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The New York Times' lead story Monday about "nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan" was the kind of journalism that seemed at first glance to be a game changer. Was the Times played by the U.S. military to see the value of the mineral deposits when Washington appears to be increasingly concerned about the public losing confidence in the war? Read more»

Smooth Sections of Asteroid Itokawa

A Tucson scientist was part of the recovery team for a seven-year Japanese mission that could provide the first asteroid sample ever returned to Earth. Read more»

"We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long it takes," declared President Obama in a televised address Tuesday, 57 days after the Deepwater Horizon crisis began. With full text and video. Read more»

Afghanistan appears to be home to a trillion dollars worth of untapped mineral riches. Great news! But probably not for the Afghans. Read more»

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, could be home to a methane-based life form.

Could Saturn’s cold, cloud-covered moon Titan host an exotic form of primitive life based on methane, in sharp contrast to the water-based life of Earth? Read more»

An avian victim of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Hundreds of oil-covered animals have been rescued from the Gulf of Mexico so far. As Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, the volume of casualties is steadily increasing. Read more»

A figure from 'Bodies...The Exhibition.'

Beginning today, teachers will be offered free admission on Tuesdays to "Bodies...The Exhibition." Read more»

Stay inside where it's air-conditioned, stay out of the sun and drink plenty of fluids on Monday, says the National Weather Service. The mercury might spike to 109 in Southern Arizona, with temperatures as high as 104 likely in Tucson. Read more»

A polar bear and two cubs are seen on the Beaufort Sea coast within the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

It took the BP oil well blowout for most Canadians to give any thought to the potential for a similar catastrophe off their shores. Read more»

Opinion: Where, the New York Times asks, have you seen impact of the spill? Here in deepest Provence, for starters. But expect it anywhere you look. Read more»

Most applaud Facebook for making recent privacy changes, though many feel it still has further to go to safeguard people’s privacy. But what about the reaction in other countries? Read more»

A map showing the extent of light pollution across the U.S. Credit: P. Cinzano, F. Falchi (University of Padova), C. D. Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder). Copyright Royal Astronomical Society. Reproduced from the Monthly Notices of the RAS by permission of Blackwell Science.

Globe at Night, which promotes the value of dark skies, set a record in 2010 with more than 17,800 measurements of night sky light pollution. The program teaches about the impact of excessive artificial lighting on local environments, and the ongoing loss of a dark night sky as a shared natural resource. Read more»

A surveillance camera in Parliament Square, London.

This is not going to be your grandfather's Conservative Party in Britain anymore. Being forced to enter into coalition with the Liberal-Democratic Party — even though the Liberals won only a fraction of parliamentary seats — the new leadership is in the process of shaking up Britain. Read more»

Tucson is No. 19 in most innovative cities, according to a new study by Forbes. Read more»

This view of one of the Mars Phoenix Lander's solar panels is a composite of multiple exposures taken by the spacecraft's Surface Stereo Imager camera.

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission is officially over, thanks to sharp pictures from a Mars-orbiting camera that appear to show the collapse of the lander's solar panels due to an expected coating of heavy winter frost. Read more»

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