Jun 21, 2013

Venusian winds blowing a third faster since '06

Already traveling at super-hurricane speeds, winds on Venus have accelerated by an astonishing one-third over the past six years, the European Space Agency said Tuesday. Separate teams of astronomers analyzed images from ESA’s Venus Express orbiter, monitoring the cloud patterns of our closest neighbor. ...

May 31, 2013

Distance spared Earth from Venus-like fate

Similar in size and often referred to as twin planets, Earth and Venus evolved from common origins into two contrasting worlds — one dry and inhospitable, the other wet and teeming with life. The reason has had science stumped, until now. Writing in the ...

Apr 3, 2011

Yen for a new global currency

by Kevin Rafferty

HONG KONG — A growing feeling that the dollar has had its day is still being spoiled by the lack of a ready alternative and by inertia and lack of global political vision or leadership. China’s unwillingness to assume international responsibilities is another important ...