Beth Zimmer

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Wild animals in drought-stricken Western states are dying for a drink

California’s wildlife are dying of thirst and hunger because of drought in the Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.<p>Dying of thirst and hunger, critters search for sustenance.<p>For the giant kangaroo rat, death by nature is normally swift and dramatic: a hopeless dash for safety …

University of California

UK to build the world's first tidal lagoon power plants

It's easy to forget that it's possible to generate electricity not by burning coal or splitting atoms, but using the power of the sea. One company has thought long and hard about the process and is set to change the way Britain generates its renewable energy. Under new plans, Tidal Lagoon Power …

Ukraine pro-Russia forces seize strategic Debaltseve railway hub despite truce

Pro-Russia forces seized parts of the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve in intense street fighting, ignoring a shaky ceasefire agreement, as a deadline for removing heavy weapons from the frontlines went unheeded.<p>The rest of the conflict zone appeared calm on Tuesday, three days after a halt in …

Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko declares Russia conditions 'unacceptable'

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached a ceasefire deal after 17 hours of talks in Minsk, Belarus, on the Ukrainian conflict.<p>The ceasefire will come into force on Sunday as part of a deal that also involves the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line.<p>Russian …

Merkel and Hollande hold Ukraine talks with Putin in Moscow

An emergency summit between Russia, Germany and France aimed at containing the spread of the Ukraine conflict ended inconclusively on Friday night, with agreement only to work on a draft ceasefire.<p>Angela Merkel and François Hollande spent more than two hours in the Kremlin with Vladimir Putin …

Sea lions wash ashore: 3rd straight year of record strandings

This year is shaping up to be a brutal one for the California sea lion -- the third straight year for record numbers of sea lion strandings in the state.<p>Sick, abandoned pups have shown up in alarming numbers on beaches in January.<p>"Their growth is stunted," said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary …

Merkel pledges to stand against intolerance as she joins Muslim rally

German chancellor joins Muslim community in condemning Paris killings and admonishing growing anti-Islamic movement<p>Angela Merkel has condemned the marginalisation of Muslims and other groups as “humanly reprehensible”, pledging that her government would use all the means at its disposal to fight …

Religion

Rocket attack that killed 10 civilians at Ukrainian checkpoint deals ceasefire blow

An attack on a passenger bus in eastern Ukraine killed 12 people on Tuesday, probably dealing the final blow to hopes that a short-lived and shaky ceasefire could take hold.<p>Across Donetsk, the city that Russian-backed separatists call their capital, explosions and the sound of shells whistling …

Russia

Russia says Ukraine deal to buy U.S. nuclear fuel poses safety risks

Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of endangering public safety in Europe with its decision to buy nuclear fuel for its Soviet-built nuclear plants from a U.S. supplier, saying Ukrainian leaders had failed to learn anything from the 1986<p>Chernobyl disasterabout safe nuclear energy …

Nasa just emailed a wrench to space

When International Space Station commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench, Nasa knew just what to do. They "emailed" him one.<p>This is the first time an …

Chechens loyal to Russia fight alongside east Ukraine rebels

OUTSIDE OF DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia’s republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine.<p>One of the pro-Russian separatist leaders from the Chechen "Death" battalion, …

Hong Kong’s main democracy protest camp counts down final hours

Hong Kong police on Thursday took away demonstrators who refused to leave the main pro-democracy protest camp and tore down their tents in a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months.<p>The first person arrested was carried away by four officers by her arms and …

Peru to take legal action over Greenpeace stunt at ancient Nazca lines

Peru will seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who it says damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert during a publicity stunt.<p>“It’s a true slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred,” said Luis Jaime Castillo, the deputy culture …

Coding is made child’s play by new electronic building blocks

The SAM electronic building system promises to turn anyone into an instant engineer<p>If Lego had a 21st-century facelift, it would look a lot like SAM, a new kit where the building blocks are electronic modules (or SAMs: sensor actor modules), which wirelessly communicate with each other over …

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

Andean Pumas Bring National Park in Argentina Back to Life

Researchers are just beginning to understand how these big cats are influencing their habitat.<p>Mountain lion. Cougar. Puma. The big cat with many names deals in death. But in San Guillermo National Park, Argentina, <i>Puma concolor</i> is bringing the high Andean habitat back to life.<p>A mix of wind-swept …

Nasa's Orion spacecraft prepares for launch in first step towards manned Mars mission

Nasa’s quest to send astronauts out into the solar system will begin this week with a two-laps-around-Earth test flight.<p>The new Orion spacecraft is not going to Mars just yet; Thursday’s debut will be unmanned and last just four and a half hours. But it will be the farthest a built-for-humans …

Should Grizzlies Be Restored to the North Cascades?

The awe-inspiring bears are almost extinct in Washington State, but the government is now studying whether they should be brought back.<p>NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK—The grizzly bear looms large in the traditions of Pacific Northwest Indians, a creature both revered and almost human. It was a fixture …

As young minds leave, industrialized eastern Ukraine faces brain drain

Dmitry Beliakov for Al Jazeera America<p><i>Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series examining the political and humanitarian situation in east Ukraine. Read the first part, on daily life in Donetsk, here, and the third part, on leadership confusion in Luhansk and Donetsk, here.</i><p>DONETSK, …

Russia warns U.S. against arms to Ukraine as Biden due in Kiev

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States on Thursday against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev.<p>U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and his wife Jill wave upon …

British embassy in Ukraine tweets guide to Russian tanks

Britain’s embassy in Kiev risked provoking fresh Russian anger on Wednesday by posting a diagram on Twitter “to help the Kremlin spot its tanks” in Ukraine.<p>“Putin still denying Russia’s troops and hardware are in Ukraine. Here’s a guide to help the Kremlin spot its tanks,” said a post on the …

Ukraine crisis: US accuses Russia over 'incursion'

<b>The US has accused Russia of undermining a ceasefire in Ukraine after reports of Russian troops and military hardware entering the country.</b><p>The US envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, also accused Russia of pursuing war in Ukraine while talking peace.<p>Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN, Alexander …

Romanian diaspora denied the right to vote

On 2 November, thousands of Romanians abroad were denied the right to vote in the Romanian presidential elections by their government. I was one of those who turned out at the embassy in London and stubbornly queued for six hours in order to cast their vote with no success. The embassy shut its …

Ukraine’s rebel ‘people’s republics’ begin work of building new states

New metallic letters have already been hung above the entrance of what was once the Ukraine tax service headquarters in Donetsk, spelling out: “Taxes and Revenues Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic.” A sign on one of the large wooden doors reminds visitors to “turn in weapons upon …

Ceasefire fails and preparations for war begin

The shelling of Mariupol, a city on the front lines of the war in eastern Ukraine, resumed in earnest at the end of October, just as the country had …

Russia

Remote-Control Penguin Rovers Fool Birds, Boost Science

Studying penguins with camouflaged rovers is less stressful on the birds than other methods.<p>If it looks like a penguin and acts like a penguin—well, sometimes it's not a penguin.<p>A remote-controlled rover designed to sneak undetected into penguin colonies in Antarctica works better than other …

Russia accused of blocking creation of vast Antarctic marine reserves

Diplomatic tensions over Ukraine blamed by negotiators for fourth failed attempt to create world’s biggest marine protected areas<p>Russia has been accused of blocking the creation of the world’s largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, with frustrated negotiators blaming …