• Rarest Big Cat on Earth Starting to Make a Comeback

    LiveScience.com - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Things are starting to look up for the rarest big cat on the planet: The critically endangered Amur leopard, which is indigenous to southeastern Russia and parts of northeastern China, has doubled in population since 2007, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Census data from Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park, which covers about 60 percent of the Amur leopard's habitat, puts the number of these wild cats at 57. Eight to 12 additional cats were also counted in adjacent areas of China during the census, which means the total population of Amur leopards has, in fact, doubled in less than a decade. "Such a strong rebound in Amur leopard numbers is further proof that even the most critically endangered big cats can recover if we protect their habitat and work together on conservation efforts," Barney Long, director of species protection and Asian species conservation for WWF, said in a statement. More »Rarest Big Cat on Earth Starting to Make a Comeback

  • India's ruling party, Kashmir party to form state government

    Associated Press - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party said Tuesday it will be part of a coalition government in Kashmir, the first time the Hindu nationalist party will join the leadership of the predominantly Muslim region. More »India's ruling party, Kashmir party to form state government

  • Inglewood to consider approving plan for LA-area NFL stadium

    Associated Press - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The Inglewood City Council could decide Tuesday to approve plans to build an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles suburb, fast-tracking a $2 billion project in a sweepstakes that has seen similar proposals raise ... More »Inglewood to consider approving plan for LA-area NFL stadium

  • Mummy Found Hiding Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

    LiveScience.com - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A Chinese statue of a sitting Buddha has revealed a hidden surprise: Inside, scientists found the mummified remains of a monk who lived nearly 1,000 years ago. The mummy may have once been a respected Buddhist monk who, after death, was worshipped as an enlightened being, one who helped the living end their cycle of suffering and death, said Vincent van Vilsteren, an archaeology curator at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands, where the mummy (from inside the Buddha statue) was on exhibit last year. The mysterious statue is now on display at the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest. More »Mummy Found Hiding Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

  • Shining Light on the Phases of the Moon

    SPACE.com - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    In fact, a full moon is about 30 times larger and more than 1,300 times brighter than the planet Venus. See if you can detect its smaller-than-normal size that night. More »Shining Light on the Phases of the Moon

  • Inside Vertu: English luxury phone company closer to Rolex than Apple

    IB Times - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A £6,000 Mont Blanc pen won't make your writing better than a Bic biro - and a £25,000 Vertu mobile phone doesn't improve your phone calls. As Vertu CEO Massimiliano Pogliani tells IBTimes UK, "no one needs one of these phones," they buy them - anywhere between £4,000 and £25,000 before you explore the bespoke options - because they admire the way they are built and the materials they are crafted from. On a tour of the Hampshire factory and headquarters, head of design Hutch Hutchison - Vertu's fifth employee - refers to the company's Signature handset as its "grand complication" in the same way a Swiss watchmaker would describe the movements of its most intricate flagship. Despite the gold, ruby, diamond and purple lizard skin options, Pogliani insists his phones are not for those who want to show off. More »Inside Vertu: English luxury phone company closer to Rolex than Apple

  • Inside Vertu: The British luxury phone company that is closer to Rolex than Apple

    IB Times - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A £6,000 Mont Blanc pen won't make your writing better than a Bic biro - and a £25,000 Vertu mobile phone doesn't improve your phone calls. As Vertu CEO Massimiliano Pogliani tells IBTimes UK, "no one needs one of these phones," they buy them - anywhere between £4,000 and £25,000 before you explore the bespoke options - because they admire the way they are built and the materials they are crafted from. On a tour of the Hampshire factory and headquarters, head of design Hutch Hutchison - Vertu's fifth employee - refers to the company's Signature handset as its "grand complication" in the same way a Swiss watchmaker would describe the movements of its most intricate flagship. Despite the gold, ruby, diamond and purple lizard skin options, Pogliani insists his phones are not for those who want to show off. More »Inside Vertu: The British luxury phone company that is closer to Rolex than Apple

  • What Makes Starburst Galaxies Spawn at a Frenzied Pace? (Video)

    SPACE.com - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Astronomers have peered into the heart of a nearby starburst galaxy to better understand what powers its intense bouts of star formation. Leroy headed a team that used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile to examine the center of NGC 253, one of the closest starburst galaxies to Earth. More »What Makes Starburst Galaxies Spawn at a Frenzied Pace? (Video)

  • Ancient Artifacts to Space Tech: History of Tools Explored in NYC Exhibit

    SPACE.com - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York juxtaposes tools from throughout human history — from ancient rock tools, to the most cutting-edge instruments being used to explore outer space — and looks for the commonalities among them. The exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt museum titled "Tools," explores this concept by drawing together artifacts and items from nine Smithsonian museums and research centers, including the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. "Almost everything we do involves a tool," Cara McCarty, curatorial director of the Cooper Hewitt museum and co-curator of the "Tools" exhibition, said as we walked through the third floor of the Cooper Hewitt museum. More »Ancient Artifacts to Space Tech: History of Tools Explored in NYC Exhibit

  • Boeing, ULA Break Ground on New Astronaut Access Tower for Atlas Launches

    SPACE.com - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Fifty-three years to the day after John Glenn ascended an access tower to become the first U.S. astronaut to ride an Atlas rocket into orbit, officials with United Launch Alliance and Boeing broke ground for the next gantry that will support Atlas crewed launches. The groundbreaking ceremony on Friday (Feb. 20) marked the beginning of construction on the first new crew access structure at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in decades. The tower will enable the Atlas V pad at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) to host astronauts and their support personnel for flight tests and missions to the International Space Station. "Fifty-three years ago today, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, launching on an Atlas just a few miles from here," Jim Sponnick, the vice president of ULA's Atlas and Delta rocket programs, said at Friday's event. More »Boeing, ULA Break Ground on New Astronaut Access Tower for Atlas Launches

  • Climate panel chief in the spotlight again

    AFP - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Rajendra Pachauri, industrial engineer-turned head of the UN's climate science panel and one-off sex novel author, is no stranger to accolades -- nor to controversy. More »Climate panel chief in the spotlight again

  • Ebola drug shows some promise in first tests in West Africa

    Associated Press - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa, but only if patients get it when their symptoms first appear. A ... More »Ebola drug shows some promise in first tests in West Africa

  • Exotic London burger class puts foodies in the lab

    Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Matilda Egere-Cooper LONDON (Reuters) - At the Experimental Burger Society in central London, diners put on lab coats and safety goggles to create their own dinner from meats as ordinary as beef or as exotic as zebra, kangaroo or ostrich. The Society is a cooking class with a side order of fun and socialising at Bobo Social, a trendy restaurant that opened last August. Toppings are picked from a set of cards designed in the style of the periodic table of elements -- except "Sm" is the symbol for sautéed shitake mushrooms and "Cs" will get you a generous helping of Colston Bassett Stilton cheese. "We thought about how we incorporate the idea of doing a weekly special with an exotic meat and actually make it a class where people can make their own burgers, teach them a bit about burgers and just make it quite a fun thing for people to do," said Jacinta Maddison, co-founder of Bobo Social. More »Exotic London burger class puts foodies in the lab

  • Red-hot Lahiri lauds effects of meditation

    Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - A decade spent practising the art of meditation has played a fundamental role in transforming Anirban Lahiri from an also-ran golfer into a world-class performer, the Indian said. The 27-year-old has surged to 34th in the world rankings after winning two of the last three European Tour events, this month's Malaysian Open and the Indian Open on Sunday. Both victories were close calls -- Lahiri pipped Austria's Bernd Wiesberger by one shot in Kuala Lumpur and overcame compatriot SSP Chawrasia in a playoff in New Delhi. "When I meditate it's like an exercise in self observation and when you observe yourself it kind of helps you to disassociate from pressure situations." Lahiri said it came to the fore in the final round of the Indian Open when he needed a moment of magic to save his par at the penultimate hole of regulation. More »Red-hot Lahiri lauds effects of meditation

  • Burberry hosts starry show at London Fashion Week

    Associated Press - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    London Fashion Week rolled out the big guns Monday, with British design powerhouse Burberry hosting the glitziest catwalk show of the season. Hunter, the maker of the classic Wellington boots, evoked wild ... More »Burberry hosts starry show at London Fashion Week

  • La Liga: Real Madrid have a huge 'Alonso problem' - one Liverpool fans know all too well

    IB Times - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Real Madrid's Florentino Perez knows this all too well, as he is being forced to spend millions of euros to balance his midfield after Xabi Alonso's departure. Some might say that Pérez is not facing a major problem, as los Blancos lead the La Liga table and were able to put together a run of 22 straight wins in official matches this season. So far, Real Madrid have spent €75 million on Alonso's replacements, bringing in Asier Illarramendi (€36 million), Toni Kroos (€25 million) and the recent Brazilian signing Lucas Silva (€14 million). More »La Liga: Real Madrid have a huge 'Alonso problem' - one Liverpool fans know all too well

  • La Liga: Real Madrid have a major 'Alonso problem' - one Liverpool fans know all too well

    IB Times - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Real Madrid's Florentino Perez knows this all too well, as he is being forced to spend millions of euros to balance his midfield after Xabi Alonso's departure. Some might say that Pérez is not facing a major problem, as los Blancos lead the La Liga table and were able to put together a run of 22 straight wins in official matches this season. So far, Real Madrid have spent €75 million on Alonso's replacements, bringing in Asier Illarramendi (€36 million), Toni Kroos (€25 million) and the recent Brazilian signing Lucas Silva (€14 million). More »La Liga: Real Madrid have a major 'Alonso problem' - one Liverpool fans know all too well

  • UN climate panel chief steps down amid sex claims

    Al Jazeera - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli has been appointed as acting IPCC head following Rajendra K Pachauri's resignation. More »UN climate panel chief steps down amid sex claims

  • City to ban public 'legal high' use

    Press Association - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A city could become the first place in the country to ban the taking of legal highs in public. More »City to ban public 'legal high' use

  • Oscars: Redmayne And Birdman Come Up Trumps

    Sky News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Birdman has scooped best film at the Oscars, with British star Eddie Redmayne winning best actor for The Theory Of Everything. Mexican director Alejandro G Inarritu also won best director for Birdman, which featured a career-resurrecting performance by Michael Keaton. Redmayne's memorable portrayal of Stephen Hawking saw off competition from fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, Michael Keaton and Steve Carell. Julianne Moore took the best actress prize for Still Alice, where she plays a woman with Alzheimer's disease. More »Oscars: Redmayne And Birdman Come Up Trumps

  • German exports to Iran soar after sanctions eased

    Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    German exports to Iran jumped 30 percent last year to 2.4 billion euros, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Tuesday, bolstered by the easing of Western sanctions amid progress in talks on the country's nuclear programme. Germany is traditionally Iran's biggest trading partner in Europe and last year's increase, the sharpest in a decade, was driven by sales of machinery, agricultural and pharmaceutical products, the Office said. German firms that had been forced to reduce their activities in Iran when the sanctions were tighter include Siemens. "At the start of 2014, some of the sanctions were eased so insurance for ship transport and the delivery of car and aircraft parts were allowed," said Volker Treier, of Germany's DIHK chambers of trade and commerce. More »German exports to Iran soar after sanctions eased

  • Feature - Pakistan fret over non-performing asset Younus

    Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Speculation is rife that Younus Khan will quit one-day cricket after the World Cup and chances are it would be far from a fairytale farewell for one of Pakistan's modern batting greats. Runs have dried up, his team's World Cup campaign is in disarray, fans back home are fuming and pundits, including some of his former team mates, consider him a burden on a team beset with many other problems. The former captain, so far, has failed to justify his selection for a fourth World Cup appearance, managing six runs against arch-rivals India and being out for a golden duck against West Indies. Thank you for your services to Pakistan cricket but please leave this ODI side now," former test captain Rameez Raja said. More »Feature - Pakistan fret over non-performing asset Younus

  • Gulf economies have failed to diversify, Qatar c.banker says

    Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Tom Arnold BAHRAIN (Reuters) - Rich Gulf Arab countries have so far failed to diversify their economies away from oil revenue and some may eventually face political challenges as a result, a senior Qatar central bank official said on Tuesday. The comments by Khalid Alkhater, the Qatar central bank's Director of Research and Monetary Policy, were unusually frank public criticism by a senior official of economic policy-making in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. They reflected concern in the region about the impact of the plunge of oil prices since last year, even though GCC oil exporters' huge fiscal reserves mean they face no immediate threat and can continue heavy state spending. "GCC economies have failed in diversifying their economies away from oil revenue so far," Alkhater said in a panel discussion at an economic conference in Bahrain. More »Gulf economies have failed to diversify, Qatar c.banker says

  • BHP's iron ore outlook holds little cheer for small miners

    Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Global miner BHP Billiton on Tuesday batted away suggestions of a turnaround in iron ore prices anytime soon - a bad omen for smaller producers struggling close to the break even point. Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie, releasing BHP's half-year results, said iron ore demand in the all-important Chinese market was flat, although imports have increased by displacing higher-cost domestic supply. More »BHP's iron ore outlook holds little cheer for small miners

  • BHP Billiton profit slides on commodities slump, pledges more spending cuts

    Reuters - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Global miner BHP Billiton posted a 31 percent drop in half-year profit as prices for all its main products collapsed, but beat market forecasts and flagged further belt tightening to withstand the tough conditions. "We are confident that we can maintain our progressive dividend policy and continue to selectively invest in projects that offer compelling returns," Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie said in a statement. The world's biggest miner could not match rival Rio Tinto's recent $2 billion share buyback as its petroleum arm, the business that sets BHP apart from other miners, has been battered by a 50 percent fall in oil prices since June. Mackenzie made no promises about a capital return to shareholders anytime soon. More »BHP Billiton profit slides on commodities slump, pledges more spending cuts

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