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Sir Edmund Hillary receives honorary doctorate

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Sir Edmund Hillary receives honorary doctorate

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Sir Edmund Hillary at Poland in 2004. Photograph by Mariusz Kubik

Yesterday the first person to climb Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato for his work in the fields of environment, education and humanitarian causes.

Sir Edmund said: “Receiving this so close to home is something special,” as all his other doctorates he had received had all come from other countries. Sir Edmund was born in Auckland and had travelled around Waikato, and in regards to that he said: “It’s a great honour to be here, and I feel that it’s almost home to me.”

Roy Crawford, vice-chancellor of the University of Waikato, said: “The award of honorary doctorate acknowledges Sir Edmund’s outstanding achievements and qualities.”

The university already has a scholarship programme named after Sir Edmund.

Sir Edmund was the first person, along with his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.

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Haze covers Southeast Asia

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Haze covers Southeast Asia

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The haze situation in Southeast Asia has still not subsided, despite efforts by the Indonesian government to douse the flames. In Singapore, the Pollutant Standards Index hit 103, in the unhealthy range, at 8AM (GMT+8); Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is also covered in smoke, with the Air Pollution Index (or Air Quality Index) in the Klang Valley region registering at 103.

The latest pictures from satellites NOAA 12 and NOAA 18 show a combined total of 107 hotspots in Borneo and 89 in Sumatra

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Florida suffers from summerlike conditions ahead of cold front

Florida suffers from summerlike conditions ahead of cold front

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Most of the U.S. state of Florida is sweltering in summerlike heat and humidity ahead of a cold front, which promises to bring down polar air from Canada to cool down the state next week.

A wide swath of Florida has reported temperatures above 90º Fahrenheit (32º Celsius) over the last three days, with heat indices either approaching or topping 100ºF (38º C), with similar conditions persisting into the weekend.

At the Tampa Vandenberg Airport yesterday, few clouds and south-southwest winds pushed the temperature to 93º (34º C), toppling the previous record set for that date (89º in 1993). At the Tampa International Airport, the recorded high was 88º (31º C), just one degree shy of the record set on that date, also in 1993. Record-breaking highs were also witnessed yesterday at the Orlando International Airport: the recorded high was 93º, breaking the record of 91º set back in 1980.

In downtown Jacksonville, the recorded high yesterday was 88º, three degrees shy of the record set in 1980, but still ten degrees higher than the average high for October 19.

Even normally warm Miami flirted with record highs. On October 18, Miami recorded a high of 89º in downtown, one degree shy of the record high set back in 1993. The only part of the state receiving a respite from the high temperatures is the Panhandle, which is already feeling the effects of the nearly stationary cold front.

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Scientists progress towards cloaking device

Scientists progress towards cloaking device

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Scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom have announced that they have invented a way to make things invisible in microwaves. The new mechanism is currently operated by what scientists call “metamaterial” which is a new material that has been created in a laboratory and can decrease the scattering as well as the shadow cast by a specially designed copper cylinder. This means that the cylinder is partially cloaked.

“It’s not exactly perfect — we can do better — but it demonstrates the mechanism, the way the waves swirl around the centre region where you want to conceal things,” said Duke University scientist, David Smith. The findings have been published in the October 19 edition of the journal Science.

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Human remains found five years later at World Trade Center site

Human remains found five years later at World Trade Center site

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Two light rays symbolising the Twin Towers on the 2004 memorial of the September 11 attacks.

More than five years after the 11 September 2001 attacks, human remains from the World Trade Center’s fallen towers have been uncovered at the cross of 29th Street and 11th Avenue in New York City.

Works from Manhattan’s Consolidation Edison found the remains and took them to a natural gas vehicle refueling station, where they called medical examiners to the scene. It is unclear when the remains were found or what condition they are in.

An estimated 2,749 people died as a consequence of the September 11 attacks, and family members of about 1,150 victims still do not know whether the remains of victims have been, or ever will be, found.

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Earthquake measuring 4.5 shakes northern California

Earthquake measuring 4.5 shakes northern California

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A 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered in the northern California city of Cobb struck around 10 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8) on Friday.

According to CalTech’s professor Carlos Sicilia, the earthquake reportedly shook items off store shelves, causing many of them to crash against the floor. There was no immediate report of structural damage or injury.

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California woman sees holy figure in burrito

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California woman sees holy figure in burrito

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A woman in Sacramento, California claims to have spotted the holy figure of Jesus Christ in her burrito.

Valencia Phillips said that, while she was very hungry and actually not very religious, she didn’t dare bite into the chimichanga bearing the holy mark. “I’ve had an amazing, amazing experience. It’s been something else,” Phillips said.

It is not currently known what will become of the burrito.

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