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2015 could end up as warmest year ever for the planet: NOAA

HONG KONG: May 2015 was a wacky month for weather. While precipitation in the United States set an all-time record, around the world it was the warmest May ever. In its latest update, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the world’s average surface temperature was up 1.57 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average in May. According to the ... Read More »

China wants cooperation with other nations in space, access to ISS

BEIJING: China wants greater cooperation with other nations in space, particularly the United States, the country’s most experienced astronaut has told CNN in an exclusive interview. Fifteen nations including the United States, Russia and Japan cooperate on International Space Station missions, but China’s involvement has always been a non-starter because of longstanding resistance from U.S. legislators. Read More »

United States air force’s secret plane X-37B all set for its fourth mission

FRANCE: The military has been doing some secretive testing in low-Earth orbit, and reporters may have figured out just what is going on. According to Discovery News, the United States Air Force will be heading on a mission to space this week. On Wednesday, May 20, the Air Force will launch the mysterious unmanned X-37B spacecraft at 10:45 a.m. from ... Read More »

Last known member of U.S. moon rocket development team dies

EUROPE: The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that came to the United States after World War II and designed the rocket that took astronauts to the moon has died. Oscar Carl Holderer died Tuesday in Alabama, son Michael Holderer said Wednesday. He was 95. Holderer said his father suffered a stroke last week and did not ... Read More »

US wants India to wait for final nuclear trade deal with Iran

NEW DELHI: United States wants India and other countries to wait for a final nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers before actively engaging with Tehran, US Under Secretary Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday. “I would say ‘hold your horses’. We are not quite to an agreement yet,” Sherman said, referring to India and other buyers of Iranian oil that ... Read More »

Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study

BRENT: A pair of new studies published April 22 in Nature are disturbing when taken separately, but so much more chilling when laid out next to each other: The first provides new evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides can have a negative effect on bees, adding weight to the theory that these chemicals could contribute to colony collapse disorder and endanger our ... Read More »

U.S. Space Command gives TV viewers a glimpse of what it does for the country

NEW YORK: Not many people know about the U.S. Space Command, and that’s because it was never meant to be in the spotlight. Instead, it works in the shadows, making sure that if a war were to break out in space, we would be ready. In the course of its duties, this special branch of the Air Force has determined ... Read More »

Bees may be addicted to pesticides, study

BRENT: A pair of new studies published April 22 in Nature are disturbing when taken separately, but so much more chilling when laid out next to each other: The first provides new evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides can have a negative effect on bees, adding weight to the theory that these chemicals could contribute to colony collapse disorder and endanger our ... Read More »

US fines $211m to Swiss based BSI bank on tax cheats

BERN: The United States fined $211 million (CHF203 million) a Swiss based BSI bank for aiding and abetting tax cheats. It is the first Swiss-based bank to complete the non-prosecution program set up in 2013 to clear up past tax evasion offences. BSI had more than 3,000 active accounts relating to US citizens after 2008, according to the Department of ... Read More »

US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28% emissions cut

EUROPE: In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House’s plans. The U.S. plans to announce its commitment Tuesday, the informal deadline for nations to submit their contributions to the ... Read More »

Innovation in an age of global science commentary

LONDON: Scientific research is dramatically more global in its practice and impact than it was just a decade ago. Whether the United States is able to capitalise effectively on new discoveries stemming from international collaborations will determine future economic growth and job creation in America. High-energy physics, or particle physics as it is often called, is the epitome of the ... Read More »

Scientists uncovered 231m old 9ft-long crocodile that walked upright

CANADA: Scientists have unearth fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right before the first dinosaurs appeared. Transported back to the Triassic Period, what would a person experience upon encountering this agile, roughly 9-foot-long (about 3 meter-long), 5-foot-tall (about ... Read More »

2,800 Americans call climate change action a moral obligation

FRANCE: A new Reuters/IPSOS research study has discovered that when it comes to stopping climate change, a majority of Americans see it as a “moral obligation” to reduce carbon emissions for the continued health of the planet. Over 2,800 Americans were polled in February to determine how much moral language is used when it comes to the debate over climate ... Read More »

Switzerland becomes first country to submit Paris climate deal pledge

OSLO: Switzerland became the first nation on Friday to submit a plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020 as a basis for a UN deal to limit climate change due to be sealed in December. Some other countries – including China, the United States and the 28-nation European Union – have outlined their domestic plans for slowing global warming ... Read More »

Scientists witness carbon dioxide trapping heat in air for first time

NEW YORK: Scientists have witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere above the United States, showing human-made climate change ‘in the wild’ for the first time. A new study in the journal Nature demonstrates in real-time field measurements what scientists already knew from basic physics, lab tests, numerous simulations, temperature records and dozens of other climatic indicators. They say ... Read More »

Dark Matter may have caused mass extinctions, geologic upheavals on Earth

CANADA: Guides growth of supermassive black holes with new data, Planck satellite brings early universe into focus Was dark matter responsible for mass extinctions, geologic upheavals, which killed of the dinosaurs? Has a football-shaped collection of stars called elliptical galaxies provided new insights into the connection between a galaxy and its black hole? Has the Planck space telescope offered a ... Read More »

Scientists call for more research into altering components of Earth’s climate system

PARIS: A panel of scientists from the United States is calling for more research into tools for intentionally altering components of Earth’s climate system as a way to forestall or blunt the worst effects of global warming. Neither of the two broad approaches that the National Research Council (NRC) panel examined in a pair of reports released Tuesday is ready ... Read More »

Global warming could spawn more tornadoes in Southeast: Study

WASHINGTON: New research says the US Southeast in particular will see more tornadoes due to climate change. It seems that every sector of the United States can expect some form of extreme weather as temperatures continue to rise. The US Southwest, for one, may see megadroughts over the next century, the East Coast will reportedly experience daily tidal floods by ... Read More »

Of 9,742 drug arrests in 2014, 5% smugglers belong to China, US, Thailand: Korea customs

SEOUL: Drug smuggling has reached a record-high in South Korea according to a spokesman of the International Investigation Team at Korea Customs Service. The number of drug crime has been steadily rising and it peaked last year. According to the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office’s drug crime report, the number of foreigners involved in drug related crimes in South Korea increased to ... Read More »

Most Republicans support Presidential Climate Action, survey shows

LONDON: According to a new poll of American voters, republicans support climate actions taken by President Obama Stanford University, environmental group Resources for the Future (RFF), and The New York Times sponsored the poll. American voters were questioned on their opinions about dangers versus benefits of global warming, actions taken by government, and what should be done to control the ... Read More »