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Friday, February 22, 2013

News Headlines Feb. 22, 2013

Russia has accused the US of blocking a draft UN Security Council statement condemning the suicide bombings in the Syrian capital, which were among the deadliest in the two years of the armed conflict. The US blamed Russia in return. 

Burning after a powerful car bomb exploded near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus.(AFP Photo / Sana)
The meteorite explosion over Russia’s Urals region was an extraordinary, unexpected event, says the emergency minister. The incident triggered worldwide scientific debate over the possibility of building a meteor warning/prevention system.

A meteorite trail is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Oleg Kargopolov)
US researchers developed a process that coats a living cell with silica ‘armor’, creating a near-identical inorganic duplicate. This ‘zombie cell’ technique has the potential for building complex nano-scale machines using life as blueprint.  

Moderately heated, the cell/silica composite turned into pure silica and needed a gold coating for a scanning electron microscope to image it. (Image courtesy of Bryan Kaehr from
At least 14 people died and 119 more were injured following two explosions in a market in India's southern city of Hyderabad on Thursday.

Police examine the site of an explosion at Dilsukh Nagar, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad February 21, 2013 (Reuters / Krishnendu Halder)

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