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Scientists find underground river beneath Amazon

SAO PAULO — Brazilian scientists have discovered an underground river some 4,000 meters (13,000) feet deep, which flows from west to east like the country’s famous waterway. A statement this week from Brazil’s National Observatory named the underground river Hamza and said it represents one of two different draining systems…

Rhino poaching surges on S. African wildlife reserves

The giant rhino slumps to the ground with haunting cries as it fights for its life, a bloodied, fleshy pulp in the place where poachers sawed off its horn. The critically injured male is one of the latest victims in South Africa’s rhino bloodbath, which is surging on privately owned…

U.S.-bound Hurricane Irene pounds Bahamas

Hurricane Irene pounded the Bahamas Thursday en route toward the populous US east coast, punishing the nation of small islands with heavy rain and powerful winds. Irene is a category three hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, and is forecast to strengthen to a category four storm with winds of…

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…

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