Category Archives: CNN – World

Climate change threatens nearly 40% of the world’s primates, study says

As cyclones and droughts are expected to grow in frequency and intensity while global temperatures rise, humankind’s closest relatives will become increasingly vulnerable to extinction, scientists say. At climate change’s current pace, nearly 40% of the Earth’s primates will be threatened by the extreme weather events that accompany rising temperatures, a new study says. And…MORE

Xi gets Russian ice cream from ‘best and bosom friend’ Putin for his birthday

Chinese President Xi Jinping celebrated his 66th birthday Saturday alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, who surprised him with ice cream, the Kremlin said in a statement. The two leaders met in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, where they were attending the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA). It marks their second meeting…MORE

What it takes to be an astronaut: the real ‘right stuff’

During the 1966 Gemini 8 mission, commanded by astronaut Neil Armstrong, an error caused the spacecraft to spin so violently that his and astronaut David Scott’s vision blurred. It was set to be the first space docking in history between two spacecraft, Gemini 8 and the Agena, during NASA’s second human spaceflight program. The astronauts…MORE

‘Massive failure’ leaves Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay with no power, utility says

A “massive failure” in an electrical interconnection system left Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay completely without power, and for many customers, restoring electricity will take all day, a utility distributor said Sunday. Parts of Chile and southern Brazil experienced outages as well, said Edesur, the Buenos Aires-based company. Chile’s system was running normally again Sunday afternoon,…MORE

Crew of oil tanker attacked in the Gulf of Oman arrive in Dubai

Twenty-three crew members from a Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman have arrived safely in Dubai, the shipping company that owns the tanker said Saturday. The crew of the “Front Altair” includes 11 Russians, one Georgian and 11 Filipinos. “All crew members are well and have been well looked after…MORE

Notre Dame Cathedral celebrates first Mass since fire

A small Mass was celebrated at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Saturday evening — the first since a fire destroyed the structure’s spire, parts of the roof and vault in April. Access to the event was extremely limited due to safety concerns, with around 30 people attending, the Archdiocese of Paris said. The Mass…MORE

These prehistoric reptiles could fly immediately after birth

Baby pterosaurs were overachievers from birth. A paper published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B argues that the prehistoric reptiles could fly immediately after birth — something that the researchers say no other vertebrates, living or extinct, have been able to do. Before, scientists thought that pterosaurs could only fly once they had…MORE

Blogs

When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…