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Thursday, November 26, 2015
2015 hottest year in  record books, reports UN weather agency
Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth's wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday.
Jeff Bezos space firm claims reusable rocket breakthrough
The private space firm founded by Internet entrepreneur Jeff Bezos claimed a breakthrough for its space travel efforts Tuesday with the launch of a reusable rocket.
South Korea's 'webtoon' craze making global waves
Seoul office worker Park Sun-min constantly checks his smartphone -- trawling for updates on an insect apocalypse, ghost soldiers haunting the inter-Korean border, and a supermarket worker's struggle to form a trade union.
Project ensuring forest stores carbon for decades
Half a small forest still standing near Mount Rainier faced clear-cutting before an effort in Washington state saved the decades-old trees and allowed Microsoft to help finance the project to offset its carbon footprint.
The black pearl of Tahiti is at the heart of French Polynesia's economy but is now highly vulnerable to climate change, and its fragile existence underlines -- in a small but exquisite way -- what is at stake in U.N. climate talks starting in Paris this month.
Pearls, a mainstay of French Polynesia, under threat
Testing of aerial drones to track the movements of sharks in Australian waters began Wednesday as the government admitted there was "no easy way" to protect swimmers from the predators.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A Taiwanese team has won the robot bowling challenge for university contenders in the 2015 World Robot Olympiad (WRO), with an automaton able to bowl a strike and hit target pins while passing barriers, thanks to its efficient imaging system.
Japan launches country's first commercial satellite into orbit
A Japanese rocket lifted off Tuesday and successfully put the national space program's first commercial satellite into orbit, officials said, as Tokyo tries to enter a business dominated by European and Russian companies.
Tiny water bears are huge DNA thieves, study finds
The eight-legged water bear -- a hardy, nearly microscopic animal resembling its mammal namesake -- gets a huge chunk of its DNA from foreign organisms such as bacteria and plants, scientists have revealed.
California researchers hatched some malaria-resistant mosquitoes and then gave evolution a shove -- using a groundbreaking technology to ensure the insects pass on that protective gene as they reproduce, with implications far beyond the promise of fighting malaria.
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