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- Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.
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- Global green pact supporters launch Paris campaign
Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment. "Less talk, more action," urged former French prime minister Francais Laurent Fabius, who also presided over the 2015 Paris COP 21 conference on climate change. Seeking to underline the urgency of the need to act, Fabius borrowed the turn of phrase from ex-California governor-turned climate campaigner Schwarzenegger, who joined the gathering, as did former UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
- Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan
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- 'City that never sleeps' wants to dial down the volume
New York is one of the loudest cities in the world. The five-year, $4.6 million project -- the brainchild of researchers at New York University, working in concert with city residents and city hall -- is using machine learning technology and sensors to build a sound library. The idea is to record the full panoply of noises in the city of 8.5 million residents and use artificial intelligence so that machines can recognize sounds automatically, ultimately giving authorities a way to mitigate noise levels.
- Pets Help in Hospitals, But Safety May Be Lacking
Researchers found that hospitals typically had stricter health and safety policies for animal-visitation programs than eldercare facilities did. The facilities surveyed didn't always have strong policies in place to ensure that their animal therapy programs were safe and effective for both the participants and the visiting animals, said veterinarian Deborah Linder, the lead author of the study and associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. People at health care facilities often assume that therapy-animal organizations have liability insurance, strong training programs for the animals, and testing standards for both the animals and their handlers, as well as rigorous health and grooming requirements for the animals, Linder told Live Science.
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- US investigates after lab improperly ships nuclear material
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. regulators said Friday they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the laboratory that created the atomic bomb to other federal facilities this week, marking the latest safety lapse for Los Alamos National Laboratory as it faces growing criticism over its track record.
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- Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive
Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, jetted in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. A crowd of journalists and officials on hand to welcome the VIPs let out an "ooooh" as Meng Meng raised a paw after flight LH8415 made an especially gentle touchdown at Schoenefeld airport.
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- Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location.
- The way we respond to being stared at may reveal how much power we think we have
In a blog post for Psychology Today, Audrey Nelson discusses how continuous eye contact for ten seconds or longer is disconcerting. This doesn't mean that everyone who dislikes eye contact is on the autistic spectrum, though. According to research discussed in another blog post in Psychology Today, avoiding someone's gaze could also be an evolutionary behaviour we have picked up to respond to threats.
- Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest
Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed ...
- The EPA Quietly Approved Monsanto's New Genetic-Engineering Technology
DvSnf7 dsRNA is an unusual insecticide. You don’t spray it on crops. Instead, you encode instructions for manufacturing it in the DNA of the crop itself. If a pesky western corn rootworm comes munching, the plant’s self-made DvSnf7 dsRNA disrupts a critical rootworm gene and kills the pest.
- New form of carbon discovered that is harder than diamond but flexible as rubber
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- The prize-winning tech helping Ghana's farmers to grow
Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana's central Ashanti region. For farmers, there are also weather forecasts, market prices and agricultural tips all offered as voice messages in local languages such as the Akan dialect Twi.
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- Evolutionary biologists have been misinterpreting a key point in Darwin’s theory for years
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- Your Genes May Influence Your Risk of Insomnia
People who have insomnia may have been told that their sleeping troubles are "all in their head," but a new study shows that this condition is driven not only by psychological factors, but biological ones as well. In the study, researchers in the Netherlands identified seven genes linked with insomnia, meaning there's a biological component to the sleep disorder. "We hope that people will start to realize that insomnia is not 'all in the head' but a biological vulnerability," said study co-author Eus van Someren, a professor of sleep at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.
- Watch: SpaceX is launching a reused rocket, hoping to prove spaceflight can get cheaper
One of the biggest problems with space travel is that it’s freaking expensive. If humans are ever going to become a spacefaring species, with colonies on the moon and Mars — as big thinkers like physicist Stephen Hawking insist we should — space travel is going to have to get a lot cheaper. "We have to figure out how to improve the cost [of traveling to Mars] by 5 million percent," Elon Musk said last year, announcing his personal dream to establish a human colony on Mars.
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- Scientists honor David Bowie by naming a 100-million-year-old wasp after David Bowie
David Bowie's memory is being preserved in a pretty unexpected way. Nearly a year and a half after the "Space Oddity" singer's death, scientists have named a new, 100-million-year-old extinct species of wasps after him. The announcement was made in a paper in the latest edition of the Journal of Hymenoptera Research. SEE ALSO: Costa Rica's president swallowed a wasp during an interview which was totally cool, no big deal whatsoever The wasp is now called Archaeoteleia astropulvis and, in case you can't translate it, "astropulvis" is a Latin translation for "star dust," a tribute to Bowie's famous alter ego "Ziggy Stardust." Entomologists said the name "refers to the ancient source of the atoms that form our planet and its inhabitants and commemorates the late David Bowie alter ego, Ziggy Stardust." The wasp was one of two different species preserved in Burmese amber. They were brought to the National Museum of Natural History by Longfeng Li, a student visiting from Capitol Normal University in Beijing. Both were previously unidentified, Phys.org reported. You can check out the full study below. This isn't the first time a species has been named after Bowie, though. An endangered spider — Heteropoda davidbowie — was named after him a few years back, fitting for the musician who made "The Spiders From Mars" a thing. WATCH: Guess who was next in line for David Bowie's role in 'Labyrinth'
- Scientist says the sun is sneezing on Earth
The sun at the center of our Solar System is one of the big reasons why we're here today, but it can also be a bit of a nuisance from time to time. Coronal mass ejections — when the sun spews a whole bunch of plasma and energy into space — can seriously mess up human communication infrastructure if they happen to graze Earth. For years, researchers have attempted to forecast and predict CMEs in the hopes that warnings could help prevent damage to electronics and the power grid, and when doing so, they've modeled the huge solar blasts as bubbles moving through space. As it turns out, a CME is more like a sneeze.
"Up until now, it has been assumed CMEs move like bubbles through space and respond to forces as single objects," Professor Mathew Owens of the University of Reading explains. "We have found they are more like an expanding dust cloud or sneeze, made up of individual plasma parcels all doing their own thing.
When the solar wind acts on the CME as it moves through space, it causes the shape and behavior of the energy blast to become unpredictable. "Therefore if we want to protect ourselves from solar eruptions, we need to understand more about the solar wind," Owens says.
This new study, and the suggestion from the research team that solar wind readings be included in the forecasting and prediction of future CMEs, could help scientists more accurately assess the risk that the ejections pose to human technology, and potentially help mitigate the damage they cause.
- Dogs have been working alongside humans for much longer than we thought
It’s time to rewrite the record on dogs with jobs. We all know humans have long bred canines into all sizes and shapes to do our bidding—even if that’s just sitting in a queen’s sleeve or a celebrity’s purse. But we didn’t know for how long we’d been doing it. Previously, researchers believed that canine…
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