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Climate summit host Poland says smart forest management key

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:25

Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday said smart forest management is key to fighting climate change and to help farming, weeks before he leads a major UN climate summit. Duda in December will host the COP24 UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where world leaders will be under pressure to ramp up national carbon-cutting pledges. "Forests have a significant and positive impact on drought-prevention and soil degradation, at the same time, improving and, in many cases, creating favourable conditions for cultivation," Duda said.


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World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:20

From Venice and the tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean basin are deeply threatened by rising sea levels, researchers warned Tuesday. All but two of 49 UN-recognised icons of human civilisation rimming the Mediterranean Sea risk being damaged by the rising watermark, soil erosion, or both, with few options for protecting most of them, they reported in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Venice and its lagoon, the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia, and Ferrera, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta, all hit the top of a risk scale devised for the study.


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Egyptians farmed fish 3,500 years ago: study

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:00

Egyptians practised fish farming more than 3,500 years ago, the earliest evidence of such activity worldwide according to a joint German-Israeli study released on Tuesday. Scientists studied 100 fish teeth found at archaeological sites across modern-day Israel to conclude they had been plucked from a lagoon in Egypt's Sinai thousands of years ago. "The sample of teeth covered a chronological period extending over 10,000 years, from the early Neolithic period through to the early Islamic period," said a statement from Israel's Haifa University, one of the participants in the study.


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New York City Goes an Entire Weekend With No Shootings, the First Time in Decades

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:34

There were no shootings during an entire weekend in New York City, according to the NYPD. The department says that hasn’t happened in decades.


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Egyptians farmed fish 3,500 years ago: study

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:28

Egyptians practised fish farming more than 3,500 years ago, the earliest evidence of such activity worldwide according to a joint German-Israeli study released on Tuesday. Scientists studied 100 fish teeth found at archaeological sites across modern-day Israel to conclude they had been plucked from a lagoon in Egypt's Sinai thousands of years ago. "The sample of teeth covered a chronological period extending over 10,000 years, from the early Neolithic period through to the early Islamic period," said a statement from Israel's Haifa University, one of the participants in the study.


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Jeff Bezos wants one trillion humans in the solar system and will spend $1bn a year to achieve it

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:44

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and technology entrepreneur, has said he hopes to see the solar system populated by one trillion people. Mr Bezos, who recently accepted $500m from the US military to help develop his Blue Origin space flight project, said he would not be there when the cosmos was so crowded, but added that people were “starting to bump up against the absolute true fact that earth is finite”. “The dynamism that I have seen over the last 20 years in the internet where incredible things have happened in really short periods of time,” Mr Bezos said, speaking at an event in San Francisco to mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of Wired magazine.


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Climate change 'at point of no return': Ban

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:38

Former UN chief Ban Ki-Moon warned Tuesday the world is at the "point of no return" on climate change as he launched an international commission on responses to global warming. The Global Commission on Adaptation is endorsed by 17 countries including major economic powers China, Germany and India and will look at ways the world -- especially poor nations -- can shield themselves against the impact of rising temperatures. "We are at the point of no return," Ban told an audience at the commission's launch in The Hague, where the Netherlands hosted its 28 commissioners.


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Stephen Hawking feared that a rich, 'superhuman' species is set to end humanity

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:25

The renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has, posthumously, released a new book. The book has revealed the physicist’s apocalyptic theory about genetic engineering. Stephen Hawking has suggested that the advance of genetic engineering might lead to a new species of superhuman that could destroy the rest of humanity.


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Volcanic underwater world discovered off coast of Tasmania

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:20

Scientists claim to have discovered a new underwater world off the Tasmanian coast made up of volcanic mountain peaks that tower about 3km from the seafloor. 


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UNAM astrophysicist Susana Lizano enters the National College

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:08

Mexico, Oct. 16 (Notimex) - Estela Susana Lizano Soberon, from the Radioastronomy and Astrophysics Institute, under the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) will join The National College as a new member. The academic, considered one of the most outstanding astrophysicists in the country, who studies the formation of stars in the Milky Way, joins the 40 members of the institution. In a statement, the highest house of studies highlighted the trajectory and contributions that the specialist has made to science, as she has conducted studies that help the contemporary understanding of the phenomenon of stellar birth, from the theoretical point of view to the observational. Her research includes theoretical models of how within large galactic clouds of dust and gas small dense nuclei are formed, as well as how they condense and collapse by their own gravity to form a star or a group of stars in their centre. Susana Lizano, who was born in Mexico City, holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley, and after a postdoctoral stay at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory in Florence, Italy, joined the UNAM Astronomy Institute. She has been distinguished with the 1996 Scientific Research Academy Award and the 2012 National Science and Arts Award. She is currently vice-president of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (2017-2020). Her lines of research include the study of the powerful bipolar winds that are produced in the suns in formation, more powerful than those of the Sun, and that destroy the maternal cloud. Lizano Soberón, the sixth woman to belong to this group, is also interested in the formation of dust and gas disks around the stars, called protoplanetariums; which are produced because the material of the cloud is in rotation. They are the origin of planetary systems, such as the Solar System. Around the stellar birth, she explained that a lot remains unknown. For example, the mechanism of the formation of massive stars is not well understood. Bipolar disks and winds have been found around some of them, so there is a possibility that this process is a scaled version of low-mass stars. It may also be that there is no single process. Upon entering The National College, Lizano emphasized "it is an enormous, unexpected honor, and an opportunity to do a more intense activity of spreading science. Joining prominent personalities from the exact and natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities, it is a very big distinction. NTX/MSG/LCH/PAP


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No time to be nervous: cosmonaut shrugs off emergency landing

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:27

Alexei Ovchinin shrugged off his emergency landing last week, saying there had been no time to worry as his capsule plunged back to Earth.


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Audi to pay mega fine in VW's latest dieselgate fallout

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:14

Auto giant Volkswagen cleared a new hurdle in its "dieselgate" scandal Tuesday, paying a hefty fine to close a German investigation into subsidiary Audi, but the group is not yet in the clear over its years of emissions cheating. In a statement, Volkswagen said high-end manufacturer Audi had agreed to pay an 800-million-euro ($927 million) fine issued by Munich prosecutors. "Audi AG has accepted the fine" for "deviations from regulatory requirements in certain V6 and V8 diesel aggregates (motors) and diesel vehicles", the group said.


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Paul Allen Was So Much More Than Microsoft's Co-Founder

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:11

Allen, who died Monday at 65, was a philanthropist and visionary


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Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland: Yes, Women Are Joining Physics. But We've Got Work to Do

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:04

Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland: Yes, Women Are Joining Physics. But We've Got Work to Do


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Del. Judge Upholds $4M Award Over Spacecraft Tech Contract

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:42

U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark of the District of Delaware on Monday declined to roll back the Jan. 12 verdict, which awarded Intuitive Machines cash and equity in Moon Express Inc. as a result of Moon Express' failure to complete work on the software underpinning its project.


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Why the World Should Be Alarmed at Hong Kong's Expulsion of a Foreign Journalist

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:53

The territory's days of facilitating the work of foreign media reporting freely on China are over


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I’m a Muslim American and I Play the Hero in a TV Show. Here’s What My Experience Has Taught Me About How We Can Change Hollywood

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 03:00

"People of every background can be a hero," writes Zeeko Zaki of "FBI"


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A Giant Net Has Been Deployed to Clean Up Plastics in the Pacific Ocean

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 00:37

A floating pipe connected to a net three meters deep is designed to trap litter


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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 00:03

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65.


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