Top News Stories of 2013

Top News Stories of 2013

Top News Stories
of 2013

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" It is dangerous not to innovate "

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John Tyner

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Jean Stapleton - May
Esther Williams - June
Dr Kenneth G. Wilson - June
Doug Engelbart - July
David Frost - September
Tom Clancy - October
Scott Carpenter - October
Nelson Mandela - December
Peter O'Toole - December
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USA Politics

An Army judge in July acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy by disclosing a trove of secret U.S. government documents to Wikileaks, a striking rebuke to military prosecutors who argued that the largest leak in U.S. history had assisted al-Qaeda.

April 15 - Two explosions kill 2 people and injured 260 at the Boston Marathon sending the US into the shock of a terrorist attack.

Obama loses his fight to strenghen the US gun laws.

President Barack Obama in mid January launched the most sweeping effort to curb U.S. gun violence in nearly two decades, announcing a $500 million package that sets up a fight with Congress over bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines just a month after a shooting in Connecticut killed 20 school children.



The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown.

Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle which they combined to make a patty.

Scientists have discovered new evidence that an extraplanetary body came down over Canada around 12,900 years ago, possibly triggering the death of the giant animals then roaming the North American continent, and starting a cooling spell that helped

Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat.

U of T engineers make history with first human-powered helicopter and win Skorsky $250,000 prize

World’s oldest water bubbling into Northern Ontario mine

The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US.

Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects.

This "robo-fly", built from carbon fibre, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic "muscles" to power its wings

Ants know when an earthquake is about to strike, researchers have discovered. Their behavior changes significantly prior to the quake and they resume normal functioning only a day after it.

Physicists say they are now confident they have discovered a long-sought subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson.which is why matter has mass.



At the end of December, a stock rally propels Dow industrials to 50th record-high at the close of the 2013.

 In a CBS 60 minutes report, reported that they are working on a drone delivery system for packages purchased. 

Housing prices in the US start to rise as the US economy starts to show positive signs of turning around.

Mid July Detroit is facing more than $18 billion on debt and unfunded liabilities and has officially filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

The Greek parliament has passed a bill which will see 15,000 state employees lose their jobs by the end of next year.



Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that an estimated 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of tritium from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean since May 2011. Such a leak will damage the fish in the ocean and drinking water. 

Explosive growth in Japan and China drives annual solar photovoltaic demand above 35 gigawatts. 

Photovoltaic solar installations in the United States soared 76 per cent to more than 3.3 gigawatts in 2012, helped in part by the completion of a number of large-scale utility projects in the West


China on December 14 successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

Inspired by the meteor that took everyone by surprise when it exploded over Russia and informed by the recommendations of astronauts, the U.N.’s General Assembly approved plans to set up an international body to protect Earth from wayward space rocks.

The Mars Curiosity Rover found that about one part in every 50 of Mars' soil is made up of water.

NASA's long-lived Voyager probe crossed into interstellar space last year, becoming the first man-made object to leave the solar system after being launched from earth 36 years ago.

Mid June China's latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off on a 15-day mission to dock with their space lab and educate young people about science

New view of Big Bang’s afterglow shows universe is even older than we thought by 80 million years

Mars once had all the right conditions to support living microbes, suggests a chemical analysis by the Curiosity rover.

Mid February, a meteor that scientists estimate weighed nine tonnes streaked at supersonic speed over Russia's Ural Mountains, setting off blasts that injured some 1100 people and frightened countless more.

Astronomers hunting for Earth-like planets now have many places to look. A new estimate released suggested the Milky Way galaxy is home to at least 17 billion planets similar in size to our planet.
Health Diabetes cases hit record 382 million worldwide

Researchers in Canada have been able to communicate with a man who has been trapped in a vegetative state for more than a decade after a devastating car accident damaged his brain.

Men who had been treated with surgery or radiotherapy for the disease were given a capsule containing essence of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli.

At the end of a six-month trial, their PSA levels - a protein which is an indicator of the cancer - were 63 per cent lower than those who took a placebo.

A Mayo Clinic study shows that smoke-free workplace laws are associated with about one-third fewer heart attacks.

Melanoma is able to fend off the body's immune system, UK researchers have found

Researchers have recently narrowed down a molecule that will force the initiation of the body’s already present tumor destroying abilities, causing cancerous cells to die but not effecting healthy tissue in trials on mice.


Early November and the largest recorded typhoon strikes the Phillipines killing 3,500 plus and leaving 6 million people homeless.

New research shows that average summer temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest in the last 44,000 years, and perhaps the highest in 120,000 years 

Global warming 95% likely to be manmade, UN panel says

In the Artic in 2013, there has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles.

The past 50 years average global temperatures have been increasing consistently at a rate of about .15 C per decade.

2012 was one of the 10 warmest years on record globally. The US and Argentina had their warmest year on record.

Sea surface temperature: globally, it was among the 11 warmest on record. Heat in the upper 700 metres of the oceans remained near record levels.

Greenhouse gases: continued to climb, with carbon dioxide reaching a global average of 392.6 parts per million. In some Arctic sites, it reached 400ppm. 

The Chinese government has ordered firms in heavy-polluting industries to cut emissions by 30% by 2017.

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has breached the symbolically important level of 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 5 million years after rising at its fastest rate since records began.

For those who track the weather it was the second coldest start to spring In US history

Early January and temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, cold enough to freeze coastal waters and trap 1,000 ships in ice 

Peace A historic agreement has been reached between Iran and six world powers on limits to Iran’s nuclear program

End of October - Syria has destroyed its chemical weapons production facilities

Mid August,  in Syria many people are killed and injured due to a chemical gas attack which causes the US, Britain, France and other countries to speak out against this type of action. In September, although Obama says that he will not put military boots on the ground he does say that he might strike Syria with guided missiles.  After not getting UN Security council support, Obama said he would ask the congress and the senate for approval to provide a limited attack on Syria.  Russia said they would support a UN resolution that would ask Syria to surrender their chemical weapons to the UN which would be subsequently destroyed if the US would not attack Syria.  Syria said that they would and the US said that they would seriously study if what was proposed could be done. The US and Russia says that they would enforce destroying Syrian chemical weapons by the middle of 2014.

Obama says he plans to reduce nuclear weapons by up to 1/3

Mid February , the North Korean regime broadcast it detonated a miniaturized nuclear device at an underground test site several hours after seismic activity was detected and reported by South Korean, American and Japanese monitoring agencies. The agencies detected an earthquake with a magnitude between 4.9 and 5.2.
Religion End of Februrary - Pope Benedict has decided to resign after serving the Roman Catholic Church for 7 years because of health reasons.  On March 13, the conclave of Cardinals appointed Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as their new Pope Francis.
Internet Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer specialist, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed up to 200,000 classified documents to the press. Details released from the cache have revolved primarily around the NSA mass surveillance program, and to a lesser extent, its counterparts such as the British, Israeli, Canadian, Australian and Norwegian secret service agencies.


There are now more portable phones than the population of the world.


China announces that couples can have a second child if either of the parents is an only child. The change affects a limited group of only-child adults of child-bearing age, many of whom were born under the current one child policy.

Mylène Paquette a Canadian, becomes 1st North American woman to row across North Atlantic solo

There’s a new brew in town that claims to be the strongest beer in the world.
Snake Venom --the latest creation from Scottish-based Brewmeister – has concocted a beer with a whopping 67.5 percent ABV, beating out the former title holder Armageddon made by the same brewery at 65 percent

The number of people suffering from hunger is down from 868 million last year, according to the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2013) report, published by the three Rome-based UN food agencies.  

McDonald's will offer side salads and fruit as an option in its value meals in its bigger markets, and will also begin pushing healthier drinks for its Happy Meals. 

A transportation advocate says driverless cars could be ready for Canadian roads within four years, but nobody seems to be at the wheel to regulate and plan for such vehicles 

Nissan Motor Co plans to offer cars with self-driving technology by 2020

Australia has been named the world's happiest industrialized nation for the third year running, based on criteria including satisfaction, work-life balance, income and housing. Following Australia is Sweden and Canada 

In India - She was raped for over an hour on a moving bus as it drove around New Delhi at night. Even while crossing police checkpoints, its tinted windows hid the horror that was unfolding inside.

The five men and one youth aboard the bus allegedly beat both this young woman, a 23-year-old university student, and her male friend with iron bars before raping her. They even used the bar to violate her — which later led to most of her intestines being removed, and ultimately to her death weeks later.

This rape has awakend India's conscious toward justice and cultural change  for the prevention of rape. The four men were tried for the crime and found guilty. An Indian judge sentenced to death the four men convicted in the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows.


Plans to protect the wages of more than 13,000 farm workers in Wales have been blocked by the UK government



Biggest Disappointments
of the Year

John Boehner speaker of the US House of Representatives who single handly shut down the US economy because of his distaste for President Obama.

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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