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Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un thanks South Korea for 'impressive' effort

<b>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has praised South Korea for its "impressive" efforts in hosting a delegation from the North during the Winter Olympics.</b><p>State media outlet KCNA said Mr Kim had thanked the South for "prioritizing" the North's visit to the Games in Pyeongchang.<p>His comments came as the …

North Korea

Inside India’s race to cool 1.3 billion people in a warming world

How do you cool 7.5 billion people on a warming planet?<p>When Rutam Vora was growing up in Vadodara, a city of about 2 million people near the western coast of India, his parents kept cool each summer by drenching bedsheets in water and hanging them in the windows of their house. When the scorching …

Climate Change

As His Popularity Wanes Away, Could Prince Charles Be the Last King?

Prince Charles is getting killed in the court of public opinion. Few people approve of him, even fewer like his wife Camilla. Yet rather than step …

Should America’s Tech Giants Be Broken Up?

As a former tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, Jonathan Taplin isn’t your typical academic. Lately, though, he’s been busy writing somber tomes …

Keynesian Economics

Genetics Research Explains Why Dogs Are Very Good Boys

Domesticated dogs and wolves have a genetic mutation that makes them friendly.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Biology, Genetics & Relationships<p>The revolution will …

The seven most extreme planets ever discovered

Scientists recently discovered the hottest planet ever found – with a surface temperature greater than some stars. As the hunt for planets outside …

Universe

Why Do Our Recorded Voices Sound Weird to Us?

I have a big, dumb, deep, goofy voice.<p>But I’m reminded of it only when I hear a recording of myself while playing back an interview — or when friends do impressions of me, lowering their voices several octaves.<p>My high school classmate Walter Suskind has one of the deepest voices I’ve ever heard in …

Music Production

NASA: Spitzer and Swift space telescopes spot elusive brown dwarf

The newly discovered brown dwarf weighs between 30 and 65 Jupiter masses.<p>NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined hands for the first time …

Minnesota mall stabbing: Isil 'claims responsibility' for vicious attack which injured nine people

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for an attack in Minnesota yesterday, asserting that a man who stabbed eight people in a shopping centre was a "soldier" of the group.<p>The man, wearing a private security uniform, had roamed the Crossroads Centre attacking shoppers …

Extremism

These Closest-Ever Images of Jupiter Are "Like Nothing We Have Seen Before", Says NASA

Out of this world.<p>NASA just shared the most detailed images of Jupiter that humanity has ever seen, and no one was prepared for how unique the …

Astronomy

MH370 search team says they may have been looking in wrong place

Experts say plane could have glided rather than dived into the sea meaning they searched wrong patch of Indian Ocean for two years<p>The Dutch company leading the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 has said it could have been looking for the plane in the wrong part of the Indian Ocean for …

Flight recorder on EgyptAir MS804 indicates fire before crash

Audio from the flight recorder of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 mentions a fire on board the plane in its final moments, the investigation committee said on Saturday, confirming what sources had previously told Reuters.<p>The Airbus A320 plunged into the eastern Mediterranean en route from Paris to …

China attacks international court after South China Sea ruling

Beijing warns of possible military escalation after UN tribunal overwhelmingly rejects its claims to ownership of strategic waterway<p>Beijing has criticised an international court’s stinging rejection of its territorial claims in the South China Sea, with Communist party-controlled newspapers warning …

Beijing defiant ahead of court ruling on its claims in South China Sea

Global Times, a nationalist Communist party tabloid, warns ‘provocateurs are doomed to fail’ in hours before verdict is handed down<p>Beijing has unleashed a final salvo of defiance, propaganda and bravado with hours to go until a landmark court ruling that could deal a major blow to its territorial …

Japan

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte urges people to kill drug addicts

Duterte, 71, won power in a landslide after a campaign dominated by threats to kill tens of thousands in a war on crime<p>Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines’ president on Thursday, extending an olive branch to the country’s elites in his official speech, only to …

Japanese women urged to 'empower' themselves in high heels

It is a nation that has consistently languished at the bottom end of gender equality rankings in the developed world.<p>And now, Japan is also home to a popular new movement which aims to help “empower” women – by encouraging them to wear high heels.<p>The Japan High Heel Association (JHA) is calling on …

Singapore Airlines plane catches fire while making emergency landing

Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan turned back to Singapore two hours into journey after reported engine problem<p>A plane carrying 241 people has caught fire as it made an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport.<p>Passenger on Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 from Changi Airport to Milan said …

Dogs

Richard Branson is calling on the UK government to hold a second EU referendum to prevent 'irreversible damage' to the country

Writing in a blog post on the Virgin website, Branson said the UK's parliament need to take a recent petition calling for a second referendum, which has amassed more than 3.6 million signatures, "seriously."<p>The UK narrowly voted to leave the European Union on Thursday, with 51.9% voting to leave, …

United Kingdom

Photo of Venus reveals the mysterious clouds of the planet by night

A photo taken by a Japanese spacecraft in orbit around Venus shows details of the mysterious world by night.<p>Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's …

Stop Building In The East China Sea, Japan Tells China

Japan lodged a protest with the Chinese Embassy over China’s gas field developments in the East China Sea after confirming the building of new structures at Chinese facilities in the waters, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said last week. China’s move comes despite Tokyo’s repeated calls to …

China

Hold On To Your Jaw. Pluto Extreme Close Up Best Yet

The <i>New Horizons</i> mission, which its conducted its historic flyby on July 14th, 2015, has yielded a wealth of scientific data about Pluto. This has …

US military face drinking ban and curfew in Okinawa after murder of local woman

Tens of thousands of American military personnel stationed in southern Japan’s Okinawa region have been banned from drinking away from US bases following the arrest of a former marine suspected of murdering a local woman.<p>US military officials have reportedly imposed a midnight curfew plus the …

Australian peacock spiders that behave 'like dogs and cats' – in pictures

Several new species of peacock spider – just a few millimetres long and featuring extraordinary colours – have been discovered in Western Australia and South Australia. Sydney biologist Jürgen Otto, who discovered the seven new species, has compared their behaviour to that of cats and dogs

The Limits Of How Far Humanity Can Go In The Universe

If you peer out into the depths of space — at the vast expanse of stars, galaxies, and even the leftover glow from the Big Bang itself — you might think that if humanity can understand the laws of nature and create a good enough technology, there are no limits to what we can explore. If we were to …

Astrophysics

Panama Papers reveal offshore secrets of China’s red nobility

Disclosures show how havens such as British Virgin Islands hide links between big business and relatives of top politicians<p>The Panama Papers revelations so far French villa at the heart of a scandal<p>The eight members of China’s Communist party elite whose family members used offshore companies are …

New app tells you what's outside the plane window

Have you ever wondered from your window seat at 35,000 feet exactly which town or city, lake or river, hill or mountain, you are gazing at down below?<p>Of course you have. Well, now there’s an app that will help air passengers identify and explore the distinguishing features on the ground as they fly …

Apps

FOUND: The Largest Solar System Ever Discovered

An artist’s impression of one very lonely planet (Image: University of Hertfordshire/Neil James Cook)<p>Imagine if a year lasted 328,725,000 days.<p>On the …