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60 Minutes
19 Mar 06
As a government scientist, James Hansen is taking a risk. He says there are things the White House doesn't want you to hear but he's going to say them anyway.

Hansen is arguably the world's leading researcher on global warming. He's the head of NASA's top institute studying the climate. But this imminent scientist tells correspondent Scott Pelley that the Bush administration is restricting who he can talk to and editing what he can say. Politicians, he says, are rewriting the science.

But he didn't hold back speaking to Pelley, telling 60 Minutes what he knows.

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Associated Press
21 Mar 06
NICOSIA, Cyprus A 2,500-year-old sarcophagus with vivid color illustrations from Homer's epics has been discovered in western Cyprus, archaeologists said Monday.

Construction workers found the limestone sarcophagus last week in a tomb near the village of Kouklia, in the coastal Paphos area. The tomb, which probably belonged to an ancient warrior, had been looted during antiquity.

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Lee Dye
March 20, 2006
James McGaugh is one of the world's leading experts on how the human memory system works. But these days, he admits he's stumped.

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Mar 20, 2006 — By Tim Gaynor
TULUM, Mexico (Reuters) - The ancient Maya once believed that Mexico's jungle sinkholes containing crystalline waters were the gateway to the underworld and the lair of a surly rain god who had to be appeased with human sacrifices.

Now, the "cenotes," deep sinkholes in limestone that have pools at the bottom, are yielding scientific discoveries including possible life-saving cancer treatments.

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Matthew Borghese
All Headline News
March 20, 2006
Cape Canaveral, Florida (AHN) - NASA is halting shuttle launch preparation at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) after a series of recent accidents.

KSC Director Jim Kennedy stopped work on NASA's three-orbiter shuttle fleet and International Space Station (ISS) components after a small fire at the Vehicle Assembly Building, among other problems.

Kennedy says, "We must stop, in their tracks, the chain of events that led me to call for this safety stand-down."

Kennedy says that the small fire "could have been catastrophic," where two fully fueled shuttle solid rocket boosters were stacked.

Kennedy calls the accidents "a threat to successfully accomplishing our mission - the launching of astronauts and payloads into space."

"We understand that incidents may occur, but a major mishap could result in losing the confidence of the American people."

According to Kennedy, the accidents "could derail NASA's plans to complete the International Space Station and begin exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond."

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