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  • Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook
    Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

    A photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said. It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott's 1911 Terra Nova base during last year's summer ice melt. Writing in the notebook remains legible but the binding has been dissolved by years of ice and water damage, the trust's executive director Nigel Watson said. The notebook is a missing part of the official expedition record," he said.

  • Huge Magnetic 'Ropes' Drive Powerful Sun Explosions
    Huge Magnetic 'Ropes' Drive Powerful Sun Explosions

    Known as magnetic flux ropes, coronal loops and solar prominences, these structures possess spiraling magnetic field lines, as if a huge bar magnet had been twisted into a corkscrew. Scientists have long thought magnetic flux ropes drive powerful solar explosions such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which can spawn geomagnetic storms that damage satellites in space and disrupt power grids on Earth. Two models for how magnetic flux ropes are involved have emerged. In the first model, a magnetic flux rope exists before the eruption.

  • WRONG NUMBER LEADS WOMAN TO THINK SHE'S MET MR. RIGHT

    DEAR ABBY: I met a guy over the phone when he called my number by mistake. After a brief conversation, not particularly polite on my part, the call ended. Forty-five minutes later he called me back, saying he couldn't stop thinking about me. I thought, "Who is this goofball?"Over time, my phone has been "pinging" with messages from him. He has sent his life story, photos and address. He even gave me his Social Security number and told me to run a check on him to see for myself that he's legitimate. We have been talking for eight months and are making plans to meet. ...

  • Mapping drone prompts China to scramble fighter jets

    China deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported Thursday. Three men are being prosecuted over the incident, the China Daily said. It cited prosecutors as saying that 1,226 military personnel, 123 military vehicles, 26 radar technicians, two fighter jets and two helicopters were sent into action after the aircraft was spotted on radar screens. Police arrested two men as they flew the drone and a third confessed later, according to the paper, which is published by the government.

  • Cenovus meets 3Q profit forecasts

    On a per-share basis, the Calgary, Alberta-based company said it had net income of 42 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 44 cents per share. The results met Wall Street expectations. ...

  • Man warns Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend.' How did president handle it?
    Man warns Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend.' How did president handle it?

    An apparently jealous man on Monday warned President Obama to stay away from his fiancée.

  • 102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada
    102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada

    Recently a family in Regina, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, discovered a few small snakes in their basement and called the local wildlife rehab agency.

  • U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors
    U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

    By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials unveiled new measures on Wednesday to carry out Ebola monitoring on anyone entering the country from the three nations at the center of a West African epidemic, increasing precautions to stop the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that beginning Monday, travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus. ...

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