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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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26 March 2012 5:39 pm
On Sunday, Russian engineers intentionally crashed the Express-AM4, despite the efforts of Polar Broadband Systems Ltd., who had hoped to salvage the spacecraft to support broadband communication in Antarctica. The company had appealed to the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, as well as to Russian officials, requesting an intervention by the Russian ambassador to the United States, but to no avail.
Engineers at Astrium, which designed the spacecraft, fired its engines to begin a controlled descent at 6:33 a.m. EDT on 25 March; the debris landed a few hours later in the northern Pacific Ocean. Russia has ordered a replacement satellite for launch by late 2013.