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Obama administration gives $500m to United Nations climate change fund Obama administration gives $500m to United Nations climate change fund
- January 21, 2017

State Department. The United States has pledged a total of $3 billion to the fund. But the USA still owes $2 billion, and with Trump pledging to "stop all payments of United States tax dollars to UN global warming programs", it is unclear if those funds will ever flow to UN coffers. (more...)
Three Killed, 20 Injured as Car Rams Into Crowd in Melbourne
- January 21, 2017

A witness, Hank Kerr, said he had seen people jumping out of the way but there were also people being hit and thrown to one side. Ambulance Victoria says paramedics are treating a number of people after they were hit by a auto. He said: "An extensive family violence history was involved... he had mental health and drug-related issues in the background of this particular person". (more...)
Donald Trump Pays Tribute To Hillary Clinton During Inaugural Day Congressional Lunch Donald Trump Pays Tribute To Hillary Clinton During Inaugural Day Congressional Lunch
- January 21, 2017

It's an especially striking choice on the eve of the Women's March on Washington, which promises to draw massive crowds of people aiming to remind Trump of the importance of a famous Clinton quote: "Women's rights are human rights". President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended a luncheon at the National Statuary Hall on Friday afternoon immediately following the swearing-in ceremony. (more...)
Senate Confirms Mattis as Secretary of Defense
- January 21, 2017

The day before the inauguration, Trump hinted that he would waste no time in carrying out his first actions as president. Federal law requires a seven-year waiting period between active duty and serving as secretary of defence; Congress passed legislation last week granting a waiver to Gen Mattis , and Mr Trump signed it on Friday (Jan 20). (more...)
Scientists searching for life on nearby 'super-Earth' Scientists searching for life on nearby 'super-Earth'
- January 21, 2017

Astronomers at the University of New South Wales in Australia announced the finding of three rocky-type worlds orbiting Wolf 1061, a red dwarf star about 126 trillion kilometers (78.3 trillion miles), or 14 light years, from Earth. But if its too far, it will be too cold. That said, Kane said that if there's any life on the planet, it must be living under hostile conditions-similar to those of Venus-since it's on the inner edge of the habitable zone, relatively close to its star. (more...)
Obama gives further 500 million dollars to climate change fund Obama gives further 500 million dollars to climate change fund
- January 21, 2017

As climate change impacts - including sea level rise and worsening storms, floods, and droughts - continue to strengthen, "the question is how long the Republican Party as a whole is going to want to be seen simply as saying the climate is not changing, we think it's a hoax", said Corinne Le Quere, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. (more...)
Patriots Talk: Roethlisberger Responds To Edelmans Comments Patriots Talk: Roethlisberger Responds To Edelmans Comments
- January 21, 2017

He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that's gotten them six Super Bowl championships . We're going against the Patriots. For how good Brady has been in his career, it sure is impressive that he has been so much better than he typically is against the Steelers. (more...)
Delhi: HC stays notification for minority schools Delhi: HC stays notification for minority schools
- January 21, 2017

Under a 7 January notification, the Delhi government sought to allot seats for nursery admissions in private unaided schools built on public land based on the location of the school. The process for nursery admissions in over 1400 private schools began in the national capital on January 2 and is expected to end on January 31. It asked the Centre about its policy regarding private schools running on land allotted to them by government at concessional rates across the country. (more...)
NASA Snaps Small Moon in Saturn's Rings NASA Snaps Small Moon in Saturn's Rings
- January 21, 2017

An image of Daphnis moon captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute. NASA explains that the formation is a gathering of material from Saturn's rings that merged into a little tail staying close behind the small moon. (more...)
For third straight time, Earth sets hottest year record For third straight time, Earth sets hottest year record
- January 21, 2017

In a separate analysis of global temperature data , scientists from the US space agency NASA also found 2016 to be the warmest on record . When we say that the Earth was 0.99 degrees Celsius warmer than the 20th century mean, we don't mean that every point on the globe was exactly 0.99 degrees hotter - some areas heat much more than others. (more...)
Disturbing footage shows auto circling street moments before it drives into crowd Disturbing footage shows auto circling street moments before it drives into crowd
- January 21, 2017

Despite the similarity to Islamic terrorist attacks in Nice and Berlin in recent months, in which trucks have been used to plough through crowds, killing dozens, police have ruled out terrorism as a motive. Australia has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown radicals since 2014 and authorities have said they have thwarted a number of plots. (more...)
Nigel Farage Is to Become a Political Pundit for Fox News Nigel Farage Is to Become a Political Pundit for Fox News
- January 21, 2017

Farage has said that if he were American, he would have voted for Trump and later praised Trump for " dominating " Clinton. Farage joins a number of conservative politicians who already contribute to Murdoch's cable news channel. Fox News has also recently hired back controversial pundit Bob Beckel and replaced the outgoing Megyn Kelly with Tucker Carlson. He said: "I am proud to have played my part not just in Brexit but in helping this man become the 45th President of the United States ... (more...)
PlayStation VR Now Supports 360-Degree YouTube Videos PlayStation VR Now Supports 360-Degree YouTube Videos
- January 21, 2017

While Youtube is now available in virtual reality with the headset of the Playstation 4, you will learn how to take advantage of the content offered by the online platform. However on mobile devices and VR headsets, it lets users watch the videos in a more "natural" way by turning their head or moving it up and down, giving them the sense that they are in the video itself. (more...)
NASA study reveals that 2016 is the hottest year in recorded history
- January 20, 2017

NOAA found the Earth was 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average while NASA found the global average was 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. Even though El NiƱo conditions in the picture for significant portions of 2015 and 2016, Schmidt says it only made minor contributions to overall global temperature changes. (more...)
Jammeh has agreed to leave, new president tweets
- January 20, 2017

Barrow, a real-estate agent turned politician, had flown into Senegal on January 15 to seek shelter after weeks of rising tension over Jammeh's stance. It is not certain that Gambia's army will fight to keep Jammeh in power. Thousands of Gambians were reported to have fled the country fearing unrest, the United Nations said. (more...)
Wildly Popular Selfie App From China Could Be Accessing Users' Passwords, Locations Wildly Popular Selfie App From China Could Be Accessing Users' Passwords, Locations
- January 20, 2017

The app attempts to pull a number of identifiers for a phone, including IMEI and MAC address, and even though no ads are shown within the app itself, it ties in with a number of third-party analytics systems that could be used for ad targeting. (more...)
Canada Dec annual inflation rises less than expected as food falls Canada Dec annual inflation rises less than expected as food falls
- January 20, 2017

The consumer price index advanced 1.5 percent in December from a year earlier, Statistics Canada reported Friday from Ottawa. Overall, prices were up in five of the eight major categories tracked by the federal agencies. Prices were down in two categories - food at -2.3 per cent and housing operations at -0.6 per cent - while clothing prices were unchanged. Goods prices fell 0.2% on the month with a year-on-year decline of 0.9%, while services-sector prices fell 0.1% to give a year-on-year ... (more...)
Top Trump Admin Priority: 'State-of-The-Art Missile Defense' Against North Korea
- January 20, 2017

According to several transition officials though, there were plans to make that happen on an unusually large scale. The last time a presidential inauguration featured a military flyover was during President Harry Truman's inauguration in 1949. (more...)
Tesla Cleared Of Charges From User's Self-Driving Accident
- January 20, 2017

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been looking to reduce the number of accidents of its cars by making continuous improvements to its Autopilot feature. Tesla provided the Office of Defects Investigation with mileage and airbag deployment data for all 2014-2016 Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with Autopilot technology. (more...)
NASA, NOAA confirm 2016 was Earth's hottest year on record
- January 20, 2017

NOAA found that global land and ocean surface temperatures were 0.94 degrees Celsius, or 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 20th century average, which beat the 2015 record by 0.04 degrees Celsius, or 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Wednesday announcement. (more...)

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