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Radioactive bluefin tuna from Japan found in U.S. waters

For the first time, scientists have discovered that tuna contaminated by last year’s radiation leak from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have crossed the Pacific Ocean into U.S. waters, according to the Associated Press. Scientists have been startled to discover the radioactive fish some 6,000 miles from their place of…

Teenaged immigrant solves problem that baffled Isaac Newton

Sixteen year old Shouryya Ray denies being a genius, but he’s being hailed in news reports for having come up with the solution to a problem that has baffled mathematicians ever since Sir Isaac Newton first posed it over 300 years ago. The problem involved calculating the path of a…

Black market in human kidneys grows to 10,000 operations a year

The illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually, or more than one an hour, World Health Organisation experts have revealed. Evidence collected by a worldwide network of doctors shows that traffickers are…

Iran to launch new nuclear plant project

Iran is to build a new nuclear power plant, alongside its sole existing one in the southern city of Bushehr, by early 2014, state televisionreported on Sunday, quoting the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation. “Iran will build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr next year,” the television quoted Fereydoon Abbasi Davani as saying.…

Greenpeace blocks Brazil port over Amazon law

Greenpeace temporarily blocked a freighter from being loaded at a northern Brazilian port in protest over a partial presidential veto of a land-use bill seen as harming the Amazon. The environmental group said on its website on Saturday that activists ferried by its Rainbow Warrior vessel occupied a giant pile of pig iron on…

Storm threatens big U.S. beach weekend

The southeastern US coast braced for the arrival of a subtropical storm that threatened Memorial Day holiday plans for hordes of beachgoers. Subtropical storm Beryl formed overnight in the Atlantic off the coast of South Carolina as rains generated by Bud — once a hurricane but now a rapidly weakening tropical depression — pelted Mexico’s Pacific coast. As Mexican authorities breathed…

SpaceX capsule has ‘new car’ smell, astronauts say

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vessel smells like a new car, said astronauts at the International Space Station after opening the hatches Saturday following the spacecraft’s landmark mission to the orbiting lab. The California-based SpaceX on Friday became the first commercial outfit to send its own unmanned cargo capsule to the ISS, heralding…

Astronomers seize last chance in lifetime to see alignment of Earth, Venus and the Sun

Astronomers are gearing for one the rarest events in the Solar System: an alignment of Earth, Venus and the Sun that will not be seen for another 105 years. The celestial ballet known as the Transit of Venus is one of the most eagerly-awaited events in skywatching, an episode that…

SpaceX capsule: NASA astronauts enter the Dragon after historic docking

Astronauts at the International Space Station have a week to unload supplies from the privately-funded SpaceX Dragon Astronauts have entered the Dragon for the first time, a day after the privately-funded capsule made history by successfully docking at the International Space Station. Nasa’s Don Pettit popped into the cargo vessel…

Iranian team to collaborate with U.S. company on nuclear fusion project

New Jersey company says it has permission for unique partnership to work toward the holy grail of energy sources A US company and an Iranian university have agreed to collaborate on nuclear fusion, the elusive technology that promises a limitless supply of clean energy. New Jersey-based Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc…

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