Sunda Strait, Indonesia - Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Word War II Battle of Sunda Strait.

Washington, DC - NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6.

San Francisco, California - Just one week after Consumers Union launched its new campaign to help consumers stop unwanted and illegal robocalls, more than 200,000 Americans have already signed a petition calling on the top phone companies to offer customers free call-blocking tools. 

Washington, DC - To celebrate the second annual World Wildlife Day, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli will host a Google+ Hangout March 3 on the subject of combating wildlife trafficking.  The Under Secretary will be joined by prominent African and Asian leaders from several non-governmental environmental organizations.  Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid, will moderate the discussion and panelists will include: Paula Kahumbu, Executive Director of Wildlife Direct; Nhi Thoi, Rhino Project Lead for CHANGE; and Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Imperial, California - Picture a scene, oh, about 10,000 years ago.  Ugga Ugga, Bam Bam, and Grunt Grunt are sitting around the campfire roasting a goat or whatnot and going over the events of the day.  Grunt Grunt notes that the watering hole is drying up and game are becoming scarce.  Bam Bam wonders whether they have offended the gods in some way.  They retire for the night, mulling things over.  The next morning they hit upon the idea of human sacrifice as a way of appeasing the gods, and that night there are only two guys sitting around the campfire.  Ugga Ugga has taken one for the team.  The food supply stretches farther and all is well.

Ann Arbor, Michigan - A new twist on an old tool lets scientists use light to study and control matter with 1,000 times better resolution and precision than previously possible.