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  • Herman Melville: 10 quotes on his birthday

    Herman Melville, author of the acclaimed masterpiece, "Moby-Dick" lived a life that included both much adventure and much disappointment. Here are 10 memorable quotes from the great author.

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  • Plan for Mormon temple rattles Catholics in a French suburb

    In the Parisian suburb of Le Chesnay, plans to build the first Mormon temple in mainland France has revealed insecurities about the minority status of Catholics in France.

  • Did Mars have ancient oceans? Maybe not, new study says. (+video)

    Clay deposits on Mars have been seen as evidence that the planet once had a warm, wet climate. But a new study suggests the clay could have volcanic origins.

  • New Mars theory paints a drier picture of the Red Planet (+video)

    Since water is thought to be essential for all life, the Martian clay findings complicate the question of whether early Mars was likely to have been hospitable to life.

  • Herman Melville: 10 quotes on his birthday

    Herman Melville, author of the acclaimed masterpiece, "Moby-Dick" lived a life that included both much adventure and much disappointment. Here are 10 memorable quotes from the great author.

  • Walter Rodgers Faith tourist: From Easter at the Vatican to a South Pacific church

    My fascination with religious observances is ecumenical. I have recited my 'Allahu Akbars,' been blessed at Easter by the pope in St. Peter's Square, and recently attended a service in the South Pacific. Everywhere, I find a universal need for contemplation and self-surrender.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 04/04

    Elephant calf George walks in line as his mother Karishma holds his tail during an event staged for the media at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, England. George joined the herd on their daily walkabout to mark his first birthday, following training by his keepers to ensure that he can walk trunk to tail without wandering off or getting distracted by the busy zoo.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 09/07

    This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina.

  • In Pictures Nuclear Weapons

    The site of the world's first nuclear detonation, code named 'Trinity,' is seen 0.016 seconds after the explosion on July 16, 1945. The effort to build a bomb during World War II, called the Manhattan Project, led by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was begun in 1941.

  • Chile rocked by 8.8 magnitude earthquake; tsunami warnings issued

    Chile rocked by 8.8 magnitude earthquake; tsunami warnings issued

    A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck south-central Chile early Saturday morning, killing at least 85 people, knocking down buildings, homes and hospitals, and triggering a tsunami.

  • In Pictures Retracing Darwin's footsteps

    The first stop on the second voyage of the HMS Beagle was at St. Jago in the Cape Verde Islands. Darwin's first journal entry was made here. Darwin's focus on the island was mainly geological, writing about the slow formation of the islands over extremely long periods of time.