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US launches spy satellite, seeks alternative to Russian rocket engine
​The US has launched a military satellite into orbit using an Atlas 5 rocket with a Russian-made engine. Following warnings that non-civilian launches may force Russia to ban delivery, the US Senate approved $100mn in funding to create a US equivalent.

23.05.2014 03:33

Chelyabinsk meteor origins found in outer space collision
Russian scientists and their Japanese colleagues have determined that the Chelyabinsk meteor that entered Earth's atmosphere almost 60 times the speed of sound and exploded above the Russian city back in February 2013 was formed by a space collision.

23.05.2014 00:07

NASA creates Earth's 'Global Selfie' zoom-in mosaic from 32,000 pictures
NASA released a mosaic image of our planet on Tuesday, made up of 36,000 individual photographs that were taken on Earth Day and posted on social media with the #GlobalSelfie hashtag.

22.05.2014 19:42

Overmedicated from the cradle: More than 10k US toddlers prescribed drugs for ADHD
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that doctors are prescribing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication to more than 10,000 American toddlers between the ages of two and three.

22.05.2014 19:55

Top US astronomers: Alien life to be discovered within 20 years
Two of the United States’ top astronomers appeared before Congress this week, telling lawmakers that the chance of discovering life on other planets is nearly inevitable, and that it may happen within two decades.

22.05.2014 17:32

Oregon counties ban cultivation of GMO crops
Despite the flood of corporate money poured into two small Oregon counties, local residents voted on Tuesday to ban genetically engineered crops from being planted within their borders.

21.05.2014 15:26

Texas communities poised to run out of water within 3 months
Dozens of Texas communities are feeling the effects of a water shortage that could render them without water within three months, a situation that would not only make residents thirsty but also hurt the economy.

20.05.2014 20:10

Coffee prices skyrocket as fungus kills high-end beans
If you’ve noticed the cost of a cup of coffee at your local shop has been inching up lately, it’s because a fungus has decimated Central America’s Arabica bean crop. Now the US is stepping in to try to eliminate the deadly coffee rust fungus.

19.05.2014 18:44

Scientists find way to turn light into matter
Researchers in London have found a way to make matter from light, using high powered lasers. The idea behind the theory was first thought up 80 years ago by two physicists, who were to work later on creating the world’s first atomic bomb.

19.05.2014 13:02

‘Diamond’ planets more common than thought before, scientists say
Carbon-rich planets containing big deposits of diamonds and graphite could turn out to be more common than previously thought, Yale astronomers discovered. The findings trigger a debate on how the carbon environments impact climate, geology and life.

18.05.2014 11:33

‘14 elephants in weight’: Remains of giant dinosaur found in Argentina
Scientists in Argentina say they have found the remains of what could be the largest dinosaur ever to have walked the planet. By analyzing the fossils, they say it could have been 40 meters in length and weighed 77 tons – as much as 14 elephants.

17.05.2014 13:06

Pentagon plans multi-billion dollar project to combat space junk
Later this month the US Pentagon plans to award a massive contract to one of the two most influential American contractors for a project that, if all goes according to plan, will be able to identify space debris before it becomes a threat to the Earth.

17.05.2014 01:48