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Archive for January 2017

50th anniversary of Outer Space Treaty a prompt for revisions

January 27, 2017 - UNITED NATIONS

The Outer Space Treaty opened for signatures 50 years ago, and the anniversary will expose the Cold War relic to a new round of scrutiny. The main question is whether it offers protection against 21st Century realities, which include the exploitation of Space and threats to the satellites that are now vital to warfare and everyday life on Earth.

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U.S. moonshot began 50 years ago with a disaster

January 27, 2017 - UNITED STATES

NASA commemorates the 50th anniversary of the deaths of the pioneers of the U.S. moonshot, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. The crew of Apollo 1, they perished in a flash fire in their space capsule on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The mistakes uncovered during the inquiry helped NASA to engineer safer Apollo missions on the way to the historic Moon landing of Jul 20, 1969.

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Academy announces nominees for Oscars

January 24, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles announces the contenders for Oscar honors ahead of the awards ceremony in February. The nominations will be scanned to see if the social media hashtag #OscarsSoWhite still applies.

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Aerodynamic discs now known as Frisbees arrived 60 years ago

January 23, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The Wham-O company first marketed the Frisbee, then known as the Pluto Platter, on Jan 23, 1957, in California. Sixty years on, some 60 manufacturers produce the flying plastic discs and Frisbee games have become an Olympic sport. The characteristic flinging of the discs has entered the language as “Frisbee-ing.”

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Socialists choose presidential candidate

January 22, 2017 - FRANCE

The Socialists hold a primary contest for the party’s candidate in the 2017 presidential election. President Francois Hollande will not be one of the rivals of frontrunner Manuel Valls in the crowded field.

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President-elect Donald Trump inaugurated

January 20, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC amid tight security. Thousands of demonstrators are expected to protest the surprise appointment

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Obama’s last day in office is latest Guantanamo prison camp deadline

January 20, 2017 - UNITED STATES

From his first days in office in 2009, President Barack Obama vowed to shut the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The latest deadline is his last day in office, but the Republican-led Congress can’t stomach the idea. Obama is said to be considering bypassing Congress, raising questions about the future of this 45-square-mile chunk of Cuba. Havana wants every inch of it, but it is also being eyed as a transnational peace park or conservation area.

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