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February 25, 2017
EARTH OBSERVATION
'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field



Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The Earth's core consists mostly of a huge ball of liquid metal lying at 3000 km beneath its surface, surrounded by a mantle of hot rock. Notably, at such great depths, both the core and mantle are subject to extremely high pressures and temperatures. Furthermore, research indicates that the slow creeping flow of hot buoyant rocks - moving several centimeters per year - carries heat away from the core to the surface, resulting in a very gradual cooling of the core over geological time. However, th ... read more

ICE WORLD
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends
London, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. In a new study published in Nature, researchers from UCL (University College ... more
EARLY EARTH
Rare fossil discovery raises questions
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Adult and juvenile remains of a giant rodent species (Isostylomys laurdillardi) have been uncovered by researchers, in the Rio de la Plata coastal region of southern Uruguay, raising questions about ... more
FARM NEWS
Cultivating cool-for-cash-crop
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
When deciding what crops to grow during a season, growers look at several factors. Do the crops have a good yield in their area? Does the area currently have the resources - usually water - to grow ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Termites and ants are mortal enemies, their predator-prey relationship dating back into the Miocene. Both armies, if they come into contact, will fight to the death. Yet termites, despite being sigh ... more
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INTERN DAILY
Guatemala navy moves on Dutch 'abortion ship' after protests
Puerto De San Jose, Guatemala (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Guatemala's navy on Thursday dispatched a vessel to watch over a Dutch "abortion ship" carrying activists vowing to help women circumvent the country's longstanding prohibition on terminating pregnancies. ... more
SINO DAILY
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Chinese authorities have blocked a prolific feminist social media account for allegedly breaking the law with posts critical of US President Donald Trump, its editors said Thursday. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
One dead as Storm Doris hits British Isles
London (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
One person was killed by falling debris on Thursday as Storm Doris slammed into the British Isles, also causing flight disruptions at Europe's busiest air hub and power outages. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
16 killed in three days of DR Congo clashes
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo's army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims
Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Fancy a lunch with Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media tycoon and disgraced ex-prime minister of Italy? You'll be helping the country's earthquake victims if you're ready to pay the price. ... more
DEMOCRACY
French socialist wins new backing in presidential race
Paris (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon picked up new backing Thursday in the rollercoaster French presidential race, as the nation's left aims to forge a united front with polls just months away. ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Bees can learn to roll a ball for food: study
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Entice them with a sweet reward and bumblebees can be trained to roll a ball into a goal, revealing unexpectedly complex learning abilities for an insect, researchers said Thursday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' sought by Sri Lanka agents: lawyer
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sri Lankan refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong have been targeted by agents from their home country, a lawyer and legislators said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
French Greens offer hair to highlight pesticide risks
Paris (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Seven top French environmentalists including a presidential candidate have had their hair tested to draw attention to the prevalence of pesticides and other pollutants in daily life. ... more
ABOUT US
Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
For the first time ever, a single flexible fiber no bigger than a human hair has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into the brain, putt ... more

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Civilians trickle towards Iraq forces in new Mosul assault
Al-Buseif, Iraq (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
On the edge of the village of Al-Buseif, captured overnight from the Islamic State group by Iraqi forces advancing on western Mosul, a federal policeman signalled to fleeing civilians. The small group of villagers, some carrying makeshift white flags, walked slowly along a dirt road in the valley below, metres (yards) from the western bank of the Tigris river. They were the first civilia ... more
Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' sought by Sri Lanka agents: lawyer
Berlin (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
'Anybody could be a refugee': Ai Weiwei films global crisis
Penn researchers are among the first to grow a versatile 2-dimensional material
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
University of Pennsylvania researchers are now among the first to produce a single, three-atom-thick layer of a unique two-dimensional material called tungsten ditelluride. Their findings have been published in 2-D Materials. Unlike other two-dimensional materials, scientists believe tungsten ditelluride has what are called topological electronic states. This means that it can have many di ... more
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms
Warwick, UK (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech
Beijing, China (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
When ultrafast laser pulse meets magnetic materials
Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world's oceans - that's the central message a leading marine ecologist delivered in Boston during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jane Lubchenco, a distinguished professor in the Oregon State University College of Sc ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Basking sharks seek out winter sun
Paris (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro to privatize water utility
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends
London, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. In a new study published in Nature, researchers from UCL (University College London), University of Cambridge and University of Louvain have combined existing ideas to solve the problem of which solar energy peaks in the last 2.6 million years led to the melting of the ice she ... more
Norwich, UK (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Local weather impacts melting of one of Antarctica's fastest-retreating glaciers
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New pathway for Greenland meltwater to reach ocean identified
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 17, 2017
Descent into a Frozen Underworld
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Mumbai's original inhabitants fear world's tallest statue
Mumbai (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
A fitting tribute to a local legend or a grotesque misuse of money? The decision to build the world's tallest statue just off Mumbai's coast has divided the city. But the traditional Koli community, who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, fear they will be worst hit by the construction, warning that it threatens their centuries-old existence. India will spend 36 billion rupees ($53 ... more
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Researchers unravel powerful tool in maize breeding
University Park PA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Cultivating cool-for-cash-crop
An insight into a physical phenomenon that leads to earthquakes
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Scientists have gotten better at predicting where earthquakes will occur, but they're still in the dark about when they will strike and how devastating they will be. In the search for clues that will help them better understand earthquakes, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are studying a phenomenon called ageing. In ageing, the longer that materials are in contact with each oth ... more
Managua (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Argentine researcher falls into Nicaragua volcano
Los Angeles (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Thousands flee as floodwaters threaten California city
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Volcano Samalas mystery revealed
16 killed in three days of DR Congo clashes
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo's army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. Guillaume Djike, a spokesman for the army in troubled North Kivu province in the east of the nation, said 16 people had been killed from Monday to Wednesday, while five rebels from the M23 militia had been cap ... more
Abidjan (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
I.Coast hosting bid to save its last chimpanzees
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
DR Congo investigating alleged army massacre video
Kampala (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
A tonne of ivory, hacked into pieces, seized in Uganda
Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
For the first time ever, a single flexible fiber no bigger than a human hair has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into the brain, putting into practice an idea first proposed two years ago. With some tweaking to further improve its biocompatibility, the new approach could provide a dramatically improved way to learn about the functi ... more
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New evidence highlights maternal hierarchy of Pueblo Bonito
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Flat-footed fighters
Boston (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Advances in imaging could deepen knowledge of brain
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Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows. The scientists experimentally warmed an array of ponds over seven years by 4-5+ C and studied the impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and rates of metabolism. Changes observed after the first year became "amplified" over a ... more
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Paris (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
In Atmospheric River Storms, Wind Is a Risk, Too
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Atmospheric river storms are hailed as drought-busters when they bring needed rain and snow, but they have a well-known dark side: damaging floods. A new NASA study documents a second destructive force in these storms: high winds. The study shows that atmospheric rivers were associated with almost half of the most extreme mid-latitude windstorms globally for the past 20 years, doing billio ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field
Ottobrunn, Germany (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
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London, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
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New study gives weight to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils'
Bristol, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Bristol studying the 'living fossil' Sphenodon - or tuatara - have identified a new way to measure the evolutionary rate of these enigmatic creatures, giving credence to Darwin's theory of 'living fossils'. The tuatara is a relatively large lizard-like animal that once lived on the main islands of New Zealand but has been pushed to smaller, offs ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Rare fossil discovery raises questions
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
MBL study illuminates the origin of vertebrate gills
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Fossil discovery rewrites understanding of reproductive evolution
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
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Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
USC researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries - small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars. In a paper published in the January issue of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Sri Narayan and Derek Moy of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute outline how they developed an alteratio ... more
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Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Termites and ants are mortal enemies, their predator-prey relationship dating back into the Miocene. Both armies, if they come into contact, will fight to the death. Yet termites, despite being sightless, carry out their work within millimetres of ant nests thanks to an incredible talent. University of New South Wales (Canberra) researchers Sebastian Oberst (now Senior Lecturer at the newl ... more
Utrecht, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Bees can learn to roll a ball for food: study
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Those who help each other can invade harsher environments
Over 30,000 gather to support jailed Hong Kong cops: reports
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
More than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to show their support for seven police officers who were sentenced to two years in jail for beating up a pro-democracy activist in 2014, reports said. Television news footage showed long queues leading up to the packed football pitch of the Police Sports and Recreational Club in Kowloon, with off-duty and retired members of the force ma ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China jails safety boss who was sacked over huge blast
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China selfie-app leader seeks to 'beautify the world'
Forests worldwide threatened by drought
Stirling, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found. An analysis, published in the journal Ecology Letters, suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. The study found a similar response in trees across the world, where death increases consistently with increases in drou ... more
Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
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Yangon (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation


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