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  • New evidence suggests Mercury's north polar region contains large deposits of ice. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University)NASA's Messenger spacecraft has discovered evidence that the planet Mercury has enough ice on its surface to encase Washington, D.C., in a block two and a half miles deep.

    "For more than 20 years the jury has been deliberating on whether the planet closest to the Sun hosts abundant water ice in its permanently shadowed polar regions," writes Sean Solomon of the Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the principal investigator of the Messenger mission. The spacecraft "has now supplied a unanimous affirmative verdict."

    "These reflectance anomalies are concentrated on poleward-facing slopes and are spatially collocated with areas of high radar backscatter postulated to be the result of near-surface water ice," Gregory Neumann of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center writes in the paper. "Correlation of observed reflectance with modeled temperatures indicates that the optically bright regions are consistent with surface water ice."

    The study results were published on

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  • Robert Wilkinson outside court in Edson, Alberta (Handout photo/The Canadian Press)

    The man made famous on the Web for his impassioned rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police car had his court appearance today. He wore a Viking hat, sunglasses and a NASA "I need my space" T-shirt. Naturally.

    Robert Wilkinson of Edson, Alberta, represented himself. Perhaps not surprisingly, the 29-year-old was convicted of impaired driving and refusing a blood-alcohol-level test.

    He was fined $1,400 and had his license suspended for one year. But singing? Let's hope he can still do lots of that.

    Wilkinson seemed bullish about the conclusion of events, writing on his Facebook page, "The system works." Even as a friend pointed out that he was convicted, he responded, "Who has the right to say that? I am not convicted in my mind."

    In the minds of many, Wilkinson is an Internet star.

    The Canadian first drew attention when, allegedly inebriated, he was arrested and put in the back of a RCMP cruiser, where he was recorded belting out the Queen hit.

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  • Animated breaking news alert scares Fox News host

    When a television news network needs to interrupt programming with breaking news, the alert animation is not supposed to scare the host more than the actual news.

    But that's what happened, and now video of Fox News host Megyn Kelly's reaction is getting attention.

    The segment on the "fiscal cliff" began with a brand-new breaking news alert graphic. Someone apparently forgot to warn Kelly that the graphics department had been working overtime.

    After it appeared, the "America Live" anchor was shown with her hands over her mouth looking surprised, and not in a good way.

    She then burst into giggles. "That was a new alert animation, scared me a little bit," she said. "Maybe we should be scared, because the clock is ticking down right now to the so-called fiscal cliff."

    Kelly was so distracted by the animation onslaught, she actually asked her guest, Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt, about it. "So, did you think of that alert, did it scare you?"

    He responded gamely, "I was really

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