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RECENTLY persistently higher temperatures caused by global warming have led glaciers and the polar ice caps to greater-than-average melting. The massive ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica are also melting at an accelerated pace.

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China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, the US, Philippines, Egypt, Brazil, Thailand, Myanmar, and Netherlands are extremely vulnerable – in descending order starting with the country most at risk – by rising oceans as a result of climate change, according to a report from Climate Central, a non-profit organization focusing on climate science. The study showed that these countries have more than 10 million people living on land that would be destroyed should the earth’s temperature rise to 4 degrees Celsius.

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Scientific research indicates sea levels worldwide have been rising at a rate of 0.14 inches (3.5 millimeters) per year since the early 1990s. The trend, linked to global warming, puts thousands of coastal cities, and even whole islands at risk of being claimed by the ocean.

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September 18, 2016. Four participants changed into flight uniforms at an airport in Aichi, Japan. A Japanese venture firm has allowed paying customers to experience what it feels like to travel in space. The fledgling astronauts boarded a small jet and flew over the Sea of Japan at an altitude of almost 9,000 meters. The training flight was organized by PD Aerospace, a company based in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.

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The so-called maker movement of do-it-yourself continues to expand at a global level. Recent technological developments such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, inexpensive software systems, open source microcontroller boards, and more are facilitating the maker movement by making it possible for individuals or small groups to design and build things. There are numerous makerspaces, hackerspaces, TechShops, FabLabs that popped up all over the world where makers can access all types of digital fabrication tools and also meet other people to exchange information and knowledge to turn an idea into a marketable product.

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Brand new islands

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Underwater volcanoes push up rock, wet ash and magma which build new islands. Surtsey island emerged in 1963, about 30 kilometers from the coast of Iceland. The time it would take for a volcano island to become habitable is the time it would take for the rock to weather and form soil and for plants and animals to colonize the island.

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