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Taiwan to tighten laws banning shark fin hunting

Taiwan, one of the world’s major shark catchers, announced plans on Sunday to tighten measures against hunting the ocean predator for its fin, the island’s top fisheries official said Sunday. Taiwan fishermen are already barred from tossing sharks back into the water to die after slicing off the fin —…

First drug-resistant gonorrhea strain emerges

For the first time, international researchers have identified a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to treatment with antibiotics, scientists announced at a sex disease research conference Monday. The common bacterial infection, often called the “clap,” has until now been easily treatable with antibiotics but if left alone can cause…

South African oil refinery workers launch strike

Some 70,000 workers at oil refineries and related industries on Monday joined a week-old strike in South Africa, their union said, raising fears of potential fuel shortages. The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) said refineries had ground to a halt as workers downed tools to…

Debris threatens space station as Atlantis docks: NASA

NASA is tracking a piece of Soviet space debris that could collide with the International Space Station, the US space agency said after the shuttle Atlantis docked on its final mission. The space junk is part of Cosmos 375, a satellite launched in 1970 by the former Soviet Union and…

Australia steps up climate fight, unveils sweeping carbon plan

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia unveiled its most sweeping economic reform in decades on Sunday with a plan to tax carbon emissions from the nation’s worst polluters, reviving hopes of stronger global climate action with the largest emissions trade scheme outside Europe. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said 500 companies including steel…

Is ocean garbage killing whales?

Millions of tonnes of plastic debris dumped each year in the world’s oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at a key international whaling forum this week. A review of research literature from the last two decades reveals hundreds of cases…

Atlantis heads to space station on final flight

Atlantis headed to the International Space Station Saturday after rocketing off its launch pad for a final time, marking the last liftoff of the US space shuttle program. The space shuttle, which lifted off shortly before noon Friday local time, is carrying a crew of four US astronauts on a…

New dinosaur exhibit probes their mysteries

Dinosaurs have captivated the public for decades, but a new US exhibit aims to show that there is still much about the giant reptiles that baffles experts and amateurs alike. The 1,300 square meter (14,000 square foot) gallery at the Los Angeles natural history museum is set to open on…

Montana governor threatens lawsuit over oil spill

BILLINGS, Montana (Reuters) – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer continued on Friday to press Exxon Mobil over an oil spill into the Yellowstone River and threatened to take the company to court as clean-up continued a week after the leak. Schweitzer has been increasingly critical of Exxon in the days since…

Atlantis blasts off on end-of-era spaceflight

Atlantis blazed a path into history Friday as it rocketed off the launch pad for a final time, marking the last-ever liftoff of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program. The storied spacecraft is carrying a crew of four US astronauts toward the International Space Station on a 12-day mission to…

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