Israel plans to close UNRWA schools in occupied East Jerusalem AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 2:00 pm)

UNRWA accuses Israel of violating 1946 Refugee Convention over its plan to shut agency's schools in East Jerusalem.
Australia's record heatwave worsened by delay in monsoon AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 1:30 pm)

Finally, the wet season is in sight in northern Australia, but the southern heatwave waxes and wanes.
Ask Slashdot: Why Are Scientists Constantly Surprised By What They Discover? Slashdotby EditorDavid on science at January 1, 1970, 1:00 am (cached at January 20, 2019, 1:06 pm)

Slashdot reader dryriver asks about "the sheer number of times scientists consider something to be 'scientifically impossible', are badly disproven by some kind of new finding or discovery a few years later, and then express 'surprise' that 'X is indeed possible'." If you do a Google News search for the keywords "scientists were surprised" or similar, a huge number of science-related news articles contains a passage about "scientists being surprised" by what they discovered. There seems to be a great disparity between the mindset of inventors -- who always try to MAKE new things become possible -- and the mindset of many scientists, who seem unable or unwilling to consider that what "science holds to be true today" may not turn out to be quite so true tomorrow. Here's the question: Why do many scientists, having knowledge of the fact that surprises in science happen all the time, continually express "surprise" when they find something unusual? If surprises in scientific research are so common, why are scientists still "surprised" by "surprise findings"? "The surprising stuff is what we hear about, and there has to be some reason why it is surprising," argues gurps_npc in response to the original submission. "A common answer is that current state of science thinks the surprising stuff was impossible." "The whole premise is flawed," counters long-time reader Martin+S. "Natural skepticism is an essential component of science." And long-time reader UnknownSoldier supplies a one-word answer: "Ego." But how would you answer the question? Share your best thoughts in the comments. Why are scientists constantly surprised by what they discover?

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Syrian air defence repels Israeli attack in south: State media AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 1:00 pm)

Air defence systems thwart Israeli air raid, state media reports, hours after blast rocks capital, Damascus.
Brexit: Trouble in paradise for Britain's overseas territories? AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 12:30 pm)

Some 250,000 Britons live in 14 territories, with many reporting fear and confusion as the Brexit deadline nears.
Has Trump made 'America great again' in two years? AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 12:30 pm)

Donald Trump's time in the White House has been characterised by conflict, disorder and confusion.
Taliban attack in Afghanistan's Logar kills eight security forces AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 12:30 pm)

The car bomb targeted the provincial governor's convoy traveling on the main highway between Logar and Kabul.
US school apologises after students mock elderly Native American AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 12:30 pm)

Catholic school students may face expulsion for their behaviour at Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC.
When world leaders, war victims, activists take #TenYearChallenge AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 12:00 pm)

Iran's Zarif, Turkey's Erdogan, Israel's Netanyahu also figure in viral social media memes highlighting global issues.
Colombia asks Cuba to extradite ELN rebels after bombing kills 21 AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 11:00 am)

Cuba sidesteps Colombia's request to extradite the rebels after Bogota blames the group for Thursday's car bombing.
Beirut summit: Arab nations aim for free trade zone, Syria aid AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 11:00 am)

Leaders aim to agree on joint statement after discussing Arab free trade zone and economic impact of Syrian refugees.
Kenya hotel attack: 'Painful and traumatising' AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 11:00 am)

Survivors describe the al-Shabab attack on a hotel and office complex that killed 21 people.
Photo journalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa killed in Libya AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)(cached at January 20, 2019, 11:00 am)

Acclaimed news photographer was was hit by shrapnel during a new round of clashes in Libya.
Google Criticized Over Its Handling of the End of Google+ Slashdotby EditorDavid on google at January 1, 1970, 1:00 am (cached at January 20, 2019, 10:05 am)

Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein shares his report on how Google is handling the end of its Google+ service. He's describing it as "a boot to the head: when you know that Google just doesn't care any more" about users "who have become 'inconvenient' to their new business models." We already know about Google's incredible user trust failure in announcing dates for this process. First it was August. Then suddenly it was April. The G+ APIs (which vast numbers of web sites -- including mine -- made the mistake of deeply embedding into their sites), we're told will start "intermittently failing" (whatever that actually means) later this month. It gets much worse though. While Google has tools for users to download their own G+ postings for preservation, they have as far as I know provided nothing to help loyal G+ users maintain their social contacts... As far as Google is concerned, when G+ dies, all of your linkages to your G+ friends are gone forever. You can in theory try to reach out to each one and try to get their email addresses, but private messages on G+ have always been hit or miss... And with only a few months left until Google pulls the plug on G+, I sure as hell wouldn't still be soliciting for new G+ users! Yep -- believe it or not -- Google at this time is STILL soliciting for unsuspecting users to sign up for new G+ accounts, without any apparent warnings that you're signing up for a service that is already officially the walking dead! Perhaps this shows most vividly how Google today seems to just not give a damn about users who aren't in their target demographics of the moment. Or maybe it's just laziness. I'd be more upset about this if I actually used Google+ -- but has Google been unfair to the users who do? "[T]he way in which they've handled the announcements and ongoing process of sunsetting a service much beloved by many Google users has been nothing short of atrocious," Weinstein writes, "and has not shown respect for Google's users overall."

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Skywatchers await 'super blood wolf moon' BBC News | Science/Nature | UK Edition(cached at January 20, 2019, 10:00 am)

During the spectacular event, the Earth's natural satellite turns a striking shade of red.