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Ethiopia had warmer soil and higher rainfall 27 million years ago

A new research has suggested that the African nation of Ethiopia had warmer soil temperatures, higher rainfall and different atmospheric circulation patterns 27 million years than it does today. The research was done by Neil J. Tabor, associate professor of Earth Sciences at SMU (Southern Methodist University). He calculated past climate using oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in [...] Related posts: 42 million year old Kiwi fossils show a warmer climate with no ice in Antarctica Hand axes wer

UNFPA maternal health conferences wrap up

Two United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) conferences this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, gathered "international policymakers, government ministers, and lawmakers" to address the half a million maternal deaths annually, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. Although the U.N. "hopes to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters between 1990 and 2015," this Millennium Development Goal target "has seen the least progress in recent years," the news organization writes.

I am Civil Service

A while ago, Matt Yglesias linked to this band, Future of the Left—presumably because the first song, Arming Eritrea, tickled him. He’d been writing on U.S. policy in Ethiopia for a while, and bands with any kind of even remote awareness of current affairs are fairly rare. 1 My friend Hank has since been telling me to give the band more of a listen. I’ve owned the album for a few months now, but I never really found it too compelling. It might be that my judgment was being clouded by the

Navigating the Adventures In Travel Expo

Written by Dave The day after attending the launch party for The Best American Travel Writing 2009 , I noticed (via Twitter) that several other big events were occurring in New York City over the weekend.  While the Anthony Bourdain’s talks were sold out for The Food Network New York Wine & Food Festival , it’d be no trouble for me to attend the Adventures in Travel Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Back in Spring 2007, before my backpacking trip around the world, I attend

Ethiopia gets over $130 million from flower exports

Ethiopia has obtained $138 million from the export of cut flowers during the past 11 months, the Ethiopian Flower and Horticultural Products Association (EFHPA) said here on Tuesday. The EFHPA said that the money was obtained from the export of two billion cut flowers. Flower is becoming Ethiopia’s top income generating product since the past few years. EFHPA President Tsegaye Abebe said that inspite of the current global economic slowdown, the amount gained from the sector has increased.

Ethiopia launches breastfeeding campaign

Ethiopia has launched a breastfeeding campaign aimed at saving newborn babies. This is the first time that the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO and other partners are joining over 120 countries worldwide to mark World Breastfeeding Week which will be held from 1- 7 August 2009. The global theme this year is “Breastfeeding – A vital Emergency Response – Are you ready?” drawing attention to the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies. “T

Texas chemical plant fire evacuates thousands

BRYAN, Texas — Thousands of central Texas residents are being evacuated and the Texas A&M University campus is closed as a fire burns at a chemical plant that processes explosive ammonium nitrate. Fire dispatcher Andy Throne says black smoke settled Thursday over Bryan, a city of about 80,000 people about 100 miles north of Houston. The fire [...]

Pictured: Incredible watercolour paintings by boy aged just SIX

A street scene from the paintbrush of a child usually involves triangle-topped boxes for houses. And often an unnaturally large dog. But Kieron Williamson's attempts are so beautifully rendered that artists ten times his age will be filled with envy. Experts have said that the six-year-old's atmospheric paintings, which began with harbour scenes and expanded to include [...]

Cash-for-clunkers program may be suspended

WASHINGTON — Four days after it launched, the popular cash-for-clunkers program has burned through its $950-million budget, sending the Obama administration scrambling to find additional money tonight and avoid a shutdown of the program. Administration officials told Congress this evening that the plan would be suspended, triggering confusion and anger among thousands of dealers and car [...]

In space, no one can complain about your month-old underwear

At least one space mystery has now been solved. What kind of underwear do astronauts take up into the great unknown? Hanes? American Apparel? Perhaps something in a more athletic fit, like Body Armor? Try again. According to astronaut Koichi Wakata, who is returning to earth from months at the International Space Station, he’s been sporting [...]

Busted on MySpace: 2 FL men face charges over gang photos on Web sites

LEE COUNTY — Elvis Rodriguez, 30, flashed Latin Kings hand signals on his page and called himself “King Kamel,” according to his arrest report. Richard Figueroa-Santiago, 22, used his MySpace page to post pictures of friends making “Eastside” hand gestures, detectives said. Now, in the first cases of their kind in Florida and in the nation, [...]

84% of plutonium in Boulder NIST spill collected

As much as 16 percent of the plutonium spilled at the Boulder campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in June 2008 may have made its way into the Boulder sewer system, NIST said today in a letter to Boulder's city manager. But that amount posed no hazard to the citizens of Boulder, Richard [...]

MS woman wins right-to-die fight

A woman with multiple sclerosis has made legal history by winning her battle to have the law on assisted suicide clarified. Debbie Purdy wanted to know if her husband would be prosecuted if he helped her end her life in Switzerland. Five Law Lords ruled the Director of Public Prosecutions must specify when a person might face [...]

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Fashion Week?

The recession is shaking the fashion industry's foundations. Last fall's 85% discounts begat this spring's layoffs. Magazines have folded, labels have shuttered, and consumer spending continues to fall. Anna Wintour thinks this could be solved with a spot of price-fixing. Yesterday morning, the Council of Fashion Designers of America held a private town hall style meeting [...]

House Kills F-22 Funding, But Rejects Most Obama Weapons Cuts

Despite objections and veto threats from the White House, a $636 billion Pentagon spending bill passed by a 400-30 vote Thursday contains money for a much-criticized new presidential helicopter fleet, cargo jets that Gates says aren't needed, and an alternative engine for the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that the Pentagon says is a waste [...]

Part-time news broadcaster accused of domestic violence

HILLSBORO — A part-time news broadcaster for Rose City Radio was arraigned this morning on a 29-count indictment accusing him of beating his wife with brooms and sticks and breaking her hand. Timothy James Thompson, 36, was arrested July 21 by Hillsboro police at 957 N.E. Jackson Street, said Lt. Mike Rouches, spokesman for Hillsboro Police [...]

The Usual Suspects blog: Cops investigate…harassment by pizza?

For this and other items from the back streets and squad rooms of the East Metro, bookmark The Usual Suspects, The Pioneer Press blog on courts and public safety in St. Paul and beyond. The most unusual St. Paul police report in Wednesday's stack had only seven words in the public narrative section: "Report of a [...]

Homebuyers gain an edge with Internet searches

In the colorful, centuries-long history of house hunting, when have so many buyers come to the table knowing so much about prices, neighborhoods and school test scores? Probably never. Credit an average 16 weeks spent browsing the Internet before buyers contact a real estate agent to get serious. Fifteen years into the World Wide Web, [...]

Up in arms over gun: Replica rifle has Brooklyn man at odds with cops

Like America's first soldiers at the Battle of Brooklyn, Michael Littlejohn is fighting for his right to bear arms. The Revolutionary War buff charges the Bloomberg administration with tyranny for trying to seize his handmade flintlock rifle – a dead ringer for the weapon once used against the redcoats. "This is the last legal gun that you [...]

N. Ind. city allowing goose hunting on golf course

ROCHESTER, Ind. — A northern Indiana city is allowing goose hunting on a golf course where a large flock has been causing damage. Round Barn Golf Club in Rochester asked the City Council to approve hunting on the course, where golf pro Lyle Lingenfelter says up to 1,000 Canada geese spend the winter. He told [...]