Category: Science

Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Efforts to eliminate chemical weapons won a Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for the global watchdog trying to destroy Syria’s stockpiles of nerve gas and other poisonous agents. By giving its prestigious prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Norwegian Nobel Committee turned the spotlight both on Syria’s devastating civil war and on a type of weapon that has horrified nations since World War I. The reaction in Syria was notably polarized. A senior Syrian rebel called the award a “premature step” that will divert the world’s attention from “the...

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NASA diagnosing Jupiter-bound craft after flyby

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA engineers were troubleshooting why the Jupiter-bound spacecraft ran into some problems after successfully zipping past Earth to boost its speed toward the outer solar system. Despite the snag, the team said Wednesday Juno was on track to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016. “We did not plan for this,” said project manager Rick Nybakken of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the $1.1 billion mission. After the Earth rendezvous, engineers noticed that Juno returned little data, a sign that something was wrong. NASA later learned that Juno had entered safe mode, a...

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