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Cost of world’s first super telescope jumps to $530 million

The estimated cost of the first construction phase of the world’s largest radio telescope has jumped to 400 million euros ($530 million), the project’s director general said Tuesday. The increase of 50 million euros takes six years of accumulated inflation into account, and the figure could escalate further once additional…

The Sea Shepherd takes battle with Japanese whalers to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Sea Shepherd conservation group asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to lift an order forcing it to steer clear of Japan’s whalers, who are seeking legal reprisals over harassment at sea. Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has annually disrupted Japan’s contested hunt in the Southern Ocean but a US…

2.2 gallon a day Coca-Cola habit a factor in woman’s death: coroner

A New Zealand woman’s 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit was a major factor in her death, a coroner found Tuesday, urging the soft drink giant to put health warnings on its caffeinated products. Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from Invercargill in southern New Zealand, drank huge…

Objectification suppresses women’s desire to engage in social activism, study finds

A new study has shown that objectification can make college-aged women more accepting of the status quo and less likely to engage in social activism, potentially contributing to gender inequality. “My research focused on self-objectification, which is a self-perspective that many women adopt as a primary consequence of regular encounters…

IBM tasks supercomputer Watson with fighting cancer

IBM is putting its Watson supercomputer to work fighting cancer, in what is described as the first commercial program of its kind to use “big data” to help patients with the disease. The US computing giant last week unveiled its initiative with health insurer WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center…

NASA launches largest Earth observation satellite to date

The United States launched its latest Earth observation satellite Monday atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA said. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite was the latest in a line of satellites used to continuously gather imagery from space of the Earth’s land surface,…

Wind power expanded by nearly 20 percent globally in 2012

A relative slowdown in new wind turbine construction in China was offset by big increases in the US, followed by Germany, India and the UK – though renewable energy as a whole has fallen Wind power expanded by almost 20% in 2012 around the world to reach a new peak…

Explorers complete Shackleton’s epic Antarctic journey a century later

A team of exhausted but elated explorers successfully recreated Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic survival journey, completing a three-day climb across mountains despite a treacherous blizzard. Expedition leader Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray reached the old whaling station at Stromness early Monday (2245 GMT Sunday) after a 900-metre (2,950-foot) climb over the…

Smoking out tobacco: The rise of e-cigarettes

The camera zooms in on a stubble-bearded hunk dragging on a cigarette and blowing out a thick cloud of smoke with what seems to be great satisfaction. It resembles the TV smoking ads of yesteryear, now banned in most of the world, yet this modern-day offering is approved for American…

World’s largest crocodile dies in Philippines

he world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died in the Philippines, 17 months after the suspected man-eater was hunted down and put on display for tourists, according to his caretakers. “Lolong”, who measured 6.17 metres (20.24 feet), died on Sunday night from a mystery illness inside his small enclosure…

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