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Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth-UN draft

By Alister Doyle / Reuters / 24 Mar 2014

Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.


Women half as likely as men to study science: survey

Source : AFP / 24 Mar 2014

Women are being put off careers in science by stereotypes and are less than half as likely as men to apply for degrees in the field, said a study published Wednesday.


1,300 times bigger than Sun: Largest yellow ‘hyper-giant’ star identified

Source : RT / 14 Mar 2014

Astronomers have identified the largest ‘yellow’ star ever observed in our galaxy and one of the 10 largest ever discovered in total. The star is more than 1,300 times the diameter of the sun and 1,000,000 times brighter.

The star named HR 5171 A is 12,000 light-years from Earth and can even be seen with the naked eye. It was discovered by an international team of scientists using the European Space Organization’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer in Paranal, Chile.


715 new planets discovered outside of solar system

Source : World Bulletin / 01 Mar 2014

Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said on Wednesday.

The additions include four planets about 2-1/2 times as big as Earth that are the right distance from their parent stars for liquid surface water, which is believed to be key for life.


Heat extremes increase despite global warming hiatus: scientists

Source : Reuters / 28 Feb 2014

Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.

Heat extremes are among the damaging impacts of climate change as they can raise death rates, especially among the elderly, damage food crops and strain everything from water to energy supplies.


Hot weather phenomenon may threaten Earth

Source : Presstv / 21 Feb 2014

Scientists warns that a dry and hot weather phenomenon known as ‘El Nino’ is likely to hit most parts of the earth in the second half of this year.

Researchers in Germany announced that the phenomenon could spew out huge amounts of heat this year, on summer 2014.


First solar-powered aircraft to begin world trip in 2015

Source : IINA / 19 Feb 2014

World's first day and night flying solar-powered wide bodied aircraft will make a round-the-globe trip next year, showcasing the latest technology in various countries, where it will have stopovers.


Turkey launches new satellite

Source : World Bulletin / 18 Feb 2014

Turkey launched its TURKSAT 4A communications satellite from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on Friday night.

The TURKSAT 4A Communication Satellite was Turkey´s fifth to be put into orbit.

The Turksat 4A telecommunication satellite was jointly produced with Turkish and Japanese engineers.


First Arab-built satellite set for lift-off in 2017

Source : Al Arabiya News / 31 Dec 2013

The United Arab Emirates plans to launch the first Arab-built satellite into orbit in 2017, according to the state news agency WAM.

The ‘Khalifa Sat’ is set to be the fifth satellite owned by the UAE, but the first to be wholly manufactured in the country.


Saudi Arabia could export solar power by 2015

Source : IINA / 28 Dec 2013

Several renewable energy experts in the Kingdom have said the country could start exporting solar energy by 2015.

They said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which receives ample sunlight, is in a good position to be one of the largest providers of solar energy in the world, if the industry is developed commercially. According to a solar energy expert in Baden, Switzerland, the development of solar energy in the Kingdom has retracted slightly.


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