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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»

Photo: Arctic sea ice 'lowest in recorded history' Arctic sea ice 'lowest in recorded history'
AFP - Thu Aug 9, 2007
WASHINGTON - Sea ice in the northern hemisphere has plunged to the lowest levels ever measured, US polar specialists said, adding they expect the record low to be "annihilated" by summer's end. More»

Photo: 2007 seeing record extreme weather 2007 seeing record extreme weather
MSNBC - Mon Aug 6, 2007
GENEVA - The world experienced a series of record-breaking weather events in early 2007, from flooding in Asia to heat waves in Europe and snowfall in South Africa, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday. More»

Scientists reveal secret of levitation
AFP - Mon Aug 6, 2007
LONDON - Scientists have discovered a ground-breaking way of levitating ultra small objects, which may revolutionise the design of micro-machines, a new report says. More»

Call it the global warming sweepstakes
Christian Science Monitor - Mon Jul 30, 2007
As milder temperatures make exploration of the Arctic sea floor possible for the first time, Russia's biggest-ever research expedition to the region is steaming toward the immense scientific prestige of being the first to explore the seabed of the world's crown. More»

Photo: Three-million-year old mammal remains found in Greece Three-million-year old mammal remains found in Greece
AFP - Mon Jul 23, 2007
THESSALONIKI, Greece - A group of paleontologists have discovered the tusks and petrified remains of a mastodon, or large mammoth-like mammal, that lived some three million years ago, the head of the team told AFP Monday. More»

Photo: Riches await as Earth's icy north melts Riches await as Earth's icy north melts
Associated Press - Fri Mar 30, 2007
HAMMERFEST, Norway - Barren and uninhabited, Hans Island is very hard to find on a map. More»

Photo: Hexagon Cloud Spotted on Saturn Hexagon Cloud Spotted on Saturn
Space.com - Tue Mar 27, 2007
One of the most bizarre weather patterns in the solar system has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge, six-sided feature circling the north pole. More»

Crystals 'helped Viking sailors'
BBC - Wed Feb 7, 2007
Vikings may have used a special crystal called a sunstone to help navigate the seas even when the sun was obscured by fog or cloud, a study has suggested. More»

Photo: Study suggests water may be flowing on Mars Study suggests water may be flowing on Mars
San Diego Union Tribune - Wed Dec 6, 2006
SAN DIEGO - Scientists have found what could be water flowing on Mars - now, not in the planet's distant past. More»

Photo: Searching for 'our alien origins' Searching for 'our alien origins'
BBC - Sat Nov 18, 2006
In July 2001, a mysterious red rain started falling over a large area of southern India. More»

Europe Space Probe Reframes Mars 'face'
Associated Press - Sun Sep 24, 2006
BERLIN -- For decades, photos of a huge, face-shaped rock formation on Mars sparked thoughts of intelligent life - or even a statue of Elvis on the Red Planet. More»

Photo: Global Temperature Highest in Millennia Global Temperature Highest in Millennia
Associated Press - Sun Sep 24, 2006
WASHINGTON - The planet's temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More»

Hearing voices: Some people like it
MSNBC - Sun Sep 17, 2006
For some people, hearing voices in their heads is a positive experience, not a sign of mental illness or cause for distress. More»

Photo: Doctor leads time travel research Doctor leads time travel research
BBC - Tue Sep 5, 2006
Experiments aimed at unlocking secrets of time travel are being led by Aberdeen University. More»

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