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France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve

PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming. FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron attends a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France December 10, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Macron unveiled the “Make our Planet Great Again” grants after President Donald Trump in June said he was pulling the United States out of an international accordRead More


Highlights of Wednesday’s NHL games

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s National Hockey League games: Dec 6, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) in the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Capitals 6, Blackhawks 2 Alexander Ovechkin scored his league-leading 21st goal, Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game goal-scoring drought, and Tom Wilson scored twice as the Washington Capitals cruised to a 6-2 victory over the sliding Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Brett Connolly andRead More


Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed — a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun — is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler. Artist’s conception of the most-distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang is shown in this illustration released on December 6, 2017. Courtesy Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science/Handout via REUTERS AstronomersRead More


UPDATE 2-Woodside on track for Myanmar development plan by end-2018 – CEO

* Myanmar well finds “unrecoverable” gas * No impact on operations from Rohingya crisis – CEO * Cuts top end of full-year output forecast to 90 mln boe * Q3 revenue down 7.5 pct on year; shares drop (Recasts with CEO Coleman interview, analyst comments) By Christina Martin and Sonali Paul Oct 19 (Reuters) – Woodside Petroleum played down disappointing results from its exploration wells in Myanmar on Thursday, with Chief Executive Peter Coleman saying the company is still on track to decide on development plans there by the endRead More


DONG Energy sees European renewable power purchase market taking off

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Offshore wind firm, DONG Energy, soon to be renamed Orsted, says big European companies are increasingly interested in buying renewable power directly from renewable developers as they seek to reduce their carbon footprint. The shift comes as the price of renewable power has plunged to levels that make it competitive with traditional types of energy: in Britain, the price of new offshore wind power fell last month below new nuclear generation for the first time. In the United States, companies like Alphabet’s Google, Facebook and Walmart haveRead More


Republicans fail again to kill off Obamacare in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans on Tuesday fell short yet again in their seven-year drive to repeal Obamacare, in a bitter defeat that raises more questions about their ability to enact President Donald Trump’s agenda. The party was unable to win enough support from its own senators for a bill to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act and decided not to put it to a vote, several Republicans said. The bill’s sponsors vowed to try again, but face steeper odds after Sunday, when special rules expire that allow them toRead More


‘Dreamer’ issue adds to packed U.S. congressional agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress, back from vacation on Tuesday, already had its plate full with urgent fiscal and disaster relief issues when President Donald Trump saddled it with deciding the fate of people brought illegally to the United States as children. The future of almost 800,000 young “Dreamers,” protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, now rests with lawmakers who have failed repeatedly to deal effectively with immigration issues. Trump on Tuesday scrapped DACA while giving Congress six months to do somethingRead More


A mammoth engineering feat, Scotland’s third Forth bridge is ready to open

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The Queensferry Crossing, the third bridge in as many centuries to link Edinburgh and the north of Scotland over the River Forth, was formally completed on Monday, concluding the biggest Scottish infrastructure project in a generation. The elegant new bridge opens to traffic on Wednesday. With three structures rising like sails over its span, it is the longest of its type in the world at 1.7 miles (2.7 km). It reaches 210 meters (690 ft) above high tide, standing as tall as around 48 London buses stackedRead More


Israeli archaeologists uncover rare 1,500-year-old mosaic

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor with a Greek inscription has been uncovered during works to install communications cables in Jerusalem’s Old City – a rare discovery of an ancient relic and an historic document in one. The inscription cites 6th-century Roman emperor Justinian as well as Constantine, who served as abbot of a church founded by Justinian in Jerusalem. Archaeologists believe it will help them to understand Justinian’s building projects in the city. The full inscription reads: “The most pious Roman emperor Flavius Justinian and the most 6God-lovingRead More