Monthly archives: July 2013

Microbes to be 'last survivors' on future Earth

The last surviving creatures on Earth will be tiny organisms living deep underground, according to scientists. Researchers used a computer model to assess our planet’s fate billions of years from now. They found that as the Sun becomes hotter and brighter, only microbes would be able cope with the extreme conditions that the solar changes would bring. The research  is being presented at the National Astronomy Meeting. Jack O’Malley James, from […]

Canada closes Cairo embassy for security reasons

OTTAWA – The Canadian Embassy in Cairo is closed until further notice because of security concerns. Foreign Affairs made the announcement on Twitter this morning and posted a one-line notice on the embassy website. Cairo has seen throngs of protesters in recent days demanding the ouster of embattled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The country’s military is demanding that Morsi meet the demands of the mass protest, with a 48-hour deadline […]

Unmanned Russian rocket explodes seconds after liftoff

An unmanned Russian rocket veered off course and exploded in a fireball Tuesday, seconds after liftoff from a launch pad in Kazakhstan. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The Proton-M rocket was carrying three satellites for Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System, or Glonass, reported the RIA Novosti news agency. Glonass is the Russian equivalent to the United States’ Global Positioning System, or GPS. The rocket had just taken off […]

Rape cases are on the rise in Delhi, report finds

A preliminary report from the Hindustan Times on rape in Delhi showed a disturbing doubling of reported cases in the Indian capital in 2013 so far: there have been 806 reported rapes from the start of the year until June 20th, as opposed to 330 reports in 2012. The Delhi Police reported that the eastern district of the capital had the most cases, topping out at 122, followed by the […]

Mars Rover Opportunity Trekking Toward More Layers

Mission Status Report PASADENA, Calif. – Approaching its 10th anniversary of leaving Earth, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is on the move again, trekking to a new study area still many weeks away. The destination, called “Solander Point,” offers Opportunity access to a much taller stack of geological layering than the area where the rover has worked for the past 20 months, called “Cape York.” Both areas are raised segments […]

Egypt protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood headquarters

Anti-government protesters in Egypt have stormed the national headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in the capital, Cairo. People ransacked the building in the Moqattam area and set parts on fire. Officials say eight people have been killed in clashes outside since Sunday, while eight others have died elsewhere. Meanwhile, four ministers are reported to have resigned, a day after millions took to the streets across the country to […]

19 firefighters killed in Arizona blaze; 'Our entire crew was lost'

  They were part of an elite squad who confronted wildfires up close, setting up barriers to stop their destructive spread. But the inferno blazing across central Arizona proved too much. The 19 firefighters were killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. It was the deadliest day for firefighters since the 9/11 attacks. And it is the deadliest wildland fire since 1933, according to a list […]