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  • Botswana authorities identify cause of mysterious elephant deaths

    Officials in Botswana say the deaths of hundreds of elephants in recent months which baffled and alarmed conservationists in the country were caused by toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water. The government in the landlocked Southern African coun

  • UK vaccine still possible by end of year

    AstraZeneca, the British pharmaceutical company, said on Thursday it was still possible for its coronavirus vaccine to be available at the end of this year or the beginning of 2021. The claim was made by Pascal Soriot, the company’s chief executive,

  • 'Air pollution kills 400,000 in Europe every year'

    Air pollution remains Europe's top environmental threat to health, with more than 400,000 premature deaths driven by air pollution every year in the EU, a report said Tuesday. Noise pollution comes second, contributing to 12,000 premature deaths, fo

  • Earth flying through ancient supernovae's dust

    The Earth has been passing through a huge radioactive cloud left behind by an exploded star for the last 33,000 years, according to a research. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, claimed that beneath the ocea

  • Rhino poaching falls by more than 60 percent in Namibia

    Rhino poaching fell 63 percent year-on-year in Namibia, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has said citing intensified intelligence operations by authorities and tougher sentences and fines for poachers. Elephant poaching, which occurs to a les

  • Trump to ban TikTok app

    US President Donald Trump said late on Friday he would ban the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok in the US. "As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning them from the United States," Trump told reporters on his way back to the capital from Florida

  • WHO: Coronavirus is not seasonal

    The novel coronavirus is neither seasonal nor does it occur in waves, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said in answer to questions at the twice-weekly UN press briefing held virtually in Geneva that t

  • Global CO2 emissions could fall by up to 7% this year amid pandemic: research

    Global carbon dioxide emissions could fall by up to 7% this year, depending on ongoing restrictions and social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic, research published in the journal Nature Climate Change showed on Tuesday. The study,

  • Chinese climbers set to remeasure height of Everest

    A group of 30 Chinese climbers and surveyors are set to remeasure the height of the world's highest mountain Everest, according to the state media. The team of professional climbers and surveyors from China's Natural Resources Ministry left their ba

  • China intends to construct a space station

    China’s latest state-of-the-art carrier rocket the Long March-5B took a successful flight on Tuesday, signaling a new era of the construction of manned space projects including the space station, reported Chinese official Xinhua news agency, citing t

  • Coronavirus forces detour for homecoming astronauts

    NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir will take an unusual - and more exhausting - route home after safely landing in the Kazakh steppe on Friday, a Russian healthcare official said, because of lockdowns caused by the novel coronavirus. A c

  • Scientists discover a potentially habitable planet

    Using data from a now-dead telescope, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized planet that may be capable of supporting life. Believed to be in the habitable zone of a star located around 300 light-years from Earth, a group of transatlantic scienti

  • Olympic Games starts on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Monday that the Olympic Games will be held on July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, while the Paralympic Games between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5, 2021. "The leaderships of the key parties came together via telephone con

  • Computer scientist Larry Tesler dies at 74

    A pioneering US computer scientist whose accomplishments included inventing the widely relied on "cut, copy and paste" command died at age 74. The death of Lawrence "Larry" Tesler was announced on Twitter on Wednesday by Xerox, where he spent part o

  • NASA astronaut Koch returns to Earth after record space mission

    A capsule carrying a crew of three from the International Space Station, including record-setting United States astronaut Christina Koch, landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, a live feed by Russian space agency Roscosmos showed. The touchdown on a snow

  • ISS 61st expedition successfully lands in Kazakhstan

    Three crew members of the 61st expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) successfully landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday. A capsule with Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, U.S. NASA astronaut Christina Koch and Italian astronaut Luca Par

  • Millions go hungry in Canada: Report

    Canadians who cannot afford regular meals are more likely to die early, according to a study released on Monday, showing that people are dying from hunger even in wealthy countries. The study of more than half a million Canadian adults found that hu

  • World's shortest man dies

    The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08cm (two feet and 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhar

  • Record 45 million need urgent food aid in southern Africa: UN

    A record 45 million people in Southern Africa, mostly women and children, face severe food insecurity caused by drought, flooding, and economic disarray, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.  "This hunger crisis is on a scale we've

  • 2019 second hottest year in warmest-ever decade: UN

    The past decade was the hottest on record, the UN said on Wednesday, warning the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which based its findings on a

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