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March 05, 2015
A new level of earthquake understanding
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 05, 2015
As everyone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area knows, the Earth moves under our feet. But what about the stresses that cause earthquakes? How much is known about them? Until now, our understanding of these stresses has been based on macroscopic approximations. Now, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is reporting the successful study of stress fields along the San Andreas fault at the microscopic scale, the scale at which earthquake-trigg ... read more
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Water in smog may reveal pollution sources
The chemical signature of water vapor emitted by combustion sources such as vehicles and furnaces has been found in the smoggy winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City. The discovery may gi ... more

Family log of spring's arrival helps predict climate-driven change
Rare historic records of the changing seasons are helping scientists better understand how woodland trees and flowers are responding to climate change. Researchers say the order in which different t ... more

Major changes in world's leaf growth patterns over recent decades
Extensive worldwide changes in the timing of leaf activity over the past few decades--which may have significant ecological and atmospheric consequences--have been revealed by a University of Otago, ... more
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Democratizing synthetic biology
Deep in the heart of synthetic biology are the proteins that make it tick. Protein engineering is the crucial pulse of the booming, relatively new scientific discipline. Scientists grow, harve ... more


Pens filled with high-tech inks for do-it-yourself sensors
A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in th ... more
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Float like a mosquito, sting like a ... mosquito
Small semi-aqueous arthropods, such as mosquitoes and water striders, are free to go about their waterborne business thanks to their unique leg-based adaptations, which repel water and allow them to ... more

When age matters
A partial human skull unearthed in 2008 in northern Israel may hold some clues as to when and where humans and Neanderthals might have interbred. The key to addressing this, as well as other importa ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
British nuclear site clean-up costs soar

Lithium from the coal in China

Breakthrough in particle control creates special half-vortex rotation

Understanding electric car 'range anxiety' could be key to wider acceptance

First scientific publication from data collected at NSLS-II

Standard Chartered bosses give up bank bonuses

Sony virtual reality head gear set for 2016 release


Hormone disrupting chemicals risk of extinction in wildlife
The impact of pollution on wildlife could be made dramatically worse by climate change according to a new study published in the journal PNAS. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Ast ... more

Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age
A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctic ... more

Mystery solved: Why seashells' mineral forms differently in seawater
For almost a century, scientists have been puzzled by a process that is crucial to much of the life in Earth's oceans: Why does calcium carbonate, the tough material of seashells and corals, sometim ... more
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The environment may change, but the microbiome of queen bees does not
Researchers from North Carolina State University, Indiana University and Wellesley College have characterized the gut microbiome of honey bee queens. This is the first thorough census of the gut mic ... more

World Bank admits flaws in resettlement practices
The World Bank said Wednesday it would reform the way it handles the resettlement of people moved to make way for development projects, saying internal reviews have revealed significant flaws. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Lockheed demos new high-power laser weapon

'Thousands' of Russian troops in east Ukraine: US envoy

US forces could have role in Syria in future: Dempsey

China extends military splurge with 10.1% budget increase

Iranian president says Israel 'greatest danger'

US says 'tough challenges' remain in Iran nuclear talks

Iran will not abandon regional aims for nuclear deal: analysts


Israel says doubling water supplies to Gaza
Israel is to double the amount of water it channels annually to Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, a defence ministry body said Wednesday. ... more

As Delhi chokes, pressure grows for Indian climate action
Torrents of thick black smoke billow up toward the smoggy skies as Kunti Desai feeds a coal-fired furnace to make tar for a Delhi road. ... more

MH370 families trapped in 'black hole' one year later
Chinese businessman Li Hua suffered a stroke, has considered suicide, and his wife has been hospitalised with heart trouble, all since their daughter went missing on flight MH370. ... more

New fossil pushes back Homo genus 400,000 years
The genus Homo, the lineage that spawned modern man, may be 400,000 years older than previously thought. That's the conclusion scientists have made after pulling a 2.8-million-year-old jawbone from the dirt of a hilltop in Ethiopia. ... more

US cracks down on Chinese 'maternity tourism' in LA
US investigators launched dawn raids Tuesday on dozens of locations dotted around Los Angeles suspected of offering "maternity tourism" services for Chinese mothers wanting to give birth to gain citizenship for their children. ... more

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Despite US rift, experts see poll boost for Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's blistering attack on a US push for a nuclear accord with Iran soured ties with Washington but could boost his prospects in elections this month, experts say. ... more

Thousands evacuated in Argentina flooding
More heavy rain triggered thousands of evacuations and flooding across five Argentine provinces on Wednesday, with at least one person dead and another missing. ... more
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Shaking test for for Space Launch System at Redstone Test Center

Testing to Diagnose Power Event in Mars Rover

Single Site on Mars Advanced for 2016 NASA Lander

Galactic 'rain' could be key to star formation

Comet flyby: OSIRIS catches glimpse of Rosetta's shadow

Far from home: Wayward cluster is both tiny and distant


Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink


The hidden burden of dengue fever in West Africa


Origins of AIDS virus strains traced to gorillas


Predicting human crowds with statistical physics


Parasite provides clues to evolution of plant diseases


Combined Arctic ice observations show decades of loss


Neurons controlling appetite made from skin cells


First Detailed Microscopy Evidence of Bacteria at the Lower Size Limit of Life


Plain wren duets could help further understand fundamentals of conversation


Brain waves

Cryptochrome protein helps birds navigate via magnetic field

Myanmar finds rare white elephant: state media

Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts

Ubisoft game aims to be what the doctor ordered

Shipping containers but no MH370 debris in underwater hunt: Australia

Flooding, wildfires shake Argentina

Chinese ivory traders find haven online: group

Twenty people killed as bus falls off cliff in China: Xinhua

Ultra-small bacteria detailed in new microscope imagery

Chinese debating body chief warns against Western democracy

New NASA Soil Moisture Mapper Completes Key Milestone

Africa, From a CATS Point of View

3-D Views of February Snow Storms from GPM

Cholera epidemic kills 41 in Mozambique

Mystery of the reverse-wired eyeball solved

Salish Sea seagull populations halved since 1980s

'Blue-green algae' proliferating in lakes

Aggressive plant fungus threatens wheat production

Smog film goes viral in China with 155 mn views in one day

British nuclear site clean-up costs soar

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