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NASA faces trial over alleged discrimination against intelligent design proponent

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is preparing to defend itsef against a lawsuit by a former employee who claims he was demoted and then fired for promoting his views on intelligent design. NASA’s explanation is that computer specialist David Coppedge lost his status as “team lead” after his co-workers complained of…

Trial in class action suits against Big Tobacco to get underway in Canada

A groundbreaking trial gets underway in Montreal Monday against three leading tobacco companies which face a $25 billion lawsuit for allegedly failing to adequately warn smokers of the dangers of cigarettes. Plaintiffs have filed two separate class actions in what is Canada’s biggest-ever civilian lawsuit, against Imperial Tobacco, JTI-Macdonald and…

Even mild global warming could completely melt Greenland’s ice cap

The Greenland icesheet is more sensitive to global warming than thought, for just a relatively small — but very long term — temperature rise would melt it completely, according to a study published on Sunday. Previous research has suggested it would need warming of at least 3.1 degrees Celsius (5.6…

Salt-loving wheat could help ease food crisis

PARIS — Plant scientists on Sunday said they had bred a strain of wheat that thrives in saline soils, boosting the quest to feed Earth’s growing population at a time of water stress and climate change. Durum wheat with a salt-loving gene had yields which were up to 25 percent…

Portable chargers, boosters to ease electric car objections

Chevrolet Europe’s president Susan Doherty drives to work every day in an electric car, and thanks to a recharging station at work, she never worries about running out of power. For most other people, however, it remains a challenge to find electric charging stations to refuel. As a result sales…

1,000 women a day die in childbirth, says Doctors Without Borders

About 1,000 women die each day in childbirth or from preventable complications related to pregnancy, humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said Thursday. “Worldwide, at any time, 15 percent of pregnancies incur the risk of a potential fatal complication,” said Kara Blackburn, responsible for women’s health at MSF…

Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like humans: study

Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. Honey bees are known to have a structured society in which different bees serve different…

Space storm packs late punch, biggest since ’04

A strong space weather storm packed a late punch overnight and ended up being the most significant geomagnetic event since 2004, US experts said Friday, warning more disruption was coming this weekend. The fusillade of radiation from the Sun caused limited power grid upsets, forced airlines to reroute around the…

Saboteurs blamed as Japan whale catch falls short

Japan’s Antarctic whaling fleet has killed less than a third of the animals it planned to because of sabotage by activists, Tokyo said Friday as it announced the end of the season’s hunt. Japan’s Fisheries Agency said the fleet was on its way home from the Antarctic “on schedule”, but…

Director James Cameron to explore Earth’s deepest ocean trench

“Titanic” director James Cameron will try in the coming weeks to dive to the deepest place on Earth, further than any other human has on a solo mission, to return with specimens and images. Cameron would seek to accomplish his feat aboard a submersible “as futuristic as anything in his…

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