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World's oldest person in recorded history - 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura - died of natural causes early today in his hometown in western Japan, just days after the demise of a Chinese woman with a rival claim to the title. Kimura died today at 2.08 am (local time) in a hospital in Kyotango, Kyoto Prefecture, the local government said in a statement. After being hospitalised with pneumonia on May 11, Kimura recovered temporarily. However, his condition began to worsen again a few days ago. Born in Kyoto Prefecture on April 19, 1897, Kimura was recognised as the world's oldest-living man by Guinness World Records in April 2011. He became the oldest living person in December 2012. Kimura became the longest living man on record on December 28 the same year when he was 115 years and 253 days old, The Japan Times reported. Shortly after Kimura won the title of the oldest living person in December, China's state news agency Xinhua reported on a woman from the s…


India and a top US science body have forged an international organisation to develop space solar power, an initiative that has the potential of solving humanity's energy needs and greatly mitigating climate change. "Time has arrived for us to together attempt to give a direction and momentum to this movement to realise space solar power and its enabling technologies through international collaboration that can help rebuild our environmentally vulnerable planet," Abdul Kalam, eminent Indian scientist and ex-President, and Mark Hopkins, executive committee chairman of the National Space Society, said in a joint statement yesterday. They announced to have a clear plan of action to market the idea of a livable planet Earth through space solar power to G8 or G20 nations within a year. "We shall start our team building and mission structuring phase with core members from nations who we know are already networking and who are contributing to the dream of h…