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Greatest experiment ever in particle physics nears countdown
AFP - Sun Mar 23, 2008
GENEVA - In a vast circular underground tunnel below the French-Swiss border, the final pieces of a gigantic machine are being set in place for an extraordinary investigation into the infinitely small at CERN: Europe's atom-smashing laboratory. More»

Photo: Saturn moon, Rhea, may have rings Saturn moon, Rhea, may have rings
Associated Press - Wed Mar 5, 2008
PASADENA, California - New observations by a spacecraft suggest Saturn's second-largest moon may be surrounded by rings. More»

Photo: Earth's Clouds Alive With Bacteria Earth's Clouds Alive With Bacteria
Live Science - Fri Feb 29, 2008
Clouds are alive with tiny bacteria that grab up water vapor in the atmosphere to make cloud droplets, especially at warmer temperatures, a new study shows. More»

Photo: The catastrophic flood that cooled the Earth The catastrophic flood that cooled the Earth
AFP - Sun Feb 24, 2008
Canadian geologists say they can shed light on how a vast lake, trapped under the ice sheet that once smothered much of North America, drained into the sea, an event that cooled Earth's climate for hundreds of years. More»

Navy Tests Incredible Sci-Fi Weapon
Live Science - Sun Feb 3, 2008
The US Navy yesterday test fired an incredibly powerful new big gun designed to replace conventional weaponry aboard ships. More»

Alien Impact Poisons Canadian Town
Discovery News - Sat Jan 26, 2008
Well water of the tiny Canadian town of Gypsumville, Manitoba (population 65) has been poisoned by an extraterrestrial. More»

Photo: Disabled spy satellite threatens Earth Disabled spy satellite threatens Earth
Associated Press - Sat Jan 26, 2008
A large US spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or early March, government officials said Saturday. More»

Photo: Female Figure on Mars "Just a Rock" Female Figure on Mars "Just a Rock"
Space.com - Fri Jan 25, 2008
The idea that there may be life on Mars has been around for centuries, but the theory got a dubious boost from recently released photos of the surface of Mars (taken by the NASA robot Spirit) apparently showing a human-like figure. More»

Asteroid will swing by, but won't stop
Associated Press - Wed Jan 23, 2008
An asteroid at least 500 feet long will make a rare close pass by Earth next week, but there is no chance of an impact, scientists reported Thursday. More»

Photo: Mount St. Helens rumbles once again Mount St. Helens rumbles once again
Associated Press - Sat Jan 19, 2008
VANCOUVER, Washington - Steam seeping from a fracture atop the lava dome in Mount St Helens' crater and the mountain's first noteworthy seismic activity since 2004 have caught scientists' attention this week as signs that something is moving inside it. More»

Photo: Northern Lights flow on celestial magnetic ropes Northern Lights flow on celestial magnetic ropes
AFP - Mon Dec 10, 2007
NASA satellites have uncovered giant magnetic ropes linking the Earth's atmosphere to the Sun which channel solar energy to create spectacular Northern Lights shows, a study said Tuesday. More»

Photo: Volcano spews steam and ash in Mexico Volcano spews steam and ash in Mexico
AFP - Sat Dec 1, 2007
PUEBLA, Mexico - Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spewed ash and steam on Saturday in a giant plume stretching some 3,000 meters (two miles) high, authorities said. More»

Photo: Venus has frequent bursts of lightning Venus has frequent bursts of lightning
Associated Press - Wed Nov 28, 2007
Nearby Venus is looking a bit more Earth-like with frequent bursts of lightning confirmed by a new European space probe. More»

Powerful earthquake hits Caribbean
Associated Press - Wed Nov 28, 2007
ROSEAU, Dominica - A powerful earthquake rocked the eastern Caribbean Thursday, sending office workers and shoppers on several islands fleeing into the streets. More»

What's in Your Genes? Ancient Parasites
Live Science - Sat Nov 17, 2007
You may not know it, but you're part virus. More»

UN panel gives dire warming forecast
Associated Press - Fri Nov 16, 2007
VALENCIA, Spain - The Earth is hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace, a Nobel-winning UN scientific panel said in a landmark report released Saturday, warning of inevitable human suffering and the threat of extinction for some species. More»

Photo: New technique creates cheap, abundant hydrogen New technique creates cheap, abundant hydrogen
AFP - Mon Nov 12, 2007
CHICAGO - US researchers have developed a method of producing hydrogen gas from biodegradable organic material, potentially providing an abundant source of this clean-burning fuel, according to a study released Monday. More»

Photo: Indonesian volcano roaring to life Indonesian volcano roaring to life
Associated Press - Fri Nov 9, 2007
ANAK KRAKATAU, Indonesia - Sending a boom across the bay, the offspring of the fabled Krakatau volcano unleashes another mighty eruption, blasting smoke and red-hot rocks hundreds of feet into the sky. More»

Ground said rising at Yellowstone Park
Associated Press - Wed Nov 7, 2007
Yellowstone National Park, once the site of a giant volcano, has begun swelling up, possibly because molten rock is accumulating beneath the surface, scientists report. More»

Are we missing a dimension of time?
Telegraph UK - Tue Oct 9, 2007
A scientist has put forward the bizarre suggestion that there are two dimensions of time, not the one that we are all familiar with, and even proposed a way to test his heretical idea next year. More»

Photo: Group renames asteroid for George Takei Group renames asteroid for George Takei
Associated Press - Mon Oct 1, 2007
A piece of outer space named for George Takei is in kind of a rough neighborhood for somebody who steers a starship: an asteroid belt. More»

Photo: Parallel universe proof boosts time travel hopes Parallel universe proof boosts time travel hopes
Telegraph UK - Thu Sep 20, 2007
Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists that sweeps away one of the key objections to the mind boggling and controversial idea. More»

Photo: Experts confirm meteorite crash in Peru Experts confirm meteorite crash in Peru
Associated Press - Tue Sep 18, 2007
LIMA, Peru - A fiery meteorite crashed into southern Peru over the weekend, experts confirmed on Wednesday. More»

Photo: Arctic ice melt opens Northwest Passage Arctic ice melt opens Northwest Passage
Associated Press - Sun Sep 16, 2007
PARIS - Arctic ice has shrunk to the lowest level on record, new satellite images show, raising the possibility that the Northwest Passage that eluded famous explorers will become an open shipping lane. More»

Photo: Mysterious Solar Ripples Detected Mysterious Solar Ripples Detected
Space.com - Sun Sep 2, 2007
Mysterious waves that help transport the sun's energy out into space have been detected by scientists for the first time. More»

Photo: Mounting Mysteries at Saturn Keep Scientists Guessing Mounting Mysteries at Saturn Keep Scientists Guessing
Space.com - Sun Aug 26, 2007
Humanity has known of Saturn since prehistory, but enigmas about this ringed world still abound-from new mysteries concerning a baffling hexagon of clouds on the planet to perennial puzzles concerning its famous rings. More»

Photo: The "Wow" Mystery Turns 30 The "Wow" Mystery Turns 30
MSNBC - Tue Aug 21, 2007
Exactly 30 years ago today, astronomer Jerry Ehman was looking over a printout of radio data from Ohio State University's Big Ear Radio Observatory when he saw a string of code so remarkable that he had to circle it and scribble "Wow!" in the margin. More»

Photo: Space Dust: It's Alive and It's ... Us? Space Dust: It's Alive and It's ... Us?
Wired - Fri Aug 17, 2007
That life should be carbon-based is a pretty dated assumption. More»

Photo: Scientist's arrest stirs concern Scientist's arrest stirs concern
Associated Press - Fri Aug 10, 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Dutch scientist Marc van Roosmalen's success at combing the Amazon for new monkey species has earned him international acclaim and recognition as one of the world's leading biologists. More»

Photo: Meteor shower peaks this weekend Meteor shower peaks this weekend
Associated Press - Thu Aug 9, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Summer's annual meteor shower promises to put on a dazzling show when it peaks this weekend - provided you're far from city lights. More»

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