Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Boreal forest talks collapse

MONTREAL—Three years of efforts to protect Canada’s boreal forest have ended in failure as negotiations broke down between environmentalists and the forest industry.
Resolute Forest Products said today it could not accept a proposal from environmentalists that it said would have threatened thousands of jobs in remote communities.

US scientists finally get stem cells from cloned human embryos, possible step to treatments

NEW YORK — Scientists have finally recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos, a longstanding goal that could lead to new treatments for such illnesses as Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.
A prominent expert called the work a landmark, but noted that a different, simpler technique now under development may prove more useful.

Hadfield set for return to Earth

MONTREAL—After tonight, astronaut Chris Hadfield might become a more typical social-media user and start posting pictures of mundane subjects—like food.
The Canadian space veteran is scheduled to return to Earth this evening after a five-month stay on the International Space Station.

Canadians apply for Mars trip

MONTREAL—Andrew Rader always has wanted to be an astronaut and he’s ready to do anything to get into space—even spend the rest of his life on Mars.
The Ottawa native is one of at least 35 Canadians to apply for a mission to the Red Planet in 2023.

Milder winters allow growth of lemons and olives on Vancouver Island

VICTORIA — With cold winters and less than tropical summers most Canadians don’t think of planting lemon or olive trees in their backyards. But thanks to global warming, farmer Bob Duncan has been growing a piece of the subtropics on Vancouver Island for 20 years.

Perfect planets for life? Telescope sees distant worlds not too hot, not too cold, not too big

WASHINGTON — NASA’s planet-hunting telescope has discovered two planets that seem like ideal places for some sort of life to flourish. And they are just the right size and in just the right place.
One is warm, the other chilly.

Study links ever hotter afternoons, sultrier nights in China directly to greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON — China, the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide, is directly feeling the man-made heat of global warming, scientists conclude in the first study to link the burning of fossil fuels to one country’s rise in its daily temperature spikes.

Hang on to your air bag: More pollution means bumpier rides for fliers crossing North Atlantic

LONDON — Tourists, exchange students, masters of the financial universe and other business travellers: It’s time to buckle up.
More pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for trans-Atlantic travellers, researchers say, predicting increased turbulence over the North Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise.

Sun interference causes Mars spacecraft to scale back activities during April

LOS ANGELES — It’s the Martian version of spring break: Curiosity and Opportunity, along with their spacecraft friends circling overhead, will take it easy this month because of the sun’s interference.

Scientific gumshoes find possible clues on dark matter but haven’t cracked the case yet

GENEVA — It is one of the cosmos’ most mysterious unsolved cases: dark matter. It is supposedly what holds the universe together. We can’t see it, but scientists are pretty sure it’s out there.

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