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Philippines urged to free giant crocodile

An animal rights group urged the Philippines to free what is thought to be the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, even though it allegedly killed two people. The monster 21-foot (6.4-metre) male saltwater crocodile was placed in a penned pond after it was caught in a remote southern creek on…

Tiger kills her mate in deadly love triangle

By Patricia Giovine EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – A female tiger has killed her mate at a West Texas zoo, authorities said on Friday, in a rare attack that came after months of simmering jealousy in a feline love triangle. Three-year-old Malayan tiger Seri killed 6-year-old Wzui at about 4…

PEW study urges Canada to suspend Arctic oil exploration

An environmental group urged Canada Friday to suspend oil exploration in the Arctic, warning that otherwise it risks an environmental disaster worse than the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The PEW environmental group said in a report that it does not necessarily oppose developing the oil and gas…

Early tool-maker fossil should ‘rewrite’ history: study

She swung in the trees like a chimp but had long dexterous fingers for tool-making and hybrid feet for walking upright, a major study Thursday on the ancient hominid Australopithecus sediba suggested. Until now, the first tool-maker was widely believed to be Homo habilis, based on a set of 21…

NASA to launch twin Moon-orbiting spacecraft

(UPDATED BELOW) NASA is to launch Thursday a $500 million pair of unmanned spacecraft that will chase each other around the Moon as they use gravity tools to map its inner core for the first time. Scientists hope the satellites will help solve mysteries about how the Moon formed, how…

Weight Watchers works, study finds

Adults referred to the commercial weight loss programme Weight Watchers shed twice as much weight as people who received standard care over a 12-month period, according to a study published Thursday. In clinical trials, researchers led by Susan Jebb of the UK Medical Research Council assessed 772 overweight and obese…

BP finds more oil in US Gulf of Mexico field

British oil giant BP announced Wednesday a major oil find in the US Gulf of Mexico that it said underscores the development potential of the region. An appraisal well drilled in an untested northern segment of the Mad Dog field found “a significant resource extension” for the Mad Dog Field…

Drunk moose rescued from tree

A moose was discovered in the Swedish city of Gothenburg stuck in an apple tree several feet off the ground, The Daily Mail reported. The animal was drunk after eating fermented apples that had fallen to the ground and attempted to climb the tree in search of more fruit, police…

Fewer Americans smoking, survey finds

WASHINGTON — Fewer American adults are smoking, and those who still do are lighting up less, suggests a nationwide survey from the US Centers for Disease Control released on Tuesday. Using data from 2005 to 2010, researchers with the US government agency reckoned that 19.3 percent of American adults —…

NASA mulls ‘what-ifs’ of unmanned space station

WASHINGTON — NASA is mulling the worst-case scenarios of leaving the $100 billion International Space Station unstaffed for a period of time following the crash of a Russian rocket, US astronauts said Tuesday. Two Americans aboard the ISS, Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, told reporters in a video press conference…

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