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Privately owned Dream Chaser spacecraft test flight goes perfectly, except for one thing

The privately owned prototype space plane, Dream Chaser, aced its debut test flight in California, but was damaged after landing when a wheel did not drop down, developer Sierra Nevada Corp said over the weekend. The Dream Chaser is one of three space…  …

Researchers find new humpback dolphin species near Australia

Pacific white side dolphins swim near Vancouver Island in British Columbia. There are about 36 species of oceanic dolphins. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/AP) Humpback dolphins have the scientific community stumped.  A team of biologists have…  …

Filmmakers claim anti-LGBT author Orson Scott Card ‘won’t profit’ from ‘Ender’s Game’ movie

Controversial author who sparked protest with his anti-gay views won’t earn less money if film is boycotted, claim insiders In an effort to head off a potentially damaging boycott of the sci-fi epic Ender’s Game, sources close to the film’s producers have claimed controversial author Orson Scott Card, who wrote…

Pakistani military says U.S. drone strikes have killed 67 civilians since 2008

Claim likely to cause widespread surprise in a country where the remote controlled aircraft are widely hated Just 67 civilians were killed by US drone strikes since 2008 according to figures released by Pakistan’s military. The figure amounts to just 3% of the total number killed and is strikingly lower…

Native American advocates ‘disappointed’ after meeting with NFL over D.C. team

Advocates for the Oneida Indian Nation vowed to continue their efforts to get Washington D.C.’s NFL team to change its name following a meeting with the National Football League on Wednesday, ESPN reported. “We are very disappointed,” Oneida spokesperson Joel Barkin told ESPN. “This is the beginning of a process.…

Seattle left off first list of design centers for new Boeing aircraft

Boeing said Wednesday it would design its new 777X aircraft at five US sites and in Moscow but had made no decision about using its key Washington state facilities. Boeing Commercial Airplanes recently established multiple engineering design centers as part of a long-term strategic vision, Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said…

Investors question pay deal for Oracle executives

Fund managers, CalSTRS and PGGM of the Netherlands to press for a vote against Oracle’s executive pay policies A big UK pension fund is among a number of investors preparing to protest against the pay polices of the California-based software company Oracle – whose chief executive Larry Ellison received $76m…

Chilean observatory finds the coldest place in space

The coldest place in the universe — just one degree above absolute zero, the temperatures at which all atoms freeze — is the Boomerang Nebula, astronomers in Chile said Wednesday. It is about 5,000 light years away in the Centaurus constellation, the scientists at the ALMA observatory said. The nebula…

Arrr!-cheologists come upon the booty from Blackbeard’s ship

Five large cannons from a sunken ship captained by the legendary pirate Blackbeard have been recovered by US archeologists, authorities confirmed Wednesday. The cannons were raised from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, sunk off the coast of North Carolina, on Monday, state officials said. The cannons, four of…

Brazil marks 10th anniversary of landmark welfare program

President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday feted the 10th anniversary of a landmark welfare program that lifted 36 million Brazilians out of poverty. “Never have so many people been pulled out of poverty so quickly. ‘Bolsa Familia’ lifted 36 million people from extreme…

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