CNN Student News May 21, 2015

CNN Student News May 21, 2015

Social studies, geography and science, all
will factor into CNN STUDENT NEWS today. I`m Carl Azuz. We`re starting with news from North Korea.
The communist dictator says it`s developed the ability to miniaturized nuclear weapons. Here`s why that`s significant: making nukes
smaller is a key stop toward being able to put them on long range missiles. U.S. military
officials say America could intercept any potential attack from North Korea. And there`s some debate about U.S. officials
over whether North Korea really has this technology. The Asian country`s government is very secretive.
It`s hard for others to verify the claims that North Korea makes. Still, despite the numerous problems with
its economy, North Korea spends a lot on defense and has a history of using its military to
provoke other countries. North Korea continues to ramp up the military
rhetoric that we saw when we were on the ground in Pyongyang. While we were in the North Korea,
just this month, the country boasted about launching a missile from a submarine. Of course, publicity photos of that event
were later suspected of being doctored, which raises the question of credibility. Is Pyongyang
embellishing the technology that they have in hand right now? Or they truly have the
capability to miniaturize nuclear weapons — in other words, to make them small enough
to place them on some sort of missile and launch them towards an enemy, such as the
United States? The Pentagon is certainly taking this threat
seriously, even saying as recently as last month, they do believe North Korea has this
kind of technology. And if that is the case, not only does it pose a threat and a grave
concern to the United States, but also other powers in the Asia-Pacific region — China,
India, Japan, South Korea, all within gunshot of North Korea and nervous anytime this militarized
nation announces yet another development in its military technology. North Korea spends a tremendous amount of
money developing its nuclear program, often at the expense of feeding its own people.
And while they say they want to connect more with the international community, they took
another step towards isolation, when Pyongyang abruptly cancelled a scheduled visit by U.N.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Kaesong industrial complex. It would have been the first visit of its
kind in some 20 years. The secretary general was hoping to discuss reunification. But instead,
North Korea cut that trip off and made an announcement about another development in
their nuclear program, further isolating this rogue nation. Will Ripley, CNN, Tokyo. The White House says it`s looking at ways
to train and arm Iraqi tribes, as Iraq`s government plans a counterattack in the city of Ramadi. It`s in central Iraq. After months of fighting
there, the ISIS terrorist group captured Ramadi early this week. Thousands of residents have
fled the city. And as the Iraqi government calls for international
help in Iraq`s war against terrorism, it`s also calling for its people to volunteer to
fight ISIS and help regain control of Ramadi. The city is a strategically important place. So, why is Ramadi such a key battleground
in the fight against ISIS? Well, it`s hugely significant, both to the United States as
well as to the Iraqi government. First of all, Ramadi is the capital of Anbar
province, which is the largest province in Iraq, but not necessarily the most densely
populated one. And the government of Haider al Abadi, the prime minister, declared that
Anbar was going to be the next place it would try to back from ISIS. So, losing the capital
Anbar was certainly a big blow to the Iraqi government. Also, now that ISIS holds this city, they
now have three provincial capitals in Iraq and in Syria. And we also have to keep in
mind that Ramadi has a population of about 500,000 and many of those people are either
on the run or under the control of the extremists. However, Ramadi also has major importance
to the U.S. and especially to many U.S. service members who fought in Iraq. In the years between 2004 and 2006, it was
one of the worst battlegrounds for U.S. forces in all of Iraq. Thousands of United States
Marines as well as soldiers fought there, trying to hold the town and take it back from
Sunni insurgents. And many of those insurgents came from a precursor organization of ISIS
which was called al Qaeda in Iraq. And it was really after very tough battles with a
lot of casualties that the U.S. managed to win. And Ramadi also became a turning point in
the war in Iraq when the U.S. employed a new strategy, which was called the Sons of Iraq
or the Sunni Awakening program, where they actually started
to talk to a lot of the Sunni tribes that were allied against them and made them join
forces with the U.S., as well as with the Iraqi government, to turn on the insurgents
and therefore win back Anbar province from al Qaeda in Iraq. So, certainly, there will be a lot of U.S.
veterans out there looking at what`s happening in Ramadi right now with great anger. In order on today`s roll: the Natural State,
the Beehive State and the Sunshine State. Starting in Arkansas, there`s a city there
named Judsonia and that`s where the Bears are watching at White County Central Schools. Now to Utah. The Seahawks are soaring over
Syracuse. That`s the home of Syracuse Junior High School. And in Tampa, Florida, shout-out to Brooks
DeBartolo Collegiate High School. The Phoenix are on CNN STUDENT NEWS. Some U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a pay
raise. Five things to know about this: One, members of Congress are currently paid
$174,000 a year for their service in the government. It`s been that way since 2009, the last time
their pay was raised. Two, Representative Alcee Hastings, a Democrat
from Florida, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, are calling for
the increase. Hastings says it`s so expensive to live in
the capital that an increasing number of lawmakers sleep in their offices because they can`t
afford to rent an apartment in the city and maintain a home in the district they represent. Three, a one bedroom in northeast Washington,
D.C. can cost more than $2,000 a month. “USA Today” says a resident would need to earn
$108,000 to live comfortably in the capital. Four, most lawmakers are millionaires. Representative
Hastings says the high cost of renting would keep middle and lower class from serving in
Congress. Five, many Americans might not agree with
this. The average household income in the U.S. is just under $52,000 a year. It`s said to be the thinnest compound known
to man, a tiny fraction of the thickness of a human hair. It`s incredibly lightweight,
an exceptional conductor of heat and electricity and it`s more than 100 times stronger than
steel. But you probably haven`t heard of it because graphene, as it`s known, wasn`t isolated
until recently. If researchers find a way to mass produce
and that`s still an “if” at this point, what could it be good for? It`s only as thick as a single atom. It`s
super bendy, but it`s also one of the strongest substances on Earth, a form of carbon called
graphene. The guys who first isolated this amazing stuff,
Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, won a Nobel Prize in 2010. Now, the world is racing
to figure out how graphene can be used to create new products that could change our
lives. Researchers at England`s University of Exeter
say they`ve used graphene to create the first truly electronic textile, electrodes embedded
in yarn. That may lead to clothes with lightweight,
invisible devices, like computers or smartphones woven inside. Graphene`s super strength could lead to better
bullet-proof vest and bendable electronic newspapers. At Michigan Tech, scientists are
experimenting with graphene and 3D bio printers to make synthetic nerve tissues that could
help patients with spinal injury. Graphene also could lead to super batteries and machines
that turn hydrogen gas and the air around us into electricity. The promise of graphene may still be years
away, because experts still need to figure out a good way to mass produce it before they
invent, design and test all the various products that would come from it. But if all goes well,
graphene could be the key to a lot of mind blowing technology. There`s something blooming on the southern
Australian island of Tasmania and it has set the shore aglow. Scientists say the brilliant
light show is the work of dinoflagellates. They`re single-celled organisms that are common
in the ocean by the high concentration of them here causing a brilliant bloom of blue
is not common. They seem to light up when something disturbs the water, a boat passing
by, a rock thrown in, a breaking wave. So, it`s a neon and off thing, bringing out
the bio-luminescence of beauty, the light that lights and delights the people with a
sight for shore (ph) eyes. I`m Carl Azuz. Hope to see you tomorrow.

One thought on “CNN Student News May 21, 2015

  1. The People's Army=Wanted =consciousness need apply only!
    Where are our homeless, and our citizens with disabilities?
    What is Fema hiding?
    Who are the camps being built for, and why?
    These people, our people. The homeless, and the disable are missing, where are they? 
    This could be you, or your family member. It will be soon !!

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