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Divers Find 65-Foot Crack In Columbia River Dam

Divers Find 65-Foot Crack In Columbia River Dam

A large dam in Washington state has a 65-foot-long crack below its waterline, say officials who are planning repairs at the Wanapum Dam, which is owned by a county utility.

Nepal Cracks Down On Messy Everest Climbers

Nepal Cracks Down On Messy Everest Climbers

As Everest climbing season gets started this week, Nepal is enforcing a rule for scaling the world’s tallest mountain that might sound like it came from your mother: Pick up after yourself.

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.