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Both black boxes from the Cypriot airliner which crashed near Athens have been recovered as Greece investigates its worst air disaster. All 121 passengers and crew aboard Flight 522 died when it hit a hill after an apparent drop in cabin pressure knocked out both pilots. Tests on the bodies appear to confirm that most of the victims froze to death before the actual crash.


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Dear Mr. Bush: Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag. Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing...


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Two of the so-called Bermuda Triangle's most mysterious disappearances in the late 1940s may have been solved.


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Large quantities of oil spilled during the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster can still be found beneath gravel beaches in Alaska, a study has discovered.


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Minutes after the earthquake, as phone lines collapsed, Haitians tried to discover the fate of relatives and friends by using the web and social networks.
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Almost 60% of the people killed by natural disasters in the past decade lost their lives in earthquakes, a UN-backed report has revealed. Storms were responsible for 22% of lives lost, while extreme temperatures caused 11% of deaths from 2000 to 2009.


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The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.
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The head of the American Association of Professors has accused BP of trying to "buy" the best scientists and academics to help its defence against litigation after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


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Want to know what would happen if a 10km-wide asteroid came out of the sky and slammed down on your city?


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Following the very, very tragic accident in New Zealand, there will be the obvious comparisons between the events in Chile and New Zealand. But really, there is no comparison.


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As of last night there were hundreds of spare seats on Qantas and Jetstar flights leaving Narita International Airport over the next three days but the cheapest one-way fare was $938, ranging up to $9504.


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