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21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

World
A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said. The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Video footage showed dozens of residents near the town of Tlahuelilpan gathered to collect spilled fuel in buckets, garbage cans and other vessels. It appeared an almost festive atmosphere as whole families gathered in a field as a geyser of fuel spouted dozens of feet into the air from the tap. Footage then showed flames shooti...
4 strategies for stopping 'rogue' drones from flying in illegal airspace

4 strategies for stopping 'rogue' drones from flying in illegal airspace

Technology
With Christmas approaching, London’s Gatwick airport, one of the busiest in the U.K., was forced to shut down for a day this week after reports of two “rogue” drones flying above the airfield. Drones have become an increasingly prominent nuisance in the skies as they have grown more accessible to the average consumer. As regulations, technologies and laws about flying drones evolve to governmental demands, new technologies have been developing to deal with drones that fly illegally. Some are already used and have been shown to be effective, while others are still in their experimental stages. Here’s a look at some of the methods used for countering “rogue” drones. It is possible to track down drones and jam the signals the drone uses to communicate ...
Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Despite news reports of an improving ozone layer, uncertainty over the impacts of illegal chlorofluorocarbon emissions threatens to undermine the longterm success of the Montreal Protocol. Earlier this week, the United Nations issued a press release confirming the Earth's ozone layer continues to heal. The release called the news a "ray of hope" in the wake of urgent warnings about the risks of global warming. But the report itself revealed serious concerns -- concerns parties to the Montreal Protocol are discussing this week at meetings in Quito, Ecuador. Last year, reports revealed a surprising uptick in CFC-11 emissions, an ozone-depleting gas banned under the Montreal Protocol. Followup investigations suggested the Chinese foam industry is responsible for the rise in C...
NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

Science
The first all-British radar satellite has launched to orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night. The spacecraft will assume a number of roles but its designers specifically want to see if it can help monitor suspicious shipping activity. Lift-off from the Satish Dhawan spaceport occurred at 17:38 BST. NovaSAR was joined on its rocket by a high-resolution optical satellite - that is, an imager that sees in ordinary light. Known as S1-4, this spacecraft will discern objects on the ground as small as 87cm across. Both it and NovaSAR were manufactured by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of Guildford. ...
Bollywood star gets five years for illegal hunt

Bollywood star gets five years for illegal hunt

Entertainment
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been jailed for five years for killing an endangered species of antelope in a wildlife preserve two decades ago.The 52-year-old actor, who was at the hearing in Jodhpur, in Rajasthan state, was also handed a 10,000 rupee (£109) fine as he was led into custody.Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri reportedly described the star as an "habitual offender" as he was sentenced.Khan was driven away amid chaotic scenes outside court and is expected to start serving his sentence at a local prison."A warrant has been issued in his name and he will be sent to Central Jail," said Prosecutor Mahipal Bishnoi.Image:Indian blackbucks, also known as Indian antelopes. File picIndian media reports suggest it could take days for Khan's legal team to apply for bail and