20,000 Pound Meteor Explodes over Russia, Injuring Hundreds
The dramatic footage captured by a dashboard video camera in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia in the nation's south-central shows what scientists say was a more than 10 ton meteor entering the atmosphere at over 33,000 miles per hour.
Real risk of war over islands — China and Japan get serious
News is emerging from China and Japan which suggests that the two nations have more military force than previously reported in the Daoyu/Senkaku islands region, and that these forces are now aiming missiles at each other.
Death Valley Dethrones Impostor As Hottest Place On Earth
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Adam Nagourney reports that after a yearlong investigation a team of climate scientists announced that it is throwing out a reading of 136.4 degrees claimed by the city of Al Aziziyah, Libya on Sept. 13, 1922 making the 134-degree reading registered on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley the official world record as the hottest place on earth. 'It's about time for science, but I think we all knew it was coming,' says Randy Banis. 'You don't underestimate Death Valley. Most of us enthusiasts are proud that the extremes that we have known about at Death Valley are indeed the most harsh on earth.' The final report by 13 climatologists appointed by the World Meteorological Organization, the climate agency of the United Nations, found five reasons to disqualify the Libya claim, including questionable instruments, an inexperienced observer who made the reading, and the fact that the reading was anomalous for that region and in the context of other temperatures ...
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Economic stakes high in China-Japan islands dispute
Trade between the global powerhouses is likely to suffer, and Japan may focus on other regions, after China's violent protests over islands both nations claim. BEIJING — The worst of the anti-Japanese protests that have swept China in recent days may be over. The financial fallout for the world's second- and third-biggest economies may be just beginning.