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Neil Armstrong urges return to the Moon

Neil Armstrong has urged a return to the Moon to train for missions to Mars as the United States contemplates the future of its space programme following the end of the shuttle era. The first man to walk on the Moon is due to address the US Congress on new…

5 things the media isn’t telling you about human activity and earthquakes

Shortly before midnight Mountain Time on August 23, the largest earthquake in Colorado in more than a century, with a magnitude of 5.3, sent tremors as far away as Kansas. Some twelve hours later, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Northern Virginia sent shock waves as far away as Toronto.…

Unplanned pregnancies rising among poor U.S. women: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Unintended pregnancies, which make up nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States, are increasingly concentrated among low-income women, a study showed on Wednesday. Unplanned pregnancies have skyrocketed among poor women in recent years even as such pregnancies among their affluent peers have dropped, according to…

Nuclear experts warn of Libya “dirty bomb” material

Seeking to mend ties with the West, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafiagreed in 2003 to abandon efforts to acquire nuclear, chemical and biological weapons — a move that brought him in from the cold and helped end decades of Libyan isolation. A six-month popular insurgency has now forced Gaddafi to abandon his stronghold…

Nuts-and-soy diet more effective than low-fat diet: study

WASHINGTON — People who ate a diet rich in foods that lower cholesterol, such as nuts, soy, avocado, olive oil and oats, saw a bigger drop in cholesterol than people on a low-fat diet, said a US study on Tuesday. After six months of eating a diet that specifically included…

Why East Coast earthquakes travel so far

WASHINGTON — A rare 5.8 earthquake that rattled the eastern United States on Tuesday was felt over a wide area from Toronto, Canada down to Georgia due to the hard, brittle quality of the ground, experts said. The quake that struck mid-afternoon near Richmond, Virginia was the strongest in the…

Earth is home to 8.7 million species: study

WASHINGTON — Some 8.7 million different species exist on Earth, though a tiny amount of those have actually been discovered and catalogued, researchers said Tuesday. The count, described by the open access journal PLoS Biology in which it is presented as “the most precise calculation ever offered,” replaces previous estimates…

Greenpeace finds toxic chemicals in top brand name clothes

Traces of toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and to human health have been detected in products made by 14 top clothing manufacturers, Greenpeace said Tuesday. Samples of clothing from top brands including Adidas, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Converse and Ralph Lauren were found to be…

Bisexual men exist: study

Researchers at Northwestern University have concluded what seems like an obvious fact to many: male bisexuality exists. However unnecessary the study — testing whether men who labeled themselves as bisexual were truly aroused by both men and women — seemed to be, the researchers’ findings actually contradicted a 2005 study,…

City sued over plan to turn sewage into snow

If one Arizona resort has its way, vacationers will soon be skiing over snow made of reclaimed sewage water. The Hopi Tribe filed a lawsuit Friday in Arizona Superior Court against the city of Flagstaff over their plans to sell 1.5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater to Snowbowl Ski Resort.…

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