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David Suzuki: Lays Down The Smack

Far more dangerous are attempts by U.S. politicians to attack the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activity is causing catastrophic climate change. Despite countless studies by scientists from around the world and agreement among 98 percent of the world's climate scientists and most of the world's scientific academies and societies that greenhouse gas emissions are causing the Earth's average temperature to rise, not to mention the facts staring us in the face--increased frequency of extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, melting ice caps and glaciers--some politicians in the U.S. continue to reject the science and argue that we must proceed with business as usual.Virginia's Republican attorney general, Kenneth Cuccinelli, has been spending taxpayer dollars attacking climate scientists at the University of Virginia and is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its ruling that carbon dioxide and other global warming gases are a threat to human health and welfare.Many Republicans, some of whom also reject the science of evolution and believe the Earth was created 6,000 years ago and that humans and dinosaurs walked together, have been following his lead.

Smithsonian Wild

This golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) has been caught in a motion-activated camera trap.Such ambushes help scientists learn about elusive creatures in the wild. Now the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC has launched an extensive photo database of these candid snaps.The collection includes more than 200 different kinds of mammals and birds from around the world. With 202,000 plus shots, the database offers a diverse look into the wild and provides valuable insights into animal behaviour away from human eyes.

Wellcome Image Awards 2011

The 11th Wellcome Image Awards were announced on 23 February 2011, recognising the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images among recent acquisitions to Wellcome Images, as chosen by a panel of judges. The winning images are on display in Wellcome Collection until 10 July 2011

Banksy Banned From Oscars

The saga of "Banksy Meets the Oscars" continues. You might recall that we reported that the Academy Awards producers were concerned that the faceless-yet-famous street artist, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop is a nominee for a Best Documentary award, would show up to redeem his prize wearing a disguise, perhaps his familiar monkey mask, something they weren't to pleased about. As was reported immediately after, the Academy apparently eventually struck up a deal with the artist that, should his film win, his co-producer, Jamie D'Cruz, would accept the award on behalf of both of them. Now, following a few weeks of Banksy-esque art popping up on Los Angeles streets, possibly to help wage a campaign for the win, it's come out that the Academy has flat out refused the artist's entry into the ceremony. The same story prevails, that they do not want a mysterious man in a mask among the crowd, let alone storming the stage.

Dungeon Siege 3 Preview

Loot is still king in Dungeon Siege 3, and you'll constantly be picking up new goodies from chests and fallen enemies. Inventory management is quick and easy, though with the amount of treasure to be gathered, you may find yourself popping in and out of the menus (where gear is compared and equipped) more often than you'd like. That said, once inside your inventory screen, it's very easy to spot and select your best equipment (based on color coding and price).Co-operative play is also on tap in Dungeon Siege 3, though it wasn't available to try during my hands-on time. It'll accommodate up to four players (a maximum of 2, locally), and is similar to the drop-in, drop-out co-op present in the recent LEGO adventures. The adventure (and associated progress and loot) is tied to the host's saved-game. The game's difficulty in co-op will also scale a bit, depending on the number of human players.

2011 A good year for space

It's usually impossible to predict science headlines for the year ahead: Small labs could come out of nowhere with amazing discoveries, long-expected findings might fail to materialize, and "settled science" may be thrown into turmoil. But one field--maybe more than any other--gives us strong hints on what to expect. Thanks to heavy legislation, complicated engineering, and astronomical distances travelled, we can see into the future of space exploration with some confidence.

God Speed John Glenn

February 20th, marked the 49th anniversary of Astronaut John Glenn's historic 1962 flight aboard the NASA spacecraft Friendship 7 -- when he became the first American (and third human being) to orbit the Earth. After being postponed ten times, the launch finally boosted Glenn into space, where he made three successful orbits at 17,400 miles per hour, returning safely home to a national celebration. Decades later, in 1998, Glenn ventured into space one more time, at age 77 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, to study the effects of space flight on the elderly. Below are images gathered from NASA's early Mercury Project, which lead up to Glenn's famous journey. [28 photos]

God Speed John Glenn

God Speed John Glenn

God Speed John Glenn

God Speed John Glenn