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[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 - 08:42
Syrian activists say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes hit an oil refinery in northern Syria on Sunday, killing 30 people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which uses a network of sources throughout Syria to track violence there, said the Islamic State group was operating the refinery, and that the dead included both militants and workers. The coalition of warplanes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 15:58
On a January morning, Mchezaji “Che” Axum stepped around iced-over puddles to reach a row of heated hoop houses where Asian mustard greens still leafed knee-high. Here at the Muirkirk Research Farm run by the University of the District of Columbia, these tightly spaced greens are grown for optimal space, taste — these were as spicy as horseradish — and nutrition. “One of the things I’m really... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:40
A victory for eco-friendly design—the Eiffel Tower is now powered by 100% renewable energy and has been since last January, according to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. LED lighting, solar panels, rainwater recovery systems, and most notably, two vertical axis wind turbines have turned the monument into a beacon of green design. France has been eager to show their concern for a more sustainable future... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:01
Dubai developers reach a new zenith in outrageous investment with just-announced plans to build a tropical rainforest on the desert outskirts of the city.  The forest will exist within a climate-controlled dome as a key feature of a new luxury housing development. But the real news within this news is that local environmentalists are complaining, finally. The Dubai Rainforest will sit within... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:13
The World Bank is jumpstarting the mortgage market in Dar es Salaam and other Tanzanian cities in a bid to make housing more affordable. The bank has announced $60 million in new financing that brings its total investment to $100 million. The additional funding is for the Housing Finance Project, an initiative launched in 2010. The project established the Tanzania Mortgage Refinancing Company,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:08
A new study by New York University and East China Normal University researchers has found that the design of the built environment influences how much walking and cycling people do in Chinese cities where obesity and chronic diseases are at highly elevated levels and still rising. “While not surprising,” write the authors in their study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, “this finding... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:03
Glasgow has launched a new Data Hub highlighting the city’s continued commitment to smart technology. Visitors from as far as Brazil, San Francisco and Boston were among an audience of academics, entrepreneurs and service providers attending the launch at Glasgow Science Centre. “Glasgow created the City Data Hub to demonstrate the advantages of creating an eco-system of data providers sharing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:25
Award-winning British filmmaker Leslee Udwin is in the eye of controversy for her documentary India’s Daughter, which features among other things an interview with the driver of the bus on which the horrific December 16 gang rape took place. Rejecting a request from India not to telecast the controversial documentary, the BBC aired it in the UK from 3.30am Thursday (IST)(Indian time). It was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 22:30
    WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned US President Barack Obama on Tuesday against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" by a country that "will always be an enemy of America". "If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - it will all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 20:45
The shaken girlfriend of Boris Nemtsov told reporters that despite hours of questioning, she can’t offer any information on who may have gunned down the Russian opposition activist as they walked across a bridge near the Kremlin Friday night.   Ukrainian fashion model Anna Duritskaya, 23, broke her silence Monday, speaking to Russian online news channel Dozhd, saying she remembers very little... Read more