December 31, 2019

Prince William launches Earthshot Prize to solve Earth’s environmental problems over the next decade

RomoloTavani/iStock(LONDON) -- Prince William is looking ahead to the next decade with a plan to solve some of the world's biggest environmental problems. William, the Duke of Cambridge, unveiled on Tuesday a new initiative called the Earthshot Prize, described by Kensington Palace as "the most prestigious environment prize in history." The multimillion-dollar prize will be awarded to five winners per year over the next 10 years, according to Kensington Palace. The goal is to encourage "Ear..
December 31, 2019

Iraqi protesters march on US embassy, torch guardhouse to protest airstrikes

CT757fan/iStock(BAGHDAD) -- Hundreds of angry mourners have advanced on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad to protest the deadly U.S. airstrikes this week. Photos from the scene show a compound sentry box had been set on fire by protesters, and footage shows the crowd waving yellow militia flags and chanting, with several cars parked outside in the street. President Donald Trump responded to the protests on Twitter Tuesday, saying, "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly respo..
December 31, 2019

Chinese scientist who reportedly ‘gene-edited’ babies sentenced to prison

DanHenson1/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Chinese scientist who used gene-editing technology to create the world's first genetically-edited babies has been sentenced to three years in prison, according to Xinhua, China's tightly controlled state run news organization. He Jiankui prompted outrage in the scientific community last year when he announced that he had used a gene-editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9 to edit two embryos in order to make them resistant to HIV. In addition to twin gi..
December 30, 2019

Thousands of people at risk as Australia wildfires spread

Erin Donalson/iStock(VICTORIA, Australia) -- A heatwave bringing scorching temperatures exceeding 104 degrees Fahrenheit and extreme winds are fueling the already deadly bushfires racing across large swathes of the Australian state of New South Wales. The dangerous fires are now spreading in the neighboring state of Victoria, affecting tens of thousands of people. Roughly 30,000 residents and tourists were ordered to evacuate the popular holiday region of East Gippsland, Victoria, on Sunday but ..