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Ned Potter is science correspondent for ABC News. He has reported on such topics as space exploration, the human genome and climate change.

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New Moon: 200 Million Years Younger Than Thought


"The moon's a harsh mistress," goes the song. It does not surrender its secrets easily. Scientists have thought it was 4.6 billion years old -- but now Lars Borg of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, writing in today's edition of the...

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August 18, 2011 in Science, Space | Permalink | User Comments (11)

Perseid Meteor Shower, Seen From Space Station


Well, at least somebody had perfect weather for the Perseid meteor shower over the weekend. Astronaut Ron Garan, orbiting 200 miles above the Earth's surface on the International Space Station, had the presence of mind to mount a camera in...

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August 15, 2011 in Science, Space, Technology | Permalink | User Comments (1)

Discovery and Endeavour, One Last Time


One last look: the space shuttles Endeavour and Discovery being moved late yesterday from one building to another at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They already have been stripped of their engines and thrusters so that they can be...

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August 12, 2011 in Space | Permalink | User Comments (1)

Hurricane Season: New NOAA Outlook


ABC News Arlette Saenz reports: In its new outlook for the 2011 hurricane season, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicted an above-normal hurricane season with 7 to 10 hurricanes, and 3 to 5 of those hurricanes categorized as major. 14 to...

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August 4, 2011 in Current Affairs, Environment, Science | Permalink | User Comments (2)

Apple iPhone 5: First Look?


It happens every time: When Apple drops hints it has a new product about to hit the market -- in this case the iPhone 5 -- the blogosphere lights up. The new phone, if you believe what they're saying...will be...

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July 29, 2011 in Technology, Web/Tech | Permalink | User Comments (10)

Pluto Has New Moon


Just seeing it was an accomplishment. The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny new moon, somewhere between 8 and 21 miles in diameter, in orbit around Pluto. Pluto was already known to have three other moons, named Charon, Nix...

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July 20, 2011 in Current Affairs, Science, Space | Permalink | User Comments (17)

Apple Beats the Street


There are companies that make a lot of money. Then there’s Apple, which reported after the stock market closed today that it earned $7.79 per share in the quarter just ended, beating analysts’ expectations of around $5.81. From a financial...

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July 19, 2011 in Current Affairs, economy, Technology | Permalink | User Comments (6)

Space Shuttle Program Now to End With Predawn Landing


When I was down in Florida to cover the launch of the shuttle Endeavour in May, I ran into an old NASA friend who joked about the agency's knack for timing. The schedule for this month's final flight by Atlantis...

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July 11, 2011 in Current Affairs, Science, Space, Technology | Permalink | User Comments (6)

Massachusetts Tornado Track Seen from Space


The Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts are a very pretty part of the world. They are not rugged, but meteorologists say tornadoes tend to break up when they pass over hilly terrain, undone by "friction" with the ground. That's partly why...

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June 7, 2011 in Current Affairs, Environment, Science | Permalink | User Comments (3)

It's the End of the World as We Know It


Harold Camping is ever-present on the cable channel of the Alameda Bible Fellowship, a low-key man proselytizing from a well-thumbed Bible. But look what he's started. The third top hashtag on Twitter this afternoon is "#iftheworldendsonsaturday." On Camping's website, FamilyRadio.com,...

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May 20, 2011 in Current Affairs, Religion, Science | Permalink | User Comments (106)

 

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