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Jailed but Innocent: Record Number of People Exonerated in 2015

A record-breaking number of people were exonerated in 2015 — freed after serving time in American prisons for crimes they did not commit.<p>In all, 149 people spent an average of 15 years in prison before being cleared last year, according to a new report (.pdf) out Wednesday from the National …

NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

This week NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover celebrated its 12 year anniversary on the red planet. What’s truly remarkable about this is the fact that the rover was only designed to operate for about 90 days.<p>Due to helpful unforeseen surface conditions and few creative software changes, NASA has been …

Angry senators blast Obama administration officials over abuses of migrant children | Fox News

U.S. senators from both political parties blasted the Department of Health and Human Services for failing to protected unaccompanied Central American minors who crossed into the United States illegally during the border surge of 2014. Many of the children were released to adults who later forced …

UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively'

The World Heath Organization estimates that there could up to 4 million cases of the mosquito-borne virus over the next year in the Americas.<p>Geneva — …

Humans have made so much plastic it will probably show up in future fossils

Future archeologists aren’t just going to be digging up old bones: Looks like they’re also going to be sifting though old fossilized plastics.<p>A review published (paywall) in the journal Anthropocene this month finds plastic has discernibly changed the surface of the planet since humans began using …

Pollution

Sea level rise from ocean warming underestimated, scientists say

Thermal expansion of the oceans as they warm is likely to be twice as large as previously thought, according to German researchers<p>The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and could be about twice as much as previously calculated, German …

Global Warming

Blue Origin Makes History By Landing Reusable Rocket A Second Time

Blue Origin stole another “first” out from under Elon Musk and SpaceX on Friday, sending its New Shepard rocket—the same one it launched and landed …

Does natural variation explain record heat? 'Extremely unlikely,' scientists say.

Without greenhouse-gas emissions from burning coal and oil, the odds are slim that 13 out of the 15 warmest years measured in the last 150 years …

Fracking fears raised by methane gas study

<b>Research on the amount of gas leaked from onshore oil and gas wells raises "serious questions" over the development of fracking in the UK, Greenpeace has said.</b><p>Around a third of former onshore oil and gas wells are leaking methane gas, according to the research led by scientists at the University of …

Oil & Gas Industry

The world’s richest 62 people now have more wealth than the poorest 3.6 billion combined

So much wealth has accumulated among the world’s richest that the 62 wealthiest people on the planet now own more than the poorest 3.6 billion people, or half the planet, according to research published by Oxfam, an anti-poverty charity.<p>That ratio has become a good deal more skewed recently. In …

It's Time To Take Note and Take Action Against Human Trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time for realizing that slavery actually did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation. As a matter of fact, the U.S. State Department tells us that there are 12.3 million "trafficking slaves" around the world today. The average age of a person …

Scientists find evidence of second biggest black hole in Milky Way

MINATO, Japan, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A team of astronomers in Japan have discovered evidence of what they call an "intermediate mass" black hole near the …

Ellis Island of the South

A Georgia town becomes a magnet for refugees – including from Syria – despite resistance to the newcomers in many parts of the South. Can Clarkston …

What can we learn from our galaxy's second-biggest black hole?

Researchers say their discovery 200 lightyears from the galaxy's largest black hole may help answer the question of how supermassive black holes …

Super-rich: 62 people own as much as half the world

The world's richest 62 people now own as much wealth as half of the world's population, according to a report by the charity Oxfam.<p>Super-rich individuals saw an increase of 44 percent since 2010, taking their cumulative wealth to $1.76 trillion - equivalent to the total owned by 3.5 billion of the …

The properties of pre-stellar cores

Stars like the Sun begin their lives as cold, dense cores of dust and gas that collapse under the influence of gravity until nuclear fusion is …

SpaceX sea landing failure. Elon Musk explains

Sunday evening, Elon Musk posted a video of the moment SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landed on a floating ocean barge, toppled over and exploded into …

The scourge of human trafficking: It’s not just other countries’ problem

<b>(idizimage via Shutterstock)</b><p>An expert who’s fought to stop the sexual exploitation of children on what we — and the travel industry — can do<p>Daniela Petrova<p>January 17, 2016 2:00pm (UTC)<p>January has been designated Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by presidential proclamation.<p>Millions of …

Travel Industry

NASA first: Zinnia flower blooms aboard space station

Successfully growing flowers in space brings explorers one step closer to growing fresh produce on long space missions.<p>For the first time, a zinnia …

Space Exploration