Science


Evacuation from quake-hit New Zealand town ends
- November 17, 2016

Although the USA has a policy of neither confirming nor denying if its military ships are nuclear powered or armed, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has said he's satisfied the Sampson doesn't have nuclear capabilities. "Look at this road here, this is really stuffed and there's thousands of meters (yards) of it", Key said. "I just don't see how you can ever fix that bit of road". (more...)
4 killed in Peru shopping centre fire ahead of Asia summit
- November 17, 2016

Duterte said the country must build stronger economic ties with South America, a region which he said shares a common heritage with the Philippines. It marks the first time that a South Korean prime minister will attend the gathering instead of presidents since it first kicked off in 1993. (more...)
Brightest Supermoon Since 1948 to Dominate Skies Tonight
- November 17, 2016

Some of our readers sent in their pictures of the moon over the city last night. "Tuesday's moon will be nearly as large and bright as Monday's, so we still have a chance to enjoy the sight if the weather obliges". REUTERS/Carlos Barria A man walks by as the supermoon is seen over the National Mall in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2016. "But some supermoons are more super than others ", said Descamps. (more...)
Rare 'supermoon' will make for spectacular sight on Monday Rare 'supermoon' will make for spectacular sight on Monday
- November 17, 2016

A rare supermoon is seen from South Milford, North Yorkshire. It is notable that the moon was a bright orange andred color when it rose yesterday, making the supermoon's effecteven more pronounced. At its furthest orbital point from the Earth, the apogee, it is 5% more distant. Affelia Wibisono, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, said those using cameras would have the best result. (more...)
McGregor: 'Tell Floyd and Showtime, I'm coming'
- November 17, 2016

The words were almost identical to comments made by McGregor in August, when he fielded questions about a potential Mayweather fight during a news conference in Las Vegas. The 39-year-old boxer was named the highest paid athlete by Forbes magazine in three of the last four years between 2012-15. There was blood, sweat and tears. (more...)
Distant Star Possibly The Roundest Natural Object Distant Star Possibly The Roundest Natural Object
- November 17, 2016

For example, the sun rotates once every 27 days, and an imaginary line drawn through its center at the equator is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) longer than a similar line drawn from pole to pole. The difference between Kepler 11145123's equatorial and polar radii is surprisingly small, given to the distant star's mean radius of 1.5 million kilometers. (more...)
Stephen Hawking warns of Earth mass extinction in apocalyptic speech Stephen Hawking warns of Earth mass extinction in apocalyptic speech
- November 17, 2016

During his lecture, the 74-year-old also commented on the work of humans coming "this close to understanding the laws that govern us and the universe", calling it a "triumph ". When it comes to discussing that threat, Hawking is unmistakably blunt. " Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet ", he said. Despite its current usefulness, he cautioned, further developing A.I.could prove a fatal mistake. (more...)
United States will be in climate talks even under Trump
- November 17, 2016

Asked about Trump's campaign pledge to "cancel" US involvement in the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, Solymos was philosophical. Scientists have questioned what a refusal of the Paris Agreement would mean for the environment, and have expressed concern over Trump's signaling that he will place climate change deniers in top White House positions. (more...)
US climate skeptic shreds copy of Paris deal
- November 17, 2016

But Trump's election gave a boost to fossil fuel stocks, as renewables dropped, according to Reuters . Over 100 countries have ratified the 2015 Paris deal to curb carbon emissions in an effort to tackle climate change. Image: Delegates arrive for a Major Economies Forum meeting at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco on November 16, 2016. Kerry's address at COP22 never mentioned Trump by name. (more...)
Hundreds protest in downtown Sacramento against Dakota oil pipeline Hundreds protest in downtown Sacramento against Dakota oil pipeline
- November 17, 2016

Protests were being held Tuesday across the country, from California to Vermont. Calling themselves "water protectors", they marched from Mears Park to the U-S Army Corps of Engineers building - chanting "water is life". Just ahead of the coordinated protests, the Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement Monday saying after almost two months of review, they need more time. (more...)
Climate change not a hoax that we invented: China to Donald Trump
- November 17, 2016

Such concerns have dominated the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, the first such meeting since the historic 2015 talks in Paris. So the Chinese minister seems to be asking Trump: if previous U.S. And President Obama in September ordered federal defense and intelligence agencies to consider the effects of a warming planet in the national security policies, plans and doctrines they develop ( ClimateWire , Sept. (more...)
Shiv Sena needles Modi on emotional pitch on demonetisation Shiv Sena needles Modi on emotional pitch on demonetisation
- November 17, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had on November 8, announced that all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 rupee notes would cease to be valid in all forms of transactions in a bid to tackle hoarding of black money, corruption and terror financing. Kapil Sibal: "Modi ji said, Rs80 trillion is outside India & he would bring it back in 100 days". Black money exists as a parallel economy. "As far as black money is concerned, Modi ji is yet to give the names to the Supreme Court". (more...)
LinkedIn has been banned in Russian Federation LinkedIn has been banned in Russian Federation
- November 17, 2016

Russia's communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has reportedly added the social network to a list of blacklisted websites. Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky told Reuters the watchdog had received a letter from LinkedIn's us management on Friday requesting a meeting. (more...)
Second chance to catch 'supermoon' after clouds hamper view
- November 17, 2016

A rising "supermoon" is seen through the Propylaea, the ancient Acropolis hill gateway, in Athens, Greece. Star watchers and photographers stood atop skyscrapers, went out to beaches, walked out on city squares and open spaces to capture the supermoon with their eyes and lens alike. (more...)
8 captivating photos of the supermoon from across the world
- November 17, 2016

At 11.23am United Kingdom time on Monday the gap between the Earth and the moon was at its shortest point, known as "perigee" - a distance of 221,525 miles (356,510 km). Aside from mythical meanings and unfounded alarmist proclamations, any full moon - never mind a supermoon as big as this - has always been seen as having the ability to trigger emotional reactions and extreme behaviour. (more...)
Sky gazers admire extraordinary larger, brighter moon
- November 17, 2016

The other regular event requires little explaining: it is simply the moon's "perigee" , or closest approach to the Earth. Given its relative shift compared to the sun, the supermoon is, at most, about 0.25 per cent brighter than normal. (more...)
Cows stranded by New Zealand quake have been rescued
- November 17, 2016

Webb said it had evacuated another 340 people by helicopter since Tuesday. They have also been bringing in supplies of water, food and fuel. "It is clear that if we don't move quickly, much of the employment in the area will dry up", Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said. (more...)
Syrian government forces pound Aleppo for second day
- November 17, 2016

An independent monitoring group , the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , confirmed that several airstrikes hit eastern parts of the city on Tuesday. The UN's food agency, FAO, said a farming crisis across Syria had reduced food production to a record low and raised fears that people would be forced to flee starvation. (more...)
PlayStation 4 Pro: Is Sony's New Console Worth It?
- November 17, 2016

The PS4 Pro is a mid-generation update which brings a myriad of enhancements to the previous console. PlayStation 4 sales are up in the United Kingdom following the Pro's launch and with more information available, consumers can now weigh the consoles pros and cons. (more...)
Big companies tell Trump: 'Don't quit climate pact'
- November 17, 2016

But Kerry said the USA was already in the midst of a clean energy transition that would continue regardless of policy-making. -Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope during a Wednesday speech that Donald Trump would remain committed to the worldwide climate regime, despite the president-elect's insistence that he would pull the United States out of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (more...)

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