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  • UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous
    UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

  • Why are so many Britons fighting for ISIS?
    Why are so many Britons fighting for ISIS?

    Hundreds of young men have left the U.K. to join the extremist group and have committed brutal acts in Middle East

  • Massive Supercell Swells High Over Carolinas (Photo)
    Massive Supercell Swells High Over Carolinas (Photo)

    Swirling supercell thunderstorms brewed over the border between North and South Carolina in May, showering the area with chunks of hail as big as baseballs. An anvil-shaped cloud typically forms in a thunderstorm when cooler winds push warm air up into the atmosphere, and a particularly powerful updraft can produce a huge dome-shaped cap called an "overshooting top." Severe storms, like the supercell in the photo, tend to have large and long-lasting overshooting tops. The ER-2 flight was part of a mission called the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment (IPHEx) led by NASA, Duke University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that ran from May 1 to June 15. The team then compares the true precipitation measurements to about 95 hours' worth of precipitation data collected by satellites and two aircraft.

  • Ukraine's PM says Russia has plans to block gas flows to Europe

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe. "The situation in (Ukraine's) energy sector is difficult. We know of Russia's plans to block (gas) transit even to European Union countries this winter," he told a government meeting. Last year, half of Russian gas exports to the EU were shipped via Ukraine. Russian gas exporter Gazprom and the Energy Ministry were not immediately available for comments. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin)

  • Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer
    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.

  • Here’s another major iPhone 6 change you didn’t see coming
    Here’s another major iPhone 6 change you didn’t see coming

    An image purportedly showing an iPhone 6 Quick Start Guide page published by Nowhereelse seems to confirm several details about the device, including button placement and announcement date. Moreover, the publication provides some interesting details about the iPhone 6, and some of them had not been mentioned before. FROM EARLIER: Forget the iPhone 6 – here’s the first big iPhone 6s rumor The leaked image shows a black and white image of the iPhone 6 that lists the helps the user identify certain phone elements, including the ring/silent switch and volume buttons on the left side and the relocated sleep/wake button on the right side. The image also mentions the Home button with Touch ID sensor and Lighting connector placement. What’s more

  • India doctors remove foetus left inside mother for 36 years
    India doctors remove foetus left inside mother for 36 years

    Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy, a doctor has said. The 60-year-old woman became pregnant at the age of 24 but suffered a miscarriage because the foetus had been growing outside of her uterus, the doctor told AFP on Monday. The woman, from a poor rural area of central India, was "terrified" of having surgery at the time to remove the remains of the foetus, and instead sought medication for the pain at a local clinic. Although the pain gradually subsided, it returned years later, forcing the woman to seek medical help in a city hospital, Murtaza Akhtar said.

  • Iceland volcano struck by biggest earthquake yet, still no eruption

    A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight, the biggest since tremors began 10 days ago, but there is still no sign of an eruption, the country's Meteorological Office said on Tuesday. Intense seismic activity at Iceland's largest volcano system has raised worries that an eruption could cause another ash cloud like that from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 that shut down much of Europe's airspace for six days. "There was one event during the night ... it was a magnitude 5.7 (quake), the largest in this series," Palmi Erlendsson, a geologist at the Met Office said. "Activity is still deep and we see no signs of anything close to the surface." On Sunday, Iceland lowered its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry to orange from red, the highest level on the country's five-point alert system, after concluding that seismic activity had not led to a volcanic eruption under the glacier.

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