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New species of metal-munching plant found in Philippines

Source : RT / 13 May 2014

Scientists in the Philippines have discovered a plant that can absorb large amounts of metal without itself being poisoned, a species called the Rinorea niccolifera, that can be used to clean up polluted soils and harvest commercially viable metals.

 

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.

 

Air quality deteriorating in many of the world’s cities

Source : WHO.int / 08 May 2014

Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.

 

Preventative measures for natural disasters needed in Afghanistan

Source : UN Multimedia / 06 May 2014

Long-term preventive measures are needed to fight natural disasters in Afghanistan, according to top United Nations humanitarian officials.

UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Kyung-Wha Kang and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden visited the location of a deadly landslide which killed hundreds in north-eastern Afghanistan last Friday.

 

Middle East’s first Eco- Club Summit

Source : Gulf News / 02 May 2014

Kelvin Doe, a 15 year-old from Sierra Leone, amazed the world when he built his own radio station at the age of 13.

He is one of the speakers at the Eco Club Summit, the first summit of its kind in the Middle East, organised by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).

 

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

Source : Voice of Russia / 02 May 2014

The quake struck at 4:43 pm local time (0843 GMT), 70 kilometres (43 miles) south-southeast of Namela in the Maluku chain of islands at a depth of 54 kilometres, the USGS said.

"The quake's epicentre was in the sea and was mildly felt in the cities of Ambon, Namlea and Namrole," Tri Handayani, an official from Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, told AFP, adding that there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

 

Launch of first Kazakh Earth remote sensing satellite successful

Source : Inform.kz / 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.

 

Rescue robot updated in Kabardino-Balkaria

Source : Vestnik Kavkaza / 25 Apr 2014

The Institute for Information and Problems of Regional Management of the Kabardino-Balkaria Science Center of the RAS have started building a unique multi-agent rescue robot, SKFO.ru reports.

 
 

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