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Trump Said to Seek More Time to Decide on Paris Climate Accords
Mr Trump had long railed against what he said were the economic dangers of the global climate agreement. Advocates for stronger action to confront climate change said the message from the joint statement was that Mr Trump remains unconvinced of the accords' value. It would profoundly weaken the strength of the deal and pave the way for other countries to withdraw from it. Some climate diplomats noted that the rest of the world may be growing weary of America's back-and-forth on climate change policy.
Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia
Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district. Hundreds of shoppers camped out in anticipation of the launch, while more than a thousand thronged the store soon after the doors opened, an AFP reporter observed. I have participated in the official store openings in Macau, Guangzhou and Nanjing, he told AFP. Apple, which has a staggering $256.8 billion cash stockpile, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
US science agency: Selfies with seal pups a no-no
US officials are warning people not to take selfies with seals, no matter how tempting. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries office says seal pupping season is underway in New England and that means people might see seal pups on the beach during Memorial Day weekend. They say there is no selfie stick long enough to safely get a selfie of a seal pup. Mother seals often leave their pups alone on the beach for up to 24 hours at a time.
Marine species distribution shifts will continue under ocean warming
The findings, reported in Progress in Oceanography, suggest ocean temperature will continue to play a major role in where commercially and recreationally important species will find suitable habitat. Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99 percent of the global ocean over the past decade. Northward shifts of many species are already happening, with major changes expected in the complex of species occurring in different regions on the shelf, and shifts from one management jurisdiction to another.
Construction begins on the world's first super telescope
Scientists are a step closer to understanding the inner-workings of the universe following the laying of the first stone, and construction starting on the world's largest optical and infrared telescope. Unlike any other before it, ELT is also designed to be an adaptive telescope and has the ability to correct atmospheric turbulence, taking telescope engineering to another level. 'HARMONI' will enable scientists to form a more detailed picture of the formation and evolution of objects in the Universe.
World Leaders Increase Pressure on Trump to Stay in the Paris Accord
The exit of the world's largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas polluter from the Paris accord would profoundly weaken the landmark effort to curb climate change. Many environmentalists are worried that such provisions would significantly undermine the effectiveness of the global effort to reduce global warming. The other leaders confronted Mr Trump on climate change as soon as he arrived in Europe. Speaking to a group of oil rig workers last May, Mr Trump vowed to cancel the accord.
Terrorists' moral judgment probed in psychology test
A project aiming to scientifically understand the mindset of terrorists has published insights that the scientists say could have implications for terror prevention. This unique experiment revealed what the team described as an abnormal pattern of moral judgment in terrorists. They took part in a series of psychological tests, including an assessment of moral cognition. This is the first study to demonstrate this psychological trait, a terrorist's moral code actually approves of any action if it contributes to achieving a given aim.
Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit
On Oct 13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of the lunar surface, produced an image that was wild and jittery. The third Wide Angle Camera captures moderate resolution images using filters to provide information about the properties and color of the lunar surface. LROC was struck and survived to keep exploring the moon, says Robinson, thanks to Malin Space Science Systems' robust camera design.
An Effect of Climate Change You Could Really Lose Sleep Over
Dr Obradovich is a political scientist who researches both the politics of climate change and its likely human impacts, holding appointments at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sure enough, he found a correlation between higher temperatures in particular cities and disturbed sleep as reported by their residents. Dr Obradovich acknowledged that a survey about sleep over the previous month was subject to the vagaries of memory.
Conch shells spill the secret to their toughness
The shells of marine organisms take a beating from impacts due to storms and tides, rocky shores, and sharp-toothed predators. Conch shells have this really unique architecture, Gu explains. This toughness, or resistance to fractures, comes from a unique configuration based on three different levels of hierarchy in the material's internal structure. Until recently, even after the structure of the conch shell was understood, you couldn't replicate it that well.
'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes
Almost two billion years ago, a 10-kilometre-wide chunk of space slammed down into rock near what is now the city of Sudbury. Now, scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth are marrying details of that meteorite impact with technology that measures surrounding crystal fragments as a way to date other ancient meteorite strikes. The pioneering technique is helping add context and insight into the age of meteor impacts.
Canadian accused in Yahoo hack to appeal bail denial
A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails says he'll appeal a judge's decision to deny him bail. Karim Baratov made a brief court appearance Friday with his lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo. Baratov was arrested in April and faces extradition to the US, where he has been indicted on computer hacking charges along with three other people, including two alleged Russian intelligence agents. The 2014 breach at Yahoo affected at least a half billion user accounts.
G7 demands internet giants crack down on extremist content
The G7 nations on Friday demanded action from internet providers and social media firms against extremist content online, vowing to step up their fight against terrorism after the Manchester attack. The G7 calls for Communication Service Providers and social media companies to substantially increase their efforts to address terrorist content, Britain, the United States and their G7 partners said in a statement. Elders at the Manchester mosque where the bomber sometimes worshipped have insisted that they preached a message of peace.
Study finds Congo's miners often resort to hunting wildlife for food
A new study by WCS has revealed how mining for valuable minerals in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a major driving factor in the illegal hunting of great apes and other wildlife for food. The region also contains globally significant deposits of valuable minerals such as gold, cassiterite, and coltan, a mineral in high demand for use in cell phones and other technology.
Oh baby! DC zoo officials hoping to get panda pregnant
Zoo officials in Washington are hoping to get panda mom Mei Xiang pregnant-again. Smithsonian National Zoo officials say they performed two artificial inseminations Thursday on 18-year-old Mei Xiang. That's because female giant pandas are only able to become pregnant for 24 to 72 hours each year. Officials say Mei Xiang's estrogen levels peaked Wednesday, an indication she was able to become pregnant. Officials say Mei Xiang and the zoo's 19-year-old male Tian Tian failed to breed naturally.
Fractious politics leads 'Far Cry' video game to US
The latest edition of the blockbuster shooter video game Far Cry plays out on US soil, inspired by angry political divides and intense isolationist passions in rural America. French video game powerhouse Ubisoft on Friday officially unveiled Far Cry 5, which pits players against a dangerous, violent cult calling the shots in a fictional setting of Hope County, Montana. Previous Far Cry games have been set in exotic spots in places including jungles of Africa, Himalayan mountains, and an archipelago in the South Pacific.
French designer shows off DIY robot in public for first time
A French designer has shown his humanoid DIY robot to the public for the first time. Designer Gael Langevin unveiled the robot at a technology fair in Romania this week. Langevin estimates that more than 1,000 DIY robots have been made by people who followed his design. His robot can be programmed to speak English, Spanish, French, Russian and Dutch. Romanian graphic designer Paul Popescu, 35, has been assembling his own robot and has plans to program it to speak Romanian.
Why communication is vital-even among plants and funghi
Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found a plant protein indispensable for communication early in the formation of symbiosis - the mutually beneficial relationship between plants and fungi. The transporter they identified is the first plasma membrane transporter of GlcNAc ever identified in plants. This is the first plant protein ever reported to be indispensable for communication between plants and the fungus in the rhizosphere, says Paszkowski.
Fungal enzymes team up to more efficiently break down cellulose
By consolidating these enzymes, in effect into protein assembly lines, they can team up to work more efficiently than they would as individuals. There are protein complexes in bacteria called cellulosomes that pack together the enzymes to break down plant biomass, said study senior author Michelle O'Malley of UC Santa Barbara. The idea is that these clusters are better at attacking biomass because they are keeping the different enzymes in place with plugs called dockerins so they work more efficiently.
A 3-D look at the 2015 El Nino
El Nino is a recurring climate pattern characterized by warmer than usual ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Two back-to-back 3-D visualizations track the changes in ocean temperatures and currents, respectively, throughout the life cycle of the 2015-2016 El Nino event, chronicling its inception in early 2015 to its dissipation by April 2016. During an El Nino, trade winds weaken or, as with this latest event, sometimes reverse course and blow from west to east.

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