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NASA may abandon plans for moon base

NASA may abandon plans for moon baseLondon, April 30 : NASA's acting administrator, Chris Scolese, has told lawmakers that the agency will probably not build an outpost on the moon as originally planned.

According to a report in New Scientist, Scolese's comments also hinted that the agency is open to putting more emphasis on human missions to destinations like Mars or a near-Earth asteroid.

NASA has been working towards returning astronauts to the moon by 2020 and building a permanent base there.

Second-born kids really are more rebellious

Second-born kids really are more rebelliousLondon, Apr 30 : A new research has confirmed what many parents long suspected: Second-born kids are more likely to be rebellious in later life than their more conservative older siblings.

According to scientists, who published their study in the journal Child Development, firstborn children are likely to conform while younger siblings are prone to more independent personalities, reports The Telegraph.

Lifestyle trends - British parking garages lure drivers with sumptuous smells

Lifestyle trends - British parking garages lure drivers with sumptuous smellsLondon - People who can't abide the smell of parking garages could soon find relief in Britain.

A company there is planning to lure customers with the smell of freshly-baked bread or the sweet scent of roses. A survey recently showed that most people are deterred by foul-smelling stairwells in parking garages, said NCP, which operates in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds. So now, it aims to charm its customers with special aromas.

British nurse told she's too fat for New Zealand

Wellington - A British nurse weighing 134 kilograms has been refused permission to live in New Zealand because she is too fat, according to news reports on Thursday.

The 51-year-old nurse, who had been offered a job in a hospital for the elderly, was turned down by immigration officials because her body mass index of 55.2 made her morbidly obese.

Medical assessors said the woman would probably cost the country 25,000 New Zealand dollars (11,200 US dollars) over four years in health treatment.

The woman, who has a 131-centimetre waist, said she was physically fit, had no history of cancer or chronic disease in her family, and her weight did not stop her working more than 60 hours a week.

O'Shea gives Manchester United slim lead over Arsenal

O'Shea gives Manchester United slim lead over ArsenalManchester - Manchester United will take a narrow advantage into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Arsenal after edging out the London side 1-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The holders dominated the match for long periods but in the end only had an early strike from John O'Shea to show for their superiority.

"We had so many chances in the first half but their goalkeeper played so well," United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar said. "I think our game plan was good.

Two men who knew July 7 bombers sentenced by British court

Two men who knew July 7 bombers sentenced by British court London  - Two British Muslims described as friends of the suicide bombers behind the July 2005 attacks on London's transport system were Wednesday jailed for seven years each for plotting to attend a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

Waheed Ali, 25, and Mohammed Shakil, 32, were among three men cleared by the same court Tuesday of helping the bombers to select targets for the attack in London on July 7, 2005.