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Mars rover beams back spectacular pictures

NASA has beamed back a set of spectacular pictures from Mars — and a first voice message — likening it to the lunar landmark led by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon who died last week. In the audio message, broadcast from the surface of the Red Planet…

Marijuana use damaging to teenagers’ intelligence: study

Adolescents who are regular users of cannabis are at risk of permanent damage to their intelligence, attention span and memory, according to the results of research covering nearly four decades. The long-term study which followed a group of over 1,000 people from birth to the age of 38 has produced…

In climate landmark, Arctic ice melts to record low

WASHINGTON — The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said Monday. The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set in 2007 and will…

U.S. approves new once-a-day pill to treat HIV

WASHINGTON — A new pill to treat HIV infection — combining two previously approved drugs plus two new ones — has been approved for adults living with the virus that causes AIDS, US regulators said Monday. The single daily dose of Stribild provides a complete treatment regimen for HIV infection,…

Obama orders flags to half mast for Neil Armstrong

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Monday ordered that all official US flags be lowered to half mast to mark the funeral of Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who planted the Stars and Stripes on the Moon. Obama issued a proclamation to honor Armstrong, who died on Saturday aged 82, and…

Will.i.am song will be broadcast on Mars from NASA’s Curiosity rover

Pop star Will.i.am was writing a song to endorse Barack Obama at the conventions four years ago, but this election cycle he’s decided to back a nerdier candidate: NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. Will.i.am released a new single called “Reach For The Stars,” which NASA plans to broadcast from the rover…

How China may be the next to land on the moon

Neil Armstrong’s 1969 lunar landing marked a pinnacle of US technological achievement, defining what many saw as the American century, but the next person to set foot on the moon will likely be Chinese. As the United States has scaled back its manned space programme to cut costs — a…

Neil Armstrong’s death prompts yearning for America’s past glories

Death of first man on the moon sparks tributes and expressions of regret over comparative lack of space travel since 1972 The death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has prompted a bout of soul-searching about America’s national destiny as well as mourning for an…

Scientists warn food shortages could turn us all into vegetarians

Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now,…

California, Arizona hit by unusual swarm of small-to-midsize quakes

LOS ANGELES — A series of earthquakes measuring up to 5.4 rattled southern California, Arizona and the Mexican border region Sunday, seismologists said, although no damage or injuries were immediately reported. The small- and medium-level quakes were felt from San Diego and Orange County in California east into Arizona, and…

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