Since at least the time of the Greek philosophers, humans have speculated about the existence of other worlds. Today we know our night sky is literally teeming with exoplanets—planets that orbit the stars outside our solar system. And it was with great excitement that the world greeted the announcement on Aug. 24 that scientists haddetected a planet orbiting not just any star, but the star nearest to our own sun, Proxima Centauri.
Giant pandas are no longer considered endangered, according to theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
There’s been an outcry on social media after a small group of Chinese diners were charged 3,250 British pounds or 4,321 US dollars for a meal that would apparently normally have cost ‘tens of pounds.’
In just 10 days, an outpouring of support has resulted in tens of thousands of users to donate more than 225,000 yuan (about $33,727 US) to fund a Great Wall preservation project conducted through online fundraising, which is the first attempt of its kind in China’s heritage preservation efforts.
Philippine officials say Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Barack Obama have met informally in the Laotian capital of Vientiane.
The Australian government has said that it is seeking at least 120 million Australian dollars, or about $90 million, from the owners of a Chinese coal ship that allegedly damaged part of the Great Barrier Reef.