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World’s sixth mass extinction may be underway: study

PARIS – Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth’s history, according to a paper released on Wednesday by the science journal Nature. Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced events. But the new threat is man-made, inflicted by habitation…

European freighter docks with space station

TOULOUSE, France – A robot freighter laden with seven tonnes of supplies docked flawlessly on Thursday with the International Space Station (ISS), its European controllers said here. The Johannes Kepler teamed up with the ISS at 1708 GMT after an eight-day orbital flight covering some four million kilometres (2.5 million…

Space weather could wreak havoc in gadget-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A geomagnetic space storm sparked by a solar eruption like the one that flared toward Earth Tuesday is bound to strike again and could wreak havoc across the gadget-happy modern world, experts say. Contemporary society is increasingly vulnerable to space weather because of our dependence on satellite…

Space weather could wreak havoc in gagdet-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Earth just dodged a solar bullet. But it won’t be the last. Experts say a geomagnetic storm, sparked by a massive solar eruption similar to the one that flared toward the Earth on Tuesday, is bound to strike again, and the next one could wreak more…

Earth dodges geomagnetic storm: scientist

WASHINGTON – A wave of charged plasma particles from a huge solar eruption has glanced off the Earth’s northern pole, lighting up auroras and disrupting some radio communications, a NASA scientist said. But the Earth appears to have escaped a widespread geomagnetic storm, with the effects confined to the northern…

Amnesty slams Shell over oil spills in Nigeria

Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth Tuesday said they had filed an official complaint against Ango-Dutch firm Shell for shirking responsibility for oil spills in Nigeria and wreaking havoc on the environment. A joint statement said Shell’s operations in the southern oil-rich Niger Delta breached the Organisation for Economic…

2010 tied for Earth’s hottest year on record, NOAA reports

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that last year was tied as the planet’s hottest on record. Surface temperatures in 2010 were tied with 2005: both years, up approximately 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century’s average. Surface temperatures for the Earth’s oceans were also up by 0.88…

Forecasters keep eye on looming ‘Solar Max’

The coming year will be an important one for space weather as the Sun pulls out of a trough of low activity and heads into a long-awaited and possibly destructive period of turbulence. Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes…

Japan probe reaches Venus, prepares to enter orbit

Japan probe reaches Venus, prepares to enter orbit; mission could illuminate Earth’s neighbor A Japanese probe reached Venus on Tuesday and prepared to enter orbit on a two-year mission that would mark a major milestone for Japan’s space program and could shed light on the climate of Earth’s mysterious neighbor.…

NASA reportedly discovers ‘completely alien’ life on Earth

Update: Watch video of NASA announcing their discovery at the bottom of this report It’s not exactly little green men but NASA is expected to announce Thursday that it has discovered a new life form unlike anything previously known. In a special news conference, NASA will reportedly say that it…

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