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Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council

Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council

It’s like a defendant on trial getting to sit on the jury too. Venezuela has become the latest accused human rights abuser to win a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. It defeated Costa Rica 105 to 96 in a secret ballot vote inside the UN General Assembly. In Caracas, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister…

Four things you need to know about the Syria ‘ceasefire’

Four things you need to know about the Syria ‘ceasefire’

The US and Turkey announced a five-day break in fighting in Northern Syria today. Referred to as a “ceasefire” by the US and as a “pause” by Turkey, the agreement is unclear about how it would be implemented in one of the most complex battlefields on Earth. Here’s what you need to know. The significance…

He’s doing the ‘dirty work’ to keep plastic out of the ocean

He’s doing the ‘dirty work’ to keep plastic out of the ocean

Afroz Shah, a lawyer in Mumbai, hasn’t had a weekend off in four years. But he hasn’t spent this time writing briefs or preparing for court. His mission? Saving the world’s oceans from plastic pollution. It’s a calling he found in 2015 after moving to a community in Mumbai called Versova Beach. He had played…

InSight mission is digging into Mars again

InSight mission is digging into Mars again

NASA’s stationary InSight lander is slowly but surely getting to know Mars on a deeper level. Since landing on Mars in November 2018, InSight has been taking selfies, providing daily Martian weather reports, detecting quakes on Mars and hearing strange sounds. But its heat probe experiment was struggling to burrow beneath the surface of the…

Get a bird’s-eye view of NASA’s missions on Mars

Get a bird’s-eye view of NASA’s missions on Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been keeping an eye on its namesake planet since 2006. It’s searched for evidence of water, identified intriguing objects on the surface and acted as a communication link for surface missions. It also has been using its fantastic camera, called HiRISE, to capture stunning views of the Red Planet. Some…

The ant that moves at 108 times its body length each second

The ant that moves at 108 times its body length each second

Scientists have recorded the speed of the world’s fastest ant, which lives in the Sahara and is able to travel 108 times its own body length per second. Harald Wolf, a professor at the University of Ulm, Germany, and his colleagues found that the Saharan silver ant, Cataglyphis bombycina, can reach speeds of 0.855 meters…

Three Trump call transcripts we’d like to see — Meanwhile in America

Three Trump call transcripts we’d like to see — Meanwhile in America

The biggest surprise about the Ukraine scandal is that Trump thought he could make it go away by releasing this suspicion-raising rough transcript of his call with President Volodymyr Zelensky. It’s got us thinking about other transcripts of calls that might be stashed away in a top-secret Situation Room computer system — here are a…

Putin must be ‘tired of winning’ — Meanwhile in America

Putin must be ‘tired of winning’ — Meanwhile in America

Vladimir Putin is doing so much winning, he must be getting tired of winning — to borrow a phrase from President Donald Trump. Russia’s President has swept into the vacuum left by the US in northeast Syria. In just days, he has presided over a deal between US-allied- Kurds and his own ally Syrian leader…

This is the closest solar system to Earth containing multiple planets

This is the closest solar system to Earth containing multiple planets

Just 11 light years from earth is the GJ 15 A star system with two planets orbiting a red-dwarf star. This makes it the closest solar system to Earth that contains multiple planets. The Alpha Centauri system is only 4.3 light years away but only contains one exoplanet, called Proxima B. The planets in GJ…

The world’s oldest leftovers stashed at Israel’s Qesem Cave

The world’s oldest leftovers stashed at Israel’s Qesem Cave

It seems stashing your leftovers from dinner is hardly a new concept. Humans have been storing food for 200,000 to 400,000 years, new research suggests. A bit like we would store our food in a Tupperware container, early humans stored marrow-rich deer bones for several weeks. Once the bones, skin and tendons had had time…

Vatican launches $110 ‘click to pray’ wearable rosary

Vatican launches $110 ‘click to pray’ wearable rosary

The Rosary is going mobile. The Vatican announced the launch of the “Click to Pray eRosary” Wednesday. October is the month of the Rosary. The eRosary is an app-driven device that can be worn as a bracelet. To activate it, all you have to do is make the sign of the cross, similar to how…

‘Waterfalls’ of gas reveal baby planets, study says

‘Waterfalls’ of gas reveal baby planets, study says

Astronomers spied three spots around a star that could indicate baby planets are forming and growing there, according to a new study. This is the first time astronomers using the ALMA radio telescope have seen 3D motions of gas in a disk around a star where planets form. The study published Wednesday in the journal…

This is how Syria’s 8-year war ends. But there’s nothing to celebrate

This is how Syria’s 8-year war ends. But there’s nothing to celebrate

The war, or wars, in Syria may be approaching an end. The third of the country that was under the control of the once US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will slowly be reabsorbed into the orbit of Damascus, as will the troops who fought alongside the Americans. The SDF, abandoned in a flash by the…

How to help Syrian refugees in latest crisis

How to help Syrian refugees in latest crisis

The crisis in northern Syria is only getting worse. Hundreds of thousands of people are trying to escape the fighting as colder weather sets in. Syria is already facing the largest displacement crisis in the world, according to the United Nations. More than a dozen aid agencies have signed a joint letter to UN Security…

These are the new spacesuits for the first woman and next man on the moon

These are the new spacesuits for the first woman and next man on the moon

A human hasn’t landed on the moon since 1972, but NASA’s Artemis program aims to land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface by 2024. Part of that process involves upgrading the classic spacesuits worn by Apollo-era astronauts in the 1960s and 70s. NASA revealed two new spacesuits for the Artemis…

Bronze Age warrior’s belongings recovered from famous battlefield

Bronze Age warrior’s belongings recovered from famous battlefield

About 3,300 years ago, a terrible battle raged in Germany’s Tollense Valley. The Bronze Age site has been excavated since its discovery in 2008 and every bone and artifact adds to the tragic narrative of what unfolded on the battlefield. To date, more than 12,000 human bones have been found and identified as belonging to…