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NASA GROVER solar-powered robot takes a test drive in harsh Greenland climate

NASA has just completed a field test of its new solar-powered polar rover. The new robot named GROVER, which stands for Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, has passed an extreme environment test in the harshest part of Greenland…  …

From murder to mob ties: Three NY politicians who survived scandal to make unlikely comebacks

Disgraced former New York politicians Eliot Spitzer, left, and Anthony Weiner are looking to make their comebacks. Spitzer, the former governor, is now running for the office of New York City comptroller while the former U.S. congressman…  …

Singer Chris Brown could face jail for assault on Rihanna

Prosecutors called Monday for US singer Chris Brown’s probation for his notorious 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna to be revoked, potentially landing him in jail. Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation, a year-long domestic violence program and 180 days of community service after assaulting Rihanna on the eve of…

U.S. approves first brain wave test for ADHD

US regulators on Monday approved the first brain wave test for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, saying it may improve the accuracy of diagnoses by medical experts. Cases of ADHD are on the rise in the United States, as are the number of prescriptions for stimulants doled out to young people…

Tyrannosaurus rex really was a ferocious hunter, new finding confirms

A broken T. rex tooth found in another dinosaur’s tail bone offers the first hard evidence that the king of all meat-eating beasts hunted live prey, US paleontologists said Monday. Scientists have long debated whether the fossil record really proves the legendary Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious hunter or just…

Congress OKs deal to sell Reaper drones to France

Plans to sell US Reaper drones to France advanced Monday as Congress raised no objections to the contract, Pentagon officials said. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign military sales, had notified Congress on June 27 of the proposed contract, and lawmakers voiced no opposition during a 15-day review…

Neptune has a fourteenth moon, NASA says

A tiny new moon has been spotted circling Neptune — the 14th known to be orbiting the faraway planet, the US space agency said on Monday. The moon is the smallest ever glimpsed around Neptune and measures just about 12 miles (19 kilometers) across, based on observations from the Hubble…

First British same sex marriages to take place in 2014

The first gay marriages in England and Wales are set to take place in 2014 after the legislation passed through parliament’s upper chamber the House of Lords on Monday. Jubilant gay rights activists cheered outside parliament as the bill cleared unopposed, while gay lawmaker Lord Waheed Ali told colleagues in…

Israel decries Polish ban on Kosher livestock slaughter

Israel said Monday a Polish ban on the ritual slaughter of livestock for food is “unacceptable” and a “blow” to Jewish tradition, calling on the parliament to review its decision. The foreign ministry also summoned Poland’s ambassador Jacek Chodorowicz to express its discontent, an Israeli official told AFP on condition…

Study: Unemployment crisis in Italy hits immigrants the worst

Immigrants are being hit harder than Italians by the country’s unemployment crisis, a new report showed Monday, saying the figures were “extremely worrying” and could lead to “major social destabilisation”. The report said the number of unemployed foreigners in the country was currently 385,000 — up from 220,000 at the…

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