Science and Technology  April 01, 2015
SeaWorld, activists clash on social media over orcas' lot
Killer whale "Tilikum" performs during the "Believe" show at Sea World in Orlando, Florida on  March 30, 2011SeaWorld and animal rights groups clashed on social media Tuesday over the company's treatment of orcas, which star as the main attraction at several marine parks.The Florida-based company recently put its trainers and veterinarians on social media to respond to questions from the public amid a controversy over the orcas' lot in captivity.Instead, ...  Full Story
Endangered clouded leopard kittens born in Miami zoo
Handout photo obtained March 30, 2015 from the Zoo Miami in Miami, Florida shows two female clouded leopardsTwo clouded leopard kittens were born this month at the Miami Zoo, a treat for the doting keepers and a victory in the fight to preserve a vulnerable species.The medium-sized cat, which is not closely related to the African leopard, lives in forests of South East Asia and fewer than 10,000 are thought to exist in the wild.The zoon said the kittens,...  Full Story
Boys, girls are equal in number at conception
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that boys and girls are equal in number at conception, but more female fetuses die during pregnancy, leading to a slightly higher number of males being bornBoys and girls are equal in number at conception, but more female fetuses die during pregnancy, leading to a slightly higher number of males being born, researchers said Monday.The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is based on the largest dataset ever analyzed in the search to explain what is known as the human sex ratio,...  Full Story
Soyuz spacecraft docks at ISS for year-long mission
RussiaA Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked at the International Space Station Saturday after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said, launching a year-long mission on the orbiting outpost.The Soyuz-TMA16M spacecraft's crew included a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut who will be the first to spend an entire year on t...  Full Story
Feud on Earth but peace in space for US and Russia
A close-up view of the International Space Station photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery on March 7, 2011Hundreds of kilometres below on Earth, their governments are locked in a standoff over Ukraine -- but up in space, Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts are still working together side by side.The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the rare areas of US-Russian cooperation that has not been hit by the Ukraine crisis and in the latest s...  Full Story
NASA rover completes 11-year Mars marathon
This NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS file photo shows a self-portrait of NASANASA's Opportunity Mars rover has become the first human-made vehicle to complete a marathon on another planet -- a feat accomplished in a record time of no less than 11 years.Opportunity passed the 26-mile (42-kilometer) mark Tuesday after approximately 11 years and two months traveling the Martian terrain, where it surpassed scientists' original ...  Full Story
Canadian jailed in US for smuggling horns, ivory
A US judge jailed a Canadian antiques dealer for two-and-a-half years on Wednesday for smuggling rhinoceros horns, seen here, coral and elephant ivoryA US judge jailed a Canadian antiques dealer for two-and-a-half years on Wednesday for smuggling rhinoceros horns, coral and elephant ivory.Xiao Ju Guan, also known as Tony Guan, was arrested in March 2014 after buying two endangered black rhinoceros horns from undercover special agents in New York for $45,000.The 39-year-old from British Columbia,...  Full Story
Mars has nitrogen, key to life: NASA
NASANASA's Curiosity rover has found nitrogen on the surface of Mars, a significant discovery that adds to evidence the Red Planet could once have sustained life, the space agency said.By drilling into Martian rocks, Curiosity found evidence of nitrates, compounds containing nitrogen that can be used by living organisms.The Curiosity team has already f...  Full Story
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