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Cracks in external tank put Discovery launch on indefinite hold

Discovery space shuttle

Within days of saying that the Discovery space shuttle had been tested ready for its final launch next week, NASA managers said in a Wednesday announcement that more time is required to ascertain the exact reason behind the cracks in the shuttle’s external tank.

NASA awards a $2bn contract to British defence group Qinetiq

Qinetiq

US Space Agency NASA has awarded a $2 billion (£1.25bn) contract to British defence technology supplier Qinetiq.

Snowmass Village Fossil Excavation being deemed a “smashing success”

Snowmass Village Fossil Excavation being deemed a “smashing success”

The nearly 70 volunteers and staff of the Denver Museum of Natural Science involved in the Snowmass Village Fossil Excavation have deemed the excavation a "smashing success", largely because of what could probably be the find of the century - an ice-age burial ground which could rival the famous La Brea tar pits.

Greenpeace Moves to Ban Deepwater Drilling off Shetland Islands

Greenpeace Moves to Ban Deepwater Drilling off Shetland Islands

Greenpeace is preparing a lawsuit against the UK Government to prevent any new deepwater drilling off the coast of the Shetland Islands until the causes of the BP Deepwater Horizon accident have been fully understood.

Scientists elaborate the ‘physics’ behind how cats drink water without getting wet

Scientists elaborate the ‘physics’ behind how cats drink water without getting w

A new ‘cat-lapping’ study, recently published on the website of the journal Science, has unfolded the ‘physics’ associated with a cat’s ability to drink water without wetting its chin and whiskers.

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