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posted on 27 September 2016

Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Mixed, Europa Water Plumes, All About The Debate, Putin Reacts To Debate, Oblivious Students, India Rocket Success, China Profits Surge And More

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Early Bird Headlines 27 September 2016

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.








  • Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science (Scientific American) Two weeks ago, Scientific American asked for your help in grading the presidential candidates on their answers to 20 questions about various aspects of scientific endeavor. The questions were refined by a group of scientific institutions representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, with nonprofit organization as the facilitator. The panel gives flunking grades to 3 candidates (95 max possible): Stein 38, Johnson 30, and Trump 7. Clinton gets a "D" (64).

  • Politically-Challenged: Texas Tech Edition (YouTube) Many college students are oblivious to the real world but very up-to-the-minute on entertainment facts and personal information about entertainers. Don't think that Texas Tech has untypically dumb students - these same questions asked on other major university campuses yields very much the same results.



  • Aleppo has become a 'ghost city' (CNN) Over 200 air strikes hit the rebel-held city of Aleppo over the weekend, killing more than 100 people and injuring hundreds more, according to Ammar al-Selmo, the head of the Syria Civil Defense group, a volunteer emergency medical service. On Sunday, top UN officials described the Syrian regime's brutal offensive against areas of the besieged northern city of Aleppo as "barbaric." Following the collapse of a short-lived, US and Russia-brokered ceasefire, Syrian forces pounded eastern Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 300 others, an activist group reported. Medical organizations are fully stretched and options are running out fast.

Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi women file petition to end male guardianship system (BBC News) A petition signed by more than 14,000 Saudi women calling for an end to the country's male guardianship system is being handed to the government. Women must have the consent of a male guardian to travel abroad, and often need permission to work or study. Support for the first large-scale campaign on the issue grew online in response to a trending Twitter hashtag. Activist Aziza Al-Yousef told the BBC she felt "very proud" of the campaign, but now needed a response.


  • PSLV Rocket aces first Multi-Orbit Mission, delivers eight International Satellites (Spaceflight 101) Hat tip to Sanjeev Kulkarni. India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at 3:42 UTC on Monday 26 September on a record-setting mission to deliver eight international satellites to two different orbits. Monday's PSLV mission was setting a pair of records for India's workhorse rocket - a) it was the first multi-orbit mission in the launcher's 23-year career, creating an unprecedented ascent duration of two hours and 15 minutes; and b) it marked the first time PSLV flew five times in a calendar year. The Indian Space Research Organization was able to ramp up the PSLV launch rate in recent years to allow the vehicle to become a workhorse for Indian missions to all types of orbits and beyond Earth as well as commercial flights with international customers. Multi-orbit capability was deemed a critical capability to make PSLV even more competitive on the international market with each mission customizable for multiple customers.


  • Chinese officials cautious despite three-year record industrial profits (City A.M.) China's industrial firms grew profits at the fastest rate in three years during August. Profits for the month in the world's second-largest economy grew by 19.5% to 535 billion yuan (£62 billion, $80 billion) according to data released by the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) - the best monthly growth since August 2013. The growth was bolstered by a low base experienced in August 2015.

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