurseries (Video)

Gentoo penguins have given the term nesting a whole new meaning. The penguins poop on their frozen landscape in the Antarctic to melt it, creating the ideal location to rear their young when the time comes, new video footage suggests. … Continue reading

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An endless supply of solar energy – Aride becomes self-sustainable with …

(Seychelles News Agency) – The most northerly granitic island of the Seychelles archipelago, Aride, did not interest the first explorers of the Indian Ocean Islands due to the fact that it was dismissed merely as a ‘pile of rocks’ featuring … Continue reading

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