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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…

UN chief vows ‘real results’ on climate change

TARAWA, Kiribati — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday vowed to the leader of Kiribati, a low-lying Pacific nation threatened by rising seas, to keep pressing for “real results” against climate change. Ban described the small Pacific nation, where some villagers have already had to relocate to escape rising sea…

U.S. oil giant tried to cover up spill: China paper

BEIJING — One of China’s most influential newspapers on Monday accused the US oil giant behind a huge spill off the country’s east coast of trying to cover up the disaster. The strongly-worded article in the People’s Daily — the mouthpiece of the Communist Party — said ConocoPhillips had displayed…

Stemcell breakthrough could save species from extinction

PARIS — Scientists said Sunday they had produced the first stemcells from endangered species, a breakthrough that could potentially save dozens of animals teetering on the brink of extinction. “The best way to manage extinction is to preserve species and habitats but that is not always working,” Oliver Ryder, director…

Study concludes birds have a thumb — sort of

PARIS — It is the kind of question that keeps biologists up at night: from an evolutionary standpoint, is the innermost digit of a bird’s three-pronged wing more like a thumb or an index finger? A study published online Sunday by Nature says it’s a bit of both. The stemcells…

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