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Researchers: Earth will be ‘unrecognizable’ by 2050

WASHINGTON — A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday. The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050,…

Experiment volunteers ‘walk on Mars’

KOROLEV, Russia (AFP) – A group of volunteers isolated from the outside world for eight months stepped out on a mock-up of Mars on Monday, reaching the half-way point of their experimental “voyage” to the Red Planet. Outfitted in heavy white space suits and clunky boots, the Russian and Italian…

Europe-sized cyclone batters Saturn for five years

A whirlwind the size of Europe lashed Saturn for five years, becoming the longest-lasting cyclone ever seen on the Solar System’s great planets, scientists reported Wednesday. The cyclone, with a vortex 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) wide, is being tracked by Spanish scientists with images from the pioneering US spacecraft Cassini.…

IBM pitches ‘smart’ cities as planet savers

IBM is helping cities worldwide get “smarter” about using resources in ways that are good for the Earth as well as local budgets. IBM announced that the coastal Texas town of Corpus Christi has joined cities such as London, Sydney, Stockholm, and Amsterdam in using Internet Age tools to better…

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.…

Astronomers discover new planet from another galaxy‎

A hot, gaseous and fast-spinning planet has been found orbiting a dying star on the edge of the Milky Way, in the first such discovery of a planet from outside our galaxy, scientists said Thursday. Slightly larger than the size of Jupiter, the largest in our solar system, the newly…

First glimpse of a planet from another galaxy

WASHINGTON — A hot, gaseous and fast-spinning planet has been found orbiting a dying star on the edge of the Milky Way, in the first such discovery of a planet from outside our galaxy, scientists said Thursday. Slightly larger than the size of Jupiter, the largest in our solar system,…

Filmmaker Cameron to return to Pandora with “Avatar” 2 and 3

LOS ANGELES — Canadian filmmaker James Cameron will write and direct the second and third parts of the sci-fi movie “Avatar” for release in 2014 and 2015, the entertainment magazine Variety said Wednesday. Executives at 20th Century Fox confirmed to the publication that they had reached an agreement with Cameron…

Discovery Channel hostage-taker hated programming

Hostage-taker at Discovery Channel headquarters railed against programs; shot dead by police A gunman police shot to death after he took hostages at Discovery Channel’s headquarters said he hated the company’s shows such as “Kate Plus 8″ because they promote population growth and its environmental programming because it did little…

US heat wave just preview of future: study

WASHINGTON — The US East Coast is sweltering in a record-hot summer but it could endure twice as many sweaty days by mid-century without action on climate change, an environmental group said Wednesday. The US capital, Washington, is on track for 50 days in 2010 in which the mercury crosses…

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