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Next week's space shuttle mission a "go"

NASA has decided to proceed with a shuttle launch to the International Space Station (ISS) next week, having concluded that insulation foam losses from the external fuel tank, which occurred during the two previous shuttle launches, did not pose an unacceptable risk to the upcoming mission...

August 19, 2009 — John Matson

Renewable energy also better for workers' health

Mining is the second most dangerous occupation in the U.S., averaging roughly 27 deaths for every 100,000 workers per year. That's nearly nine times higher than the overall fatality rate for U.S...

August 18, 2009 — David Biello

Justice indicts three for alleged role in U.S.'s largest financial info heist

The Justice Department yesterday announced indictments against three hackers thought to be involved in a data theft affecting 130 million credit and debit card accounts, reportedly the largest breach of financial information ever perpetrated in the U.S.  All three are charged with two counts of the following: conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers, to commit fraud in connection with computers and to damage computers; and conspiracy to commit wire fraud...

August 18, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Dodeca-mom could smash multiple birth record with 12 babies

A woman in Tunisia is said to be pregnant with six boys and six girls, The Sun reported yesterday.

If the woman, a teacher in her 30s who was not named in the newspaper, successfully delivers all 12 infants, as she has vowed to do, she would be going against medical advice and shattering the world record for multiple births...

August 18, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Lab creates fake DNA evidence

Unlike finicky fingerprints and frowned-upon fiber analysis, DNA evidence has been the most bulletproof evidence for forensic sciences in recent years.

August 18, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

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