News you should read today – October 6, 2015

 

 

nobel physics2 Scientists will share Nobel Physics Prize
On Tuesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics to two particle physicists, Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, for their discovery of neutrino oscillations and the resulting evidence that subatomic neutrino particles have mass.

The discovery led to the far-reaching conclusion that neutrinos, which for a long time were considered massless, must have some mass, however small. Now the experiments continue and intense activity is underway worldwide in order to capture neutrinos and examine their properties. New discoveries about their deepest secrets are expected to change our current understanding of the history, structure and future fate of the universe. The two scientists will share the $960,000 prize as well as the honor of winning the same award as Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Niels Bohr. Nobel Prize

 

 

russian troops in syriaSyrian rebels vow to attack Russian as Moscow suggests ground troops
More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups have vowed to attack Russian forces in retaliation for Moscow’s air campaign, in a show of unity among the usually fragmented rebels against what they called the “occupiers” of Syria.

The insurgents’ warning came as the chairman of Russia’s parliamentary defense committee suggested that Russian “volunteer” units could join with forces fighting for Assad. Russia launched its air campaign on Wednesday and claims it is targeting the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front. But many of the strikes appear to have hit western-backed rebel factions. On Monday, Turkey said that its air force had intercepted a Russian fighter plane that had violated the country’s airspace while apparently flying a sortie over Syria. The Guardian

 

 

yemen attack15 people killed in Yemen hotel attack
A rocket-propelled grenade hit Al Qasr hotel in the Yemeni city of Aden that houses members of deposed President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi‘s government. At least 15 people were killed.

The breakdowns of nationalities of the victims are not clear yet, but officials in Yemen said soldiers from the UAE were among the dead. All of the Yemeni government officials were unharmed and were immediately evacuated from the hotel. Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, who lives at the Al Qasr, was part of the first group to be evacuated by helicopter, Transport Minister Badr Basalma told to CNN. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. But Basalma blamed Yemen’s Houthi rebels and militias loyal to ousted President Ali Abdallah Saleh, who preceded Hadi in office. CNN news

 

 

snowdenEdward Snowden‘s ready to go to prison, waiting on answer from US
Edward Snowden says he’s offered “many times” to go to prison in the United States as part of a deal to return from exile in Russia but is still waiting for an answer from the American government.

Former intelligence worker Edward Snowden who leaked documents about top secret mass surveillance programs, revealed himself as the source of documents outlining a massive effort by the NSA to track cell phone calls and monitor the email and internet traffic of virtually all Americans. He has been granted temporary asylum in Russia after initially fleeing to Hong Kong. He has been charged with three felony counts, including violations of the US Espionage Act, over the leaks. CNN News

 

 

south carolina flood13 have died in South Carolina flood and still not over
South Carolina is preparing for the possibility of even more rain as the state copes with the effects of historic flooding. Thirteen people have died since the state was pounded with wet water, and roads, bridges, and homes have been destroyed.

Several dams were breached, sending water pouring into already flooded communities and prompting mandatory evacuations in Richland County. Nineteen dams in the state have failed so far. Streets continue to give way to the relentless rush of water, as much of the state has seen well over two feet of rainfall. More than 500 roads and bridges have been closed, including all roads leading in and out of the city of Manning, cutting off 4,000 people. CBS news