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Earth sees hottest year-to-date in modern era: US

The first 10 months of this year have been the hottest in modern times, while last month was the third warmest October over since 1880.

Earth sees hottest year-to-date in modern era: US
The 'egg carton' stromatolites at the Trendall Reserve are among the oldest known structures regarded as biogenic in origin.  Photo courtesy of dmp.wa.gov.au
New fossils show life on Earth at least 3.7bn years old

Life on Earth is even older than we though - fossils dating back a staggering 3.7 billion years have been discovered.

New fossils show life on Earth at least 3.7bn years old
Senate Speaker Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks at the international conference "The new paradigm of sustainable human development. G-Global – a format for global dialogue"
Democracy cannot be imposed: Kazakh Senate Speaker Tokayev

Senate Speaker Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has expressed his view that democratization is a dynamic process, and therefore democracy cannot be artificially accelerated or imposed.

Democracy cannot be imposed: Kazakh Senate Speaker Tokayev
NASA asteroid defense program falls short: audit
NASA asteroid defense program falls short: audit

The US space agency's program to detect and protect the Earth from incoming asteroids is poorly managed and far behind schedule.

NASA asteroid defense program falls short: audit
Cambridge University Professor James Jackson. Photo courtesy of radiotochka.kz
Devastating earthquake in Kazakhstan both distant and imminent: Cambridge Professor

Almaty city in southern Kazakhstan should study active seismic faults to be better prepared for a new devastating earthquake that is "more likely to happen than not".

Devastating earthquake in Kazakhstan both distant and imminent: Cambridge Professor
Orbital cargo ship makes planned re-entry to Earth
Orbital cargo ship makes planned re-entry to Earth

Unmanned Cygnus cargo ship disintegrated as planned as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere after a month-long resupply mission.

Orbital cargo ship makes planned re-entry to Earth
'Godzilla' of Earths circles distant star
'Godzilla' of Earths circles distant star

Astronomers have spotted the "Godzilla" of all Earths, a huge rocky planet orbiting a star 560 light years away that is changing scientists' understanding of the origins of the universe.

'Godzilla' of Earths circles distant star
Proton-M launch. ©РИА Новости
Proton-M crash causes no environmental damage to Kazakhstan: Kazkosmos

The recent accident with the Russian Proton-M carrier rocket has not caused any damage to the environment of Kazakhstan.

Proton-M crash causes no environmental damage to Kazakhstan: Kazkosmos
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Russian Proton rocket falls back to Earth after liftoff

A Russian Proton rocket carrying a European-built satellite fell back to Earth on Friday shortly after liftoff in the latest accident to hit the country's once-proud space industry.

Russian Proton rocket falls back to Earth after liftoff
Europe launches environment satellite
Europe launches environment satellite

Europe on Thursday launched the first in a constellation of hi-tech satellites designed to monitor Earth for climate change and environmental damage and help disaster relief operations.

Europe launches environment satellite
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Space rock craze hits South Korea after meteor shower

A corner of South Korea is in the grip of a frenzied hunt for valuable space souvenirs, following a rare meteor shower there last week.

Space rock craze hits South Korea after meteor shower
When stars explode, it's a messy business
When stars explode, it's a messy business

When stars explode, it's a messy business. But the massive blasts are also useful, seeding the universe with such key elements as calcium, iron and titanium.

When stars explode, it's a messy business
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Mass extinction happened fast: study

Something wiped out nearly all life on Earth more than 250 million years ago, and whatever unleashed this mass die-off acted much faster than previously thought.

Mass extinction happened fast: study
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'Oldest star' found from iron fingerprint: astronomers

Australian astronomers on Sunday said they had found a star 13.6 billion years old, making it the most ancient star ever seen.

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'Oldest star' found from iron fingerprint: astronomers
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More than 1,000 chosen for one-way Mars reality-TV mission

More than 1,000 candidates -- from 200,000 hopefuls -- have been chosen to train for a private Mars colonisation mission to be partly funded by a reality-TV show following their training and subsequent steps, organisers said Thursday.

More than 1,000 chosen for one-way Mars reality-TV mission
Comet ISON vanishes as it circles the sun
Comet ISON vanishes as it circles the sun

Comet ISON appears to have flown too close to the surface of the sun Thursday and vanished as it circled the fiery surface, astronomers said.

Comet ISON vanishes as it circles the sun
Comet ISON. ©Reuters/Aaron Kingery/NASA/MSFC/Handout via
Will comet ISON survive its near brush with the Sun?

US astrophysicists are split over what will happen when the comet ISON passes near the sun Thursday, but a majority think it will break apart.

Will comet ISON survive its near brush with the Sun?
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Satellites to probe Earth's strange shield

Europe next week will launch a trio of hi-tech satellites to explore something that may seem utterly mundane: Earth's magnetic field.

Satellites to probe Earth's strange shield
Kumis Bazarbayeva. Personal archive photo
Kumis Bazarbayeva presents introduction video at Miss Earth 2013

Kumis Bazarbayeva, Miss Asiada, will represent Kazakhstan at the Miss Earth 2013 to be held on December 7 in the Philippines.

Kumis Bazarbayeva presents introduction video at Miss Earth 2013
Indian Mars mission suffers glitch but 'no setback'
Indian Mars mission suffers glitch but 'no setback'

India's Mars spacecraft suffered a brief engine failure Monday as scientists tried to move it into a higher orbit around Earth, but controllers denied any setback to the ambitious low-cost mission.

Indian Mars mission suffers glitch but 'no setback'