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  • China's lunar rover has mechanical problems, may not finish mission

    January 27, 2014 3:09 PM 14

    BEIJING -- China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, in a rare setback for its burgeoning space program. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years. It was designed to roam the lunar surface for three months while surveying for natural

  • Space Station Crew Discuss Their Upcoming Mission: But Is Space Travel Still Relevant? [VIDEO]

    January 27, 2014 3:07 PM 45

    Reporter Charles Poladian was able to ask these questions when he got an exclusive interview with the next International Space Station crew. The Expedition 39 crew’s members include NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsky and Oleg Artemyev. They will launch to the ISS on March 29th and return to Earth in September. They discussed

  • Grand Canyon 'formed recently'

    January 26, 2014 10:41 PM 14

    The world famous Grand Canyon, which snakes through the American state of Arizona, only took its present form relatively recently. New research suggests that most of it was put in place just five to six million years ago. "The 'old canyon model' has argued that the Grand Canyon was carved 70 million years ago in the same place and to nearly the same depth

  • China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover has ‘abnormality’

    January 25, 2014 5:51 AM 15

    The abnormality occurred due to “the complicated lunar surface environment,” the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND). Scientists were “organising an overhaul”, the report added, without giving further details. The Jade Rabbit, or Yutu in Chinese, was deployed

  • A united call for action on climate change

    January 24, 2014 4:48 PM 21

    No one and no country will escape the impact of climate change. But those with no voice — because they are already marginalized or are not yet born — are at greatest risk. The Elders have an urgent moral duty to speak out on their behalf. Given the compelling weight of evidence, it can be hard to understand why anyone is still dragging his or her feet on the coordinated

  • Scientists witness supernova explosion in nearby galaxy (Photo)

    January 22, 2014 7:50 PM 19

    A supernova recently exploded in a neighboring galaxy and was caught on camera by the University of London Observatory, according to a Jan. 22 report in Huffington Post UK. This supernova is the closest ever recorded to Earth, and its brightness had only been matched by two past supernovae explosions in 1993 and 1987. The galaxy is classified as M82, also known

  • Extremely rare Amur leopard killed in China

    January 20, 2014 12:39 PM 13

    AN EXTREMELY rare Amur leopard has been killed in China, as police searched for the suspected trapper. The animal is listed as "critically endangered'' on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List, one category below "extinct in the wild''. Global conservation organisation WWF on its website estimates the population in China at between

  • New York State Hearing Shows Ivory Crisis Should Be Everyone's Concern

    January 20, 2014 9:27 AM 22

    Elephants are well-known for their memories. In the wake an unprecedented slaughter of forest elephants in central Africa in recent years, the Wildlife Conservation Society's Samantha Strindberg and Fiona Maisels have described how mother elephants in the Congo Basin will steer their calves away from certain logging roads known to be associated with people

  • - ‘No political interference on research policy to follow’

    January 19, 2014 9:01 AM 22

    It is certainly a pleasure for me to be here amongst you this morning to be part of this ceremony organized by the National Research Council to recognize the achievements our researchers, with Presidential Awards for Scientific Publications. This event brings together a significant cross-section of researchers, within the not-so-large science and technology

  • Wikipedia for Robots, RoboEarth Goes Live

    January 18, 2014 11:01 AM 25

    Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to demonstrate possible applications. The first: the deceptively simple task of delivering a glass of milk to a patient