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‘Dark energy’ targeted in European space mission

So-called dark energy, believed to play a role in the accelerated expansion of the Universe, will be studied in a major science mission to be launched later this decade, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. A space telescope known as Euclid will be launched in 2019 with the…

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for supernovae research

Researchers Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Physics PrizeTuesday for their research on supernovae, the Nobel jury said. “They have studied several dozen exploding stars, called supernovae, and discovered that the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate,” it said, adding that their discovery had…

US, Britain split on cuts in Davos

Britain and the United States laid out starkly different recovery strategies at Davos on Friday, with one calling for deep spending cuts and the other warning against drastic action. Leaders of the business and political elite gathered at the World Economic Forum were treated to back-to-back appearances by Britain’s Prime…

Vietnam plans eight nuclear power plants by 2030

HANOI — Energy-short Vietnam announced an expansion of its nuclear power programme on Tuesday, with eight plants planned for operation over the next 20 years. Atomic power will become one of the nation’s key energy sources, according to the decision posted on the government website. Initial plans called for four…

Nearing final votes on health reform, passage seems increasingly certain

Rarely does the government, that big, clumsy, poorly regarded oaf, pull off anything short of war that touches all lives with one act, one stroke of a president’s pen. Such a moment now seems near. After a year of riotous argument, decades of failure and a century of spoiled hopes,…

Sen. Hatch admits GOP ‘standard practice’ was to run up deficit

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow believes she has found the smoking gun proving Republicans’ hypocrisy on health care and the budget deficit: an admission by Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch that, during the Bush administration, “it was standard practice not to pay for things.” “Every single Republican opposed the health reform bill…

Lieberman falsely insists he didn’t change mind on Medicare buy-in

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on Tuesday denied having reversed his position on the Medicare buy-in compromise. The provision has been put forth in lieu of the public option, and allows individuals aged 55 to 64 the opportunity to part-take in Medicare. “I didn’t change my mind on the…

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