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Deadly Tasmanian Devil cancer found in ‘clean’ area

A deadly cancer riddling Australia’s Tasmanian Devil has been found in an area thought to be free of the disease, troubling officials struggling to keep the animal alive in the wild. The facial tumour disease has so far been confirmed across more than 60 percent of the small island state…

Deal looks distant as climate talks race against clock

Deep into an unscheduled 13th day, UN climate talks on Saturday struggled to agree on a proposed pact to roll back carbon emissions in a key decade for fighting global warming. Chances of a deal have receded given the pressure of the clock and an agonisingly slow process to untangle…

Private company to send unmanned capsule to space station

WASHINGTON — SpaceX will fly its Dragon capsule on an unmanned mission to the International Space Station in February, marking the first-ever bid by a private company to dock at the orbiting lab, NASA said Friday. The fly-by and berthing mission are scheduled for February 7, 2012, the US space…

Coalition growing for new deal on greenhouse gas cuts

DURBAN (Reuters) – Rich and poor nations at climate change talks are lining up behind an EU plan for achieving a global pact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, but delegates said time was running out to reach a deal before talks end on Friday. Ministers made incremental progress…

Climate talks mean life or death for island states

DURBAN (Reuters) – Nature does not negotiate. So while climate change delegates haggle over deadlines, binding targets and finance, some of the world’s poorest states are warning that rising sea levels and storms will sweep them away unless the world agrees to tackle global warning. “We will be one of…

Hundreds of NASA’s moon rocks missing: audit

WASHINGTON — Researchers have sticky fingers when it comes to NASA’s moon rocks and meteorites, and hundreds of samples have gone missing after being loaned out by the US space agency, an audit said Thursday. NASA Inspector General Paul Martin issued a report detailing foibles such as the US space…

Obama backs restrictions on morning-after pill

President Barack Obama on Thursday said he supported Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to keep the restrictions that prevent teens from being able to buy emergency contraception without a prescription. U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg had told reporters that she backed lifting the age…

Ancient super-predator eyes found in Australia

Australian scientists on Thursday hailed the discovery of a pair of insect-like eyes belonging to a freakish prehistoric super-predator which trawled the seas more than 500 million years ago. Measuring three centimetres (1.2 inches) across and with a whopping 16,000 individual lenses the fossilised eyes, from a huge shellfish-type creature…

Author John Grisham laments bad courtroom science

Best-selling crime author John Grisham told lawmakers that faulty science is all over the US justice system, and urged nationwide improvements to forensic techniques. “It is time to clean up the bad science,” said Grisham, who serves on the board of the Innocence Project, a group that works to exonerate…

Ancient super-predator eyes found in Australia

Australian scientists on Thursday hailed the discovery of a pair of insect-like eyes belonging to a freakish prehistoric super-predator which trawled the seas more than 500 million years ago. Measuring three centimetres (1.2 inches) across and with a whopping 16,000 individual lenses the fossilised eyes, from a huge shellfish-type creature…

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