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Great China earthquake may have been man-made

Was last year's devastating China earthquake, which killed 80,000 people and left more than 5 million homeless, really just a tragic natural event? Speculation is growing that the magnitude-7.9 quake may have actually been triggered by the tremendous water weight behind a nearby dam.

February 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite

How your mother might affect your memory

A new study in mice suggests that a mother's childhood experiences may affect the brain function of her offspring. Researchers found that mouse moms who were physically active, stimulated and changed their living arrangements frequently as youngsters gave birth to babies with better memory than those born to mothers raised in dull environments.

February 3, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Astronomers turn up smallest exoplanet yet

The exoplanet express just keeps on rolling: The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced the discovery of the smallest known planet orbiting a normal star other than the sun.

February 3, 2009 — John Matson

It's raining hydrocarbons on Saturn's mysterious moon

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a curious abundance of methane, both in its atmosphere and in massive liquid pools on the surface. As with Mars, the presence of the relatively short-lived compound on Titan raises questions about its origin.

February 3, 2009 — John Matson

Daschle withdraws as HHS secretary nominee

Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination as health secretary today following growing criticism of his failure to pay more than $120,000 in taxes, according to published reports.

February 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Iran launches a satellite into space

Iran says it launched a satellite last night as part of what officials there described as the country’s bid to develop a space program.

The satellite, named Omid, or “hope,” was “successfully sent into orbit” with a Safir 2 (or "ambassador") rocket, according to IRNA, Iran’s official news agency.

February 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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