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December 28, 2013
Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls
Sydney (AFP) Dec 28, 2013
A Chinese icebreaker has failed to break through thick ice to free a ship carrying scientists and tourists stranded off Antarctica, forcing Australian authorities to look at other rescue options Saturday. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which is coordinating the rescue of the Russian passenger ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, said the icebreaker came within six-and-a-half nautical miles of the ship but had to stop. "The Chinese vessel unfortunately encountered some heavy ice that it ... read more
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No regrets say Greenpeace Arctic activists after UK return
Five British Greenpeace activists arrived home in defiant mood on Friday after Russia granted them an amnesty to halt their prosecution for protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic. ... more

China formally abolishes labour camps: state media
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Iran vows to restore glory of quake-hit Bam citadel
A senior Iranian official said Thursday that the ancient citadel of Bam, destroyed by an earthquake a decade ago, will again be a major tourist attraction by 2016, media reported. ... more
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British PM confronted by angry flood victim
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China eases one-child policy, abolishes labour camps
China's top legislative committee formally approved a loosening of the country's hugely controversial one-child policy on Saturday and abolished "re-education through labour" camps, state media reported. ... more
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Extinction risk prompts ban on fishing for caviar-producing sturgeon
Russia and other countries bordering the Caspian Sea say they've agreed to stop fishing black-caviar-producing sturgeon because the fish is close to extinction. ... more

Brazil vows better flood alert systems
President Dilma Rousseff on Friday vowed to improve warning systems after touring flood-hit areas of southeast Brazil where 40 people have died following torrential rains. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
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Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments

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'Be different or die' does not drive evolution
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Brain connections may explain why girls mature faster
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Telecoupling science shows China's forest sustainability packs global impact
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Corn pest decline may save farmers money
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Balloons and drones and clouds

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Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions: Rouhani

Chinese scientists aim to launch more quantum satellites

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Laser Demonstration Reveals Bright Future for Space Communication

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Scientific data lost at alarming rate

Deepwater Horizon NRDA study shows possible oil impact on dolphins

Saving Fiji's coral reefs linked to forest conservation upstream

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