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Study links fracking wastewater to massive 2011 Oklahoma quake

A study published Tuesday in the scientific journal Geology links the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that hit Oklahoma in November 2011 to natural gas drilling operations nearby that were using an extraction technique called fracking, which requires massive quantities of wastewater be injected into underground reservoirs. The quake struck between Tulsa…

Manufacturer faces lawsuits after surgery robot arm breaks off in patient’s butt

Surgeons in Aalst, Belgium were startled when part of the robot arm of a da Vinci surgery robot broke off inside a patient who was undergoing prostate surgery in 2007. According to New Scientist magazine, that incident and others have sparked a rash of lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the…

Chameleons migrated from Africa to Madagascar by sea 65 million years ago: new study

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published on Wednesday that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. Chameleons are famous for the extraordinary ability of some species to change colour, and for a lightning-fast talent to catch…

Philippines turns trash into ‘clean energy’ windfall

Teresita Mabignay does her ironing using free of electricity on the slope of a garbage dump, an unlikely beneficiary of efforts to turn the Philippines’ growing rubbish problems into a clean-energy windfall. Mabignay lives at the base of one of Manila’s largest landfills, which was the first in the country…

Scientists study world’s largest creature by tracking its song

An Australian-led group of scientists has for the first time tracked down and tagged Antarctic blue whales by using acoustic technology to follow its songs, the government said Wednesday. The blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, is rarely spotted in the Southern Ocean but a group of intrepid…

Two-headed bull shark discovered in Gulf of Mexico

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‘Catastrophic’ 2012 rain means Britain’s butterfly populations drop

Britain’s butterflies suffered a “catastrophic” year in 2012 with almost all species declining as a result of torrential rains, according to a study published on Tuesday. Of the 56 species studied by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, 52 saw a drop in numbers as Britain’s second-wettest year on record left…

SpaceX capsule leaves International Space Station after completing resupply mission

An unmanned, privately-owned US space capsule which had delivered supplies to the International Space Station undocked from the orbiting outpost on Tuesday to start heading home, NASA said. The manoeuvre with a robot arm handled by crew aboard the space station ended a mission of just over three weeks for…

Studies suggest ‘speed of light’ in a vacuum is not a fixed universal constant

Researchers say that the speed of light in a vacuum, long thought to be a universal constant, may actually…  …

Aerospace lobby hopes to renew NASA with crowd-funded ad campaign

The aerospace lobby has launched a new crowd-funded advertisement campaign to raise awareness about NASA’s space exploration programs. Daniel N. Stohr, the director of communications for the Aerospace Industries Association, told Raw Story on Monday that the campaign was aimed at increasing investments in the space program. “Raising awareness of…

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