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Nobel Prize for key discoveries about subatomic particles
6 October 2015 - Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday (October 6) for key discoveries about a cosmic particle that whizzes through space at nearly the speed of light, passing easily through Earth and even your body. Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada were honored for showing that these tiny particles, called neutrinos, have mass. That's the quality we typically experience as weight. (more)

Five things to know about the Nobel Prizes
6 October 2015 - The beginning of October means Nobel Prize time, when committees in Stockholm, Sweded and Oslo, Norway announce the winners of what many consider the most prestigious awards in the world. Each prize is worth 8 million Swedish kronor ($960,000) and will be handed out with a diploma and gold medal on December 10. Here are five other things to know about the coveted prizes: (more)

Irish service sector activity grows faster in September
6 October 2015 - Ireland's services sector grew at a slightly faster rate in September although it remained short of July's nine-year high, a survey showed on Monday. In a sign of growing buoyancy in the economy, the subindex monitoring prices charged by service providers climbed to 55.2 from 52.2, while input prices rose on higher wages. (more)

Japan August household spending picks up, eases concerns about economy
6 October 2015 - apan's household spending rose in August for the first time in three months and the availability of jobs improved to its best in more than two decades, which could temper concerns that the economy has fallen into a recession. (more)

Nobel prize for solving puzzle of neutrino particles
6 October 2015 - A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto the fundamental nature of the universe. Neutrinos are the second most bountiful particles after photons, which carry light, with trillions of them streaming through our bodies every second, but their true nature has been poorly understood. Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald's breakthrough was the discovery of a phenomenon called neutrino oscillation that has upended scientific thinking and promises to change understanding about the history and future fate of the cosmos. (more)

China to hasten roll-out of car charging network: Xinhua
5 October 2015 - China wants to speed construction of a national network to charge electric cars, to help reach an ambitious goal of 5 million green vehicles on its roads by 2020, national news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, citing a senior energy official. (more)

Over half of E.U. countries are opting out of GMOs
5 October 2015 - Sixteen countries have alerted the European Union that they want to opt out of E.U.-approved GM crops. (more)

US, Chile declare new marine reserves, fight overfishing
5 October 2015 - President Barack Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile made its own ambitious declaration, cordoning off a vast expanse of the South Pacific Ocean. The announcements came as top officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, attended an international conference on marine protection in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso. Several nations also outlined plans for tracing seafood imports to combat overfishing and stemming increased pollution in the ocean. (more)

London's Victoria and Albert Museum explores fabric of India's historic garment trade
4 October 2015 - A new exhibition, The Fabric of India, is transforming London's Victoria and Albert Museum into a bazaar of myriad hues as it explores the history of India's handmade textiles from the 3rd century to the present day. Apart from its luxury silks and fine cottons, India's fabric industry also gave to Britain the words calico, dungarees, gingham, khaki, pyjamas, shawl, and sash. Chinz being related to a Sanskrit word meaning coloured or spotted. Cutting-edge fashion from India's contemporary designers complete the journey to date. (more)

Slovenia and Serbia ban give green light to GM crop bans
4 October 2015 - The Slovenian Government Committee for Economic Affairs has allowed the country to send an official request to the European Commission for the banning of GM crops. Meanwhile, State Secretary in the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Danilo Golubovic announced on Monday (28 September) that Serbia will not allow cultivation of GM crops. (more)

UK team germinates critically endangered Japanese birch
4 October 2015 - UK scientists have successfully germinated seeds from the critically endangered Japanese Birch, a species that has just 21 known trees remaining. The seeds were collected last year during an expedition to a remote location in mountains near Tokyo. 'Ideally, we always grow trees that have been sourced from the wild so we are conserving the gene (resource),' said Dan Luscombe, a dendrologist from the Forestry Commission's Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest. (more)

Ethiopia plans to export natural gas in 3 to 5 years
2 October 2015 - A government official in Ethiopia says his country will begin exporting natural gas in three to five years following the discovery of huge reserves in the country's Somali region. (more)

India announces plan to slow rate of greenhouse gas growth
2 October 2015 - India has promised to shave a third off the rate at which it emits greenhouse gases over the next 15 years, in a long-awaited contribution toward reaching a deal to slow global warming at a U.N. climate summit in Paris in December. The United Nations said 146 nations, accounting for almost 87 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions, have issued plans in the run-up to Paris. (more)

Student-built solar motorbikes hit the road in Kenya
2 October 2015 - Motorcycle taxi operators waiting for passengers in this village in western Kenya's Kisumu County lounge on their various machines -- but Alfred Omondi's plug-in electric scooter stands out from the crowd. Surrounded by motorbikes running on polluting fossil fuels, Omondi sits astride his solar-powered rechargeable motorcycle, which uses technology developed by students from the University of Nairobi. Charles Ogingo, Robert Achoge, and James Ogola -- all final year students -- have built a system they call Ecotran, which captures the sun's energy, stores it in batteries, and uses it to charge a motorcycle's electric motor. (more)

UK construction growth picks up speed in September - Markit
2 October 2015 - Growth in Britain's construction sector hit its fastest pace in six months in September, boosted by stronger house building and higher levels of hiring, a survey showed on Friday, 2 October. (more)

Online university offers refugees chance to study for free
1 October 2015 - A new online university, due to launch this month, promises to grant refugees internationally recognized degrees without fees and the need to provide all the required documentation. Kiron University, named after the centaur Chiron, known in Greek mythology for nurturing others in times of need, was founded last year by a group of students in Berlin. Kiron has designed a three-year program and partnered with top universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and Yale in the United States, which already offer accredited online degree courses. The courses are currently available only in English but Kiron hopes to offer studies also in Arabic and French. (more)

Bulgaria opts out of growing genetically modified crops
1 October 2015 - Bulgaria has told the European Union it will ban the cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under EU rules that allow member states to opt out of GMO cultivation, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on 1 October. (more)

Italy tells EU it will opt out of growing GMO crops: statement
1 October 2015 - Italy has told the European Commission that it will ban growing crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a rule that allows European Union countries to opt out of GMO cultivation, a government statement said on 1 October. On Wednesday, Germany sent a similar letter to Brussels, and Bulgaria also said it would opt out of GMO cultivation. (more)

Poland and Germany join wave of EU GMO crop bans
30 September 2015 - Germany and Poland have both joined the growing list of countries in the EU Wednesday, September 30 that have demanded a total opt-out from growing genetically modified crops. On Tuesday both Slovenia and Serbia announced full GM crop bans. (more)

Germany tells EU it will opt out of growing GMO crops
30 September 2015 - Germany has told the European Union it will ban cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of GMO cultivation, a document seen by Reuters showed on 30 September. (more)

Amid Europe's migrant tensions, kindness arises too
29 September 2015 - While European governments string barbed wire across borders and lambast each other over asylum rules, ordinary citizens are taking action to cope with an unprecedented inflow of migrants, their generosity offering moments of hope for the newcomers -- and for Europe itself. To read the beautiful and inspiring stories from The Associated Press, please see: (more)

Presidents Obama, Castro meet as they work on thawing U.S.-Cuba ties
29 September 2015 - U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations on 29 September in a rare one-on-one meeting between the former Cold War foes as they work toward improving relations after decades of animosity. The two Presidents stunned the world late last year by announcing detente, and in July, the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations after a 54-year break. (more)

UK retail sales grow by more than expected in September
29 September 2015 - British retail sales growth beat expectations this month by a comfortable margin, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed. (more)

Female anti-poaching unit in South Africa gets UN award
28 September 2015 - A mostly female anti-poaching unit from South Africa has won a top environmental award at the United Nations. Two members of the Black Mamba group received the U.N. accolade on behalf of their unit in New York on Sunday. They were among several individuals and organizations that were given the Champions of the Earth prize. (more)

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