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Iran planning to launch new generation of space explorers

Source : Trend / 12 May 2014

The head of Iran's Aerospace Research Institute said the country plans to launch a new generation of space explorers weighing 300-500 kg, which will jet-boost in higher altitudes compared to the previous rockets, FARS news agency reported.


​Russia will begin Moon colonization in 2030 - draft space program

Source : RT / 12 May 2014

“We are going to the Moon forever,” the Russian Deputy PM said in April, and it was not just empty words. It appears Russia does plan to colonize the Moon by 2030 and the first stage of the ambitious project may start as soon as two years from now.


​Climate change reducing nutrition in staple foods - study

Source : RT / 09 May 2014

Increased levels of carbon dioxide emissions related to a warming planet will weaken nutrition levels in some of the world’s staple foods like corn and wheat, new research has found, impacting the poorest and most at risk of malnutrition.


Launch of first Kazakh Earth remote sensing satellite successful

Source : / 01 May 2014

The launch of the first Kazakh Earth remote sensing satellite KazEOSat-1 was carried out at the French Guiana spaceport on Wednesday, the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan (Kazcosmos) reported.


Asian pollution fueling storms across Northern Hemisphere – study

Source : RT / 16 Apr 2014

Increasing levels of pollution in Asia are strengthening storms over the Pacific Ocean, a study has revealed. Scientists warned these changes could have a radical knock-on effect on climate systems around the world if left unchecked.


Food quality will suffer with rising carbon dioxide, field study shows

Source : Science Daily / 07 Apr 2014

For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies.


Tusk clue to Saudi desert's green past

By Frank Gardner / BBC / 05 Apr 2014

Deep in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, a team led by Oxford University has made a startling discovery: a giant, 325,000-year-old tusk belonging to an extinct species of elephant, remarkably preserved and embedded by an ancient lake.

It is vivid proof, say archaeologists, that giant beasts once roamed lush and fertile plains where today the wind-blown sand covers the searing Nafud Desert.


Climate change boosts risk of war, hunger: UN

Source : AP / 01 Apr 2014

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.

A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger “hotspots of hunger” among the world’s poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a 32-volume report issued Monday.


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.


Sweet smell of success: human nose discerns giant array of odors

By Will Dunham / Reuters / 22 Mar 2014

What does your nose know? A lot more than you might expect.

Scientists studying the breadth of people's sense of smell said on Thursday the human nose can discern far more than the 10,000 different odors long cited as the outer limit of our olfactory abilities.


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