Science and Technology  October 04, 2015
Satellite Internet gets a fresh look, cash infusion
An Ariane-5 rocket is seen blasting off from the European space centre at Kourou, French Guiana, as it delivers two telecommunications satellites into geostationary orbit, in 2012The race for Internet service from space is on, again.After a series of failed satellite Internet projects over the past two decades, fresh investment is coming into the sector, and at least three high-profile projects are moving forward.OneWeb, a London-based consortium backed by tycoon Richard Branson, announced in June it had raised $500 million...  Full Story
Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA
A helicopter crew deployed for water bombing by the National Disaster Management Agency walk past their grounded aircraft due to thick haze in Palembang on IndonesiaThe forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, NASA has warned, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb a crisis that has persisted for nearly two decades.Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid smoke billowing from fires on pl...  Full Story
Search for Mars life stymied by contamination threat
This image released by NASA on February 7, 2013 shows a self-portrait of NASAA multi-billion-dollar robot dispatched to Mars to search for life must steer clear of promising "hot spots" for fear of spreading microbes from Earth, NASA project scientists said Thursday.The spectre of a missed opportunity was thrown into sharp relief by smoking-gun evidence unveiled this week that liquid water, a prerequisite for life, existed ...  Full Story
US adds two macaws to endangered species list
A great green macaw (Ara Ambigua) perches on a branch on June 3, 2010 at Zoo Ave, in Costa RicaPoaching and habitat loss have landed the military macaw and the great green macaw, two birds typically found in Central and South America, on the US endangered species list, officials said Thursday."Both macaws are at risk of extinction throughout their ranges," said the US Fish and Wildlife Service, adding that "existing regulatory mechanisms des...  Full Story
Diverse gut bacteria lowers babies' asthma risk: study
Children at high risk of getting asthma may be missing some important gut bacteria in their first few months of life, according to a studyChildren at high risk of getting asthma may be missing some important gut bacteria in their first few months of life, according to a study Wednesday that helps explain why asthma is on the rise.Cases of asthma -- a lifelong condition that causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing -- have risen sharply since the 1950s, particularly in Weste...  Full Story
Al Gore spreads environmental gospel before climate talks
The modern world is collapsing around us and we must change our ways, according to former US vice president Al GoreNobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore is busily training an army of organizers to go out and spread his environmental gospel ahead of key climate talks in Paris later this year.The modern world is collapsing around us and we must change our ways, according to the former US vice president, who has led the training of more than 5,000 people in the last 18...  Full Story
Endangered fur seals dying on California coast
Fur seals breed almost exclusively on Guadalupe Island, off the Mexican coast, and little is known about the speciesEighty fur seals have been found stranded or dead on California's coast so far this year, eight times more than normal, scientists said.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 42 of the seals were found dead and the remainder were found alive but half-starving.The NOAA said on Tuesday it was declaring an Unusual Mortality Event in ...  Full Story
Mars water find boosts quest for extra-terrestrial life
L-R: John Grunsfeld, associate administrator NASAThe search for extra-terrestrial life just got a big boost from NASA's stunning announcement that it now has its strongest evidence yet of liquid water on Mars.So did the prospects for human exploration of the red planet because the presence of flowing water could help sustain future manned missions, NASA scientists say."We now have great opportuni...  Full Story