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Jun 18, 2013

NASA wants backyard astronomers to help track asteroids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASA called on backyard astronomers and other citizen-scientists on Tuesday to help track asteroids that could create havoc on Earth.

The U.S. space agency has already identified 95 percent of the potentially planet-killing NEOs – near Earth objects – with a diameter of .62 miles or more, a size comparable to the space rock many scientists believe wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

Jun 10, 2013

‘Pardon Edward Snowden’ petition seeks White House response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A petition to pardon Edward Snowden, who has acknowledged leaking secret documents from the U.S. National Security Agency, attracted more than 22,000 electronic signatures by Monday afternoon, one day after it was posted on the White House website.

“Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a full, free and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs,” read the petition created by “P.M.” of Rochester, New York, on Sunday.

May 18, 2013

Amid frenzy over map apps, new focus on 16th century world view

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – As online titans compete to
deliver instant maps to smartphones, the Library of Congress in
Washington is focusing attention on an antique “cosmology”
printed in 1507 that serves as America’s birth certificate.

The black-and-white map created by Martin Waldseemuller, a
French cleric, was the first time the name America had appeared
on any map.

May 6, 2013

U.S. returning looted Tyrannosaurus skeleton to Mongolia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton from the Gobi Desert that was smuggled to the United States in pieces and auctioned for more than $1 million was returned on Monday by the U.S. government to Mongolia.

The huge Tyrannosaurus bataar’s skull was on display at a repatriation ceremony near the United Nations in New York, where officials of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) formally turned over the nearly complete skeleton to Mongolian officials.

May 1, 2013

Starving Virginia settlers turned to cannibalism in 1609: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Settlers at Virginia’s Jamestown Colony resorted to cannibalism to survive the harsh winter of 1609, dismembering and consuming a 14-year-old English girl, the U.S. Smithsonian Institution reported on Wednesday.

This is the first direct evidence of cannibalism at Jamestown, the oldest permanent English colony in the Americas, according to the Washington-based museum and research complex.

Apr 29, 2013

Alexander Graham Bell speaks, and 2013 hears his voice

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – Nine years after he placed
the first telephone call, Alexander Graham Bell tried another
experiment: he recorded his voice on a wax-covered cardboard
disc on April 15, 1885, and gave it an audio signature: “Hear my
voice – Alexander Graham Bell.”

The flimsy disc was silent for 138 years as part of the
Smithsonian Museum’s collection of early recorded sound, until
digital imaging, computer science, a hand-written transcript and
a bit of archival detective work confirmed it as the only known
recording of Bell’s voice.

Apr 9, 2013

Newtown victims’ families in Washington, quietly pushing gun control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Family members of the Newtown school shooting victims flew into Washington on Air Force One to press for gun-control legislation, but kept a low profile as they held private meetings with senators on Tuesday.

After coming to the capital aboard the presidential plane on Monday evening, the families had breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden. He said after the two-hour meeting, “I wish the members of Congress had been able to eavesdrop on the discussion in my home today.”

Apr 7, 2013

To crack human brain’s code, a search for visionaries

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – To crack the code of the
human brain, Cori Bargmann figures it’s best to keep an open
mind.

As one of two leaders of a scientific “dream team” in the
initial phase of President Barack Obama’s ambitious $100 million
project to map the brain, Bargmann said the first step is to
find the right combination of people to set research priorities.

Mar 12, 2013

Sinkhole opens up in Washington and jaded humor emerges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington is used to being the brunt of jokes, particularly those centered around the action, or lack of it, on Capitol Hill.

But on Tuesday, the focus moved to the Adams Morgan neighborhood, where some saw a symbol of Washington – a gaping sinkhole in the middle of a bustling sidewalk.

Mar 9, 2013

Budget cuts end White House tours, but not finger-pointing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sixth-grade class at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, sent a message this week that was heard in the White House briefing room.

“The White House is our house,” the class said in a video posted on Facebook. “Please let us visit.”

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      "I started with Reuters in 1986 in New York City, moving to Washington DC two years later. I've covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary and Salt Lake City, a couple wars, the State Department, White House, Pentagon, several long trials and a presidential sex scandal. Since 2006, I've been reporting on the environment and climate change."
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