Last week the Nation Research Council, one the nations leading scientific bodies, published yet another report on the current state of climate research. What was newsworthy about this effort was the degree to which (from my perspective) the nations best scientists seemed to be getting fed up with being asked to write reports which are then ignored. The message was simple: Climate Change is happening and its happening now.
The space shuttle Endeavour was taking on fuel Monday morning in preparation for the penultimate flight of the shuttle era.
Liftoff was slated for 8:56 a.m., and NASA was confident that the electrical problems that delayed the mission two weeks ago had been fixed.
As many as half a million people are expected to gather in the area around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to watch Endeavor blast off, bound for the International Space Station one last time before heading to retirement at a Los Angeles museum.
The head of the International Criminal Court wants Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi arrested and charged with crimes against humanity. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters he would also seek arrest warrants for the leader's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and Abdullah al-Sanussi, the country's intelligence chief.
The Vatican sent a letter to bishops around the world Monday offering guidance on dealing with reports of clerical sexual abuse.
But the suggestions in the letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are vague and nonbinding and fall far short of recommending the tough U.S.-style norms that bar a credibly accused priest from ministry while his case is investigated.
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six astronauts is on schedule to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:56 a.m. ET.
As NPR.org writes, "with wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) on hand to watch ... Endeavour is poised to give the work week a roaring and historic start Monday morning, overcoming wiring problems that grounded it last month." It is set to be the shuttle's final mission.
British police have received a warning of a possible bomb in central London from an Irish Republican dissident group, according to AP. There's no indication of when any possible device might explode, or where. In a statement, New Scotland Yard asked Londoners to go about their business while remaining vigilant, but added several police agencies were cooperating on the investigation.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is working to collect photographs of all 1,058 Kentuckians whose names are on the memorial in Washington, D.C. It’s part of a national effort to gather photos for an online exhibit and for an underground education center being built near the memorial.