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Discovery to dock today with International Space Station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Discovery was approaching the International Space Station on Saturday as part of its final mission, carrying a new module and a robot to the orbiting research lab. The shuttle, which blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, is set to dock…

Discovery shuttle blasts off on last space odyssey

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The shuttle Discovery blasted off on its final mission into orbit, marking the beginning of the end for what has been a central part of the US space program for three decades. NASA’s most journeyed shuttle launched at 4:53 pm (2153 GMT) on its way…

Scientists find oldest sub-Arctic human remains

WASHINGTON — Scientists on Thursday announced they have discovered the oldest human remains ever found in sub-Arctic North America, offering a new window into the lives of the continent’s earliest inhabitants. The discovery of the partially-cremated skeletal remains was made at an fire pit within an ancient dwelling at Alaska’s…

Space shuttle Discovery fueled for its last flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Space shuttle Discovery was being fueled for liftoff on Thursday on its final mission to carry supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. Workers at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida began pumping supercold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen into Discovery’s fuel tank…

Dirty air triggers more heart attacks than cocaine

LONDON (Reuters) – Air pollution triggers more heart attacks than using cocaine and poses as high a risk of sparking a heart attack as alcohol, coffee and physical exertion, scientists said on Thursday. Sex, anger, marijuana use and chest or respiratory infections and can also trigger heart attacks to different…

New Zealand quake toll to climb as rescue hopes fade

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – New Zealand and international rescuers held out slim hope of finding survivors three days after an earthquake struck the city of Christchurch, but with many still missing the death toll is expected to rise far above 100. Teams from quake-prone countries such as Japan and the United…

Climate change halves Peru glacier: official

LIMA – A glacier on Peru’s Huaytapallana Moutain shed half its surface ice in just 23 years, officials said Wednesday, reinforcing concerns of climate change’s growing threat to fresh water resources. “Recent scientific studies indicate that between June 1983 and August 2006, the glacier has lost 50 percent of its…

Baby dolphins dying along oil-soaked US Gulf Coast

GULFPORT, Mississippi – Baby dolphins are washing up dead along the oil-soaked US Gulf Coast at more than 10 times the normal rate in the first birthing season since the BP disaster, researchers said. Some 17 baby dolphin corpses have been found along the shorelines of Alabama and Mississippi in…

Ingredient in cannabis restores taste for cancer patients

PARIS – The ingredient that gives cannabis its “high” and famously whets the appetite can help cancer patients recover lost pleasure in food, according to a study published on Wednesday. Researchers in Canada enrolled 21 patients who had been treated with chemotherapy for advanced cancer, and gave them either capsules…

Cellphone use yields more ‘active’ brain scan: study

WASHINGTON – Cellphone use appeared to measurably increase brain activity in dozens of test subjects in a new study, though it failed to resolve a debate over whether the devices pose health risks. The study in Wednesday’s edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, was carried out by…

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