December 14th, 2007

Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd Ship Found
The wreckage of a pirate ship abandoned by Captain Kidd in the 17th century has been found by divers in shallow waters off the Dominican Republic, a research team claims.

The underwater archaeology team, from IndianaUniversity, says they have found the remains of Quedagh Merchant, actively sought by treasure hunters for years. It is remarkable that the wreck has remained undiscovered all these years given its location, just 70 feet off the coast of Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic in less than 10 feet of seawater.
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Major Quake May Strike Bay Area Next Year
The San FranciscoBay Area is ripe for a major earthquake, and it could strike as early as next year.

The "most dangerous urban fault in America," scientists say, is the Hayward Fault, which runs under densely populated areas in the Bay Area including the city of Oakland.
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Scramjet Technology

The Hypersonic Age is Near
Recent breakthroughs in scramjet engines could mean two-hour flights from
New York to Tokyo. They could also mean missiles capable of striking any continent in a moment's notice. No wonder the race to develop them is as fierce as ever.

Silver Bullet: If it works, the HTV-3X will be the first reusable scramjet-powered plane. It will be able to take off from a runway, fly at speeds of up to Mach 6, land safely, and then do it again.
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Lasting Image

Hungry Tigers 

Hungry tigers stand on display atop an SUV in
Seoul, South Korea's Everland Resort amusement park. The park's tigers are fed chunks of meat dangled from a tour bus so sightseers can view the staged carnage up close.