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Greece to export solar power to Germany

Wracked by debt but blessed with abundant sunshine, Greece plans to develop some 20,000 hectares of solar power parks in a bid to export renewable energy to Germany, a report said on Saturday. Top-selling Ta Nea daily said the project, which has a tentative budget of 20 billion euros ($29…

Fire at Idaho nuclear lab mostly contained

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters on Saturday gained control of a fierce brush fire that has raged for three days on the sprawling grounds of the government’s leading nuclear research lab in the high desert of eastern Idaho. By midday, fire crews at the Idaho National Laboratory had carved containment…

Irene kills 3 in NC, shuts NYC down

MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene charged up the U.S. eastern seaboard on Saturday as a weakening but dangerous storm that shut down New York City and threatened to inflict massive blackouts and flooding. From the Carolinas to Maine, tens of millions of people were in the path…

State Department endorses oil sands pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline cleared a major obstacle on Friday with the release of U.S. State Department review that suggested it would have limited environmental impact. The report found that the Keystone XL pipeline by itself would not likely boost output of Alberta’s oil sands…

Hurricane Irene forces NYC subway shutdown, postpones MLK memorial dedication

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS: Click here to see a map of the evacuation zones (PDF) Weather waits for no man — not even if those men are President Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. As the East Coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Irene, it’s not only evacuation…

Anti-psychotic drugs found in over-the-counter UK painkiller packs

Drugs regulators have launched an investigation after packs of the painkiller Nurofen Plus were found to contain antipsychotic drugs. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a safety alert following reports that some batches of Nurofen Plus contained individual blister packs of another drug, Seroquel XL 50mg. Packs…

East Coast Braces for Irene

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) – As North Carolina braced on Friday for a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, cities along the east coast were on alert and millions of beach goers cut short vacations to escape the powerful storm. With more than 50 million people potentially in Irene’s path, residents…

Astronomers discover planet made of diamond

LONDON (Reuters) – Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard. The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the…

Sex with cavemen gave humans an immune boost: study

WASHINGTON — Sexual encounters with archaic humans like the Neanderthals produced children who inherited key genes that have helped modern humans fight illness and disease, said a US study published Thursday. “The cross-breeding wasn’t just a random event that happened, it gave something useful to the gene pool of the…

Spaceship crash ‘exposes Russia’s systemic failures’

MOSCOW — The crash landing of an unmanned Russian spaceship bound for the International Space Station (ISS) exposed a systemic lack of proper checks and a dearth of qualified staff, experts said. The Progress spaceship failed to reach the correct orbit after the blast-off of the Soyuz carrier rocket on…

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