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The SpaceShipTwo spacecraft

  January 23, 2008 - Virgin Galactic Unveils Suborbital Spaceliner Design
New York - Future thrill-seekers will ride a sleek spacecraft berthed under a massive, twin-boom mothership to the fringe of space in a design unveiled Wednesday by Virgin Galactic.
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Kyla Ebbert - image abcnews.go.com

  September 8, 2007 - Underdressed Passenger or Overreacting Airline?
Her outfit aboard a Southwest Airlines plane two months ago first earned her a flight attendant's reprimand and now has sparked a decency debate that may result in a lawsuit.

Kyla Ebbert, a blond, shapely 23-year-old San Diego coed who also works shifts at a Hooters restaurant, boarded the flight to Tucson, Ariz., on a one-day round-trip visit to an Arizona doctor's appointment. She had settled into her seat when a flight attendant confronted her about what was later described by the airline as "revealing attire."    More info
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Britney Spears

  August 30, 2007 - World's oldest person dies in Japan at 114
Most celebrities facing a custody battle and allegations of child abuse might make even a half-hearted attempt to clean up their act, and their public image ? but not Britney Spears.

It was business as usual for the chaotic singer who appeared in public following the revelations wearing what could loosely be described as a floral mini dress ? which exposed her ample bottom.

Clearly Britney is not overly worried about keeping up appearances in advance of her looming custody battle which centres on whether she is fit to be a parent,     More info
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Yone Minagawa, World's oldest person dies in Japan at 114

  August 13, 2007 - World's oldest person dies in Japan at 114
The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman who counted eating well and getting rest as her hobbies, died Monday at age 114, a news report said.
Yone Minagawa, a widow who lived in a nursing home but was still sprightly late in life, died "of old age" Monday evening, Kyodo News reported.     More info

 
Pentagon Considering Study on Space-Based Solar Power

  April 16, 2007 - Pentagon Considering Study on Space-Based Solar Power
The Pentagon’s National Security Space Office (NSSO) may begin a study in the near future on the possibility of using satellites to collect solar energy for use on Earth, according to Defense Department officials.     More info

 
A Plastic Wrapper Today Could Be Fuel Tomorrow - photo nytimes.com

  April 10, 2007 - A Plastic Wrapper Today Could Be Fuel Tomorrow
Scientists worldwide are struggling to make motor fuel from waste, but Richard Gross has taken an unusual approach: making a “fuel-latent plastic,” designed for conversion. It can be used like ordinary plastic, for packaging or other purposes, but ...    More info

 
Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu - photo myfoxny.com

  March 31, 2007 - French Architect Claims to Have Solved Pyramid Secret
A French architect claimed Friday to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu was built — with use of a spiral ramp to hoist huge stone blocks into place.
The construction of the Great Pyramid 4,500 years ago by Khufu, a ...    More info

 
Lab ... an expert carries out IVF - photo thesun.co.uk

  March 27, 2007 - Gay men buy designer babies
BRITISH gay men are paying a US clinic £33,000 a time to create a designer baby.
Twenty couples have already used the specialist surrogacy scheme for “two-dad” families — 15 choosing to have a boy.     More info

 
Scientists create a sheep that's 15% human - photo mailonsunday.co.uk

  March 26, 2007 - Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human
Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.
The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells - and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into ...    More info

 
Creator of The Secret, Rhonda Byrne - photo oprah.com

  March 17, 2007 - Discovering The Secret
People around the world have been talking about a movie so powerful that it can change the course of your life. This movie, The Secret, was created by Australian Rhonda Byrne, and she says that if you follow its philosophy, you can create the life you want—whether that means getting out of debt, finding a more fulfilling job or even falling in love.    More info

 
Man grows nails for 15 years - photo ananova.com

  March 14, 2007 - Man grows nails for 15 years
A Chinese man has let his fingernails on one hand grow for 15 years.
Li Jianping, 43, of Shishi City, Fujian province, says the nails on his left hand are one metre long in total.     More info

 
Robot-driven cars on roads by 2030 - photo breitbart.com

  February 17, 2007 - Robot-driven cars on roads by 2030: scientist
Scientists are developing the next generation of robot-driven cars and predict they could be shuttling humans around by the year 2030, a conference was told.
The first wave of intelligent robot cars, capable of understanding and reacting to the world around them, will be tested this November in a ...     More info

 
Duckling born with four legs - photo CNN.com

  February 17, 2007 - Duckling born with four legs
LONDON, England (AP) -- Webbed feet run in Stumpy's family, but he's the first to have four of them.
A rare mutation has left the eight-day-old duckling with two nearly full-sized legs behind the two he runs on. Nicky Janaway, a duck farmer in New Forest, Hampshire, 95 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of London, unveiled the duckling to reporters on Saturday.     More info

 
No sleep means no new brain cells

  February 12, 2007 - No sleep means no new brain cells
Missing out on sleep may cause the brain to stop producing new cells, a study has suggested.
The work on rats, by a team from Princeton University found a lack of sleep affected the hippocampus, a brain region involved in forming memories.     More info

 
Cirque du Soleil's Mystère performers Marco and Paulo Lorador

  February 1, 2007 - Marco and Paulo Lorador
The Oprah Winfrey Show: The men of Cirque du Soleil's Mystère defy gravity with extreme feats of strength and balance.
Marco and Paulo Lorador, performers in the Cirque du Soleil show Mystère, wow audiences night after night with their physical feats of strength and balance.     More info

 
David Maas and his wife, Dania Kaseeva - Quick Change, a speedy costume-switching act

  February 1, 2007 - Quick Change, a speedy costume-switching act
David Maas and his wife, Dania Kaseeva, are the masterminds behind Quick Change, a speedy costume-switching act that leaves Oprah asking, "How did you do that?" "I could tell you, but then we'd have to make you disappear," David jokes.     More info

 

  February 1, 2007 - Hunt for ancient medicine secrets
British scientists are helping uncover the secrets of medicines used by the ancient Egyptians 5,000 years ago.
A University of Manchester team is travelling to Sinai, Egypt, to shed more light on how the Egyptians formed their ideas on medicines.
They will compare modern plant species in the region with those used by tribes, such as the Bedouin, and plant remains found in ancient tombs.     More info

 
Microsoft Windows Vista

  January 30, 2007 - Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft launches its new operating system, Windows Vista, on Tuesday, promising "the wow starts now".
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Windows Vista Home Basic is the operating system for homes with basic computing needs. It is easy to set up, it helps you use your PC more securely and reliably, and like all of the editions of Windows Vista, it is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that you use and trust. If you simply want to use your PC for tasks such as surfing the Internet, corresponding with friends and family using e-mail, or performing basic document creation and editing tasks, then Windows Vista Home Basic will deliver a safer, more reliable, and more productive computing environment.

 
Inflatable Habitats for Polar and Space Colonists

  January 29, 2007 - Inflatable Habitats for Polar and Space Colonists
Humanity has long since established a foothold in the Artic and Antarctic, but extensive colonization of these regions may soon become economically viable. If we can learn to build self-sufficient habitats in these extreme environments, similar technology could be used to live on the Moon or Mars.

 
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro euthanized - AP Photo

  January 29, 2007 - Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro euthanized
Horse put down Monday morning after 8-month battle with leg injury

Unfortunately, Barbaro lost his fight to recover on Monday January 29 when his owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, decided in consultation with his surgeon, Dr. Dean Richardson, to have him euthanized. He went downhill on Sunday night and was unable to lay down or get comfortable. His comfort was always the prime consideration and with all the problems he had, this was the only choice left.

 
Murder in a Teapot

  January 26, 2007 - Murder in a Teapot
ABC News Exclusive: Murder in a Teapot
Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report:
British officials say police have cracked the murder-by-poison case of former spy Alexander Litvinenko, including the discovery of a "hot" teapot at London's Millennium Hotel with an off-the-charts reading for Polonium-210, the radioactive material used in the killing.

 
Chip-maker Intel

  January 25, 2007 - Chips push through nano-barrier
The next milestone in the relentless pursuit of smaller, higher performance microchips has been unveiled. Chip-maker Intel has announced that it will start manufacturing processors using transistors just 45 nanometres (billionths of a metre) wide.

 
Hints of huge water reservoirs on Mars

  January 25, 2007 - Hints of huge water reservoirs on Mars
Mars is losing little water to space, according to new research, so much of its ancient abundance may still be hidden beneath the surface.
Dried up riverbeds and other evidence imply that Mars once had enough water to fill a global ocean more than 600 metres deep, together with a thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide that kept the planet warm enough for the water to be liquid. But the planet is now very dry and has a thin atmosphere.

 
Rare

  January 24, 2007 - Rare "Prehistoric" Shark Photographed Alive
Flaring the gills that give the species its name, a frilled shark swims at Japan's Awashima Marine Park on Sunday, January 21, 2007. Sightings of living frilled sharks are rare, because the fish generally remain thousands of feet beneath the water's surface.
Spotted by a fisher on January 21, this 5.3-foot (160-centimeter) shark was transferred to the marine park, where it was placed in a seawater pool.

 
Military Builds Robotic Insects

  January 23, 2007 - Military Builds Robotic Insects
Israel is developing a robot the size of a hornet to attack terrorists. And although the prototype will not fly for three years, killer Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, are much closer than that.
British Special Forces already use 6-inch MAV aircraft called WASPs for reconnaissance in Afghanistan. The $3,000 WASP is operated with a Gameboy-style controller and is nearly silent, so it can get very close without being detected. A new development will reportedly see the WASP fitted with a C4 explosive warhead for kamikaze attacks on snipers. One newspaper dubbed it "The Talibanator."

 
A two-faced, four-eyed pig - www.metro.co.uk

  January 20, 2007 - It's a two-faced, four-eyed pig
Thursday, January 18, 2007
The latest unusual animal birth, a two-faced pig with four eyes, was greeted in China as a sign of "miraculous conception," leading into the Chinese Year Of The Pig, which starts in February. For a larger image and further details, visit metro.co.uk.

 
Julie Winnefred Bertrand of Montreal - canada.com

  January 19, 2007 - The world's oldest woman died in Montreal, Canada
The world's oldest woman and second oldest person died in Montreal, Canada yesterday, at the ripe old age of 115. Julie Winnefred Bertrand passed away in here sleep at a Montreal nursing home where she's lived for the past 35 years.

She was born on September 16, 1891, in the Quebec town of Coaticook, surviving through three centuries. She was only a month younger than Emiliano Mercado del Toro, the oldest living person in the world, and outlived her sister Anne Samson who died on November 29, 2004 as the oldest person in the world. Bertrand was also the second longest living person in Canadian history.

 
Iranians report 'radiant UFO'

  January 19, 2007 - Iranians report 'radiant UFO'
Iranian news agency reports 'a radiant unidentified flying object in Western Iran'
Yaakov Lappin Published: 01.19.07
A UFO omitting a "yellow ray" has been seen across Western Iran, the Fars News Agency claimed in a report recently.
"Witnesses told FNA (Fars News Agency) that the object has been observed for more than an hour," the report said, adding: "In a similar incident last Monday, an Unidentified Flying Object was witnessed in the same area and at the same time."
 
Anti-cancer chicken eggs produced

  January 14, 2007 - Anti-cancer chicken eggs produced
UK scientists have developed genetically modified chickens capable of laying eggs containing proteins needed to make cancer-fighting drugs.
--BBC News

 
Terrorists attacking British bases   January 13, 2007 - Terrorists 'use Google maps to hit UK troops'
Terrorists attacking British bases in Basra are using aerial footage displayed by the Google Earth internet tool to pinpoint their attacks
--Telegraph.co.uk
 
Dante's face   January 12, 2007 - Scientists recreate Dante's face
Meet Dante. Not the best looking man in the world, but certainly better-looking than he has often been depicted in famous paintings.
The face was modelled from skull measurements taken in the 1920s.
--BBC News
 
Mars probe

  January 12, 2007 - Mars probe may have spotted lost rover
The most powerful camera ever sent into orbit around Mars has spotted yet another lander lying lifeless on its surface: Mars Pathfinder, which operated for three months in 1997. It may also have found the mission's tiny rover, Sojourner, which appears to have crawled towards Pathfinder after the lander had already died.
 
  January 11, 2007 - Going to college may be bad for your brain
Higher education tied to memory problems later, surprising study finds.
--LiveScience
 
Clone farming has arrived

  January 10, 2007 - Clone farming has arrived
Supersize cows are designed to produce an astonishing 70 pints of milk a day.
--Daily Mail