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January 19, 2017
Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Miami (AFP) Jan 18, 2017
Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change. Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Taking a global average of the land and sea surface temperatures for the entire year, ... read more

Nothing to eat but cactus in Madagascar's hunger capital
A black ribbon is strapped around Karaniteny's straw hat: a symbol of mourning after she lost her 10-year-old daughter Vahana to the devastation of severe drought in October. ... more
China receives imagery from high-resolution remote sensing satellites
China has received images from a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites launched in late December last year, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said W ... more
Swiss police detain Tibet protesters as Xi arrives
Swiss police on Sunday detained 32 people protesting conditions in Tibet as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit in the wealthy Alpine nation. ... more
26 killed as Yemeni forces push rebels back
At least 26 Yemeni fighters died in fresh clashes and an air strike as government forces advanced against Shiite Huthi rebels near a key shipping strait, medics and officials said Saturday. ... more
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India launches second Scorpene-class submarine
A second Indian-built Scorpene-class submarine was launched in Mumbai for the Indian Navy Thursday by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. ... more
Tiny plants with huge potential
Wolffia globosa, a tiny, rootless duckweed, or water lens, apparently has what it takes to achieve great things. Researchers at the University of Jena (Germany), together with colleagues in In ... more
Proto India was by not as isolated as we thought
India gradually drifted away from Africa and Madagascar towards the north and collided with the Eurasian plate. Scientists assumed for a long time that the subcontinent was largely isolated during i ... more
Research sheds new light on high-altitude settlement in Tibet
Humans likely established permanent settlements on the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau between 13,000-7,400 years ago, according to new research published this week in the journal Science. That ... more
India test-fires guided Pinaka Rocket Mark-II
India's Defense Research and Development Organization test-fired a guided variant of its Pinaka rocket in a recent demonstration. ... more

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

Nepal sacks quake reconstruction chief
Nepal on Wednesday sacked the chief of its earthquake reconstruction body, a move seen by critics as politically motivated and likely to further delay rebuilding following the April 2015 disaster. ... more
Indian police rescue 6,000 turtles in 'largest' haul
Indian police said Wednesday they had recovered more than 6,000 freshwater turtles weighing over four tonnes from poachers who planned to smuggle them to Southeast Asia, in the country's largest-ever wildlife haul. ... more

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Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter - and cleaner
Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines. The advance could speed the development of powerful and environmentally friendly turbine engines of all sorts, includ ... more
Navy accepts its 50th P-8A Poseidon

DARPA awards Sikorsky Phase 3 contract for ALIAS program

Eurofighter signs support deals for Typhoon fighters

German MPs to grill VW ex-boss over 'Dieselgate'
Disgraced former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn faces a grilling by German lawmakers Thursday, as accusations grow of top executives at the beleaguered auto giant colluding to cover up emissions cheating. The former CEO's testimony will be "particularly important" in light of the latest allegations against the VW group, said Herbert Behrens, who heads a special parliamentary committee inv ... more
Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution

Bikeshare cycles dumped en masse in China

NAVYA Self-driving shuttle goes to work in Las Vegas

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover
Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure on Monday moved a step closer to a more than Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) takeover of Australian energy group Duet after a recommendation from the energy group's board. In December, the Hong Kong billionaire put in an unsolicited and conditional offer of $Aus3 per share for Duet. Following a review of the offer, the Duet board said it had agreed ... more
China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source
Over a dozen leading European and Asian firms have teamed up to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean fuel and cut the production of harmful gasses that lead to global warming. Convened on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, the first Hydrogen Council brought together 13 firms, among them top carmakers BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota as well as leading industrial gas companie ... more
Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting

Nanoscale view of energy storage

UK-Led Hydrogen Fuel Project Promises to Provide Ultra-Clean Air in China

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AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors
AREVA NP signed a multimillion-dollar agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide fleet-wide refuel equipment upgrades. Under this contract, AREVA NP will upgrade existing refueling platforms, manipulator cranes, fuel transfer systems and used fuel bridge components. This modern equipment will help operators increase efficiency, strengthen performance and reduce time when rece ... more
Portugal protests against Spain nuclear waste near border

France sells off Engie stake to finance Areva rescue

UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor

Our galaxy's black hole is spewing out planet-size 'spitballs'
Every few thousand years, an unlucky star wanders too close to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The black hole's powerful gravity rips the star apart, sending a long streamer of gas whipping outward. That would seem to be the end of the story, but it's not. New research shows that not only can the gas gather itself into planet-size objects, but those objects then are flung througho ... more
CU Boulder to lead operations for NASA black holes mission

Light source discovery 'challenges basic assumption' of physics

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Davos: China's Xi says no one will win trade war
Chinese President Xi Jinping presented himself as a champion of globalisation Tuesday, lecturing the world elite in Davos on the dangers of protectionism and the futility of trade wars The leader of the world's second largest economy became the first Chinese president to address the World Economic Forum, where 3,000 well-heeled delegates from government, business, science and the arts have g ... more
First 'Silk Road' train arrives in UK from China

Chinese leader meets Davos elite as voters revolt

Distraught Davos finds globalisation saviour in China's Xi

Two years after NATO steps down, Afghan forces still struggle: US inspector
Two years after NATO handed responsibility for Afghanistan's security to local forces, the country remains crippled by corruption and its troops can barely hold the Taliban at bay, a US inspector said Wednesday. Since US-led NATO troops stopped leading patrols and stepped into an advisory and support role at the end of 2014, Afghan army and police forces have suffered thousands of casualties ... more
Syrian Kurds say not invited to Astana talks

Obama's toughest decision? 30,000-troop Afghanistan 'surge'

Chinese police kill three "rioters" in Xinjiang

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Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
This week, astronauts are unloading more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and crew supplies from the Cygnus spacecraft to support dozens of science and research investigations. However, this shipment has special significance. This shipment arrived via an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Rocket launches to the International Space ... more
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Drought may add famine to Somalia's humanitarian woes
A serious drought has left parts of Somalia at risk of famine and 320,000 children are already severely malnourished and in need of care, the UN humanitarian agency said Tuesday. "The level of humanitarian suffering in this country triggered by projected conflict, seasonal shocks and disease outbreaks are typically hard to bear, but the impact of this drought represents a threat of a differe ... more
Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Nothing to eat but cactus in Madagascar's hunger capital

Trump environment pick admits to human impact on climate change

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Russia test-fires Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile
Russia's military successfully test-fired a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the country's defense ministry. The missile, one of Russia's first ICBMs developed after the fall of the Soviet Union, was fired from the Plesetsk spaceport and struck its target at a firing range in the Kamchatka Peninsula. Russian defense authorities say the test was conducted to confi ... more
Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord

Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

'No sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal: Iran president

Robert Chow: Hong Kong's pro-Beijing firebrand
Hong Kong is home to a host of democracy activists angering China but one rabble-rouser - a silver-haired former radio host - has been embraced by Beijing for targeting supporters of a split from the mainland. Straight-talking and a seasoned media operator, Robert Chow is Hong Kong's most prominent pro-Beijing activist, best-known for orchestrating a public campaign against massive democra ... more
Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech

Hong Kong activists declare 'war' after appeal bid snub

Hong Kong leadership hopeful pledges to heal city's 'heartache'

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I.Coast soldier killed as mutiny protests return
A mutinous soldier was killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as fresh trouble erupted in several cities after troops took to the streets, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents. The soldier's death in Yamoussoukro was the first since a mutiny over pay erupted in the second city Bouake on January 5, stoking security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. Init ... more
Uganda military denies Congolese rebels left camp

Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention

I.Coast rocked by protests as deadly army mutiny spreads

U.S. Army orders rough-terrain forklifts
Equipment manufacturer JCB is to supply the U.S. Army with more than 1,600 light-capability, rough-terrain forklifts for use around the world. The contract, one of the largest in company history, is worth $142 million, the company said. "This order is fantastic news for JCB and a great way to start the New Year, said JCB Chief Executive Officer Graeme Macdonald. "It is the second ... more
Retired US generals to Trump: 'Torture is unnecessary'

What Russia's railgun can really do

Safran to design new inertial navigation system

India launches second Scorpene-class submarine
A second Indian-built Scorpene-class submarine was launched in Mumbai for the Indian Navy Thursday by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. The submarine is expected to be delivered to the Indian navy by the year end and will be commissioned the Khanderi, the Indian Ministry of Defense said. The diesel-electric submarine, built under a technology transfer agreement with DCNS of Fran ... more
Ingalls Shipbuilding contracted for Coast Guard cutter

Pentagon approves potential $126 billion submarine project

Russia to continue Admiral Makarov trials in 2017

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station. Wearing a white spacesuit with the French flag emblazoned on one shoulder, Pesquet and US astronaut Shane Kimbrough switched on their spacesuits' internal battery power to ... more
NASA to rely on Soyuz for ISS missions until 2019

'Hidden Figures' soars in second week atop box office

Lomonosov Moscow State University to Launch 'Space Department' in 2017

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