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Space shuttle Endeavour makes its final flight to retire in California

US space shuttle Endeavour took off Thursday morning for the second leg of its voyage into retirement in California, riding piggyback on a specially fitted Boeing 747. The shuttle left Houston early in the morning, after spending the previous day on display at Ellington Air Field. Endeavour left Cape Canaveral,…

Scientists create atlas of human brain to shed light on psychiatric conditions

A comprehensive atlas of the adult human brain that reveals the activity of genes across the entire organ has been created by scientists. The map was created from genetic analyses of about 900 specific parts of two “clinically unremarkable” brains donated by a 24-year-old and 39-year-old man, and half a…

Mini-Great Pyramid of Giza on Mars intrigues Curiosity rover team

Mini-Great Pyramid of Giza on Mars intrigues Curiosity rover team NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is eying a target for the first tandem test of two instruments crucial to the rover’s mission of determining whether its new home, Gale Crater, as well as the crater’s central Mt. Sharp, could have hosted…

‘Planetary emergency’ due to Arctic melt, experts warn

Experts warned of a “planetary emergency” due to the unforeseen global consequences of Arctic ice melt, including methane gas released from permafrost regions currently under ice. Columbia University and the environmental activist group Greenpeace held separate events Wednesday to discuss US government data showing that the Arctic sea ice has…

Mars rover to launch first rock study

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Curiosity Rover will study its first martial rock Friday, more than a month after landing on the Red Planet, mission officials said. Mars Science Laboratory project scientist John Grotzinger said the rover drove for another 100 feet (30 meters) last night, for a total travel distance of…

Arctic sea ice shrinks to lowest level on record

WASHINGTON — Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its smallest surface area since record-keeping began, taking the world into “uncharted territory” as climate change intensifies, US scientists warned Wednesday. Satellite images show the ice cap had melted to 1.32 million square miles (3.4 million square kilometers) as of September 16,…

France orders probe after study links genetically-modified corn to cancer

PARIS — France’s government on Wednesday asked a health watchdog to carry out a probe, possibly leading to EU suspension of a genetically-modified corn, after a study in rats linked the grain to cancer. Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll, Ecology Minister Delphine Batho and Health and Social Affairs Minister Marisol…

Astronomers find galaxy born at dawn of the universe

PARIS — Astronomers in Europe and the United States said on Wednesday they had spotted the farthest and oldest galaxy ever found, a star cluster 13.2 billion light years away. Light reaching Earth today from galaxy MACS 1149-JD is truly ancient, they reported in the British journal Nature. The rays…

Marine park ‘the size of the Moon’ planned for Pacific

An ambitious plan to link marine parks across a vast swathe of ocean — whose surface area would equal that of the Moon — is slowly coming together piece by piece, say conservationists. Former international rugby league player turned environmentalist Kevin Iro is a driving force behind the part of…

Space shuttle ‘Endeavour’ on final flight to museum

US space shuttle Endeavour departed Wednesday morning on its final voyage, heading cross-country from Florida to California, riding piggyback on a specially fitted Boeing 747. The shuttle took off several minutes behind the scheduled 7:15 am (1115 GMT) departure. The transfer had previously been postponed twice because of bad weather.…

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