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Sea lions stage hostile takeover of Ventura Harbor docks

A large gang of sea lions has taken over three docks at Ventura Harbor in California, and the National Park Service isn’t sure how to tell them delicately that their presence is unwanted. The animals have previously been a common sight on the large buoys that lead out of the…

Brazilian president vetoes part of law that would open Amazon to deforestation

By Yana Marull BRASILIA — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Friday vetoed parts of a new forestry code that environmentalists say would lead to further deforestation in the Amazon, home to the world’s largest collection of plants and animals. “The president of the Republic decided in favor of carrying out diverse…

Study: A third of college students offer incorrect advice on emergency contraception even with the Internet’s help

A study conducted by researchers at Northwest University found that about a third of college students, even with the help of the Internet, could not successfully recommend that a hypothetical friend who faced a broken condom seek out emergency contraception. The study, conducted by sociologist Eszter Hargittai and Heather Young…

International climate change treaty talks end in discord and disappointment

The latest round of international climate change talks finished on Friday in discord and disappointment, with some participants concerned that important progress made last year was being unpicked. At the talks, countries were supposed to set out a workplan on negotiations that should result in a new global climate treaty,…

International Space Station docks SpaceX’s Dragon capsule

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station reached out and caught SpaceX’s Dragon capsule for docking at the orbiting lab on Friday in a historic first for commercial spaceflight. The California-based SpaceX, owned by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has now reached the climax of its test mission to become the first…

Super-telescope project split between South Africa and Australia

A long-running joust to host a radio telescope that would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe ended on Friday with a Solomon-like judgement to split the site between Australia and South Africa. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said John Womersley, chairman of the board of…

SpaceX makes final approach to space station

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on Friday made its final approach toward the International Space Station, edging closer to the climax of its landmark mission to latch on to the orbiting research lab. By 6:30 am (1030 GMT), the unmanned Dragon was 240 meters (yards) from the $100 billion dollar space outpost…

Dinosaur with tiny arms unearthed in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine experts have discovered the near-complete remains of a new species of Jurassic-era dinosaur that stood on its rear legs and had tiny arms, according to a leading paleontologist. The find belongs to the Abelisaurus family, “the most common carnivorous species in the southern hemisphere during the…

Scientists: Anti-psychotic drug also kills cancer

A drug with a long list of heavy side effects, commonly used to treat sufferers of schizophrenia, also possesses some startlingly potent anti-cancer properties, according to research published Thursday in the medical journal Cell. The drug, thioridazine, is usually dispensed as a last resort for schizophrenics whose symptoms did not…

SpaceX completes fly-under at International Space Station

A first of its kind demonstration flight by SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on Thursday successfully completed a key milestone in its mission — a fly-under of the International Space Station, NASA said. The privately owned spacecraft “passed directly below the ISS at a distance of 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), fulfilling all…

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