Nov 18, 2016

Chinese astronauts return from longest mission

China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power’s longest-ever orbital mission in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions. China’s state broadcaster CCTV showed the return capsule’s separation from the Tiangong-2 space lab 393 kilometers (244 miles) above ...

Earth on pace to see hottest year on record

Nov 18, 2016

Earth on pace to see hottest year on record

While last month merely tied for the world’s third warmest October in history, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the globe averaged 58.4 degrees (14.7 Celsius), ...

Nov 17, 2016

Monet painting fetches record $81.4 million

A painting from Claude Monet’s acclaimed “Grainstack” series fetched $81.4 million at Christie’s New York auction of impressionist and modern art. Wednesday evening’s sale set a new auction record for the artist. The previous auction record for a Monet was $80.4 million set in ...

De Kooning painting sells for record $66.3 million

Nov 16, 2016

De Kooning painting sells for record $66.3 million

Willem de Kooning’s “Untitled XXV” was sold late Tuesday at Christie’s in New York for $66.3 million, a record for a work by the abstract artist and for post-war contemporary art. The imposing work, which measures 7 by 6.5 feet (2 by 2.2 meters), ...

Trump-Clinton debate was the most-watched ever

Sep 28, 2016

Trump-Clinton debate was the most-watched ever

The first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump drew 84 million U.S. television viewers Monday night, a record for such an event and a number rarely seen in the age of digital streaming and social media. The audience beat the ...

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Sep 16, 2016

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Researchers have identified lightning bolts in Oklahoma and France as the longest on record and warn that their discovery could alter traditional thinking of when it is safe to go outside after a storm passes. A 2007 storm in Oklahoma produced a lightning bolt ...

Boy, 14, breaks record for youngest pro 'shogi' player

Sep 4, 2016

Boy, 14, breaks record for youngest pro 'shogi' player

At just 14 years and two months old, Sota Fujii is now the youngest professional shogi (Japanese chess) player in Japan. Fujii, a second-year middle school student from Aichi Prefecture, smashed a record on Saturday that had stood for 62 years after Hifumi Kato, ...

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

Aug 28, 2016

Nara city sets record for flowing noodles

The city of Gose in Nara Prefecture on Saturday set a new world record for nagashi somen — noodles flowing in water through a line of bamboo flumes — over a 3,317-meter (10,883-foot) stretch. The previous record holder was the commerce and industry association ...