NASA says its Voyager One probe has become the first man-made object to leave the solar system. A new study suggests it drifted off about August of last year, though that is up for debate because the device that measures the density around it broke decades ago. But at about 12 billion miles from Earth, tt's still collecting data.
A new study out of New Zealand says electronic cigarettes may be as effective as nicotine patches for helping people quit smoking. Previous studies had shown that the e-cigarettes helped smokers kick the habit, but no one had yet compared them to the patches, which are considered the "gold standard" for quitting. And the study suggests e-cigarettes may even be better because they have the same look and feel as real cigarettes.
And in a dramatic illustration of the importance of physics, a driver of this Jaguar in London got a nasty surprise when he returned to his luxury car to find it warped. Turns out, a nearby skyscraper may have been responsible. On a hot day, sunlight reflected in the building's windows at a bizarre angle, causing the 'melt-down'. Developers are now taking another look, and drivers are being warned not to park there.
And while most of us like to root for cute animals like pandas, the Ugly Animal Preservation Society is taking a stand for the endangered animals that don't tug at our heartstrings. They held a contest to choose their mascot, with creatures ranging from a proboscis monkey to the flightless dung beetle to the dromedary jumping slug and even the pig-nosed turtle. This week they announced the winner, the blobfish.
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Thursday, March 6 2014 11:41 PM EST2014-03-07 04:41:04 GMT
The Randolph man who admitted to murdering his niece in 2008 will be sentenced this spring. In August Michael Jacques struck a deal with federal prosecutors. He gave up his right to an appeal and pleadedMore >>
The Randolph man who admitted to murdering his niece in 2008 will be sentenced this spring.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:40 PM EST2014-03-07 04:40:13 GMT
It's a real estate deal between UVM and the Queen City that could end up kicking some non-profits to the curb. The Burlington School District voted Thursday night on half of the multi-million dollar deal.More >>
It's a real estate deal between UVM and the Queen City that could end up kicking some non-profits to the curb.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:53 PM EST2014-03-07 00:53:09 GMT
'Tis the season-- as winter winds down frost heaves and potholes arrive. The ups and downs of the 2014 winter can be seen and felt. No route or road is spared. And just adding to the frustration-- theMore >>
The deep freeze is making for some rough roads across our region and it's also contributing to a fuel shortage. Shelby Cashman has more.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 7:56 PM EST2014-03-07 00:56:36 GMT
The pothole problem knows no boundaries. Our neighbors to the north are also dealing with rough roads. The Quebec Transportation Ministry budgeted $260 million for winter road maintenance. But crews haveMore >>
Our neighbors to the north are also dealing with rough roads.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:23 PM EST2014-03-06 21:23:33 GMT
Investigators now say a fire that damaged a student housing complex at St. Michael's College was not caused by the building's heating system. The fire last month damaged a row of townhouses. All of theMore >>
Investigators now say a fire that damaged a student housing complex at St. Michael's College was not caused by the building's heating system.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:50 PM EST2014-03-06 21:50:24 GMT
Vermont police say a New Hampshire woman was driving drunk with two kids in her car. The incident happened Wednesday at the Intersection of 1-91 and Route 302 in Newbury, Vt. Vermont state police sayMore >>
Vermont police say a New Hampshire woman was driving drunk with two kids in her car.More >>