Conspiracy Theory and Environmentalism articles:
Mars probe Phoenix digs up first
sample of Martian soil Nearly
two weeks after its historic landing, the US Mars probe Phoenix has
scooped up its first sample of Martian soil and begun analyzing it
for water and organic compounds, a NASA official said.
A chunk of permafrost-like soil of the Martian arctic was
scooped up Thursday by the probe's 2.35 meter (7.7 foot)
titanium and aluminum backhoe-like extension. It now lies inside
the scoop, poised over an instrument called the Thermal and
Evolved-Gas Analyzer, or TEGA, where it will be dumped and
sealed in for several days of analysis.
Phoenix is scheduled to collect two more samples of Martian soil
over the next few days. One will be analyzed by optical
microscope, the other by chemical analysis.
The scientists stressed that the Phoenix probe is not equipped
to test Martian soil for fossils or living microbes.
Since landing on May 25, the spacecraft has already compiled
photographs of the stark reddish Martian north pole terrain
Study Finds Human-Robot Attachment
A new study shows how deeply some Roomba owners become
attached to the robotic vacuums, and suggests there's a measure of
public readiness to accept robots in the house — even flawed ones.
They give them nicknames, worry when they signal for help and
sometimes even treat them like a trusted pet.
Study finds possible link between cancer and power lines
It is something that has been debated for years; whether living next
to high-voltage power lines can lead to cancer.
20-year ban on trade in ivory
African states have called for a
20-year ban on trade in ivory to protect the continent's elephants
from poachers and possible extinction in the wild.
Robot twitcher to scan
skies for rare bird The world's first robot twitcher has
joined the hunt for the ivory-billed woodpecker. The device's
inventors hope it will come up with the first hard evidence for the
elusive bird's existence, and say it could monitor other rare
fashion victims in S.Africa South Africa's
porcupines are being slaughtered so their quills can be turned into
Porcupines are being hunted wholesale for the fashion market and
nobody has any idea how many are being killed.
Non-GMO: Hottest Food Trend
Consumers of any age can improve their health with one
change. "Avoid eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs)," says
expert Jeffrey M. Smith, who points to evidence of mounting health
risks associated with gene-spliced foods.
Study: U.S. Media Overlooked Major
Humanitarian Stories in 2006 Last year millions of people
in many countries lost their lives as a result of wars, violence,
disease, and hunger, yet the "Top Ten" most underreported stories of
2006 highlighted by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as
Doctors Without Borders, accounted for just 7.2 of the 14,512
minutes the three major television networks devoted to their nightly
newscasts in 2006.
blogging In a cramped jail cell in Alexandria, Egypt,
sits a soft-spoken 22-year-old student. Kareem Amer was sent to
prison for over a month for allegedly "defaming the president of
Egypt" and "highlighting inappropriate aspects that harm the
reputation of Egypt." Where did Amer commit these supposed
felonies? On his weblog.
ship passenger records available online for first time
UK National Archives is enabling online access to the
first comprehensive database of passenger lists from ships
departing the UK on long-distance voyages to destinations
including North America, Australia, India and South Africa
between 1890 and 1960. Genealogists will get very excited.
The construction of a
giant mirror to light up a Bondo, Swiss mountain
village whose 198 residents are deprived of sunlight for three
months each year, is being considered.
Russian shock at
'gagged' babies Russian prosecutors are investigating
allegations that hospital staff in Yekaterinburg gagged babies
because they did not want to hear them crying.
Making electricity from hog waste
Progress Energy, the
Raleigh-based electric utility, will evaluate the feasibility of
making electricity from hog waste, according to the N.C. Pork
Council. The pilot project will be conducted with participation
from hog farms throughout the state, according to a news release
from the organization.