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2017-02-20 19:25:19 (m4.9) Off East Coast of Kamchatka 55.4 163.7 (29192)

2:49 pm Eastern | U.S. News

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Study Shows China's Severe Weather Patterns Changing Drastically Since 1960

1:15 pm Eastern | World

In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960.read more »

Global Heat Melts Arctic And Antarctic Sea Ice To Record Lows

20 Feb 09:00 | World

It should be winter on the Arctic pole – the northern most point in the world – but the equivalent of heatwaves have passed over the region this season melting the sea ice volume to a record low in January, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.read more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 18/02/2017

18 Feb 02:11 | U.S. News

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Green earthquake alert (4.5M,depth:99.43km) in Russian Federation at 2/17/2017 6:07:13 PM

17 Feb 15:42 | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System Green Earthquake in Russian Federationread more »

Study Links Outdoor Air Pollution With Millions Of Preterm Births

17 Feb 11:04 | World

Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.read more »

NASA to Televise International Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

17 Feb 09:18 | SciTech

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 12:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22.read more »

NASA to Televise International Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

17 Feb 09:18 | SciTech

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 12:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22.read more »

Aid Obstacles A 'Matter Of Life And Death' For Besieged Syrians

17 Feb 09:02 | World

Assurances have been given to humanitarians by the Syrian Government that obstacles to aid deliveries will be removed across the war-torn country.read more »

President Donald J. Trump Nominates R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor

16 Feb 15:19 | World

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate R. Alexander Acosta for the position of Secretary of Labor. Mr. Acosta is currently Dean of Florida International University Law School. Mr. Acosta has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He has served in three Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions, including as a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Acosta was the first Hispanic to hold the rank of Assistant Attorney General and went on to serve as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Since 2013, Mr. Acosta has also served as Chairman of U.S. Century Bank, the largest domestically owned Hispanic community bank in Florida. “Throughout his career, Alex Acosta has been a passionate advocate for equal opportunity for all Americans,” said President Trump. “His extensive experience has tremendously impressed me and my team and makes us confident that he will lead the Dread more »

Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session with Members of Congress

16 Feb 12:23 | World

Roosevelt Room 10:53 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here.  I had a lot of good discussions this morning.  I'm negotiating a lot of contracts that are saving billions and billions of dollars for the American people and for all of us, and I'm very proud of it. You know, the F-35 fighter jet, the Air Force One program, which was totally out of control and now it's back where it's supposed to go, and many other things.  In addition, I had a very good phone call this morning about a major plant that's moving back into the United States.  We'll be talking about it soon.   And what I do have is a little free time at about 12 o'clock.  So I don't think the press will want to show up, but I think I'll have a press conference probably at 12 o'clock in the East Room.  We had a little time in between things.  So if read more »

Ancient Jars Found In Judea Reveal Earth's Magnetic Field Is Fluctuating

16 Feb 11:16 | World

The weakening of the geomagnetic field, which extends from the planet's core into outer space and was first recorded 180 years ago, has raised concern by some for the welfare of the biosphere.read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

16 Feb 10:55 | US Politics and Govt

This morning, Vice President Mike Pence hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for breakfast at the Vice President's Residence at the Naval Observatory. The two leaders reaffirmed the special relationship between the United States and Israel and underscored the unbreakable bond between our two countries. The Vice President reiterated the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel's security and pledged to work with Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the shared challenges we face throughout the Middle East, including the threats posed by Iran and its proxies as well as ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations. The two leaders discussed ways that the United States and Israel can work more closely together on critical issues such as cyber security, intelligence cooperation, and energy.  They also agreed to work together against one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations and other international forums, as well as boycotts tread more »

Teleworking May Seem Easier, But It Could Disrupt Your Work-Life Balance

16 Feb 09:06 | World

Using smartphones, laptops and other technology to work from home can be a blessing – it does away with rush hour traffic, for example – but it also diminishes personal space and contact with colleagues, according to a new study.read more »

Joint Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

15 Feb 20:39 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Oval Office and reaffirmed the special relationship and unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. The tremendous strength of the United States-Israel relationship is reflected in the close partnership between our governments, and also in the ties that connect the peoples of Israel and the United States. Our deep-rooted political, military, economic, and social ties reflect our shared values, strategic interests, and dynamic economic and trade relationship. In today's meeting, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed that there will be no daylight between the United States and Israel. The President underscored the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel's security, and that his Administration will safeguard and strengthen the overall security relationship. The President and Prime Minister agreed on the need to counter the threatread more »

Canadian Glaciers Now Major Contributor To Sea Level Change

15 Feb 11:41 | World

Ice loss from Canada's Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change, new research by University of California, Irvine glaciologists has found.read more »

Warning Of Civilian Casualties In 'Face To Face' Fighting In Ukraine

15 Feb 09:08 | World

Intensified fighting between Government and non-Government forces near densely populated areas in eastern Ukraine is endangering civilians, according to the senior United Nations humanitarian representative in the country.read more »

Impact Of Climate Change On Mammals And Birds 'Greatly Underestimated'

14 Feb 15:05 | SciTech

An international study has found large numbers of threatened species have already been impacted by climate change.read more »

Banned Chemicals From The '70s Found In The Deepest Reaches Of The Ocean

14 Feb 11:16 | World

A study has uncovered the first evidence that man-made pollutants have now reached the farthest corners of our earth.read more »

North Korea's Ballistic Missile Launch "Strongly" Condemned

14 Feb 09:07 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has voiced strong opposition to the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea, calling on Pyongyang to fully comply with its international obligations to denuclearize.read more »

Chinese Air Pollution Linked To Deaths

13 Feb 13:05 | World

In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. read more »

Press Releases: Acting Under Secretary Bruce Wharton Travels to Poland and the Czech Republic

13 Feb 12:45 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2017 Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, will travel to Warsaw, Poland, and Prague, Czech Republic, February 15-18, 2017. In Warsaw, Ambassador Wharton will meet with U.S. Embassy staff and attend and deliver remarks at a Department of State-sponsored TechCamp and the Digital Communication Network’s “Rockit” Digital read more »

Africa's Largest Refugee Crisis Needs Urgent Response

13 Feb 09:09 | World

With already more than 3.5 million displaced within and outside the borders of South Sudan and thousands more driven to neighbouring countries every day, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for an urgent peaceful resolution to what has now become Africa's worst refugee crisis. read more »

2017-02-11 16:45:18 (m4.2) Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is., Alaska 51.3 -178.2 (29192)

11 Feb 12:06 | World

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Your music. Your home. Better together.

10 Feb 12:00 | Media

It’s never been easier to enjoy the perfect music for any moment with Google Home and Google Play Music. Forget digging around for cords or adapters, needing to find your phone, or combing through your CD collection—when you combine Google Play Music and Google Home, you can enjoy the perfect song or playlist with a simple voice command.Say you’re making pizza and your hands are covered in flour. Just say, “Ok Google, play music for cooking” and we’ll serve up the perfect tunes, like our R&B Kitchen Dance Party playlist. If you’ve had a long day at work and are too tired to move a muscle, say “Ok Google, play music for relaxing” and get a playlist like Mellow Pop without lifting a finger. read more »

Scientists Argue Current Climate Change Models Understate The Problem

10 Feb 11:00 | World

A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life.read more »

Fighting Reaches 'Worrying Proportions' In South Sudan's North-East

10 Feb 09:03 | World

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has voiced concern about an escalation in the fighting between Government and opposition forces in the west bank of the River Nile in the African country's north.read more »

Archaeologists Find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave

9 Feb 13:17 | World

Excavations in a cave on the cliffs west of Qumran, near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, prove that Dead Sea scrolls from the Second Temple period were hidden in the cave, and were looted by Bedouins in the middle of the last century. With the discovery of this cave, scholars now suggest that it should be numbered as Cave 12.read more »

With VR in your browser, see the world like a Grizzly

9 Feb 13:05 | U.S. News

Editor’s Note: Support for Origin Trials of WebVR launched in Chrome M56. WebVR allows web developers to build VR experiences with a single web app that can reach people through all compatible browsers and VR headsets like Daydream View.We’re exploring some of the early WebVR content that’s available now, starting today with the critically-acclaimed documentary Bear 71 VR, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. We caught up with Loc Dao, Chief Digital Officer of NFB, to explore why his team chose WebVR.“The train took me by surprise. I had cubs to defend, and it took me by surprise.I did what comes naturally.I roared. And then I charged.”Bear 71 VR is a fully rendered VR film that explores the disconnect between humans, animals and nature caused by our habit of viewing the worlread more »

Experience Virtual Reality on the web with Chrome

9 Feb 13:00 | Media

Virtual reality (VR) lets you tour the Turkish palace featured in “Die Another Day,” learn about life in a Syrian refugee camp firsthand, and walk through your dream home right from your living room. With the latest version of Chrome, we’re bringing VR to the web—making it as easy to step inside Air Force One as it is to access your favorite webpage.For a fully immersive experience, use Chrome with your Daydream-ready phone and Daydream View—just browse to a VR experience you want to view, choose to enter VR, and put the phone in your Daydream View headset. If you don’t have a headset you can view VR content on any phone or desktop computer and interact using your finger or mouse. You can already try out some great VR-enabled sites, with more coming soon. For example, explore the intersection of humans, nature and tread more »

2017-02-09 15:25:55 (m4.5) Kuril Islands 46.8 152.9 (29192)

9 Feb 12:38 | SciTech

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Thousands Of Children Out Of School As Classrooms Shelled In Eastern Ukraine

9 Feb 2017 | World

With thousands of children forced out of school in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF and its partners have strongly condemned the indiscriminate shelling of schools, and called for all sides to immediately recommit to the ceasefire signed in Minsk in August 2015.read more »

How three districts help their teachers learn and grow throughout the school year

9 Feb 2017 | World

Throughout the year, teachers are hard at work preparing lesson plans and improving their skills. And after school, on the weekends and during breaks, they also invest time in professional development, to expand their knowledge base and learn from their peers. We asked three school districts to share their best practices and programs to help teachers sharpen their skills and advance their careers. These programs can serve as inspiration for training programs throughout the school year. Training for teachers by teachersOkeechobee County School District’s professional development program, Camp IT, is democratic: for teachers, by teachers. At the two-day summer training camp, teachers brainstorm topics, such as how to use Schoology or Google for Education to engaread more »

A new home for Google in the Philippines

9 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

A lot has changed in the four years since we opened the doors to our first office in the Philippines: another 20 million Filipinos have come online, and with the number of smartphone users expected to hit 70 million people next year, Filipinos are consuming more online content than ever before. Our team of Pinoy-Googlers working here has grown too, and we recently moved into a new office that’s inspired by famous sites, sounds and a few stars from around the country. read more »

Step "Into the Wild" with Tango at Singapore ArtScience Museum

8 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

The Sumatran tiger is among the most critically endangered species in the world, with just 400 tigers surviving today. Its natural habitat is also one of the most threatened regions. With a new virtual reality experience, visitors to Into the Wild at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum can get really close to this threatened species, walk through and learn more about its rainforest habitat. All you need to guide you on this educational virtual adventure is a smartphone with Tango, a technology that enables augmented reality experiences. read more »

Four tips for project-based learning in the connected era

8 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Editor’s note: As part of our ongoing celebration of students and teachers, we’re highlighting leaders across the world to share how they’re creating more collaborative, engaging classrooms. Today’s guest author is Claire Amos, one of the keynote speakers from Education on Air, Google’s free online conference which took place in December 2016. Claire, deputy principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School outside of Auckland, New Zealand, shares how schools can adopt project-based learning to encourage students to think about the connected world. What do “Ender’s Game,” science, gamification and history have iread more »

Android Wear 2.0: Make the most of every minute

8 Feb 2017 | SciTech

While traditional watches tell the time, Android Wear watches make the most of your time. In an instant, you can check when and where you’re meeting a friend, whether you’ll need an umbrella tonight, or how many minutes you’ve been active today—all without reaching for your phone. Today, we’re announcing Android Wear 2.0 to give you more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant. We’re also introducing two new watches that run Android Wear 2.0.More personalized, helpful watch facesYou can now personalize your Android Wear always-on watch face with information and actions from your favorite apps. Simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you. A quick tap on your watch face lets you instantly oread more »

Android Wear 2.0: Make the most of every minute

8 Feb 2017 | Media

While traditional watches tell the time, Android Wear watches make the most of your time. In an instant, you can check when and where you’re meeting a friend, whether you’ll need an umbrella tonight, or how many minutes you’ve been active today—all without reaching for your phone. Today, we’re announcing Android Wear 2.0 to give you more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant. We’re also introducing two new watches that run Android Wear 2.0. read more »

Anvato, Google’s complete OTT video platform, now on Google Cloud Platform

8 Feb 2017 | SciTech

Last year was an exciting one for the Anvato team. We joined Google Cloud in July and we also rolled out support for 360º video. We’re kicking off this year strong with the recent migration of Anvato’s services onto Google Cloud Platform (GCP) infrastructure.  Now GCP offers a fully managed, end-to-end video processing and management platform for signal acquisition, live and video-on-demand editing, hybrid encoding, social and premium syndication, dynamic ad insertion, authenticated playback, video analytics and player SDKs across all connected devices. The products cover a broad range of cutting-edge video processing solutions for pay TV operators, programmers, broadcasters and live event producers, and GCP is now tread more »

Anvato, Google’s complete OTT video platform, now on Google Cloud Platform

8 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Last year was an exciting one for the Anvato team. We joined Google Cloud in July and we also rolled out support for 360º video. We’re kicking off this year strong with the recent migration of Anvato’s services onto Google Cloud Platform (GCP) infrastructure.  Now GCP offers a fully managed, end-to-end video processing and management platform for signal acquisition, live and video-on-demand editing, hybrid encoding, social and premium syndication, dynamic ad insertion, authenticated playback, video analytics and player SDKs across all connected devices. The products cover a broad range of cutting-edge video processing solutions for pay TV operators, programmers, broadcasters and live event producers, and GCP is now tread more »

Adapting To Increased Military Pressure, ISIL Shifts To 'Dark Web'

8 Feb 2017 | World

The terrorist group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), is on the defensive militarily in several regions, but is also adapting to military pressure by resorting to covert communications such as the ‘dark web,’ UN officials have warned. read more »

2017-02-08 14:07:32 (m4.5) Kuril Islands 45.2 150.0 (29192)

8 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

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Israeli Legislation On Settlements 'Violates International Law'

8 Feb 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has 'deeply regretted' the adoption by Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset, of the so called “Regularisation bill,” saying the measure contravenes international law and will have “far-reaching legal consequences” for the country.read more »

Refugees Fleeing Danger Are 'Not Dangerous Themselves'

7 Feb 2017 | World

The head of the United Nations refugee agency warned developed countries against politicizing the issue of refugees, stressing that the move risked undermining the principle of international solidarity with those fleeing war and persecution. read more »

Casualty Figures Spike In Afghanistan In 2016

7 Feb 2017 | World

Attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and pro-Government troops killed or injured more children and other civilians in 2016 than at any other time since the United Nations began keeping records, it was announced. read more »

New Study Confirms Pregnant Women Should Avoid Liquorice

6 Feb 2017 | World

A new Finnish study supports food recommendations for families with children in that women should avoid consuming large amounts of liquorice during pregnancy. The limit for safe consumption is not known.read more »

Civilians Face 'Dire' Situation Amid Ongoing Hostilities In Eastern Ukraine

6 Feb 2017 | World

An immediate pause in fighting is needed in Ukraine to prevent more people dying and repair essential services, the United Nations human rights office said following another night of shelling in the east of the country.read more »

Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minister Bill English of New Zealand

6 Feb 2017 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Bill English of New Zealand spoke on the telephone today.  The two leaders affirmed the close friendship and bilateral partnership between the United States and New Zealand. The two leaders discussed regional issues, including challenges to regional peace and security, and the President affirmed to the Prime Minister the U.S. commitment to strong and active engagement in Asia. President Trump expressed appreciation for New Zealand's significant contributions to international peace and security concerns. read more »

Global Food Prices Up In January

3 Feb 2017 | World

Global food prices rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as markets remain well supplied, monthly figures show.read more »

Dangerous Conditions In Ukraine After Heavy Fighting Shuts Down Power, Water

3 Feb 2017 | World

More than 2,500 children in the Donetsk region of Ukraine are without heat, electricity or water, prompting UNICEF to call for an end to fighting in the area so that the infrastructure can be repaired.read more »

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