GLOBAL NEWS ABROAD

Judge blocks Brazil assets of Vale, BHP Billiton after dam disaster
Brasília (AFP) Dec 20, 2015 –
A judge has blocked the Brazilian assets of mining giants Vale and BHP Billiton to make sure they pay reparations for the toxic waste dam burst that killed 17 in November. The Brazilian and Anglo-Australian mining companies are joint owners of Samarco, a firm that operated an iron ore tailings dam that burst in Minas Gerais state on November 5. The accident unleashed a tsunami of toxic w … more
China landslide leaves 59 missing, sparks gas explosion: Xinhua
Beijing (AFP) Dec 20, 2015 –
A landslide which swept through an industrial park in southern China buried more than 30 buildings in a sea of mud, left 59 people missing and triggered a gas explosion on Sunday, state media reported. Witnesses described a mass of red earth and mud racing towards the park in the city of Shenzhen before burying or crushing homes and factories, twisting some of them into grotesque shapes. … more
Death toll rises to 45 in storm-hit Philippines
Calumput, Philippines (AFP) Dec 20, 2015 –
The death toll from two storms which battered the Philippines rose to 45 Sunday as several towns remained under water and rain kept falling in northern regions, disaster monitoring officials said. The rain was caused by a cold front, dragged into the country by Typhoon Melor and Tropical Depression Onyok which hit the Philippines in succession last week. Floods almost three metres (nine … more
Vessel discovery a major step toward growing kidneys
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 19, 2015 –
In a significant step toward growing replacement kidneys, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified the cells that give rise to the blood vessels within the kidney. It’s a discovery of critical importance, as efforts to grow kidneys have long been frustrated by the inability to create the vasculature necessary for a functional organ. The researchers also … more
Anger, fear at Delhi’s pollution ground zero
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 20, 2015 –
For 12 hours a day, Raju Misra stands at his snack stall in the world’s ultimate pollution blackspot, inhaling toxic fumes and railing against India’s politicians for failing to clean up the filthy air. Anger and alarm are rapidly rising throughout sprawling New Delhi over the air quality that the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked the most hazardous on the planet. But life is m … more
Firefighters battle a hundred wildfires in Spain
Madrid (AFP) Dec 20, 2015 –
Spanish firefighters were battling around 100 wildfires in the northwestern Asturias region on Sunday, where flames fed by strong winds forced the closure of roads and a rail line, officials said. Over 230 firefighters backed by over 50 soldiers were deployed after the fires broke out on Saturday as Spain basks in unusually warm weather for the time of the year. “The intensity of the bla … more
Catastrophic medieval earthquakes in the Nepal
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Dec 19, 2015 –
Pokhara, the second largest town of Nepal, has been built on massive debris deposits, which are associated with strong medieval earthquakes. Three quakes, in 1100, 1255 and 1344, with magnitudes of around Mw 8 triggered large-scale collapses, mass wasting and initiated the redistribution of material by catastrophic debris flows on the mountain range. An international team of scientists led … more
Senegalese migrant with thirst for improving lives
Diawara, Senegal (AFP) Dec 18, 2015 –
When mathematician Lassana Koita left the “thirst zone” of Senegal to make his way in the world, he never forgot his duty to give something back to his beloved homeland. Nine years later, enjoying a successful civil aviation career in his adoptive France, he has returned, brimming with pride over a water project he and other migrants helped build that is changing lives. “I went to primar … more
Beijing issues second red alert as choking smog sets in again
Beijing (AFP) Dec 19, 2015 –
Beijing issued its second-ever red alert for smog and put its emergency response plan into action once again as severe pollution hit China’s capital on Saturday. The notice from the capital’s environmental bureau ordered factories to close and pulled half of all private cars off the streets, among other measures, as bad air flooded into the city for the third “airpocalypse” of the month. … more
Tanzania jails 4 Chinese for 20 yrs for smuggling rhino horns
Dar Es Salaam (AFP) Dec 18, 2015 –
A Tanzanian court jailed four Chinese men for 20 years after they were caught smuggling 11 rhino horns, one of the largest seizures ever made in the east African nation, a lawyer said Friday. “The convicts are also required to pay a fine of $800 each, apart from the jail sentence,” state attorney Wankyo Simon told AFP by telephone, from Tanzania’s south-western Mbeya region. The four men … more
Nigeria commutes troops’ death sentences for refusing to face Boko Haram
Lagos (AFP) Dec 19, 2015 –
Nigerian military has commuted the death sentences handed to 66 soldiers for mutiny over claims they refused to fight Boko Haram Islamists, a spokesman said on Saturday. Instead, each soldier will serve a 10-year prison term. “The death sentences by firing squad passed on 66 soldiers in January and March 2015 by separate general court martials have been commuted to 10 years imprisonment … more
New storm approaches Philippines after typhoon kills 20
Manila (AFP) Dec 17, 2015 –
A new storm was threatening to dump heavy rain on the southern Philippines on Friday, as people in northern farming regions battled floods from deadly Typhoon Melor, authorities said. A tropical depression, locally named “Onyok”, was heading for the southern island of Mindanao as Melor moved further out to the South China Sea after claiming at least 20 lives, the government weather bureau re … more
Another heat record means 2015 likely to be hottest ever
Miami (AFP) Dec 17, 2015 –
The globe shattered yet another heat record in November, continuing a warming trend that is all but certain to make 2015 the hottest in modern history, US government scientists said Thursday. Last month was the warmest November in 136 years and marked seven months in a row of record-breaking temperatures, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its monthly climate … more
Jihadist fears spark travel warning at Burkina nature park
Ouagadougou (AFP) Dec 17, 2015 –
France has warned against travelling to eastern Burkina Faso and its famed “W” nature reserve, home to large West African mammals including its last wild elephants, due to mounting fears of jihadist attacks. A travel warning on the French embassy’s website said that “due to a specific and certain threat, all of the park is classified as a red zone,” with the neighbouring north-west region cl … more
East Antarctic Ice Sheet has stayed frozen for 14 million years
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Dec 17, 2015 –
Antarctica was once a balmier place, lush with plants and lakes. Figuring out just how long the continent has been a barren, cold desert of ice can give clues as to how Antarctica responded to the effects of past climates and can perhaps also indicate what to expect there in the future as Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide grows. In a new study in Scientific Reports, Unive … more
Researchers find what makes ‘black market’ water vendors work more reliably and fairly
Tempe AZ (SPX) Dec 17, 2015 –
In areas of the world with no piped water, people rely on ‘black market’ water – sold by informal vendors who have no oversight – which can be high-priced and have dangerously poor quality. But when informal vendors establish their own unions, they adopt rules that self-regulate and provide improved water pricing, quality and delivery. This is according to a team of researchers from Arizon … more
Current climate models misrepresent El Nino
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 17, 2015 –
An analysis of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean reveals there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Nino, a complex but irregular climate pattern with large impacts on weather, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, and air quality worldwide. The finding contradicts the top nine climate models in use today, which associate exceptionally hot summers and c … more

 

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December 25, 2015
DEEP IMPACT
Giant comets could pose danger to life on Earth
London, UK (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – A team of astronomers from Armagh Observatory and the University of Buckingham report that the discovery of hundreds of giant comets in the outer planetary system over the last two decades means that these objects pose a much greater hazard to life than asteroids. The team, made up of Professors Bill Napier and Duncan Steel of the University of Buckingham, Professor Mark Bailey of Armagh O … more

ENERGY TECH
ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions. Plutonium-238 produces heat as it decays and can be used in systems that power spacecraft instruments. The new sample, which is in the same oxide … more

EARTH OBSERVATION
NOAA’s Jason-3 spacecraft ready for launch campaign
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 25, 2015 – The launch of Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue U.S. – European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surface, is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 4 East is targeted f … more

SPACE TRAVEL
ISRO’s year in review 2015
Chennai, India (IANS) Dec 25, 2015 – The year 2015 could be termed as one of commercial launches for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), while steps have been taken to spread the usage of space technology within India. During the year, the Indian space agency launched 17 foreign satellites as against three Indian ones from its rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Last month, India also launched its GSAT-1 … more

SPACEMART
Digital payloads and higher throughput changing the satellite market
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – Earlier this year Telecom Review interviewed Terry Bleakley, Vice President for Asia Pacific at Intelsat. The magazine wanted an update on the dramatic changes that will come to the market once the first two EpicNG high-throughput satellites are launched by Intelsat in the first nine months of 2016. In addition to a massive increase in throughput, Bleakley shared that these satellites’ dig … more


EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA’s MMS delivers promising initial results
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – Just under four months into the science phase of the mission, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, is delivering promising early results on a process called magnetic reconnection – a kind of magnetic explosion that’s related to everything from the northern lights to solar flares. The unprecedented set of MMS measurements will open up our understanding of the space environment surround … more

TECH SPACE
Port of call at 36,000 KM for in-orbit servicing
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – Speaking to a St. Louis audience in September, Pam Melroy outlined the next space revolution, adding that it will happen in geosynchronous orbit. “What if you could build a satellite up there in GEO?” she asked. “What if you can repair it? What if you could upgrade it with the latest electronics?” Perhaps fittingly, her talk at the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency’s “Wait? What?” … more

IRON AND ICE
Lowdown on Ceres: Images From Dawn’s Closest Orbit
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 25, 2015 – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, cruising in its lowest and final orbit at dwarf planet Ceres, has delivered the first images from its best-ever viewpoint. The new images showcase details of the cratered and fractured surface. 3-D versions of two of these views are also available. Dawn took these images of the southern hemisphere of Ceres on Dec. 10, at an approximate altitude of 240 miles (385 kil … more

SOLAR SCIENCE
Railways: Ensuring readiness in case of space weather events
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – The JRC has been looking into the risks of space weather impact on critical infrastructures. A new report explores the rail sector’s vulnerability and the potential impacts, in particular through interdependencies with other infrastructures. Awareness among operators and regulators worldwide is currently limited and vulnerabilities across the rail sector need to be identified, authors say. … more

TIME AND SPACE
Black holes could grow as large as 50 billion suns
Leicester, UK (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – Black holes at the heart of galaxies could swell to 50 billion times the mass of the sun before losing the discs of gas they rely on to sustain themselves, according to research at the University of Leicester. In a study titled ‘How Big Can a Black Hole Grow?’ published in the journal Monthly Notices Letters of the Royal Astronomical Society, Professor Andrew King from the University of Le … more

TECTONICS
Mystery of heat loss from the Earth’s crust has been solved
Southampton, UK (SPX) Dec 24, 2015 – The first discovery of a new type of hydrothermal vent system in a decade helps explain the long observed disconnect between the theoretical rate at which the Earth’s crust is cooling at seafloor spreading ridge flanks, and actual observations. It could also help scientists interpret the evidence for past global climates more accurately. This discovery has been made by scientists at the Na … more

TECTONICS
The patchy weather in the center of the Earth
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 18, 2015 – The temperature 3,000 kilometres below the surface of the Earth is much more varied than previously thought, scientists have found. The discovery of the regional variations in the lower mantle where it meets the core, which are up to three times greater than expected, will help scientists explain the structure of the Earth and how it formed. “Where the mantle meets the core is a more … more

GPS NEWS
Indra will deploy navigation aid systems in 20 Chinese airports
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – In 2015, Indra has won contracts to deploy over 60 navigation aid systems in 20 Chinese airports. The systems are being implemented across the country in airports such as Shanghai Pudong, one of the three most important airports in China. This new series of contracts adds to the agreements awarded to Indra over the last few years. To date, Indra has already deployed over 200 DVOR systems, … more

MICROSAT BLITZ
An unlikely pair of satellites
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 25, 2015 – Space research and exploration reaches across Earth’s borders and boundaries, relying on collaboration between nations, disciplines and institutions. So it should come as no surprise that, despite a long-standing if friendly rivalry, students from Texas A and M University and The University of Texas came together for the LONESTAR investigation. This collaborative effort sent a pair of sate … more

EXO LIFE
Is evolution more intelligent than we thought
Southampton, UK (SPX) Dec 21, 2015 – Evolution may be more intelligent than we thought, according to a University of Southampton professor. Professor Richard Watson says new research shows that evolution is able to learn from previous experience, which could provide a better explanation of how evolution by natural selection produces such apparently intelligent designs. By unifying the theory of evolution (which shows ho … more

TECH SPACE
Move aside carbon: Boron nitride-reinforced materials are even stronger
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 24, 2015 – Carbon nanotubes are legendary in their strength – at least 30 times stronger than bullet-stopping Kevlar by some estimates. When mixed with lightweight polymers such as plastics and epoxy resins, the tiny tubes reinforce the material, like the rebar in a block of concrete, promising lightweight and strong materials for airplanes, spaceships, cars and even sports equipment. While such carb … more

TECH SPACE
Super strong, lightweight metal could build tomorrow’s spacecraft
Los Angeles (UPI) Dec 24, 2015 – A new metal, a combination of magnesium and ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles, is promising to change how airplanes, spacecraft and cars are manufactured. Its inventors, materials scientists at UCLA, say the metal is super strong, but most importantly, lightweight. The metal’s stiffness-to-weight ratio is what sets it apart from similar inventions. Researchers say the metal m … more

STATION NEWS
British astronaut dials wrong number on Xmas call from space
London (AFP) Dec 25, 2015 – Tim Peake, the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, dialled a wrong number after trying to phone home for Christmas, asking a woman “Is this planet Earth?” “I’d like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’ – not a prank call…just a wrong number!” he tweeted late on Thursday. Peake, 43, became the first British astro … more

TIME AND SPACE
Jefferson Lab Accelerator delivers its first 12 GeV electrons
Newport News VA (SPX) Dec 24, 2015 – The newly upgraded accelerator at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has delivered full-energy electrons as part of commissioning activities for the ongoing 12 GeV Upgrade project. At 4:20 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, operators of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) delivered the first batch of 12 GeV electrons (12.065 GeV) to its new … more

NANO TECH
Nanodevices at one-hundredth the cost
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 24, 2015 – Microelectromechanical systems – or MEMS – were a $12 billion business in 2014. But that market is dominated by just a handful of devices, such as the accelerometers that reorient the screens of most smartphones. That’s because manufacturing MEMS has traditionally required sophisticated semiconductor fabrication facilities, which cost tens of millions of dollars to build. Potentially usefu … more

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