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  • Penguin film director gives climate warning in Cannes closer

    By Michael Roddy CANNES, France (Reuters) - The French director who charmed the world and won an Oscar with his 2005 documentary "March of the Penguins" will close the Cannes festival on a somber note with a film about global warming that says not only the penguins should be worried. Luc Jacquet's…

    Reuters
  • Sudden Infant Deaths Linked to Elevation

    Babies who live at high elevations, those above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), may face a slightly increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, new research finds. "The absolute risk [of SIDS] remains very low, and … this is in no way a call to abandon residence [in] or visits to…

    LiveScience.com
  • John Nash, wife, 'A Beautiful Mind' inspiration, die in NJ

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind," has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.

    Associated Press
  • This inflatable plane could explore the clouds of Venus

    Northrop Grumman has a new idea for exploring Venus. Announced earlier this month, the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverability Platform (or VAMP) would let NASA skim Venus's upper atmosphere with an inflatable aircraft, deployed from space. Since the craft is self-inflated, it would be light enough to…

    The Verge
  • Independence Group to buy Sirius Resources for $1.4 billion

    If approved at shareholder meetings in late August, the deal will create a midtier mining company producing commodities ranging from gold to nickel and zinc.

    MarketWatch
  • Mozambique agriculture plan could displace 100,000 farmers: activists

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mozambique is mulling a plan to lease 240,000 hectares of prime farmland to investors to grow crops for export, threatening to displace more than 100,000 local residents, activists and academics said, citing a leaked document. The Lurio River…

    Reuters
  • This is what an astronaut sees during an aborted spaceflight

    Yesterday, SpaceX released footage of a May 6th pad abort test for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX was testing the process of ejecting crew members from the spacecraft if anything were to go wrong during takeoff. Following the launch, SpaceX said the test was a success.

    The Verge
  • Volcano erupts on Galapagos island home to unique pink iguanas

    A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the National Park said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas. The roughly 1.7 kilometer (1.1 mile) high Wolf volcano is located on Isabela Island, home to a rich variety of flora and…

    Reuters
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    LA joins worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

    Up to 500 protesters, including families with small children, take part in a colourful and good-natured rally to protest against the biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.

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  • How Does Salmonella Get into Sushi?

    Raw tuna is the suspected source of a new outbreak of Salmonella, but how does tuna become contaminated with the bacteria in the first place? Experts say that the Salmonella probably wasn't living on the fish itself, but rather the tuna became contaminated at some point when the food was being…

    LiveScience.com
  • United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy

    The United Arab Emirates on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry. The seven-state ...

    Associated Press
  • Human gene sequencing gets an official yardstick

    Gene sequencing, once a rare feat, is pretty common these days... but how do you know that your DNA data is up to snuff? As of now, there's an easy way to find out. The National Institute of Standards ...

    Engadget
  • Consolidation in seed industry could pressure DuPont Pioneer

    Monsanto and Syngenta posted combined sales of about $31 billion in recent years.

    USA TODAY
  • Colorado city going dark this weekend to help stargazers

    TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — Telluride residents were asked to turn out the lights on Saturday night and early Sunday to help stargazers see the night sky free of light pollution.

    Associated Press
  • California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

    SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

    Associated Press
  • Study: High altitude may boost babies' risks for SIDS deaths

    CHICAGO (AP) — Lofty living may make babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, according to a Colorado study that found higher risks above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

    Associated Press
  • Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

    Associated Press