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India will send a manned mission into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday in a speech to the nation. "India will send into space -- a man or a woman -- by 2022, before that if possible," Modi said in a marathon address at the Red Fort in New Delhi for the country's Independence Day. The astronaut would be "carrying the national flag," Modi said.
Two Southeast Asian women on trial in Malaysia for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother could be acquitted Thursday or called to enter their defense in a case that has gripped the world.
It only takes one sleepless night to ruin social interactions and make people feel lonely, a new study showed. "Mother nature took millions of years to perfect our sleep and we just shaved off over an hour to fit our lifestyle," Dr. Matt Walker, founder and director of Center for Human Sleep Science at University of California-Berkeley and lead author of the study told ABC News. To better understand the social effects that poor sleep can create, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a series of experiments using brain imaging, paired with surveys that helped rate the participants' loneliness and videos that simulated real-life scenarios.
Sarah Sanders 'Can't Guarantee' There's No Tape of President Trump Using a Racial Slur
Manmade global warming and a natural surge in the Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday. The joint effects of climate change and so-called natural variability more than doubles the likelihood of "extreme warm events" in ocean surface waters, creating a dangerous breeding ground for hurricanes and typhoons, the study suggests. "This warm phase is reinforcing long-term climate change," lead author Florian Sevellec, a climate scientist at the University of Brest in France, said. "This particular phase is expected to continue for at least five years." Earth's average surface temperature has always fluctuated. Over the last million years, it vacillated roughly every 100,000 years between ice ages and balmy periods warmer than today. Over the last 11,000 years, those variations have become extremely modest, allowing our species to flourish. Manmade climate change - caused by billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases injected into the atmosphere, mainly over the last century - has come on top of those small shifts, and today threatens to overwhelm them. Teasing apart the influence of carbon pollution and natural variation has long bedevilled scientists trying to quantify the impact of climate change on cyclones, droughts, floods and other forms of extreme weather. Sevellec and his colleagues tackled the problem in a different way. First, they focused on the natural fluctuations that - for most climate scientists - are "noise" obscuring the climate change fingerprint. People bathe during a heatwave in Stockholm, Sweden Credit: TT News Agency Second, they used a streamlined statistical approach rather than the comprehensive climate models that generate most long-term forecasts. "We developed a system for predicting interannual" - or short-term - "natural variations in climate," Sevellec said. "For the period 2018-2022, we found an anomaly equivalent to the impact of anthropogenic warming." Natural warming, in other words, will have about the same impact as manmade climate change over the next five years. The likelihood of a marine heatwave or other ocean "warming events" is predicted to increase by 150 percent. The new method - dubbed PROCAST, for PRObabilistic foreCAST - was tested against past temperature records and proved at least as accurate as standard models. Heatwave | Winners and Losers It can be run in seconds on a laptop, rather than requiring weeks of computing time on a super-computer. "This opens up the possibility of doing climate forecasts to more researchers, especially in countries that don't have easy access to super-computers," Sevellec said. The researchers intend to adapt their system to make regional predictions, and - in addition to temperature - to estimate rainfall and drought trends. The Paris climate treaty calls for capping global warming at "well below" two degrees Celsius, and 1.5 C if deemed feasible. On current trends, however, Earth is on track to heat up by twice that much before the end of the century.
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