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November 09, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco



Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco. Liftoff of Vega's 11th mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 01:42 GMT on 8 November (02:42 CET; 22:42 local time on 7 November). With a mass at liftoff of 1110 kg, Mohammed VI-A was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 55 minutes into the mission after a series of burns of Vega's upper stage. Complying with debris regulati ... read more

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Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of kindness to strangers were long thought to be unique to humans, but recent r ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Vega to launch an Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 01, 2017
For its 10th launch of the year, and the 11th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit the MOHAMMED VI - A satellite. This E ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. ... more
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Tracking collars reveal raiding strategies used by hungry baboons
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Baboons in South Africa mostly use a sit and wait tactic before raiding homes in search of food, according to new research. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW
6.5-magnitude quake hits PNG
Sydney (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, according to officials, but there were no immediate reports of damage. ... more
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Niger ambush probe to last until at least January: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
An investigation into an ambush that resulted in the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger early October will not conclude until at least January 2018, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. ... more
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Sahel anti-terror force sees teething problems in first mission
Niamey (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
The maiden mission of a counterterrorism force that aims to tackle jihadist groups in the troubled Sahel experienced "logistical problems" but they are not "insurmountable", according to the military's first appraisal of the operation. ... more
WATER WORLD
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Among the lines of small mud houses, plastic litter and piles of parched earth, children gaze skywards at a shiny blue tank perched on steel legs. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
With sheet metal roofs, concrete floors, poor ventilation and spotty electricity, crowded urban slums in Africa can expect to get even hotter and deadlier due to global warming, US researchers said Monday. ... more
NUKEWARS
S. Korea announces sanctions against Pyongyang
Seoul (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
South Korea announced new unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang - the first under President Moon Jae-In - on Monday, a day before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul on an Asian tour dominated by the North's nuclear programme. ... more


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AFRICA NEWS
US strikes IS in Somalia for first time
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
The US conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia on Friday, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. ... more
UAV NEWS
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government said Saturday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Morocco architect fights concrete with tradition
Tiznit, Morocco (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
An unexpected gust of cool air greets visitors to the new archives centre in Tiznit in the mountains of southern Morocco, even without air-conditioning despite extreme heat outside its walls. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war
Liwonde, Malawi (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Under a scorching sun, a team of British soldiers and Malawian rangers sheltered under a tree ready to pounce on their prey: poachers. ... more



France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France will oppose a European Commission proposal to renew authorisation for controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years instead of 10, saying Wednesday the new cutoff should be three years. "France's position is three years," Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, a celebrity green activist, told French media ahead of a vote by the 28 EU member states in Brussels on Thursday. The Co ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
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London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
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Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
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Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element. Each variant boasts a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. ... more
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Troy NY (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Climate change could decrease Sun's ability to disinfect lakes
EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets, rival China
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
The European Union on Wednesday proposed sharp automobile emission cuts over the next decade to support the Paris climate accord and compete with China by spurring electric car production. The European Commission, the EU executive, called for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans by 30 percent by 2030 and 15 percent by 2025, compared with 2021. The proposal has to be approv ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Bonn (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
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OMCO Solar expands to met demand for field-fast racking systems
Phoenix, AZ (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
OMCO Solar, a division of OMCO Holdings, has announced a significant expansion to their solar product offerings and construction leadership teams, bringing years of solar experience to support the launch of their exclusive, Field-Fast fixed-tilt racking solution. Chosen as Director of Solar Product Engineering, Matt Kesler will oversee all current and future solar engineering and design op ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mechanochemistry paves the way to higher quality perovskite photovoltaics
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
US renewable energy booms despite Trump vow to quit Paris deal
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow healthy crops
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Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study examining how certain decisions impact what farmers plant and harvest identified one crucial factor that researchers believe needs to be added to the list of decision variables when considering bioenergy crops: the option value. Most studies have not examined the role of the option value, which has to do with farmers waiting to see how bioenergy crop prices will change in the futur ... more
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Mexico earthquake reconstruction will cost $2.5bn: Pena Nieto
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Reconstruction in central and southern Mexico following two deadly earthquakes in September that killed 465 people will require a $2.5 billion investment, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Tuesday. Speaking at a public event, the president said the quakes partially or totally damaged 184,000 homes, while 14,000 businesses and 16,000 schools were also affected. It is "a reconstructio ... more
Lapa, Nepal (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Lifeline trails restored to Nepal's quake-hit villages
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
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United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
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U.S. supermajor ConocoPhillips said Wednesday its annual plan for $5.5 billion in spending is pegged on U.S. crude oil prices at $50 per barrel. The company said it was on pace to cut its debt load through a disciplined approach that managed its portfolio of 15 billion barrels of oil equivalent with a supply cost of less than $35 per barrel. Spending, meanwhile, will be about $5.5 billi ... more
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Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
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Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Amazon announced Friday that it will double its workforce in Canada's western metropolis of Vancouver, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of its Seattle headquarters, to 2,000. The company said in a statement it would open a new office in downtown Vancouver in 2020 to accomodate the new staff, which will bring its total number of its employees across Canada to 6,000. "We are among th ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
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Sydney (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday. The 1.46 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$322 million (US$256 million) was seized in the South Pacific and four crew members, believed to be Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, arrested. The vessel "Afalina", which set s ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
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New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
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Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures. The pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammals, were recovered on Tuesday in two separate raids in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah. Despite concerted efforts to c ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
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London, UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
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Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
French lawmakers late Tuesday approved an increase of nearly two billion euros in defence spending in 2018 - reversing cuts to the 2017 budget that triggered a major spat between President Emmanuel Macron and a top general. The 1.8 billion euros in additional spending approved by the National Assembly takes the defence budget to 32.4 billion euros, or 1.82 percent of GDP. A large chunk ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
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Manila (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
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Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of kindness to strangers were long thought to be unique to humans, but recent research on bonobos suggests our species is not as exceptional in this regard as we like to think. Famously friendly apes from Africa's Congo Basin, bonobos will go out of their way to help stran ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Japanese scientists estimate the mutation rate from chimpanzee parents to their offspring
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
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Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria
Helsinki (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation. Speaking to reporters ahead of his arrival for talks in Finland on Monday, Mattis said intelligence assessments - based primarily on the numbers of jihadists who have surrendered, des ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
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Washington (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
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Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
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It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
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Mbandaka, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
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S. Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: reports
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
South Korea is negotiating with the United States to buy nuclear-powered submarines to guard against threats from Pyongyang, local reports said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump said Seoul would buy "billions of dollars" of US weapons. Nuclear-powered submarines can stay submerged for months, giving them a far greater range than their diesel-powered counterparts, and are also crucial to an ... more
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