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Earth's most fearsome forces of nature

Millions around the world live in areas susceptible to destruction by natural forces, where their homes and lives could be torn apart in a matter of …

UK prosecutors say posting revenge porn can lead to 14 years in prison

In a bid to crack down on the sharing of "revenge porn," UK prosecutors have warned that the most severe cases can come with a 14-year spell behind bars. According to new guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), explicit images that are sent to force victims into sexual activity or …

Planet Mercury May Have Been Shaped By Huge Ancient Impact

The mysterious makeup of the solar system's innermost planet may be due to a massive "hit and run" collision billions of years ago, a new study reports.<p>A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the …

One of the Most Earthlike Planets Ever Found May Not Exist

What was thought to be a planet in the "Goldilocks Zone" of its star may have just been starspots.<p>All sorts of excitement accompanied astronomers' discovery of Gliese 581g in 2010—the alien world looked like Earth in both size and temperature, and thus seemed potentially hospitable to life.<p>But …

World Cup technology: Who will win in 2050?

<b>"And the World Cup 2050 is awarded to...(drum roll)...Mars!"</b><p>Sound far-fetched? Not if a recent suggestion of future "inter-planetary competitions" is anything to go by.<p>Some might have felt references by Fifa's chairman to football in space aimed to detract from the row about awarding the 2022 event …

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