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December 30, 2013
Anxious wait for stranded Antarctic ship
Sydney (AFP) Dec 29, 2013
Passengers on a Russian research ship trapped in thick Antarctic ice faced an uncertain wait Sunday for one last icebreaking attempt with no guarantees of success. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been marooned by heavy ice since Tuesday about 100 nautical miles east of the French Antarctic base Dumont d'Urville, with two icebreaking ships so far failing in attempts to reach it. China's Snow Dragon came tantalisingly close on Saturday, getting to within six-and-a-half nautical miles of the passen ... read more
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Final amnestied foreign Greenpeace activist leaves Russia
The last of the 26 foreign Greenpeace activists who were detained after an Arctic protest left Russia on Sunday, the group announced, finally ending a saga that had caused global concern. ... more

5,000 polar bears expected to be born around New Year's
The World Wildlife Fund for Nature says about 5,000 polar bears are expected to be born in the Arctic around New Year's. ... more

Genetic discovery points the way to much bigger yields in tomato, other flowering food plants
Every gardener knows the look of a ripe tomato. That bright red color, that warm earthy smell, and the sweet juicy flavor are hard to resist. But commercial tomato plants have a very different look ... more
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500 local Chinese lawmakers resign in fraud scandal
More than 500 municipal lawmakers in one Chinese province have stood down following an electoral fraud scandal, as Beijing ramps up its sweeping anti-corruption crackdown, state media reported Saturday. ... more


Debate erupts over plans to harvest burned timber in California
A proposal to salvage burned timber from a massive fire on 257,000 acres in California, including portions of Yosemite National Park, has ignited a debate. ... more
The Year In Space

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

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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
A diamond as the steppingstone to new materials, using plasma physics technology

Columbia engineers create artificial graphene in a nanofabricated semiconductor structure

Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'

Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound

U.S. solar power group says it sees headwinds ahead

Bruce Power Contracts Major Industry Suppliers for Steam Generator Replacement Project

Oil-rich Alberta sees momentum for wind energy


Hundreds of corpses unburied after Philippine typhoon
More than a thousand dead victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan lay unburied Saturday, seven weeks after the region was battered by the Philippines' deadliest storm, residents living alongside the stench said. ... more

Hong Kong in quest for youth as ageing population looms
Schools replaced by care homes and a once-vibrant economy dulled by one of Asia's oldest populations: experts fear this is the Hong Kong of the not-too-distant future. ... more

What Does Compassion Sound Like?
"Good to see you. I'm sorry. It sounds like you've had a tough, tough, week." Spoken by a doctor to a cancer patient, that statement is an example of compassionate behavior observed by a University ... more
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The fate of the eels
Smoked, fried or boiled - the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) has always been a popular fish in Europe. Even though people have consumed it for millennia, the origin of the eel has long been shroud ... more

Lightning kills eight church goers in Malawi
A lightning strike killed eight worshippers including a child at a church in Malawi's capital Lilongwe on Saturday, a health ministry official said. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels: US

Lockheed Martin successfully fired their new anti-ship missile

First GPS 3 satellite receives commands from new OCX ground control segment

EU launches defence pact it calls 'bad news for enemies'

China, S. Korea eye warmer ties following tensions

Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call

Boeing to support Air Force's minuteman program


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

British PM confronted by angry flood victim
Prime Minister David Cameron was on Friday confronted by an angry victim of the floods and storms that have blighted Christmas celebrations for thousands of people in Britain. ... 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
Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone

Defiant Philippine typhoon survivors welcome Christmas

Iran vows to restore glory of quake-hit Bam citadel

Laser Demonstration Reveals Bright Future for Space Communication

Scientific data lost at alarming rate

Europe's Gaia telescope detaches from Fregat-MT upper stage

Deepwater Horizon NRDA study shows possible oil impact on dolphins

Saving Fiji's coral reefs linked to forest conservation upstream

Drought and climate change: An uncertain future?

China to build two new Antarctic bases: state media

No regrets say Greenpeace Arctic activists after UK return

5,000 polar bears expected to be born around New Year's


Texting may be good for your health
New University of Michigan research says that a simple tool right in your back pocket may help decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes: Text messages on your phone. An overwhelming majority of ... more

Modern caterpillars feed at higher temperatures in response to climate change
Caterpillars of two species of butterflies in Colorado and California have evolved to feed rapidly at higher and at a broader range of temperatures in the past 40 years, suggesting that they are evo ... more

Walking the Walk: What Sharks, Honeybees and Humans Have in Common
A mathematical pattern of movement called a Levy walk describes the foraging behavior of animals from sharks to honey bees, and now for the first time has been shown to describe human hunter-gathere ... more

'Be different or die' does not drive evolution
A new study has found that species living together are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin's Origin of Species. ... more
Space News from
In first, SpaceX launches recycled rocket and spaceship

Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system

NASA uses AI to uncover eighth planet circling distant star

Lockheed Martin and NEC to Enhance Satellites, Space Travel with Artificial Intelligence

No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers

RS-25 Engine Test is Giant Step for 3-D Printing

NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest to Date


Brain connections may explain why girls mature faster


Telecoupling science shows China's forest sustainability packs global impact


Some plants may not adapt quickly to future climate change


Corn pest decline may save farmers money


Greenland ice stores liquid water year-round


Study offers clues to how plants evolved to cope with cold


Scientists anticipated size and location of 2012 Costa Rica earthquake


DNA of storied plant provides insight into the evolution of flowering plants


Quiet end and uncertain future for expelled Chinese professor


Indonesian volcano may erupt again, keep evacuees from returning home

No regrets say Greenpeace Arctic activists after UK return

Pussy Riot says wants Putin out, Khodorkovsky in power

Volcanic formation conjoins existing Japan island

Hong Kong reports first H7N9 death

At least 44 dead in Brazil's flooding and landslides

China marks Mao's birth with noodles and red songs

China icebreaker heads to science ship trapped off Antarctica

The first cancer operation room with a navigator is created

Deciphering the secret of the sugar beet

A decade on, Iran's quake-hit Bam eyes new era

Researcher says extensive use of antibiotics in agriculture creating public health crisis

Evolutionary timetree reveals traits that permit survival in cold climates

Disaster warning systems could prevent another Tsunami devastation event

Russia closes first case against Greenpeace activists

Defiant Philippine typhoon survivors welcome Christmas

Vaccine fears in China after hepatitis B scare

Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone

Indonesia builds sanctuary to save world's rarest rhino

Batteries as they are meant to be seen

Fighting rages in S.Sudan oil regions, 'progress' for peace mission

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