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Ivory Coast PM, presidential candidate Amadou Coulibaly dies

Ivory Coast PM, presidential candidate Amadou Coulibaly dies

World
Ivory Coast's presidency says the country's prime minister, who is the ruling party's presidential candidate, has diedBy TOUSSAINT N'GOTTA and KRISTA LARSON Associated PressJuly 8, 2020, 8:45 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the presidential candidate of Ivory Coast's ruling party, died Wednesday just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France, where he previously had undergone a heart transplant. Coulibaly's death throws the upcoming presidential election into disarray, raising concerns about who now will represent the party of President Alassane Ouattara, who is required to step down after his second term. Coulibaly, 61, had not spoken publicly about why he went to France ...
NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

Business
June 27 (UPI) -- North American Aerospace Defense Command aircraft intercepted four Russian Tu-142 spy planes entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday. According to NORAD, U.S. F-22s, with assistance from KC-135 air refuelers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, intercepted the Tu-142s, which came within 65 nautical miles of the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska and "loitered in the ADIZ for nearly 8 hours." Advertisement The planes remained in international airspace and did not fly into U.S. or Canadian airspace. The interception marks the second incidence of a Russian aircraft near the U.S. border this week and the 10th this year, with multiple incidents taking place this month near the coast of Alaska. On Wednesday NORAD F-22s intercepted two...
Climate change, algae to turn Antarctica’s coast green

Climate change, algae to turn Antarctica’s coast green

Science
May 19 (UPI) -- Green snow algae is likely to become more abundant across Antarctica's coast as global temperatures continue to rise, according to research by a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey. To better understand the effects of climate conditions on algae growth patterns, researchers constructed a large-scale map of green snow blooms. Each individual algae is microscopic, but when they grow en mass, they stain the snow green. The blooms can be mapped using aerial surveys and satellite images. By tracking links between local weather conditions and green snow growth patterns, scientists say they can predict how climate change will influence future blooms. "This is a significant advance in our understanding of land-based life on Antarc...

Coast Guard taps cellphone location data to speed searches

Technology
The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to provide a new tool for helping distressed boatersByThe Associated PressMay 10, 2020, 12:57 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON -- The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to quickly locate distressed boaters. The voluntary i911 program lets the Coast Guard access mariners' cellphone locations to help rescue crews find them faster. The software is a free service for all first responders, including the Coast Guard. “It greatly decreases the time we spend looking for someone and gets the rescue crews out faster,” said Chief Petty Officer Andrew Case from the Coast Guard center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard center in the Northeast was the first to tes
Climate change: Carbon-reducing seagrass planted off Welsh coast

Climate change: Carbon-reducing seagrass planted off Welsh coast

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device A million seagrass seeds are being planted as part of Britain's largest project to save the "wonder plant". Experts say seagrass helps tackle the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide faster than trees.But up to 92% of the plant may have disappeared from the UK's coast over the last century, research has found.Work has now started on lowering the seeds onto the seabed off Pembrokeshire to create a new 20,000 sq m (215,280 sq ft) meadow.Scientists hope it will also help boost fish numbers and support marine wildlife. Media playback is unsupported on your device Seagrass, which is found in shallow waters of coastal regions, has been declini...