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Scientists propose one-way trips to Mars

Scientists propose one-way trips to Mars to jump-start new era of humans in space Invoking the spirit of “Star Trek” in a scholarly article entitled “To Boldly Go,” two scientists contend human travel to Mars could happen much more quickly and cheaply if the missions are made one-way. They argue…

God won’t allow global warming, congressman seeking to head Energy Committee says

Global warming can’t destroy humanity because flood won’t kill mankind, GOP congressman says Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), who said he opposed cap and trade legislation because God would not allow the Earth to be destroyed by global warming, is seeking the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Shimkus…

Astronauts cast early ballots from space station

No lines here: Astronauts cast early ballots from space station, 200 miles above Earth Red states. Blue states. And now voting from a weightless state. The three Americans orbiting the planet on Election Day have cast their ballots. Space station astronaut Scott Kelly voted Sunday via a secure e-mail system.…

China launches own version of Google Earth

China has launched an official online mapping service as US Internet giant Google continues to hold out on applying for a licence to provide a similar service in the country, state media said Friday. The government-backed service Map World is free and allows users to search for two and three-dimensional…

Two asteroids to pass close to Earth, but won’t hit: NASA

WASHINGTON — Two asteroids were set to pass close to Earth on Wednesday but posed no risk, the US space agency NASA said. NASA said its sky observation from Arizona discovered the objects on September 5. One asteroid was believed to be 10 to 20 meters (32 to 65 feet)…

Study slashes estimated rates of ice loss from Greenland, West Antarctica

Estimates of the rate of ice loss from Greenland and West Antarctica, one of the most worrying questions in the global warming debate, should be halved, according to Dutch and US scientists. In the last two years, several teams have estimated Greenland is shedding roughly 230 gigatonnes of ice, or…

Study: Upper layer of atmosphere shrinking

Good news for satellites, and bad, as low sun activity shrinks thermosphere One of the highest sections of the atmosphere is shrinking as a result of low sun activity, researchers reported Thursday. That may sound scary, but they say it actually can be good news for satellites. It means they…

Moon may be shrinking, but very, very slowly

Study: It’s only a shrinking moon – but no, it won’t be disappearing any millennium soon The moon may be shrinking. Not to worry though, lovers and crooners, it won’t be disappearing any time soon. New research indicates cracks in the moon’s crust that have formed as the interior has…

Scientists: Timor Sea metorite altered Earth’s climate

SYDNEY — Australian scientists have discovered a crater deep beneath the Timor Sea made during a heavy meteor storm which may have altered the Earth’s climate, the lead researcher said Thursday. Australian National University archaeologist Andrew Glikson said seismic activity led experts to the Mount Ashmore 1B site, and a…

Earth may be too hot for humans by 2300: study

SYDNEY (AFP) – Climate change could make much of the world too hot for human habitation within just three centuries, research released Tuesday showed. Scientists from Australia’s University of New South Wales and Purdue University in the United States found that rising temperatures in some places could mean humans would…

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