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Supreme Court Rejects Plea to Reconsider Obama’s Immigration Plan

The Obama administration had argued that a matter of such importance should be resolved by a nine-member court.

Advance in low-cost clean energy generation

A substantial advance in generating electricity has now been realized through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials. By combining concentrating solar power -- which converts light into heat that is then used to generate electricity -- with segmented thermoelectric legs, made up of two different thermoelectric materials, each working at different temperature ranges, researchers said they have demonstrated a promising new alternative solar energy technology.

Russia Withdraws From Plutonium Disposal Treaty

Citing a “radically changed environment” of hostility and threats, President Vladimir V. Putin abrogated a 2000 pact on the disposal of plutonium.

Durham relegated to Division Two after financial issues as Hampshire are reinstated

Durham are relegated from Division One in the County Championship over financial issues, with Hampshire reinstated. Source: BBC

New large prehistoric shark discovered

Megalolamna paradoxodon is the name of a new extinct shark described by an international research team who based their discovery on fossilized teeth up to 4.5 centimeters (1.8 inches) tall found from the eastern and western United States (California and North Carolina), Peru and Japan.

Forest inventory: Unmanned helicopters on a data collection mission

In many forests, the collection of information pertaining to the wood remains neglected, due to a shortage of specially trained personnel, specific expertise, funding, or appropriate technology. A new project aims to put small, unmanned helicopters to work, measuring the parameters for the forest inventory.

Community-led marine reserve sees lobsters thrive

The first and only fully-protected marine reserve in Scotland is proving highly beneficial for marine conservation and fisheries, with lobsters more than doubling in numbers and increasing in size.

The value of marine waste

Scientists are using squid, fish and algae waste to obtain new materials. This line of research is offering a fresh take on plastics aligned with the principles of the circular economy, which is based on preserving and improving natural capital by controlling finite stocks and balancing the flows of renewable resources. In this context, the group's research is highlighting, in particular, the upgrading of industrial by-products or waste through processes that minimize the use of resources, both material and energy ones, to obtain competitive, sustainable products.

Desalinating (and drinking) seawater: Towards novel desalination membranes with enhanced performance

An innovative way to improve the performance of desalination membranes has been revealed by researchers. In the future, membranes for reverse osmosis manufactured with these novel criteria could desalinate seawater with significantly reduced costs

Death Penalty Loses Majority Support for First Time in 45 Years

A recent poll shows that only 49 percent of Americans support capital punishment, down from a peak of 80 percent in 1994.

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Immigrant kids’ shelter seeks staff with military policing experience

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Pompeo: U.S. will respond to Khashoggi case after Saudi probe

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he told President Trump on Thursday that Saudi Arabia should be given a few more days to complete its investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before the U.S. decides "how, or if" to respond.