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Photo: Mars Lander Exposes More Ice Mars Lander Exposes More Ice
Space.com - Tue Jul 15, 2008
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander used its robotic arm to expose more of the hard icy layer just below the Martian surface so that it can more easily gather a sample of the material for analysis. More»

Bad Training Caused Mishandling Of Plutonium Spill
KMGH-TV - Sat Jul 12, 2008
DENVER - An internal investigation found that sloppy safety procedures and poor training and response contributed to the mishandling of a plutonium spill at the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology lab last month. More»

Photo: 100 years on, mystery shrouds massive 'cosmic impact' in Russia 100 years on, mystery shrouds massive 'cosmic impact' in Russia
Associated Press - Sat Jun 28, 2008
A hundred years ago this week, a gigantic explosion ripped open the dawn sky above the swampy taiga forest of western Siberia, leaving a scientific riddle that endures to this day. More»

Photo: Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher
Associated Press - Sat Jun 28, 2008
MEYRIN, Switzerland - The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August. More»

North Pole Could be Ice-Free This Summer
Live Science - Thu Jun 26, 2008
Arctic sea ice could break apart completely at the North Pole this year, allowing ships to sail over the normally frozen top of the world. More»

NASA's own watchdog: Agency misled on global warming
Associated Press - Sun Jun 1, 2008
NASA's press office "marginalized or mischaracterized" studies on global warming between 2004 and 2006, the agency's own internal watchdog concluded. More»

Photo: Phoenix Mars Lander has short-circuit problem Phoenix Mars Lander has short-circuit problem
Associated Press - Thu May 29, 2008
MARS - Scientists for the Phoenix Mars Lander are wrestling with an intermittent short circuit on the spacecraft. More»

NASA pioneer Ernst Stuhlinger dies at 94
Associated Press - Mon May 26, 2008
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Ernst Stuhlinger, one of the last surviving German rocket scientists who came to America after World War II and formed the engineering foundation of the nation's space program, has died. More»

To predict quakes, listen to the animals, China survivors say
AFP - Sat May 24, 2008
TANGSHAN, China - Well before this city was destroyed by an earthquake 32 years ago, the coming disaster was loudly preceded by strange animal behaviour and other bizarre signals that survivors wish they heeded. More»

Photo: Astronomers mystified by 'weird' star Astronomers mystified by 'weird' star
AFP - Thu May 15, 2008
Astronomers are puzzled by the discovery of a pulsar with an unusual orbit never before seen in similar fast-spinning neutron stars that beam regular pulses of radio waves. More»

Photo: Phoenix Spacecraft on Track for Mars Landing Phoenix Spacecraft on Track for Mars Landing
Space.com - Mon May 12, 2008
WASHINGTON - With just 12 days to go until its Mars arrival, NASA's Phoenix lander is functioning well and on course to be the first mission to land in the frigid, arctic regions of the red planet, NASA officials said today. More»

Overlooked in the global food crisis: A problem with dirt
Associated Press - Sat May 10, 2008
Science has provided the souped-up seeds to feed the world, through biotechnology and old-fashioned crossbreeding -- now the problem is the dirt they're planted in. More»

Photo: Chile volcano erupts, villages evacuated Chile volcano erupts, villages evacuated
Associated Press - Thu May 1, 2008
SANTIAGO, Chile - Authorities evacuated hundreds of people from villages in southern Chile Friday after a snowcapped volcano considered dormant for thousands of years erupted. More»

Earth's Hum Sounds More Mysterious Than Ever
Live Science - Wed Apr 16, 2008
Earth gives off a relentless hum of countless notes completely imperceptible to the human ear, like a giant, exceptionally quiet symphony, but the origin of this sound remains a mystery. More»

Photo: Kilauea volcano explodes again Kilauea volcano explodes again
Associated Press - Thu Apr 10, 2008
HAWAII - Kilauea Volcano has exploded again. More»

Photo: Western Antarctic ice chunk collapses Western Antarctic ice chunk collapses
Associated Press - Mon Mar 24, 2008
A chunk of Antarctic ice about seven times the size of Manhattan suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk, scientists said Tuesday. More»

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»

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