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July 2005 Archive

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will be launching a projectile into the surface of comet Tempel 1 on Monday, possibly causing the most spectacular fireworks on America's Independence Day.

The annual Mongolian sporting festival of Naadam traces its roots to warrior training in the days of Genghis Khan

For the past three years, shark expert Ramón Bonfil has been fitting motion-tracking satellite tags onto great white sharks—by hand. (Includes six-image photo gallery)

Like a bullet hitting another bullet, NASA's Deep Impact probe successfully crashed into Comet Tempel 1 yesterday, causing a spectacular explosion worthy of the Fourth of July.

The U.S. ranks last among Group of Eight nations in its efforts to stave off climate change, according to a conservation group report.

The theory of physics states that for every particle of matter created by the big bang that started the universe, there should be a particle of antimatter. The trouble is, where is the antimatter?

In the new National Geographic Special based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, geographer Jared Diamond argues that geography shaped the fates of human societies.

Australian physicists say they have discovered the secret of skilled didgeridoo players.

The arrival of humans in Australia 60,000 years ago caused the extinction of roughly 60 species of the continent's animals, scientists have found.

Brawny games and lively concerts highlight centuries-old Scottish traditions at the 50th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

A highly sought-after Himalayan snow lotus has evolved to a shorter size over the past century in response to relentless human harvesting.

Blind relatives of jellyfish that live in the deep sea off California use flickering red luminescent lights to lure passing fish to their death, researchers have discovered.

Two years after the Columbia disaster, Discovery will launch tomorrow, carrying with it the hopes of the waning U.S. shuttle program.

With the U.S. Gulf Coast seemingly in its sights, Hurricane Dennis lashed Cuba and attained wind speeds of up to 150 miles (240 kilometers) an hour.

Synthetic fragrances commonly added to health and beauty products are harmful to marine life and potentially to humans as well, a new study says.

Unusually cool seas and the "choking" effect of thunderstorms sapped Hurricane Dennis just before its U.S. landfall.

Camera phone images from commuters caught in last week's London bombings defined coverage of the atrocity. Police hope the pictures can also help bring the bombers to justice.

Putting a whole new twist on the term "bum steer," a calf rear-ends a reveler at Pamplona's running of the bulls.

The summer of the panda is upon us, and it's padding in on 20 pink paws. Last week alone five giant panda cubs were born in captivity.

Some drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease can cause patients to become addicted to gambling, food, and sex, new research shows.

The riddle of the pirate Blackbeard's long-lost flagship may have its answer in a wreck off the coast of North Carolina.

A writer follows in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery along the Missouri River in present-day Montana.

Conservation groups tend to focus on big predators. Now a study says the approach may be as good for ecosystems as it is for fund-raising.

Arctic shores are becoming increasingly polluted as birds transfer toxins from contaminated seas to coastal colonies, a new study says.

A team of three U.S. students won the seventh National Geographic World Championship, the National Geographic Society announced.

A major, earthquake-producing fault beneath Tokyo is potentially more dangerous than previously thought, scientists have found.

Inspired by beaver dams and airplane wings, engineers think they can redesign hydropower dams for greater efficiency and less environmental impact.

A parrot has shown that it may understand the concept of zero—a notion children rarely grasp until age four.

In an achievement of both technology and human rights, robots have replaced children as jockeys in Qatar's traditional camel races.

The world's biggest meteorite-impact site joined a desert whale fossil trove and other landmarks as the newest World Heritage sites.

A U.S. brewer with a taste for exotic suds recently concocted a beer based on one brewed in China around 7000 B.C.

Researchers say natural selection may be behind the talented minds of Albert Einstein, Leonard Bernstein, and other people of European Jewish descent.

Conservation groups are urging U.S. readers to order the Canadian version of the new Harry Potter book, which is printed on recycled paper.

Despite invasions by Romans, Vikings, and others, the genetic makeup of most white Britons has hardly changed since the Ice Age, a new book claims.

Bull sharks are chewing up the headlines this summer, but statistics suggest that most of us have little to fear from the marine predators.

Unlike apes, monkeys do not recognize themselves in mirrors, a new study says. They are apparently aware, though, that the creature in the glass is not real.

Like a bullet hitting a bullet, is how NASA described its attempt to cause a collision between a probe and a massive comet.

On July 20, 1969, half a billion people watched this footage of Neil Armstrong as he became the first person to set foot on the moon.

Using an IBM supercomputer known as Blue Brain, scientists are taking the first step toward the long-term goal of creating a 3-D computer simulation of the human brain.

Jews inspired ancient Rome's Christian catacombs, a study says—possible evidence that Judaism influenced Christianity for far longer than previously thought.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station caught a view of Hurricane Emily far above the furor of the record-setting storm.

Scientists are developing shark deterrents for use along beaches. Can the new tools convince people it's safe to go in the water?

In Hawaiian rain forests, scientists have discovered caterpillars with a taste for escargot: They trap snails and eat them alive.

With 3,000 Africans dying daily from malaria, the international community has renewed its efforts to combat the disease.

Shark expert Ramón Bonfil fits motion-tracking satellite tags onto great white sharks—by hand.

Swarms of up to 200 lemon sharks off the Florida coast have enabled marine biologists to get face-to-face with the still-enigmatic species.

With only about 300 North Atlantic right whales remaining, some scientists are calling for immediate protections, including maritime speed restrictions.

He may not be superhuman, but he's not like you and me. For starters, he's got a big heart—literally.

Bones and Stone Age artifacts found in Borneo caves etched with elaborate handprints and drawings suggest humans dined there 10,000 years ago.

An extremely rare turtle has escaped the clutches of smugglers in Vietnam, thanks to a high-tech tag and keen-eyed inspectors.

Barnacles produce an epoxy-like cement that can stick to Teflon, not to mention hulls and rudders. Can artificial sharkskin bid the pests adieu?

Mood ring meets instant messaging: A new digital dog collar with a Web-based data uplink aims to help owners "petwork" with their dogs' favorite canine pals.

The last captive Tasmanian tiger died in 1936, but rumors of the wolflike mammal continue to emerge from the island's ancient forests.

Be careful where you walk at the beach. Studies show human activity in tidal regions can wreak real, and lasting, damage.

Circumcised men may be much less likely to contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, through sex with infected women, a new study of South African men says.

Smelly, greasy, and possibly harmful, DEET has long been the only proven mosquito repellent. But now the U.S. is recommending two rival repellents.

Skeptics are challenging an April report that the ivory-billed woodpecker—a bird believed extinct for nearly 50 years—has been spotted in Arkansas.

NASA's scaled-back spacecraft-sterilization process may be helping contaminate Martian life before we even discover it, scientists say.

Swarms of up to 200 lemon sharks off the Florida coast have enabled marine biologists to get face-to-face with the still-enigmatic species.

A new laser-based technology can read and record the unique fingerprint found in every piece of paper, cardboard, and plastic, scientists say.

A newfound insect shows that two species can combine to create a third, and that humans may be unknowingly encouraging evolution, researchers say.

A broad scientific census says that Earth is already experiencing significant global warming. So how hot will it get, how soon, and to what effect?

New research into airborne ocean spray could help control devastating tropical storms—or at least predict them more accurately.

Critics say the U.S. plan to save energy by extending daylight saving time is based on old data and could harm computer systems, schoolkids, and airlines.

The oldest terrestrial dinosaur embryos ever discovered reveal a strange-looking baby herbivore that was born on four legs, not two, and may have required parental care.

People have more difficulty shedding fears toward members of other races than toward those of their own, a study finds.

Sand at many U.S. beaches contains bacteria that indicate potentially unhealthy levels of fecal matter, a new report warns.

High-powered lungs may have helped meat-eating dinosaurs be extremely active and efficient hunters, scientists say.

A large object skirting the fringes of the solar system has been discovered by astronomers in Spain and the U.S.

Beta-blocking drugs used to treat high blood pressure may also dampen the emotional toll of traumatic memories, researchers say.

Tracing its beginnings to 1983 Lebanon, modern suicide terrorism has skyrocketed recently. What drives its move to London and other Western cities?

Filmed from the International Space Station yesterday, the NASA shuttle Discovery executes an unprecedented somersault in space. logo