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WELLINGTON, May 14 — The New Zealand capital was almost cut off Thursday as torrential rains sweeping the country washed out road and rail links in the city.

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WASHINGTON, May 14 — NASA is funding a US-based company that aims to produce breathable oxygen on Mars using organisms such as bacteria or algae to pave the way for manned colonies on the red planet.

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By Sarwell Q. Meniano

TACLOBAN CITY, May 14 (PNA) – Coastal areas in Eastern Visayas remained free of red tide toxins, but the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned that sudden rainfall may trigger the phenomenon.

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MOSCOW, May 14 — Russian-German space observatory Spektr-RG will be launched at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017, Russian aerospace company NPO Lavochkin said in a statement on Thursday.

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MANILA, May 14 — A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck parts of Bicol region close to midnight Wednesday, according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

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SINGAPORE, May 14 — Singapore's Meteorological Services said the country is more likely than not to experience weak El Nino conditions in the coming weeks, local media reported Thursday.

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DAVAO CITY, May 14 — The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) based in Malagos, Calinan, Davao City is launching a new website where visitors could learn more about the endangered bird and give donation for its conservation program.

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By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata

MANILA, May 14, (PNA) — One of the priorities of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is with regard to nanotechnology research and development (R&D).

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IMF chief economist retires

WASHINGTON, May 15 — The chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced his retirement on Thursday, leaving for a Washington-based nonprofit think tank to further his research career.

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WASHINGTON, May 15 — The opah, or moonfish, is the first known fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its body much like mammals and birds, U.S. researchers said Thursday.

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HCM CITY, May 14 — Farm produce, processed foods, beverages, and food processing and packaging technologies are on display at the first Viet Nam International Food Industry Exhibition that opened in HCM City Wednesday.

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HONG KONG, May 14 — An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted East of the North Island of New Zealand at 19:18:09 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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MANILA, May 14 — People residing in thePhilippines and at least 13 years old have until next week to submit their entries to the 2015 Selfie Take 2 photo contest on the country's biodiversity.

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TOKYO, May 14 — Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) believes that the postponed launch of the manned Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft with the next crew to the International Space Station is explained by Russia’s thorough preparations, the head of agency’s manned space activities department told reporters on Thursday.

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LONDON, May 15 — British astronomers have found out the answer to an astronomical mystery — how do galaxies die? Evidence shows that they are "strangled to death," which occurs after galaxies are cut off from the raw materials needed to make new stars.

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By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata

MANILA, May 14 (PNA) — Rubber shoes and ball… what do they have in common? Both are made of rubber.

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LONDON, May 14 — Professor Stephen Hawking is set to make an appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival

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WASHINGTON, May 14 — Enheduanna, the name suggested by an Indian space enthusiast, is one of the winners of a NASA contest to name five new craters on Mercury.

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SHENYANG, May 12 — Artificial reefs covering 4,400 hectares have been built in northeast China's Bohai Sea over the past seven years in an effort to restore the sea's fishing resources, according to an announcement from provincial authorities Tuesday.

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CANBERRA, May 12 — Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) confirmed on Tuesday that El Nino thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.

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