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Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom
The sun is setting on Japan's clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say.
 
Coral protection
This photo provided by National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) Friday, Nov. 25 shows a red fluorescent protein in hammer corals (Euphyllia ancora). A team of NTOU researchers discovered the protein, which can protect coral eggs, and the research findings have been published in the international journal Scientific Report, the university said.
 
Why your fingers make for handy — but certainly not foolproof — digital keys
It sounds like a great idea: Forget passwords, and instead lock your phone or computer with your fingerprint. It's a convenient form of security -- though it's also perhaps not as safe as you'd think.
 
The best weather satellite ever built enters space
The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an US$11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives.
 
Space station welcomes oldest female astronaut
The International Space Station gained three new residents Saturday, including the oldest and most experienced woman to orbit the world.
 
A 300-year-old lump of feces from a Danish bishop has shown researchers that he had a cosmopolitan diet that included grapes, figs and pepper, a Danish archaeologist said on Friday.
 
Foie gras, saxophone among cargo for International Space Station
A trio of astronauts soared into orbit Friday bound for the International Space Station, with their Soyuz spacecraft delivering some fancy French food, a saxophone and the future female commander.
 
Rocket carrying crew of 3 blasts off for Int'l Space Station
A Soyuz rocket carrying a veteran American astronaut, a French newcomer and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday.
 
Iowan to become oldest woman in space
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is on the verge of becoming the oldest woman in space, adding to her long list of barrier-breaking records.
 
The frozen heart of Pluto may hide an underground ocean
Evidence is mounting for an ocean at Pluto, buried beneath its frozen heart.
 
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