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This computer program makes pharma patents airtight

Routes to making life-saving medications and other pharmaceutical compounds are among the most carefully protected trade secrets in global industry. Building on recent work programming computers to identify synthetic pathways leading to pharmaceutically complex molecules, researchers in Poland and South Korea have unveiled computerized methods to suggest only synthetic strategies that bypass patent-protected aspects of essential drugs. Their work appears Jan. 17, 2019, in the journal Chem.
Tags: South Korea, Science, Poland


Ancient 'Tomb' Unearthed in Guatemala Turns Out to Be Maya Steam Bath

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient steam bath that the Maya likely used for religious rituals -- and possibly relaxation -- more than 2,500 years ago. The steam bath, discovered in the ancient Maya city of Nakum in what is now Guatemala, had fragmented ceramic vessels and obsidian tools in it -- artifacts that were possibly used for rituals, said excavation co-leader Jarosław Źrałka, an assistant professor of New World archeology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. "It is one ...
Tags: Science, Poland, Guatemala, Mesoamerica, Maya, Krakow, Krakow Poland, Jagiellonian University, Nakum, Jarosław Źrałka, Źrałka, Koszkul


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


Huawei's Poland Crisis Threatens to Intensify Spying Concerns

Huawei Technologies Co. cut loose a sales director arrested in Poland on suspicion of espionage, moving swiftly to distance itself from a case that may crystallize fears the telecoms giant helps Beijing spy on Western governments. Chinese’s largest technology company fired Wang Weijing, who was responsible for sales to public sector clients, saying the incident has brought Huawei “into disrepute,” without elaborating.
Tags: Science, Western, Beijing, Poland, Huawei, Huawei Technologies Co, Wang Weijing


Huawei Arrests in Poland Show How Trump Vs. China Tests Europe

Huawei is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use the company’s equipment for spying, something executives have denied. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been pushing European allies to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade with China.
Tags: Europe, Science, European Union, Beijing, Poland, Huawei, U S President Donald Trump


Iran's Zarif calls Iran-focused summit in Poland a 'desperate circus'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland on Friday for jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, calling it a "desperate anti-Iran circus". Earlier on Friday Washington announced that the summit would be held in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the meeting would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the "important element of making sure that I...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Warsaw, State, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, Mike Pompeo


U.S. to host Iran-focused global meeting in Poland February 13-14

The United States plans to jointly host a global conference focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Trump last year withdrew the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and moved to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Trump, U S State Department


Poland Accuses Huawei Employee of Spying for China

Huawei is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use the company’s equipment for spying, something executives have denied. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been pushing European allies to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade with China.
Tags: Science, China, European Union, Beijing, Poland, Huawei, U S President Donald Trump


U.S. to host Iran-focused global summit in Poland Feb. 13-14

The United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News in an interview to air on Friday that the meeting would "focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence." Pompeo said the meeting would "bring t...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Africa, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Fox News, State Department, State, U S State Department, Western Hemisphere, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Chinese Huawei Executive Arrested in Poland Over Spying Charge as Tensions Build

Polish authorities arrested a Chinese executive on Tuesday. The Huawei exec, identified in the Polish and Chinese press as Weijing W. or “Stanislaw Wang,” is charged with spying but details of the allegations have not yet been made public.Read more...
Tags: Science, Poland, Huawei, New Cold War, Ren Zhengfei, Trade War, Meng Wanzhou, Stanislaw Wang, Weijing W, Orange Polska


A Major Climate Treaty to Reduce Air Conditioning Emissions Just Went Into Force—Without the U.S.

While the world was still hungover from the major climate conference in Poland last month, a game-changing climate treaty quietly went into effect. The Kigali Amendment entered into force as the calendar turned to 2019 and with it, the world began to put the clamps down on some of the most potent greenhouse gases on…Read more...
Tags: Science, Air Conditioning, Poland, Kigali, Montreal Protocol, Climate Policy, Trump Administration, Kigali Amendment


An elephant-sized Late Triassic synapsid with erect limbs

Here, we describe the dicynodont Lisowicia bojani, from the Late Triassic of Poland, a gigantic synapsid with seemingly upright subcursorial limbs that reached an estimated length of more than 4.5 meters, height of 2.6 meters, and body mass of 9 tons. Lisowicia is the youngest undisputed dicynodont and the largest nondinosaurian terrestrial tetrapod from the Triassic. The lack of lines of arrested growth and the highly remodeled cortex of its limb bones suggest permanently rapid growth and recal...
Tags: Science, Poland, Lisowicia


Scientists want to name a blind sea creature after Donald Trump

Donald Trump has worked hard during his time in the White House to ignore the clean, dry facts of science.  But science now has a small amount of revenge in the form of an underwater creature named for Trump and his pattern of climate change denial.  SEE ALSO: Moth named after Donald Trump for uncanny resemblance The creature, a four-to-five-inch-long caecilian discovered in Panama, is described as a blind, worm-like amphibian that buries its head in the sand. The little worm species is now nam...
Tags: Science, White House, United States, Poland, Epa, Donald Trump, Panama, Bell, Trump, Donald J Trump, Moth, David Steen, Aidan Bell, Abel Batista Rainforest Trust


The Unbearable Maleness of the UN Climate Talks

KATOWICE, POLAND—Women are underrepresented at UN climate conferences, and this year was no exception. With COP24 concluding on Saturday, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that yet another major round of global decision-making was conducted largely by men.Read more...
Tags: Science, Poland, Un, Gender Equality, Climate Policy, International Policy, Cop24, UN Climate Talks


'Maddening' Climate Talks End in a Weak Agreement That Won't Avert Catastrophe

The world’s governments have reached a new agreement at just-concluded international climate talks. The result could advance the fight to mitigate humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions in order to slow climate change. But activists and scientists say that the negotiations didn’t come anywhere near the significant global…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Poland, Cop24


Nations agree milestone rulebook for Paris climate treaty

Nations on Sunday struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world's most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming. Delegates from nearly 200 states finalised a common rule book designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). "Putting together the Paris agreement work programme is a big responsibility," said...
Tags: Science, Paris, Poland, Un, Michal Kurtyka


Climate Conference Notebook: Climate talks go into overtime

Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland's coal mining district. Eikon subscribers can see a summary here: SATURDAY 0930 GMT The United Nations climate conference in the Polish city of Katowice went into overtime on Saturday after intensive shuttle diplomacy overnight by ministers, negotiators and delegates from nearly 200 countries trying to find common ground on rules to ...
Tags: Science, Paris, United Nations, Poland, Katowice, Eikon


Meet the Activists Who Walked Over 900 Miles to the UN Climate Talks

Joanna Sustento lost her parents, oldest brother, sister-in-law, and 3-year-old nephew to Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. More than 6,000 others died, too. That storm was her first real taste of what climate change would look like for her people in the Philippines.Read more...
Tags: Science, Catholicism, Poland, Climate Justice, Philippines Read, Cop24, UN Climate Talks, Joanna Sustento


Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon UN summit

Nations on Saturday inched towards a deal to implement the Paris climate goals, after all-night negotiations to hammer out a plan to limit global temperature rises exposed a range of conflicts. A senior negotiator told AFP at the COP24 summit in Poland that delegates from nearly 200 nations had reached a "landing zone" of agreement. Delegates at the UN summit, held this year in the Polish mining city of Katowice, must agree on a common rule book to put the pledges nations made in the landmark ...
Tags: Science, Paris, Poland, Un, Afp, Katowice


Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming. The talks in Poland were supposed to end Friday, but Michal Kurtyka, a senior Polish official chairing the negotiations, told delegates to resume talks on a revised draft text at 4 a.m. Saturday (0300 GMT). "Polish Presidency informs that a preliminary version of th...
Tags: Science, Poland, Michal Kurtyka


'The Time For Talk Is Over': Kids Stage Major Strike at UN Climate Talks

You can add kids to the growing chorus of voices calling for dramatic climate action at international talks in Katowice, Poland. Students across Poland staged a climate strike on Friday, just days after 15-year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg issued a blistering speech to the assembled delegates.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Poland, Un, Climate Talks, Katowice Poland, The Kids Are Alright, Greta Thunberg, Cop24


Mention of 'fossil fuels' cut from videos at UN climate talks

Videos produced by environmental groups to be shown to thousands of participants in a major UN climate summit were banned by organisers for mentioning fossil fuels, in a move campaigners say amounts to censorship. AFP has obtained emails sent by the United Nations to NGOs asking them to remove frames referring to "dirty energy" and "pipelines", claiming that they breached the UN climate convention's rules of participation. The COP24 climate talks, which wrap up Friday in Poland, bring together...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Poland, Un, Afp


Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led U.N. talks

Poland's decision to host the negotiations to revive the 2015 Paris agreement on phasing out fossil fuel has laid bare the tension between high-minded goals and business realities. A short drive from the conference venue, at the Silesian region's dozen or so remaining mines, tonnes of freshly dug coal thunder down shoots to be rail-roaded to power plants for carbon-intensive generation. Coal bosses see a need to address climate risk, but say Poland must use thermal coal for electricity until i...
Tags: Science, Paris, Poland


China Accuses Rich Nations of ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Pledges

The comments at a United Nations conference on global warming in Poland spearheaded a push by a group of the 49 Least Developed Countries for clarity on when those promises will be fulfilled. It indicated deepening tensions as the talks that are due to conclude in the industrial city of Katowice on Friday. “Some delegations we are seeing backsliding,” Xie Zhenhua, China’s lead envoy to the talks in Katowice, said at a briefing on Thursday afternoon.
Tags: Science, China, United Nations, Poland, Xie Zhenhua, Katowice


UN climate summit set for tense finale as nations sound alarm

UN talks aimed at averting catastrophic climate change are set to wrap up in Poland Friday after two weeks of heated disputes between rich and poor nations that saw countries most at risk plead for action. Sources close to the COP24 talks told AFP that delegates from nearly 200 nations were still far apart on several issues -- from adopting the latest environmental science to how future climate action is funded. Ministers must agree on a common rule book to make good on promises made by countr...
Tags: Science, Paris, Poland, Un, Afp


Nations still worlds apart at crunch UN climate summit

Nations at UN climate talks were haggling Friday over the world's plan to avert disaster as host Poland dumped a draft decision text on delegates just hours before the summit was due to end. Negotiators told AFP that delegates from nearly 200 nations were still far apart on several crunch issues -- from how the future fight against climate change is funded, to the levels of help given to countries already experiencing its effects. One negotiator told AFP there were "several areas of concern" s...
Tags: Science, Poland, Un, Afp


The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):
Tags: Science, Poland, Katowice Poland


China Accuses Rich Nations of ‘Backsliding’ on Climate Pledges

The comments at a United Nations conference on global warming in Poland spearheaded a push by a group of the 49 Least Developed Countries for clarity on when those promises will be fulfilled. It indicated deepening tensions as the talks that are due to conclude in the industrial city of Katowice on Friday. “Some delegations we are seeing backsliding,” Xie Zhenhua, China’s lead envoy to the talks in Katowice, said at a briefing on Thursday afternoon.
Tags: Science, China, United Nations, Poland, Xie Zhenhua, Katowice


Nations 'face extinction' without instant climate action

Dozens of nations threatened with catastrophe from unchecked climate change warned Thursday they "face extinction" without immediate action to rein in mankind's emissions, as UN climate talks limped towards their conclusion. Representatives from nearly 200 nations are locked in negotiations in Poland over how to make good on the promises they made in the landmark 2015 Paris agreement aimed at limiting global temperature rises. Talks have however hit a wall over a host of disputes ranging from ...
Tags: Science, Paris, Poland, Un


The Latest: Diplomat: Swedish teenager urges climate action

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):
Tags: Science, Poland, Katowice Poland



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