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Japan’s Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia

On May 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the seventh meeting of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security in his long quest to advance the reinterpretation of its ‘Pacifist' Constitution and to allow finally for the exercise of Japan's right to collective self-defense.read more

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Firefighters Keep Yosemite Wildfire Far From Sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Yosemite National Park made a new run that firefighters quickly stopped, and containment lines have kept it from threatening some treasured trees that are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.The blaze made a run of about a half-mile in the Crane Creek area Wednesday, park officials said in a statement, but it was brought under control.The fire remained about 10 miles from Merced Grove, one of three Yosemite stands of giant sequoias, …

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300 baby turtles saved: NQ’s Gudjuda Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers celebrate World Ranger Day

Home Hill's Gudjuda Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers are celebrating their one year anniversary today, World Ranger Day (Thursday 31 July).The Rangers have been responsible for helping over 300 baby turtles out to sea and protecting turtle nesting habitats. The Gudjuda Reference Group secured funding for five Indigenous Ranger positions from the Queensland Government

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NASA selects instruments to track climate impact on vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change. A laser-based system from the University of Maryland, College Park, will observe the structure of forest canopy. This instrument will be completed in 2019 and will not cost more than $94 million. A high-resolution multiple wavelength imaging spectrometer …

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This Greedy Kitty Knows Exactly How To Charm His Owner Into Giving Him More Kisses

Every pet owner knows that look. You know, the one that your furry friend gives you when the lil' guy wants something? Well, in this video uploaded to YouTube, a cunning kitty proves he's got that look down, and is using it to collect more kisses (insert evil laugh here). When the cat cocks his head with a twinkle in his eye, his owner turns to mush and gives in to his demand for another kiss. And when that doesn't work, …

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Homeless Man Tearfully Watches As Police Destroy His Shelter

Sam had just one request for police about to destroy the makeshift shelter in the woods he'd built: "Can I watch?" The video above, showing a visibly shaken Sam become teary-eyed as his home of several years crumbles to the ground, is promoting a new documentary shedding light at the current realities of homelessness in America. "Destiny's Bridge," a project sponsored by …

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Clean Power Plan Leads to Healthy Kids

It shouldn't be dangerous to breathe. But, for thousands of kids in Atlanta, just going outside is like a fullback going into a game without a helmet - unhealthy and unsafe. Millions of American kids live in places where the air is so polluted that its not always safe to practice sports, go for a hike, or visit the local park. In fact, Atlanta has one of the worst asthma rates in the country, meaning the dreams of too many kids are at risk of getting sidelined by chronic health problems. As a kid from South Carolina …