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'Comet of the century' to buzz Mars

Earthlings may be treated to a dazzling celestial display this fall as Comet ISON makes a suicidal plunge toward the sun. But spacecraft exploring Mars is poised to get close-up views of the icy wanderer first.<p>"Comet ISON is paying a visit to the Red Planet," astronomer Carey Lisse of the Johns …

In China, being retweeted 500 times can get you three years in prison

Details of a new law issued by China’s supreme court are bound to make loose talkers on Sina Weibo and other social media platforms think twice before speaking freely. The law says that any libelous posts or messages will be considered “severe” breaches of the law if they are visited or clicked on …

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Facebook and Yahoo join call for more government transparency in new lawsuits

Facebook and Yahoo have become the latest tech companies to ask the FISA court for permission to publish more detailed data on the government's requests for user information. In separate posts on their respective sites, the two companies announced that they had filed petitions similar to those …

US to destroy ivory stocks in effort to stop illegal elephant poaching

The Obama administration said on Monday it would destroy all 6m tons of its stocks of seized ivory – potentially millions in contraband – stepping up efforts to crush an illegal trade that has brought wild elephants to the brink of extinction.<p>The ivory destruction, announced at a White House event …

Toyota recalls 780,000 cars to fix suspension - again

Toyota announced Monday that it is recalling nearly 800,000 hybrid sedans and cross-overs to fix a suspension problem that persists even after being fixed after a recall last year.<p>The two vehicles covered by the latest service action are the 2010 Lexus HS250 hybrid and the 2006 through 2011 Toyota …

Mars One mission starts sifting through 200,000 applicants

Between 24 and 40 people will take a one-way flight to the red planet in 2023 with the private Mars One mission<p><b>Mars colony</b><p><i>Mars One</i><p>Only a few dozen will be chosen for the 2023 mission to colonize the red planet.<p>Five months after the Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced it …

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