Wikinews Shorts: February 10, 2012
A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, February 10, 2012.
Russian scientists contact Lake Vostok
Russian scientists say they have made first contact with , one of several hundred beneath the solid ice surface of Antarctica. It is estimated the lake has been separate from outside conditions for about 20 million years. Its size is comparable to . The lake is located in the with one of the lowest recorded temperatures on Earth.
Scientists believe the study of such subglacial lakes can provide them with an in-depth look into the White Continent’s history, as well as the possibility of finding livethat can live under extremely cold conditions.
- "Russians drill into Lake Vostok, begin search for life under Antartica’s surface" — , February 9, 2012
- Jonathan Amos. "Lake Vostok drilling team claims breakthrough" — , February 8, 2012
New U.S. airport program provides speedy security check
The U.S. to operate a faster way to get through airport .is to allow 35
The new Pre-Check program allows air passengers to keep on their shoes,their computers, and wear a light jacket. Passengers participating in the Pre-Check program are screened before reaching the security point on their way to the plane. To participate in the program, travelers are required to be citizens of the U.S. and pass a background check.
The program is already in place at seven national airports, such as, but is to expand to 28 more large city airports like 's three airports, , and this year.
- Hugo Martín and Ian Duncan. "TSA to expand PreCheck program to speed up airport security lines" — , February 9, 2012
- Jason Ryan. "New Airport Security Rules: Keep Your Shoes, Belt and Shampoo" — , February 8, 2012
Somalia's rebels align with Al-Qaeda
UK defense think tank , and US chairman , warn that Somali terrorists may try to strike inside both countries.
- "Al-Shabaab joining al Qaeda, monitor group says" — , February 9, 2012
- Martin Daly. "Britain, US concern over Somali militants" — , February 9, 2012