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Keep calm and wait for the 1-ton satellite to crash to Earth

The European GOCE satellite is falling uncontrollably to Earth but no one need worry too much A one-tonne satellite is falling uncontrollably towards the Earth. It is expected to hit sometime late this weekend or early next week. No one knows exactly when or where it will smash down but…

Libyan militias clash after death of their leader

Members of two Libyan militias clashed in Tripoli after the death of one of their leaders, leaving at least 10 people injured amid intense gunfire, witnesses and security officials said. The clashes erupted in several parts of the city after militia chief Nuri Friwan died from wounds he incurred at…

U.S. lawmakers alarmed as Asian carp head into Great Lakes

Senators raise alarm over Asian carp invasion in Great Lakes (via The Christian Science Monitor) A 20-pound Asian carp is held after being caught in Lake Calumet, about six miles downstream from Lake Michigan, in this 2010 photo. Research reported this week finds eDNA traces of Asian carp in the…

Watch: Woman’s pre-mastectomy dance video becomes online hit

A video showing a US woman leading a dance party in an operating theater just before undergoing a double mastectomy has gone viral online. Deborah Cohan, a trained gynecologist, can be seen getting down — dressed in full pre-op gown and colorful protective cap — with a team of anesthetists…

Polio outbreak in Syria worries European doctors

An outbreak of polio in Syria poses a threat to Europe, where the crippling and potentially fatal disease was declared eradicated in 2002, doctors warned on Friday. Europe is exposed because some countries have low rates of innoculation, which lowers “herd immunity”, or protection through community-wide vaccination, a pair of…

Copy of Napoleon’s will fetches $480,000 at Paris auction

A copy of Napoleon Bonaparte’s will, drawn up in 1821 when the former French emperor was living in exile, has been sold at auction for 357,000 euros ($480,000). The item went under the hammer at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Wednesday. It had been estimated fetch 80,000 to…

Fed chief nominee Yellen set for Nov. 14 Senate hearing

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, will make her case for the job to lawmakers next week, the Senate Banking Committee said Thursday. The committee said the hearing to consider Yellen’s nomination will be held on November 14. Yellen, who is currently Fed vice chairman,…

Roman Polanski unveils new documentary in New York — via Skype

Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, a fugitive in the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, unveiled a new documentary in New York on Thursday… by Skype. The French-Polish director has never set foot in the United States since fleeing on the eve of his sentencing in 1978…

Federal shutdown cost U.S. $2 billion in lost government output

The 16-day US government shutdown cost 6.6 million in lost workdays for furloughed federal workers, amounting to $2.0 billion in lost productivity, the White House said Thursday in a report. The Office of Management and Budget survey charted the deep and wide impact of the shutdown across the economy, ranging…

Internet Archive asks for donations after fire damages library

The Internet Archive, known for its “Wayback Machine” which keeps websites even after they are shut down, is asking for donations after a fire damaged its scanning center. “Some physical materials were in the scanning center because they were being digitized, but most were in a separate locked room or…

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