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US says Iran far off from a working nuke, others differ

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for the Islamic Republic to build a bomb? 1,032 more words

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Watchdog: Air traffic control system is a hacking risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s system for guiding planes and other aircraft is at “increased and unnecessary risk” of being hacked, according to a report by government watchdog released Monday. 441 more words

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UMPI and MSSM partner to help high school students earn associate degrees

PRESQUE ISLE — Beginning this fall, students attending the Maine School of Science and Mathematics will be able to take advantage of the most comprehensive early-college pathway in Maine, potentially completing enough college-level coursework to earn an Associate Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in addition to a high school diploma. 481 more words

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KILLER SHRIMP COULD INVADE THE GREAT LAKES

Dikerogammarus villosus may be tiny, but this crustacean is a vicious predator, shown here with zebra mussels.Killer shrimp, creatures that indiscriminately slay other animals without eating them, may soon join the list of invasive species living in the Great Lakes, a new study finds.More than 180 invasive species have made the Great Lakes basin their home in the past 200 years. 19 more words

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Dinos Got High, Oldest Grass Fungus Fossil Hints

Millions of years before LSD and rock and roll, dinosaurs munched on psychedelic fungus, a new study suggests. The hints that dinos got high come from the first amber fossil ever found of ergot, a grass parasite that can have poisonous and mind-altering effects on animals that nibble the dark fungi. 54 more words

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ICELAND'S LARGEST ERUPTION ENDS......MAYBE

Iceland’s biggest volcanic eruption in more than 200 years has ended for now.The huge Holuhraun lava field is still pocked by steaming craters, but no glowing lava was seen from the air or detected by satellites on Friday (Feb. 16 more words

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