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Cassini in safe mode after Saturn flight (AP)

AP - The international Cassini spacecraft went into safe mode this week after successfully passing over a Saturn moon that was the mysterious destination of a deep-space faring astronaut in Arthur C. Clarke's novel "2001: A Space...

NASA sought to stop astronaut meltdowns (AP)

AP - NASA e-mails released Wednesday indicate the space agency was looking for ways to prevent astronaut meltdowns just three months before one-time shuttle flier Lisa Nowak was arrested in a scandalous love triangle.

Shrinking kilogram bewilders physicists (AP)

AP - A kilogram just isn't what it used to be. The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight — if ever so...


WEDNESDAY 12. SEPTEMBER 2007


Craig Venter Discusses His Genome (U.S. News & World Report)

U.S. News & World Report - J. Craig Venter sparked nationwide excitement in 2000 when his company, Celera Genomics, set out to sequence the human genome independently from the publicly funded Human Genome Project. Celera's "shotgun sequencing" method allowed Celera to complete the mission in only nine months, compared with the 15 years and around $3 billion the Human Genome Project...

More Species on Brink of Extinction (LiveScience.com)

LiveScience.com - More than 16,300 species of animals and plants are on the verge of disappearing from the planet, with nearly 200 more species approaching extinction within the last year, according to the World Conservation Union's 2007 Red List of Threatened Species.

Massive quake hits Indonesia (AFP)

AFP - A massive 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, toppling buildings and triggering a tsunami alert across the Indian Ocean...

Storm warnings issued for Texas, La. (AP)

AP - A tropical storm warning was issued Wednesday for parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts as a tropical depression intensified in the Gulf of Mexico. Rain was already falling in the two states, and forecasters warned it could cause...

Florida trial of ex-astronaut postponed (Reuters)

Reuters - The trial of former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak on charges she attacked a romantic rival has been postponed until next year to allow prosecutors time to prepare for an insanity defense, according to a court...

Oldest Identifiable Footprints Found (LiveScience.com)

LiveScience.com - Two reptile-like animals living 290 million years ago are the oldest creatures to have their footprints positively identified after a fortuitous discovery allowed scientists to match fossils to preserved trackways.

The Nation's Weather (AP)

AP - Most of a cold front over the East Coast will push offshore early Wednesday, but the southern portion of the front is expected to remain over an area from the Carolinas through the Gulf...

'Killer bees' descend on New Orleans (AP)

AP - Africanized honeybees, a fierce hybrid strain sometimes referred to as "killer bees," appear to have established themselves in the New Orleans area, the state agriculture commissioner said.

2 China pandas loaned to Australia zoo (AP)

AP - China has selected a pair of giant pandas — Wangwang and Funi — to send to the Adelaide Zoo, an official said Wednesday, in a goodwill gesture announced during a recent visit to Australia by President Hu Jintao.

Almanac calls for warmer weather in 2008 (AP)

AP - The Old Farmer's Almanac says it used time-honored, complex calculations to predict that 2008 will be the warmest year in a century, along with a bit of folklore — years that end in "8" have weird...

Experts: Spiders spin giant web in Texas (AP)

AP - A variety of spider species built on one another's work to create a sprawling web that blanketed hundreds of yards of trees and shrubs at a North Texas park, according to entomologists who studied the unusual formation.


TUESDAY 11. SEPTEMBER 2007


Experts: Spiders spin giant web in Texas (AP)

AP - A variety of spider species built on one another's work to create a sprawling web that blanketed hundreds of yards of trees and shrubs at a North Texas park, according to entomologists who studied the unusual formation.