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Of the many things keeping climate scientists awake at night, tipping points may be the scariest. You can't see them on the horizon, and yet could easily cross one without noticing."There are points-of-no-return where, for example, a certain amount of warming triggers unstoppable collapse of glaciers off of Antarctica, even if the planet cools again," explained Ben Strauss, vice president of the US research group Climate Central.These thresholds for deep, sometimes…
01.19 / 10:39
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North Korea is preparing to test new rockets, a report said Thursday, after its leader Kim Jong-Un said the country was in the final stages of developing inter-continental ballistic missiles. Pyongyang's missile programme and its pursuit of nuclear arms have seen it repeatedly sanctioned by the UN Security Council. Quoting high-level South Korean officials and South Korean and US military sources, the South's Yonhap news agency said two new missiles had been loaded onto mobile…
01.19 / 09:11
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Researchers have designed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing material, which is released if the battery gets too hot.  Flame retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) sits inside a shell within the electrolyte fluid. The shell melts when the temperature reaches 150C (302F), releasing the chemical compound.  In tests, battery fires were extinguished in 0.4 seconds.  Lithium-ion batteries power many devices but are a known fire hazard. The Stanford University research te…
01.18 / 23:03
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Europe's beleaguered Galileo satnav has suffered another setback, with clocks failing onboard a number of satellites in space, the European Space Agency said…
01.18 / 14:53
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 Using emojis can be an effective way to communicate and gives insight into contemporary human behaviours, a new international research showed. "Contemporary behaviours such as emojis can be considered true forms of emotion on a neurological and interpersonal level," according to the research project released Wednesday by the Australian Catholic University and Britain's Edge Hill University. "Using emojis and emoticons help add emotional depth to our written communication, provides …
01.18 / 12:32
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