Top News Stories of 2015

Top News Stories of 2015
 


Top News Stories
of 2015

Quote of the Year

 

"One of the best ways of
defeating climate change.

Stop inviting 40,000 people to your meetings and having them
fly to the conference "

 

2015 marked the 800th
birthday of the signing of the Magna Carta

 junk,

John Tyner

In reference to the security pat downs taking place at US Airports

 

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Notable Passings

Mario Cuomo - January
Don Herron -  January
 Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah - January
Carl Djerassi - February
Leonard Nimoy - February

Boris Nemtsov - February
B.B. King - May
John F. Nash Jr.- May
 Omar Sharif - July
Flora MacDonald - July
Frances Kelsey - August
Jackie Collins - September
Yogi Berra - September


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USA Politics

 

 

US signs an anti nuclear agreement with Iran but both sides must still get the approval of their respective governments.

 

During the first quarter of 2015, there was racial riots and destroying property in United States triggered by policemen shooting black citizens who appeared defenseless when arrested.

 

Early April, Hillary Clinton announces on line that she will be seeking the Presidency of the United States in their 2016 election.

 Science
Researchers at UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute, in collaboration with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, have figured out how to make graphene into an enhanced superconducting material by “decorating” it with a layer of lithium atoms.

Scientists have discovered that Limpet teeth are the strongest known natural material, much stronger than titanium, Kevlar and even spider silk

A
team of Scottish scientists has made light travel slower than the speed of light.

They sent photons - individual particles of light - through a special mask. It changed the photons' shape - and slowed them to less than light speed.

The photons remained travelling at the lower speed even when they returned to free space.
Economics

 

Russia's economy shrank by 3.7 per cent in 2015 as the country struggled with the low oil price and international sanctions

 

US Federal Reserve increases its interest rate by 1/4 of 1 % at the end of December.  This has been the first time the Fed has raised the interest rate in 10 years.

 

Crude oil price continue at exception low levels with Brent Crude at $37.87 per barrel on December 26, 2015

Greeks in July vote "No" to more austerity, higher taxes, etc... as they try to find a way to support the debt.  

Energy

 

Sustainable energy sources continue to climb as the US and China continue to commit to creating wind and solar sources.

The increase of the accessability of crude oil by the OPEC nations has caused big financial problems for nations who rely heavily on the sale of crude oil like Canada.

Sports
John Beeden, a self-described “Scrawny Old Yorkshireman” from Burlington, Ont., has become the first person to row solo across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in the eastern Australian city of Cairns after 209 days alone at sea.

2014 - 2015 Winners: NFL New England Patriots, NBA Golden State Warriors, NHL Chicago Blackhawks, MLB The Kansas City Royals, CFL Edmonton Eskimos,
Space

Scientists announced that a new dwarf planet has been discovered. It's called V774104, and is about 15.4 billion kilometers from the Sun.

Scientists say that there is water under the surface of Mars.

A Canadian firm has been granted a US patent to build the world's first-ever space 20 km elevator - 20 times the height of the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa - that will also have a tower assisting spacecraft to land and take off

The world gets its first up close pictures of Pluto as the New Horizons satellite passes within 7800 miles from Pluto's surface.

NASA is funding a US-based company that aims to produce breathable oxygen on Mars using organisms such as bacteria or algae to pave the way for manned colonies on the red planet.

NASA has announced evidence that Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, has a saltwater ocean under its icy surface. The ocean seems to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface.

March - NASA spacecraft Dawn arrives near Ceres to explore this dwarf planet.

History books will need to be rewritten after scientists announces that Beagle 2 has been finally been found on Mars, 12 years after it vanished without trace.
Health

 

Calgary researchers find link between energy drinks and diabetes.

 

People who report drinking three to five cups of coffee per day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease, U.S. researchers said.

 

More than half of EU officially bans genetically modified crops.

 

In Montreal they performed the sucessful injection transplant of insulin (islet transplant) producing cells allowing the Type 1 Diabetic patient to be free of using insulin injections to sustain her life.

 

Mid January, Mali's health minister declared the West African nation free of Ebola  following a 42-day period

without a new case of the deadly virus...

 

A University of Calgary study has found that a common ingredient in consumer products can cause hyperactivity in zebrafish.Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make household plastics and epoxy resins, is produced in large quantities around the world.


In response to public concerns, many manufacturers have replaced BPA with a chemical called bisphenol S (BPS), which is often labelled as "BPA-free" and presumed to be safer. But the study's findings suggest that both BPA and BPS can cause alterations in brain development that can lead to hyperactivity in zebrafish.


The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a "paradigm shift" in the fight against the growing resistance to such drugs.Teixobactin has been found to be effective against many common bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, septicemia and Clostridium difficile, and could be available to patients within five years.


Environment

 

Beijing issues first ever "Red Alert" because of the high air pollution in their city.

 

Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change at the Paris climate conference, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.

 

The ozone hole over Antarctica expanded again this year, reaching its fourth-largest extent on record, but scientists say there is no cause for "undue alarm" even though more harmful ultraviolet rays will reach the Earth than in recent years. 

 

Hurricane Patricia strikes the west coast of Mexico with sustained winds of + 200 mph and gusting winds of 245 mph.
in late October.  It is the strongest recorded hurricane ever.  Patricia luckly diminished suddenly as it hit the shore of Mexico and there were no deaths resulting from the storm.

 

7.5 mag earthquake stirkes Nepal killing approximately  8000 people in late April.


Peace
The United Nations Security Council in late December unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process, a rare show of unity among major powers on a conflict that has claimed more than a quarter million lives.

The resolution gives a U.N. blessing to a plan negotiated previously in Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition, and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections.

U.K. votes to launch airstrikes against ISIS in Syria....

ISIS claims responsibility for terriorist attacks killing 14 people in San Beradino California.

At least 27 people were reported dead in Bamako Mali after Malian commandos stormed a hotel seized by Islamist gunmen to rescue 170 people, many of them foreigners, trapped in the building. The jihadist group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack.

Six simutaneous ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris France killing approximately 128 people and injuring 352 people on November 13 sends the world against ISIS after France declares war on ISIS.

A pair of suicide bombings struck southern Beirut on Thursday, killing 43 people and leaving shattered glass and blood on the streets, Lebanese authorities said. At least 239 others were wounded, according to state-run National News Agency.

ISIS downs a Russian airliner by implanting a bomb in the plane killing in excess of 200 people

Approximately 1,000,000  people left Syria, Iraq and other middle east countries to excape the wrath of ISIS. They are heading for mainly Germany and some other European countries which are having a terrible time trying to slow down and shut down the pathways for the refugees to their countries.  Present reports have reported that 3,695 people died iin their attempts to escape.

Almost 60 million people worldwide were forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution at the end of last year, the highest ever recorded number, the U.N. refugee agency said, warning that the situation could deteriorate further.

In late March, the Nigerian army rescued 200 girls and 93 women who had been captured by terror group Boko Haram.

The Nigerian government says 36 towns have been recaptured from the Boko Haram terrorist group since the start of the Nigerian, Nigerien, Chadian and Cameroonian offensive against the terrorist group.

In Paris 12 people including 2 policemen and editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo a French satirical magazine based in Paris were shot by terrorists sending Paris on high security alerts.  Democratic countries responded by condemning terrorists who attacked the freedom of speech and a 3 1/2 million demonstration in Paris supporting the government was held in Paris.
Religion
Pope Francis made an impressive visit to the USA during the fall of 2015.
Internet

In just a year's time, the average American has cut traditional -TV viewing by more than six hours per month

U.S. agency votes to treat internet like a public utility, in line with Canadian rules.

Communications


Six new civic sites in Vancouver are offering free public Wi-Fi as part of a plan to have 43 wireless hot spots at no cost to the city.

According to some communications experts, telephone land line conversation has decreased in favour of texting.

Living

 

Walmart will test drones for home delivery and pickup.  The move comes as Amazon.com Inc, Google and other companies test drones in the expectation that the FAA will soon establish rules for their widespread commercial use.

 

Beijing is awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games with assurances that they will have snow.

 

Ireland is the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular vote.

 

Google’s purpose-built driverless cars have been given the green light to drive on public roads for the first time.

 

A German Airbus 380-211 in March  crashes into the Alps killing 150 on board and the co pilot is blamed for deliberately crashing the airplane while locking the pilot out of the cockpit.

Agriculture


Advanced genomic tools being developed at the University of British Columbia will enable beekeepers to breed a made-for-Canada honeybee better able to resist pests and disease, according to molecular biologist Leonard Foster.

The drought in the western United States continued causing high consumer prices for food prices.

Entertainment


Hollywood launches its new movie  'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in late December and breaks attendance revenue records.

Academy award for best picture went to "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Biggest Achievements
of the Year


The sending and publishing by NASA of images of the planet Pluto back to earth completing man-made satellites to visit all the planets in the Solar System.

The signing of an anti nuclear proliferation agreement with Iran which should keep the world safe from a nuclear war with the Middle east for at least 10 years.

It seems that order to survive today we need to have:
clean air, clean water, organically grown food, shelter, clothing, communications,
financial planners, entertainment, education, security, insurance
- what next?

Ask people living in 3rd world countries if they have any of these things
and why they keep smiling 

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Have a Happy 2016 Folks !


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