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North Korea says it plans to launch many more satellites
News ImageNorth Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador says the country plans to launch many more satellites and is accusing the United States of trying to block its efforts to help achieve the peaceful development of outer space
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:50:52 -0400
A New Health Care Deal Is Already in Doubt After Trump Changed His Mind
News ImageA bipartisan deal to curb premiums is reeling after Trump reversed course
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:37:07 -0400
Parts of unmanned Russian spaceship burn up over Dubai
News ImageParts of an unmanned Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the atmosphere and scattering in the ocean
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:06:05 -0400
Wildfire toll hits 45 in Portugal-Spain but rain brings respite
News ImageOvernight rain and calmer winds have helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 41 people in Portugal and another four in northern Spain. Portugal's civil protection agency said Tuesday that the 15 biggest fires, which had raged through the centre and the north of the country, had been brought under control, but that the death toll had risen. "We've gone from 37 dead to 41," civil protection agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar told AFP.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:34:32 -0400
Lego unveils 'Women of NASA' set with astronauts, scientists
News ImageLego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:11:24 -0400
John McCain Slams 'Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism' in Liberty Medal Acceptance Speech
News ImageThe senator hit back against isolationism in a pointed speech while accepting the Liberty Medal
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:11:49 -0400
The Defense Department Is Looking Into Why Four U.S. Soldiers Died in Niger
News ImageThe soldiers, killed in an ambush by 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters, were the first U.S. combat casualties in Niger
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:40:05 -0400
The Story Behind That 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot You Saw on Reddit
News ImageThe photo of an ancient Thracian chariot alongside the bones of two horses and a dog has quickly risen to the top of Reddit today (Oct. 13), with more than 65,000 likes. A team of archaeologists led byVeselin Ignatov, of the Istoricheski muzej Nova Zagora, a museum in Bulgaria, discovered the 2,000-year-old wooden chariot in 2008. In 2009, Ignatov and his team also found a brick tomb, containing the remains of a man dressed in what appears to be armor, near the chariot.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:03:00 -0400
Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches
News ImageSmokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand's most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province. Its introduction coincides with Thailand's peak tourist season and will be enforced in visitor hotspots including Krabi, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phuket and Phang Nga.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:43:39 -0400
Richard Branson: Elon Musk is 'absolutely fixated' on goi...
News ImageSir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, talks about space exploration and the future of space travel.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:24:00 -0400
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Declares Marawi 'Liberated' From ISIS Terrorists
News ImageMore than 1000 people, including over 800 militants, have died in five months of fighting
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:17:36 -0400
Mom Who Feared Being Deported Drowned Her Children in a Bathtub, Police Say
News ImageIt's not clear why she was worried
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:06:09 -0400
Australia just ditched its Clean Energy Target for a new plan, and it's terrible for renewables
News ImageLast week, a former Australian prime minister and climate change denier delightfully dubbed global warming "beneficial." Now Australia's gone and dumped its Clean Energy Target for a so-called "plan" that removes subsidies for renewable energy and hands the mic to coal power. Great work, guys. The country's government has announced a scheme to abandon the country's Clean Energy Target (CET) in favor of a new plan that's made some seriously question the country's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, which went into force in 2016. The agreement requires nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above the preindustrial average. SEE ALSO: Ex-Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott denies climate change, then praises it in confusing speech The government's decision to ditch the CET, proposed by chief scientist Alan Finkel, in favor of a National Energy Guarantee (NEG), is ostensibly aimed at improving the reliability of the country's electrical grid. The NEG requires energy retailers (primarily coal) to meet a "reliability guarantee," offering on-demand power when needed, to avoid crises like blackouts. This so-called reliability guarantee will be imposed by the government on providers to deliver on-demand energy from ready-to-use sources such as coal, gas, pumped hydro and batteries needed in each state. Each energy provider must also adhere to an "emissions guarantee," which will be set to meet Australias international commitments to reducing emissions. The Turnbull government reckons they can lower prices for consumers by creating a power surplus, encouraging investment and, importantly, removing subsidies for renewable energy suppliers. "Unlike previous approaches, we are not picking winners, we are levelling the playing field," said the government's press release. These guarantees will ensure there is a place for all power sources in the nations future energy mix solar, wind, coal, gas, batteries, pumped hydro, Turnbull said in a video posted on Facebook. Our plan has no subsidies, no certificates and no tax. The government's new Energy Security Board estimates typical household bills would fall by an average of $110-$115 per year over the 2020-2030 period. The government insists it still will meet the national emissions reduction targets set in the Paris Agreement, by lowering Australia's greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 percent compared to 2005 levels by 2030. However, any plan that incentivizes the increased use of coal, which is the most greenhouse gas intensive electricity source, will make this more difficult. The leader of the Greens, Richard Di Natale, was having none of it, accusing the prime minister of having effectively pulled out of the Paris Agreement." Natale said the new plan amounts to "throwing coal a lifeline," and that he was "leading the most pro-coal, anti-renewables government in the nation's history." Malcolm Turnbull is showing a complete failure of leadership - leading the most pro-coal, anti-renewable government in Australian history. Richard Di Natale (@RichardDiNatale) October 17, 2017 One member of Australian parliament was particularly happy former prime minister and current MP Tony Abbott, a steadfast climate change denier who recently gave that bizarre, inaccurate speech on climate science. Others were divided. "This government appears to be hellbent on destroying renewable energy," Shadow Minister Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler told reporters. Liberal MP Andrew Hastie said the package would prevent Australia from becoming a "banana republic" something Hastie thinks would happen if the country used more renewable energy. Turnbull or is it Abbott has ruled out a Clean Energy Target...Flies in the face of community, energy providers and chief scientist #auspol Helen polley (@polley_helen) October 16, 2017 The government's new energy policy is a great step forward into the land of common sense. We must ensure the lights stay on Matthew Canavan (@mattjcan) October 17, 2017 Malcolm Roberts, verbatim, on energy policy #auspol Michael Koziol (@michaelkoziol) October 17, 2017 The government and the ESB now need to convince state governments to implement the National Energy Guarantee. WATCH: Ai Weiwei debuts 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' in NYC in response to the refugee crisis
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:41:42 -0400
Are Government-Issued ID Cards the First Step Toward Mass Mind Control?
News ImageAlbanians are issued a hack-resistant, digital national ID card called the Letrnjoftimi. At the bottom of some drawer in my New York City apartment, I have a rotting white cardboard rectangle that shows my nine-digit Social Security number in a typeface that looks like it came from a Smith-Corona typewriter. The federal government and pretty much all of industry have known for decades that the Social Security number needs to be put out of our misery.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:23:56 -0400
The "Super-Fuze": The Big Upgrade to America's Nuclear Arsenal That Russia Fears
News ImageThe Department of Energys National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA)which develops and builds Americas nuclear arsenalhas completed production of the U.S. Navys Arming Fuzing Subsystem for the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) warhead.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:10:00 -0400
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