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Medical Research : Location, Mt. Everest

Where: London, United KingdomJanuary 10, 2009 : An interesting story by BBC News tells how a team of London doctors, including five anesthetists, two general practitioners and a vascular surgeon climbed Mt. Everest. They then treated themselves as guinea pigs to measure oxygen levels present in their blood at the summit.The readings confirmed that high-altitude climbers have...

‘Rim of Fire’ in Indonesian Skies: 2009’s First Solar Eclipse

Where: Samarinda, IndonesiaJanuary 26, 2009 : The annular eclipse of the sun on Monday, 26 January was a celestial spectacle, seen in several parts of Indonesia, and on the Cocos, a South Pacific island group. These areas fell directly in line with the alignment of the moon and sun. People cheered and banged on drums as the...

Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Crisis : Thousands Trapped in War Zone

Where: Vavuniya, Sri LankaJanuary 30, 2009 : The Sri Lankan army has been engaged in fierce fighting with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) forces. In the first weeks of 2009, the army took control of the main rebel bases of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. The LTTE is a militant group that formed in 1976, and their...

Water-Ice on the Moon?

Where: Bangalore, IndiaJanuary 29, 2009 : The possibility of water-ice existing on the polar regions of the moon is one of the questions that scientists aim to discuss at a meeting to mark the first hundred days of Chandrayaan-I. The scientists include representatives from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

Climate Change: Some Chilling Facts

Where London: United KingdomFebruary 5, 2009 : All of Europe and much of North America experienced very chilly weather and battled snow and ice through most of January. Snowfall of unexpected proportions hit Madrid, Spain, and severe storms blew across France, U.K., Germany, and Northern Italy.Since February 2, 2009 the U.K. has seen unusual amounts of snowfall. By...

World Economic Forum Davos 2009 Begins On Gloomy Note

Where: Davos,SwitzerlandJanuary 28, 2009: The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, began on January 28, 2009 and will conclude on February 1, 2009. The theme of this year's meet is 'Shaping the Post-Crisis World'. There are around 2,600 delegates, including political and business leaders from all over the world participating in...

‘Ibuki’ : Japan’s ‘Green’ Monitor Orbits the Earth

Where: Tokyo, JapanJanuary 23, 2009 : A space centre in Tanegashima, a remote island about 970 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, today launched the first satellite designed to monitor carbon dioxide emissions. It is named 'Ibuki', which means 'breath'. The satellite has sensors which can measure light reflected from earth, and gauge the density of carbon dioxide and methane....

UN Conference on Climate Change

Where: Poznan, PolandDecember 13, 2008 : Global warming affects everyone. Finally, after years of negotiations, most countries in the world have agreed to work together to reduce how much they pollute the Earth's environment. The United Nations Climate Change Conference began here on December 1, 2008 with delegates from 190 countries. Their target: to reach a global...

Death Sentence for Makers of Killer Baby Milk in China

Where: Shijiazhuang, ChinaJanuary 22, 2009 : The Sanlu Group is the largest producer of baby milk powder in China. The toxic substance melamine, which is used in the manufacture of resins, was added to raw milk so that it would appear to be higher in protein content. Six babies died as a result of drinking the milk...

Somdev Devvarman : India’s New Tennis Star

Where: Chennai, IndiaJanuary 11, 2009 : At the 2009 Chennai Open tennis meet, the first ATP* tournament of the season, India's Somdev Devvarman established himself as the country's top singles tennis player. He reached the finals of the tournament, beating two-time Chennai Open former champion and world number 42, Spain's Carlos Moya, and world number 25 Ivo...

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