Trump signs ‘Space Force’ directive

President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday outlining his vision for a new “Space Force.”

"We have to be prepared," Trump told reporters after signing the directive.

Trump signs ‘Space Force’ directive
Trump signs ‘Space Force’ directive

Trump signs ‘Space Force’ directive

President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday outlining his vision for a new “Space Force.”

These climate activists want you to give up hope

These climate activists want you to give up hope

The Extinction Rebellion, a network of climate activists who use civil disobedience to spotlight inaction on global warming, is rooted in the conviction that humanity has dug its own grave and has one foot dangling over the edge.
‘Invasion’ of polar bears in Russian Arctic over

‘Invasion’ of polar bears in Russian Arctic over

52 bears were seen entering homes and public buildings last week.
China sci-fi blockbuster blasts off at the box office

China sci-fi blockbuster blasts off at the box office

China’s first space-age blockbuster is on a trajectory to become the country’s highest-grossing movie ever and is being held up as evidence that big-budget home-grown films can now hold their own with Hollywood on pure spectacle.
After deadly clashes, Ivorian farmers and herders try dialogue

After deadly clashes, Ivorian farmers and herders try dialogue

Gathered under the spreading baobab tree in Danoa town square, farmers and herders in a remote corner of Ivory Coast are finally talking about a dispute that has poisoned relations and destroyed lives.
NASA heading back to Moon soon, and this time to stay

NASA heading back to Moon soon, and this time to stay

NASA is accelerating plans to return Americans to the Moon, and this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay.
Tasmania fires may ‘wipe out’ ancient species

Tasmania fires may ‘wipe out’ ancient species

Tasmania’s ancient rainforest and alpine flora species face an uncertain future, scientists have warned, after out-of-control bushfires consumed vast tracts of wild bushland.
Dutch scientists probing mystery of mass bird deaths

Dutch scientists probing mystery of mass bird deaths

It was late on a stormy Saturday night when marine biologist Mardik Leopold’s phone rang at his home on the remote northern Dutch island of Texel.
Australia cattle giant warns of ‘extreme losses’ from floods

Australia cattle giant warns of ‘extreme losses’ from floods

Australia’s largest cattle company has warned of “extreme losses” after record-breaking floods, as producers said more than 300,000 cows were drowned or washed away in the vast continent’s northeast.
AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

An artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said Monday.
The art and science of Japan’s cherry blossom forecast

The art and science of Japan’s cherry blossom forecast

As spring approaches in Japan, the country’s weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom.
Richard Branson says he’ll fly to space by July

Richard Branson says he’ll fly to space by July

British billionaire Richard Branson plans to travel to space within the next four or five months aboard his own Virgin Galactic spaceship, he told AFP Thursday.
Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’: study

Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’: study

Billions of tonnes of meltwater flowing into the world’s oceans from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets could boost extreme weather and destabilise regional climate within a matter of decades, researchers said Wednesday.
India’s ‘granny’ elephant dies aged 88

India’s ‘granny’ elephant dies aged 88

An Asian elephant believed to be the oldest ever in captivity has died aged 88 in the southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said Thursday.
Chinese hunger for ‘world’s smelliest fruit’ threatens Malaysian forests

Chinese hunger for ‘world’s smelliest fruit’ threatens Malaysian forests

Soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of deforestation in Malaysia with environmentalists warning vast amounts of jungle is being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit.
Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Scientists said Wednesday they have successfully used mice stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant.
India milks a profit in quest to bump camel numbers

India milks a profit in quest to bump camel numbers

On the edge of the Indian desert, Lakshman Raika boils tea with fresh milk from one of his camels, gently stirring the brew his tribal herdsman have consumed for generations.
Gut feeling: study links depression to digestive bacteria

Gut feeling: study links depression to digestive bacteria

Bacteria in the gut may affect our mental well-being and could be linked to depression, researchers said on Monday after conducting the largest study of its kind so far.
Muscovites declare cold war on corrosive snow salt

Muscovites declare cold war on corrosive snow salt

From the first snowfall in November to the very end of the thaw in April, Moscow enlists a small army of shovelers, scrapers, road gritters and plough drivers to keep the city moving.
Hong Kong seizes record eight tonnes of pangolin scales

Hong Kong seizes record eight tonnes of pangolin scales

Officials estimated the value of the haul, which also included elephant tusks, at $8 million.
Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes

Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes

Nearly a week after a dam storing mining waste collapsed in southeast Brazil, the human cost is clear, with nearly 350 killed or missing, but the environmental impact is still being evaluated.
‘A way of life’: Japan’s whalers back treaty withdrawal

‘A way of life’: Japan’s whalers back treaty withdrawal

Neatly lining up sliced whale meat to make “jerky” in the wintry sea breeze, Tetsuya Masaki says whaling is just part of daily life in his tiny Japanese community of Minamiboso.
Hospitals filling up in Europe’s most polluted capital

Hospitals filling up in Europe’s most polluted capital

Children are missing school and hospitals are running out of beds as a noxious smog smothers Skopje, earning the small Macedonian city the grim distinction of being Europe’s most polluted capital.
Brazil dam disaster: mourning and dead fish along river of mud

Brazil dam disaster: mourning and dead fish along river of mud

Five days after a dam collapse at a Brazilian mine, residents were mourning Wednesday the nearly 360 people killed and missing — as well the river they live alongside, which is dying from spreading toxic, muddy waste.
Hundreds of schools to shut as toxic smog chokes Bangkok

Hundreds of schools to shut as toxic smog chokes Bangkok

Toxic smog forced hundreds of Bangkok schools to close Wednesday, as authorities struggle to manage a pollution crisis that has stirred widespread health fears and taken on a political edge just weeks before elections.
For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour: study

For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour: study

Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers.

 

 

 

 

 

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