A former South Korean teacher, Kim Jeong-min was at Narita Airport in Japan this month when he watched a television news report that Samsung Electronics’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was banned on airplanes because it was prone to catching fire.
Mr. Kim, 58, said he had felt humiliated, as if the non-Koreans in the airport lounge were looking at him.
Though he does not own a Galaxy Note 7, his reaction was typical of the intense feelings South Koreans hold toward Samsung, the most dramatic corporate success story to emerge from the country’s transformation from a war-torn agrarian nation to a global economic powerhouse.
“Whether we like it or not, Samsung is to the global market what our national team is in the Olympics,”
In the prosthetic arm event, Radocy and his competitors raced against the clock and each other to complete a series of six tasks ranging from picking up differently shaped objects on a table, to preparing breakfast (including cutting a loaf of bread and using a can opener), to hanging clothes using hangers and clothespins. Radocy says the most challenging task for him involved grasping a handle attached to a metal ring and guiding the ring along an electrified pipe bent to resemble a roller coaster. If the ring touched the pipe, the handle lit up—much like in the board game Operation.
“There's never been a competition like this in history,” Radocy says. “This is the first time these technologies have ever been put on display, one against the other, in the same kind of rigorously defined course.” Judges followed the participants throughout the events and assigned points based on how well they performed.
Methane emissions from global fossil fuel production are up to 60 percent higher than previously estimated according to a large study by NOAA and several universities - increased natural gas production is a major culprit. From a new paper in Nature:
Upward revision of global fossil fuel methane emissions based on isotope database
Stefan Schwietzke, Owen A. Sherwood, Lori M. P. Bruhwiler, John B. Miller, Giuseppe Etiope, Edward J. Dlugokencky, Sylvia Englund Michel, Victoria A. Arling, Bruce H. Vaughn, James W. C. White & Pieter P. Tans
Methane has the second-largest global radiative forcing impact of anthropogenic greenhouse gases after carbon dioxide, but our understanding of the global atmospheric methane budget is incomplete. The global fossil fuel industry (production and usage of natural gas, oil and coal) is thought to contribute 15 to 22 per cent of methane emissions1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 to the total atmospheric methane budget11. However, questions remain regarding methane emission trends as a result of fossil fuel industrial activity and the contribution to total methane emissions of sources from the fossil fuel industry and from natural geological seepage12, 13, which are often co-located. Here we re-evaluate the global methane budget and the contribution of the fossil fuel industry to methane emissions based on long-term global methane and methane carbon isotope records. We compile the largest isotopic methane source signature database so far, including fossil fuel, microbial and biomass-burning methane emission sources. We find that total fossil fuel methane emissions (fossil fuel industry plus natural geological seepage) are not increasing over time, but are 60 to 110 per cent greater than current estimates1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 owing to large revisions in isotope source signatures. We show that this is consistent with the observed global latitudinal methane gradient. After accounting for natural geological methane seepage12, 13, we find that methane emissions from natural gas, oil and coal production and their usage are 20 to 60 per cent greater than inventories1, 2. Our findings imply a greater potential for the fossil fuel industry to mitigate anthropogenic climate forcing, but we also find that methane emissions from natural gas as a fraction of production have declined from approximately 8 per cent to approximately 2 per cent over the past three decades.
Affiliations Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA Stefan Schwietzke, John B. Miller & Victoria A. Arling
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division, Boulder, Colorado, USA Stefan Schwietzke, Lori M. P. Bruhwiler, John B. Miller, Edward J. Dlugokencky, Victoria A. Arling & Pieter P. Tans
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA Owen A. Sherwood, Sylvia Englund Michel, Bruce H. Vaughn & James W. C. White
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Roma 2, Italy Giuseppe Etiope
Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Giuseppe Etiope