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Britain Invests 100 Million Pounds in Ai Research, Regulation

Britain Invests 100 Million Pounds in Ai Research, RegulationLondon, 6 Feb (ONA) --- The United Kingdom announced a £100 million ($125 million) investment to establish nine new artificial intelligence (AI) research hubs and enhance regulator training in technology.Approximately £90 million will fund hubs focusing on AI applications in healthcare, chemistry, and mathematics, including collaboration with the US on responsible AI.Another £10 million will support regulators in addressing AI risks across sectors like telecoms, healthcare, finance, and education.Britain previously ...

Ocean Heatwaves Could Affect Global Food Supplies: Study

Ocean Heatwaves Could Affect Global Food Supplies: StudyCanberra, 5 Feb (ONA) --- A comprehensive 12-year study led by Australia’s CSIRO reveals that marine heatwaves are reshaping the foundation of the marine food chain, potentially disrupting global ecosystems and food supplies.Focusing on microorganisms at the base of the marine food chain, the research identifies that tiny phytoplankton species are developing smaller cells, impacting their consumption by larger animals.Lead author Mark Brown emphasizes the study's global relevance, pointing out that marine heatwaves affect ...

Over 110 Dead in Chile’s Wildfires

Over 110 Dead in Chile’s Wildfires Santiago, 5 Feb (ONA) --- At least 112 people were killed by forest fires which raged across central Chile over the past three days, as officials extended curfews in the cities most heavily affected by the blazes.The fires began in mountainous forested areas around Viña del Mar which are hard to reach but moved on to densely populated neighbourhoods in the city. According to officials, the fires have already burnt through 8,000 hectares of forest and urban areas. ---Ends/Thuraiya/Anas ...

Forest Fires Kill 51 in Chile

Forest Fires Kill 51 in ChileSantiago, 4 Feb (ONA)--- Forest fires in central Chile have claimed the lives of at least 51 people, with the death toll expected to rise, as emergency services struggle to contain flames encroaching on urban areas. The Valparaiso region, housing nearly one million inhabitants, is shrouded in black smoke, and firefighting efforts, employing helicopters and trucks, are underway. Particularly affected is the coastal tourist city of Vina del Mar, where rescue teams face challenges reaching impacted zones. While wildfires are common during Chile's ...

IAEA Validates Fukushima Treated Water Discharge Adherence to Safety Standards

IAEA Validates Fukushima Treated Water Discharge Adherence to Safety StandardsTokyo, 31 Jan (ONA)---The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has declared Japan's release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea as compliant with international safety standards.In its first full report since the water release commenced last summer, the IAEA's task force, including officials and experts from 11 countries, reviewed facilities and engaged with stakeholders.Japan views the wastewater disposal as a crucial step in decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi ...

Astronomers Uncover Mysterious 'Old Smoker' Stars in Milky Way's Core

Astronomers Uncover Mysterious 'Old Smoker' Stars in Milky Way's CoreLondon, 31 Jan (ONA) --- Astronomers conducting a decade-long survey of the night sky have uncovered a new type of star near the center of the Milky Way, dubbed "old smokers."These aging giants remain inactive for decades, fading until nearly invisible before emitting clouds of smoke and dust.Detected through infrared observations of nearly a billion stars, the findings, detailed in four studies published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, challenge previous notions about the distribution of ...

Moon Shrinking, Experiencing Unprecedented Quakes: Study

Moon Shrinking, Experiencing Unprecedented Quakes: StudyWashington, 29 Jan (ONA) --- A recent NASA study reveals that the moon has undergone a significant contraction, shrinking more than 150 feet in circumference over the past few hundred million years as its core cools.Published on January 25, the study explains that this continuous shrinkage has led to the development of faults, resulting in moonquakes.The phenomenon is comparable to the Earth's fault lines, making human exploration challenging.The research, conducted by NASA, the Smithsonian, Arizona State University, and ...

International Conference for Floral Artists Launched at the National Museum

International Conference for Floral Artists Launched at the National Museum Muscat, 28 Jan (ONA) --- The International Conference for Floral Artists began its main events at the National Museum here today. The Museum organises the conference in collaboration with the World Association for Floral Artists (WAFA). This unique event, celebrating flowers, will continue for four days and involves the participation of over (18) countries. It features artists and enthusiasts worldwide in the art of flower arrangement. The conference aims to promote the art of flower ...

Two Volcanos Erupt in Indonesia

Two Volcanos Erupt in Indonesia Bandung, 21 Jan (ONA) --- Mount Lewotobi Laki-laki in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, experienced another eruption today. The eruption was accompanied by an ash column height observed at around 700 meters above the peak or 2,284 meters above sea level. Mount Lewotobi is now at Level IV (Alert) status. This volcano, with a height of 1,703 meters above sea level, is currently the most active volcano in Indonesia. People were advised not to carry out activities within a 5 kilometer radius of the eruption center. In addition, activities are ...

Study Signals Climate Concerns Over Current CO2 Levels Compared to Ancient Times

Study Signals Climate Concerns Over Current CO2 Levels Compared to Ancient Times Washington, 14 Jan (ONA) --- A comprehensive study analyzing rock records spanning 66 million years reveals alarming insights into Earth's climate future.The research, published in the journal Science, indicates that the last time carbon dioxide levels were comparable to today's human-induced levels was 14 million years ago, a longer timeframe than previously believed.Over 80 researchers from 16 countries collaborated for seven years on the study, highlighting the profound impact of greenhouse gases on ...

Marapi Volcano Erupts Again in Indonesia

Marapi Volcano Erupts Again in IndonesiaJakarta, 14 Jan (ONA) --- Indonesia's Marapi volcano erupted today, releasing ash up to 1,300 meters from the peak, just six weeks after a deadly eruption in December.The country's geological agency reported at least two eruptions, urging the evacuation of people within 4.5 km of the eruption center. With the risk of lava flows in rivers and valleys, the agency is taking precautions.In December, over 20 people lost their lives in Marapi's eruption. Indonesia, situated in the seismically active "Pacific Ring of Fire," faces frequent volcanic ...

At least 22 People Died in Gold Mine Collapse

At least 22 People Died in Gold Mine CollapseDodoma, 14 Jan (ONA) --- At least 22 people were killed when a small gold mine collapsed in northern Tanzania after heavy rains, officials said.Tanzania is the fourth largest gold producer in Africa after South Africa, Ghana and Mali, Beta news agency writes. ---Ends/Thuraiya/Anas ...

Giant Ancient Ape Species Extinction Linked to Climate Change

Giant Ancient Ape Species Extinction Linked to Climate ChangeCanberra, 14 Jan (ONA) --- An ancient species of great ape was likely driven to extinction hundreds of thousands of years ago when climate change put their favourite fruits out of reach during dry seasons, scientists reported in study published in ‘Nature’. The species, Gigantopithecus blacki, which once lived in southern parts of the People’s Republic of China, represents the largest great ape known to scientists—standing 3 meters tall and weighing up to 295 kilograms.The study suggests that the ape's size became a ...

China Constructs Antarctic Outpost for Ross Sea Ecosystem Study

China Constructs Antarctic Outpost to Study Ross Sea Ecosystem Beijing, 24 Jan (ONA) --- The People’s Republic of China completes construction on its fifth Antarctic research station, positioned on the west coast of the pristine Ross Sea.The facility, covering 5,200 square meters on Inexpressible Island, is equipped to host 80 researchers in summer and 30 in winter.Focused on studying the Ross Sea's untouched marine ecosystem, the station will contribute valuable data on energy exchange, marine life, and global climate change.The Ross Sea region boasts the world's largest marine ...

Volcano Erupts in Iceland Endangering Whole Village

Volcano Erupts in Iceland Endangering Whole VillageReykjavik, 14 Jan (ONA) --- A volcano erupted in southwest Iceland today, posing an immediate threat to a nearby small fishing town although it had been evacuated earlier and no people were in danger, authorities said.Early-morning video footage from the site showed fountains of molten rock spewing from fissures in the ground, the bright orange lava flow glowing against the dark sky.The eruption began early today north of the town of Grindavik, which the previous day had been evacuated for the second time in a month over fears that ...

At Least 34 Dead After Mudslide Covers Highway in Colombia

At Least 34 Dead After Mudslide Covers Highway in ColombiaBogotá, 24 Jan (ONA) --- Officials were scrambling to free survivors after a mudslide brought on by heavy rains in northwest Colombia killed at least 34 people and injured dozens on a busy highway.The mudslide, covered a roadway that connects the cities of Quibdo and Medellin in the Pacific province of Choco, authorities said in a statement.Rescuers and canines from across Colombia were dispatched to the scene to search for injured people, the statement added. Mud had completely engulfed several cars on the ...

Volcano Erupts on South-western Japanese Island

Volcano Erupts on South-western Japanese IslandTokyo, 14 Jan (ONA) --- A volcano has erupted on the remote island of Suwanosejima in southwestern Japan, the Japanese government said early today.The government later issued a level 3 volcanic alert - out of 5 - for Suwanosejima, restricting the entrance to dangerous areas surrounding the volcano. ---Ends/Thuraiya/Anas ...

Winter Storms Dump Snow on Both US Coasts

Winter Storms Dump Snow on Both US Coasts Boston, 8 Jan (ONA) --- A major winter storm bringing heavy snow and freezing rain to some communities spread across New England in the United States, sending residents scurrying for their shovels and snowblowers to clear sidewalks and driveways. Winter storm warnings and watches were in effect throughout the US Northeast, and icy roads made for hazardous travel as far south as North Carolina. The Northeast snow came as a Sierra Nevada storm packing heavy snow shut down a stretch of interstate and briefly knocked out power to ...

Flights Cancelled as Regulator Grounds Boeing 737 Max 9s over Blowout

Flights Cancelled as Regulator Grounds Boeing 737 Max 9s over Blowout New York, 7 Jan (ONA) --- Thousands of passengers face flight cancellations after major US airlines grounded dozens of Boeing jets after a mid-flight blowout over Oregon. The US aviation regulator said 171 Boeing 737 Max 9s must be grounded for checks after part of an Alaska Airlines plane's fuselage fell off last Friday. Alaska said flight disruptions are expected to last into next week. United Airlines has grounded 79 planes. Disruptions are likely to primarily affect flights in the US, ...

Fire Destroys JAL Plane after Collision with Coast Guard Aircraft at Tokyo; 5 Dead

Fire Destroys JAL Plane after Collision with Coast Guard Aircraft at Tokyo; 5 Dead Tokyo, 2 Jan (ONA) --- All 379 passengers and crew of a Japan Airlines (JAL) plane miraculously escaped from a fire following a collision with a Japan Coast Guard aircraft at Tokyo's Haneda airport today, but local media said five of the coast guard plane crew had died. The coast guard said the collision involved one of its planes that was headed to Niigata airport on Japan's west coast to deliver aid to those caught up in a powerful earthquake that struck on New Year's Day. Five of ...

Powerful Earthquakes Leave at Least 48 Dead, Destroy Buildings in Japan

Powerful Earthquakes Leave at Least 48 Dead, Destroy Buildings in Japan Tokyo, 2 Jan (ONA) --- A series of powerful earthquakes hit western Japan, leaving at least 48 people dead and damaging thousands of buildings, vehicles and boats. Local officials today warned people in some areas to stay away from their homes because of a risk of more strong quakes. Aftershocks continued to shake Ishikawa prefecture and nearby areas a day after a magnitude 7.6 temblor slammed the area yesterday (Monday). Forty-eight people were confirmed dead in Ishikawa, officials said. ...

Optimism Linked to Poor Financial Decision-Making: Study

Optimism Linked to Poor Financial Decision-Making: StudyLondon, 31 Dec (ONA) --- A new study from the University of Bath suggests that excessive optimism is associated with lower cognitive skills and can result in poor decision-making, especially in financial matters.Published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the research indicates that individuals with high cognitive ability tend to be more realistic and pessimistic about the future.Dr. Chris Dawson of the University's School of Management explains that low cognitive ability leads to self-flattering biases, with ...

Storm Gerrit Damages Houses, Cuts Power as it Batters Northern UK

Storm Gerrit Damages Houses, Cuts Power as it Batters Northern UKLondon, 28 Dec (ONA) --- A storm that battered the United Kingdom with high winds and heavy snow damaged houses, cancelled trains and left thousands of people without electricity today across Scotland and parts of northern England.Workers dealt with wind speeds of 80 miles per hour in some coastal areas of Scotland as they tried to restore power to households and businesses that were cut off when falling branches and other debris hit utility lines.More than 31,000 homes were reconnected, but about 14,000 others remained ...

Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills More Than 40 in Liberia

Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills More Than 40 in Liberia Monrovia, 28 Dec (QNA) --- At least 40 people were killed in a fuel tanker explosion following an accident in central Liberia. The accident occurred 130 kilometers from the capital, Monrovia, after a tanker loaded with gasoline fell into a hole in a road and caught fire. Local sources said that it is difficult to determine the number of victims now, but initial estimates indicate that at least 40 people were killed. "There were lots of people that got burned," police said. Police added that after the crash, some ...

Ecosystem Benefits Expected to Go Down 9% by 2100: Study

Ecosystem Benefits Expected to Go Down 9% by 2100: StudyCalifornia, US, 26 Dec (ONA) --- A new study led by scientists at the University of California and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego warns that the effects of climate change could lead to a 9% decline in ecosystem benefits to humanity by 2100.The research suggests that climate change-induced alterations to vegetation, rainfall patterns, and higher carbon dioxide levels could result in an average of 1.3% reduction in gross domestic product (GDP) across all countries that are analyzed.The study emphasizes that the ...

Beijing Sees Most hours of Sub-freezing Temperatures in December Since 1951

Beijing Sees Most hours of Sub-freezing Temperatures in December Since 1951 Beijing, 25 Dec (ONA) --- Beijing recorded the most hours of sub-freezing temperatures in December in more than seven decades as a cold wave has enveloped northern and central swathes of China, bringing snowstorms and record-breaking temperatures. A weather observatory in the Chinese capital as of Sunday had recorded more than 300 hours of sub-freezing temperatures since 11 December – the most since records began in 1951, according to the official newspaper “Beijing Daily”. The city ...

Beijing Records Longest Cold Wave in Modern History

Beijing Records Longest Cold Wave in Modern HistoryBeijing, 25 Dec (ONA) --- Beijing recorded its longest cold wave since records began in 1951 as the biting temperatures and snowfall experienced in the capital of the People’s Democratic Republic of China and elsewhere began to ease.The temperature recorded at Beijing’s Nanjiao weather station rose to above zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time in days, Beijing Daily reported.“Since temperature first dropped to below zero degrees on December 11, the temperature had remained below that line for more ...

Furnace Explosion at Nickel Plant in Indonesia Kills 13

Furnace Explosion at Nickel Plant in Indonesia Kills 13 Jakarta, 24 Dec (ONA) --- A smelting furnace exploded today at a nickel plant on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, killing at least 13 workers and injuring dozens of others. The plant is owned by a Chinese company. It was the latest of a series of deadly incidents at nickel smelting plants in Indonesia that are part of China’s ambitious transnational development program known as the Belt and Road Initiative. Nickel is a key component in global battery production for electric vehicles. At least four Chinese and ...

Iceland Volcano Erupts on Reykjanes Peninsula

Iceland Volcano Erupts on Reykjanes PeninsulaReykjavik, 19 Dec (ONA) --- A volcano has erupted on the Reykjanes peninsula in south-west Iceland, following weeks of intense earthquake activity.The Icelandic Met Office reported that the eruption commenced north of the town of Grindavik.Approximately 4,000 residents were evacuated from Grindavik last month, a fishing town located about 4 km away.The region around the capital, Reykjavik, has been on high alert for volcanic activity since late October, marked by a surge in earthquake occurrences. ---Ends/Thuraiya/AG ...

Death Toll Rises in China Gansu Province Earthquake to at Least 126

Death Toll Rises in China Gansu Province Earthquake to at Least 126Beijing, 19 Dec (ONA) --- At least 126 people have been killed after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit a remote and mountainous county in the northwestern province of Gansu in the People’s Democratic Republic of China.The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck just before midnight on Monday, injuring hundreds, damaging roads and knocking out power and communication lines in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, officials and Chinese media reports said.Emergency workers searched for the missing in collapsed buildings and at least ...