Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider

Apr 30, 2016

Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider

The world’s most powerful particle smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, went offline after a weasel caused a short circuit on a high-voltage transformer. The collider suffered a “severe electrical perturbation” at 5:30 a.m. Friday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said in its ...

Apr 25, 2016

Chinese state media say 11 missing after coal mine floods

A coal mine flooded in northern China on Monday, leaving 11 miners missing, state media reported. The accident happened Monday morning in Tongchuan city in Shaanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. A total of 67 workers were in the mine shaft but ...

U.S. orders 'urgent' engine fix for Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Apr 24, 2016

U.S. orders 'urgent' engine fix for Boeing 787 Dreamliners

U.S. officials have ordered Boeing to fix engines on some of its 787 Dreamliner airplanes to avoid sudden failure in icy conditions, calling the problem an “urgent safety issue.” Friday’s Federal Aviation Administration directive concerns a potential problem in General Electric’s most advanced engines ...

Apr 23, 2016

Four utilities sign cooperation pact for nuclear emergencies

Kansai Electric Power Co. and three other power suppliers in western Japan have signed an agreement to cooperate during nuclear accidents. The pact calls on Kansai, Chugoku Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. to provide each other with ...

Apr 19, 2016

Kansai airport deploys hawks, beagles to deter nesting birds

Kansai International Airport has adopted nature’s laws in its efforts to reduce bird strikes on planes, enlisting birds of prey as well as hunting dogs to deter migratory birds from nesting on islands surrounding the airport. The move appears to be paying off, as ...

Apr 13, 2016

Woman lost nine days in Arizona forest wrote 'help' in sticks

A woman lost in an Arizona forest for nine days survived by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out “help” on the ground with sticks, authorities said Tuesday. The sign helped lead rescuers to Ann Rodgers, 72, in the White Mountains of eastern ...