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Europe, Russia to launch Mars mission for signs of life

UNS REPORT Europe and Russia signed a deal on Thursday for a joint Mars mission which will bore beneath the Red Planet’s surface for soil samples they hope will solve the mystery of whether there is life beyond Earth. Europe’s space agency had hoped to …

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Early birds had four wings, not two: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Some primitive birds boasted four wings, before evolution led them to ditch their hind feathers in favor of webbed or scaly feet, scientists in China said on Thursday. Previous research had uncovered the existence of bird-like dinosaurs with hind limb feathers, but …

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Mars had the right stuff for life, scientists find

UNS REPORT Seven months after NASA s rover Curiosity landed on Mars to assess if the planet most like Earth had the ingredients for life, scientists have their answer: Yes. Analysis of powdered samples drilled out from inside an ancient and once water-soaked rock at …

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Pakistan launches first national climate change policy

BY TARIQ KHAN ISLAMABAD: Disaster-prone Pakistan has launched its first ever national policy on climate change, detailing how it plans to tackle the challenges posed by global warming, mitigate its risks and adapt key sectors of the country’s economy to cope with its consequences. Pakistan …

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Pashmina goats perishing in Kashmir heavy snow

UNS REPORT Thousands of Pashmina goats may have perished in recent heavy snowfall around the nomadic areas of Changthang on the Sino-Indian frontier of the Ladakh region, officials said. The area is a production hub for the finest quality of Pashmina (Kashmir) wool in India …

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Wilder side of sex

Romantic relationships are complicated, and so is sex. Relationships can be fraught with the potential for miscommunication or misunderstanding at the best of times, so imagine how troublesome it is to admit, out loud, to your partner, that you’ve got a sexual interest or fantasy …

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Iran bans sale of Buddha statues

TEHRAN-UNS: Buddha statues have joined Barbie dolls and characters from “The Simpsons” TV cartoon as banned items in the conservative Muslim nation. Authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country, according to …

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Pakistani students introduce multiuser touchscreen computer table

BY AMIN KHAN KARACHI: Full-of-talent Pakistani students are shining in almost every field of science and technology throughout the world. A group of similar such shining stars have achieved yet another milestone by introducing a soft touchscreen computer table. The touchscreen table is designed by …

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Asteroid to make close pass by Earth on February 15; no impact seen

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: A small asteroid will pass closer to Earth next week than the TV satellites that ring the planet, but there is no chance of an impact, NASA has said. The celestial visitor, known as 2012 DA14, was discovered last year by a …

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REYKJAVIK: Researchers in Iceland are blaming low oxygen levels in a shallow fjord for the deaths of tens of thousands of tons of herring. Masses of dead herring have been found in Kolgrafafjordur fjord for the second time this winter, raising concerns about Iceland s …

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