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A Pelican Shows Us What It’s Like To Fly

A Pelican Shows Us What It’s Like To Fly

What happens when a pelican needs help from humans? Say he’s abandoned as a youngster, and needs some pointers on learning how to fly. That was the case recently in Tanzania.

’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ Win Big At The Oscars

’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ Win Big At The Oscars

Gravity took home the most trophies: seven Academy Awards, including for director Alfonso Cuaron and for cinematography, visual effects and original music score.

Russia’s Parliament Approves Putin’s Call For Troops In Ukraine

Russia’s Parliament Approves Putin’s Call For Troops In Ukraine

Russia’s parliament has unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to authorize the intervention of Moscow’s forces in Ukraine until “the normalization of the political situation” there. In response, Ukraine put its own forces on alert and warned that a Russian invasion would spark war between the two countries.

Latest Leak: U.K. Spied On Webchats, Grabbed Millions Of Images

Latest Leak: U.K. Spied On Webchats, Grabbed Millions Of Images

The Guardian reports, “a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases.”

‘Planet Bonanza’ Indeed: NASA Unveils 715 New Worlds

‘Planet Bonanza’ Indeed: NASA Unveils 715 New Worlds

The space agency announced a stunning success, saying that Kepler had identified 715 new planets that orbit 305 stars. The discovery boosts the number of verified planets by around 70 percent.

Robot Swarm: A Flock Of Drones That Fly Autonomously

Robot Swarm: A Flock Of Drones That Fly Autonomously

Can drones, the small unmanned aircraft that are at the forefront of fields from warfare to commercial delivery systems, fly without human intervention? A team of Hungarian researchers answers yes, having created 10 drones that self-organize as they move through the air.

Killers Were Tiny, Victims Were Huge At Chile’s Whale Graveyard

Killers Were Tiny, Victims Were Huge At Chile’s Whale Graveyard

Since construction workers discovered dozens of fossils along a highway in Chile in 2011, one question has preoccupied researchers: What killed the whales, seals and other creatures that ended up there more than 5 million years ago?

Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say

Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say

Inmates who are held in solitary confinement spend 23 hours a day in small windowless cells, receiving their food on trays that are pushed through a slot in the cell’s door.

What A Rush! California Couple Finds Gold Coins Worth $10M

What A Rush! California Couple Finds Gold Coins Worth $10M

A California couple who say they had walked by the same spot on their Sierra Nevada property many times over many years are an estimated $10 million or so richer after digging up eight rusty old cans containing 1,427 very valuable gold coins.

NATO Urges ‘Everybody’ To Respect Ukraine’s Sovereignty

NATO Urges ‘Everybody’ To Respect Ukraine’s Sovereignty

Speaking by telephone Monday, top military officials from NATO and the Russian government discussed the situation in Ukraine, with both sides expressing their concerns. NATO says it respects Ukraine’s sovereignty – and it hopes it’s not alone.