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UN atomic watchdog head lauds Fukushima cleanup

TOKYO (Reuters) – Cleanup work at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant is proceeding smoothly and the prospects are good for bringing it under control, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said Monday after a visit to the crisis-hit plant. Japan said last week that it was on track with…

70% in Japan support PM’s nuclear-free future: poll

Seventy percent of the Japanese public supports centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s policy to make the country nuclear free in future but most people still want him to quit, a poll said Sunday. The weekend survey conducted by Kyodo News agency showed 70.3 percent support Kan’s policy of ending nuclear…

Hong Kong scientists ‘show time travel is impossible’

HONG KONG — Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein’s theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light — demonstrating that outside science fiction, time travel is impossible. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology research team led by Du…

Russian space telescope unfurls giant antenna

A giant new Russian space telescope on Saturday unfurled its dish-like antenna which will observe radio waves from galaxies and black holes billions of light years away. The operation to deploy the 10-metre-diameter antenna of the Spketr-R telescope, which was launched into orbit on Monday, has been successfully carried out,…

Record-breaking heatwave smothers eastern US

Residents of the Eastern and Central United States braced for another day of scorching heat Saturday as record-breaking temperatures forced Americans to seek refuge in swimming pools and air-conditioned malls. Forecasters predicted little respite at least for another day as a giant heatwave swept across half of the country. Newark,…

Depressed lion reunited with longtime partner

BRASILIA — A lion was reunited with his longtime partner Friday at a Brasilia zoo after becoming so depressed by their separation that he stopped eating, Brazilian media reported. Dengo the lion was sedated and his journey from Niteroi’s ZooNit to a facility in Brasilia began with a herculean effort…

Texas to keep creationism out of its science classes

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The Texas Board of Education voted unanimously to approve mainstream middle school curriculum materials on Friday in a move seen as a victory for proponents of teaching evolution in public schools. Conservatives had complained the materials up for approval did not adequately address…

Deadly coast-to-coast U.S. heat wave has killed more than 20

A heatwave and stifling humidity battered the central and eastern United States, leaving residents searching for the coolest oasis to fend off record temperatures that have left over 20 dead. “The dangerous heatwave continues across much of the central and eastern United States, with excessive heat and humidity expected to…

UN: Climate change threatens world security

Climate change is generating an “unholy brew” of extreme weather events that threaten global security, the UN chief said as the Security Council recognized the issue’s potential effect on world peace. But the 15-member council apparently failed to agree on whether climate change itself was a direct threat to international…

Space shuttles will soon be museum pieces

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The end of the US space shuttle program brings the start of a new chapter for the remaining orbiters, which will soon take up residence as museum pieces in Florida, Virginia, California and New York. Discovery, the oldest space shuttle of the fleet, will land at…

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