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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.


Duma seeks moratorium on GMO production in Russia

Source : RT / 27 Feb 2014

Legislators are asking the government to impose a temporary ban on all genetically-altered products in Russia, while the Agriculture Ministry suggests the punishment for illegal GMO production be equated to that of growing cannabis.


Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

Source : AP / 26 Feb 2014

An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics.

Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots.

He teaches the Qur’an to boys and girls at Alborz elementary school in the town of Varamin, 35 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Tehran.


Costs of natural disasters in China surge to $69 billion

Source : Reuters / 25 Feb 2014

Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan ($69 bln) in 2013, official data showed on Monday, nearly double the total in the previous year.

China has always been prone to natural disasters but a changing climate is causing more extreme weather, which hits food production, threatens scarce water resources and damages energy security, according to the government.


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.


China to spend $330 bln to fight water pollution

Source : Reuters / 20 Feb 2014

China plans to spend 2 trillion yuan, or $330 billion, on an action plan to tackle pollution of its scarce water resources, state media said on Tuesday.

China has a fifth of the world's population but just 7 percent of its water resources, and the situation is especially precarious in its parched north, where some regions have less water per capita than the Middle East.


Pakistan opens the tap on hydropower projects

Source : Trust.org / 19 Feb 2014

Faced with a chronic power shortage that is stymieing economic growth, Pakistan has announced plans to tap some of the enormous potential for hydropower in the country’s north.

The government aims to add 13,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid system through a series of hydro projects ranging in size from 10 to 1,000 MW, according to officials in the federal water and power ministry. This will represent a nearly eightfold increase in hydro capacity.


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.


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