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Can Pompeii's Ruins Be Saved?

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 07:21

Recent collapses highlight "critical" situation, but the site is safe for tourists, experts say. Can new funds stop the decay?

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New "Albino" Spider Found in Australia

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 03:16

A new species of spider with an unusual white head has shocked scientists in Australia.

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Russia Launches Mission to Mars Moon; Probe to Send Back Dust

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 01:01

After 20 failed missions to Mars and no attempts since 1996, Russia hastoday successfully launched the Phobos-Grunt sample-return spacecraft.

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New Volcano Pictures: "Monstrous" Eruption in the Congo

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 21:46
Africa's most active volcano rumbled to life Sunday, spewing lava toward chimp habitat and turning skies orange and red.
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Spectacular Time Lapse Video of Historic Condit Dam Removal

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 20:54

The Condit Dam in Washington State has been dramatically dismantled, to restore a salmon stream for the first time in a century.

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Conquistador Was Deep in U.S.: "Stunning" Jewelry Find Redraws Route?

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 20:30

The "stunning" discovery of 16th-century Spanish artifacts in a strange spot could redraw the map of Hernando de Soto's expedition.

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Entire Mammal Genus on Brink of Extinction

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 19:22

For the first time in 75 years, an entire genus of mammal may go the way of the dodo—unless a new sanctuary succeeds, conservationists say.

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Giant Asteroid to Buzz Earth Tuesday; When and How to See It

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 02:26

As big as an aircraft carrier, 2005 YU55 will pass inside the moon's orbit, the first asteroid this size to get so close since 1976.

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New Meteor Pictures: Orionids Light Up Aurora and More

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 01:12
See shots of the falling pieces of Halley's comet that streaked through starry skies, and even auroras, in late October.
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Coyote-Wolf Hybrids Have Spread Across U.S. East

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 23:17

Coyotes with wolf DNA have been found in Virginia, confirming the hybrids' spread through the mid-Atlantic, a new study says.

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Nigeria’s Solar Projects Yield Both Failure and Success

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 19:29

Solar power offers hope to villages that lack electricity, but Nigeria's experience shows that it won't work without adequate investment and care.

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Meteor Shower to Peak This Weekend—Fireballs Expected

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 03:13

Get ready for a Taurid affair: The annual meteor shower, peaking this weekend, is known for producing spectacular fireballs.

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Pictures: Mock Mars Mission "Returns" to Earth

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 02:23
After 520 days of isolation, the crew of the Mars500 mission has "returned" to Earth. See what the six men got up to during the trip.
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Permanent Daylight Saving Time? Might Boost Tourism, Efficiency

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 01:44

As much of the U.S. and Europe falls back an hour, supporters of permanent daylight saving tout energy saving—and more tourism.

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Daylight Saving Time 2011: Why and When Does It End?

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 00:47

Why do we fall back? Should daylight savings be abolished? Get the facts—and a few controversial takes on turning back the clock.

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Where Did Fall Color Go? Predicting Foliage's Final Hideouts

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 00:39

Experts predict foliage's final hideouts—places where the Halloween blizzard was just a headline and the leaves blaze deep into November.

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Space Pictures This Week: Gamma-Ray Burst, Chile Volcano, More

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 21:20
The space station gets a delayed delivery, a brilliant explosion lights up the early universe, and more in the week's best space pictures.
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Daylight Saving Time 2011: Why and When Does It Begin?

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 02:46

Why do we spring forward? Should daylight savings be abolished? Get the facts—and a few controversial takes on turning back the clock.

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Ancient "Saber-Toothed Squirrel" Found

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 02:52

The fossilized skull and teeth of a fanged, shrew-like mammal have been discovered in Argentina, a new study says.

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Pictures: Best Wild Animal Photos of 2011 Announced

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 02:42
Sparring cocks and a curious fox feature in some of the year's best wild-animal pictures, according to the results of a U.K.-based contest.
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