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August 23, 2017
TECTONICS
Ancient Earth's hot interior created 'graveyard' of continental slabs



Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth's surface for billions of years: Continents and oceanic crust have pushed and pulled on each other, continually rearranging the planet's facade. As two massive plates collide, one can give way and slide under the other in a process called subduction. The subducted slab then slips down through the Earth's viscous mantle, like a flat stone through a pool of honey. For the most part, today's subducting slabs can only sink so far, to about 670 kilometers below the ... read more

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Scientists uncover two-layer identification among soil bacteria
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
A new study by researchers at the University of Wyoming shows how soil bacteria require two-layer security to identify similar bacteria. ... more
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Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins
Santiago (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Chile on Monday rejected plans for a $2.5 billion iron-mining project in order to protect thousands of endangered penguins. ... more
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Study: Caterpillars rely less on microbiome than other animals
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
A new study has shown that caterpillars have significantly less bacteria and fungi inhabiting their gut than other animals. ... more
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Flowers use nectar as a weapon of distraction
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
New research has found that nectar plays a different role than previously thought - by acting as the ultimate weapon of distraction for flowers. ... more
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Mountain-side genome sequencing a win for science
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have developed portable, real-time DNA sequencing that can be conducted on location, such as a mountainside, they report in a new study. ... more
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Mechanism identified for plants to recover from heat stress
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Amherst, including Chinese and Indian biochemists, have discovered how plants adapt quickly to heat stress to survive. ... more
WATER WORLD
Fish stress hormones linked to tendency to take the bait
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that largemouth bass whose cortisol levels rise after stress are harder to catch by angling. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Indian factory shut for dumping dye after dogs turn blue
Mumbai (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
A factory accused of dumping dye into an Indian river where several dogs turned blue has been shut down, an official said Tuesday, after alarming pictures emerged of the brightly-coloured canines. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Eight killed in Guinea in rubbish dump landslide
Conakry (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Eight people died and dozens were injured in the West African state of Guinea on Tuesday when a rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital collapsed after heavy rain. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
24 million affected by South Asia floods: Red Cross
Geneva (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
More than 24 million people have been affected by some of the worst flooding to hit South Asia in decades, with large areas of land submerged in water, the Red Cross Tuesday. ... more


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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Fukushima's operator on Tuesday started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
In devastated S.Leone, ghosts of pupils haunt ruined school
Freetown (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Ann-Marie Caulker scrolls through the images on her smartphone: the faces of young girls who were her some of her brightest students at school in Freetown until the landslide hit. ... more
FIRE STORM
Blazes merge into largest ever wildfire in westernmost Canada
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Nineteen wildfires have merged into one massive forest fire that officials said Tuesday was the largest ever recorded in Canada's westernmost British Columbia province. ... more
SINO DAILY
Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges. ... more



Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said Monday. "We estimate that there at least a hundred bodies buried underneath the rumble of large rocks that fell on the 48 destroyed homes," the deputy governor of Ituri Province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. The landslide occurred ... more
Yangon (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Brazilian army, police raid violent Rio favelas
Conakry (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Eight killed in Guinea in rubbish dump landslide
The critical point in breaking the glass problem
Bristol, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Famously described as 'the deepest problem in solid state physics' by Nobel Laureate, Philip Andersen, the glass transition, by which a liquid transforms into a solid without freezing, is shedding its mystique. Until now, researchers' understanding has been splintered at best, with mutually incompatible interpretations of the physical processes underlying the emergence of amorphous solids ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Cosmonauts launch 3D-printed satellite from space station
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NASA protects its super heroes from space weather
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Researchers use vacuum for hands-free patterning of liquid metal
Sediment research is a granular exercise at NRL
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. The rugged apparatus known as a "quadpod," was built to withstand being on the bottom of the ocean for weeks ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Fish stress hormones linked to tendency to take the bait
Sydney (AFP) July 19, 2017
Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Miami (AFP) July 17, 2017
Japanese seaweed is welcome invader on US coasts: study
Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Antarctic researchers from Rice University have discovered one of nature's supreme ironies: On Earth's driest, coldest continent, where surface water rarely exists, flowing liquid water below the ice appears to play a pivotal role in determining the fate of Antarctic ice streams. The finding, which appears online this week in Nature Geoscience, follows a two-year analysis of sediment cores ... more
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Scientists are recruiting Alaskans to help them track berry patches
Miami (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Melting of Greenland glacier to speed up: study
Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range--from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems. For example, satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more compl ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Adding silicon to soil to strengthen plant defenses
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
How friction evolves during an earthquake
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
By simulating earthquakes in a lab, engineers at Caltech have documented the evolution of friction during an earthquake - measuring what could once only be inferred, and shedding light on one of the biggest unknowns in earthquake modeling. Before an earthquake, static friction helps hold the two sides of a fault immobile and pressed against each other. During the passage of an earthquake r ... more
Geneva (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
24 million affected by South Asia floods: Red Cross
Casamicciola Terme, Italy (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Hero boy saved little brother when Italy quake struck
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives
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Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has reached 441, the government said on Saturday. "Four hundred and forty-one corpses (were) buried as at yesterday," the deputy minister of information and communication, Cornelius Deveaux, told AFP, adding that the number of missing was "still being calculated." A tally of deaths, issued on Friday b ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
UN says Nigeria relations 'intact' after unauthorised raid
To teach kids morals, read books with humans not animals
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Anthropomorphic, or human-like, animals are often the protagonists of children's books. But new research suggests parents who want their kids to pick up on a story's moral lessons should choose books featuring humans, not animals. Researchers in Canada found four to six-year-olds were more likely to share with their peers after being read a story with human characters. "Many peop ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Research reveals how neurons communicate
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Arrival of modern humans in Southeast Asia questioned
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Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change - but the recovery timescales are significant. This work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Paris, and has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters*. The idea of a natural temperature thermostat wa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
The next major volcanic eruption could kick-start chemical reactions that would seriously damage the planet's already besieged ozone layer. The extent of damage to the ozone layer that results from a large, explosive eruption depends on complex atmospheric chemistry, including the levels of human-made emissions in the atmosphere. Using sophisticated chemical modeling, researchers from Harv ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Identifying individual atmospheric equatorial waves from a total flow field
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA-led airborne mission studies storm intensification in northern hemisphere
Vegan raptor may be missing link between two major dino groups
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Paleontologists have discovered a missing link between two large and diverse dinosaur groups. When researchers first discovered Chilesaurus in 2015, they were puzzled by the dinosaur's unique appearance. "Chilesaurus almost looks like it was stitched together from different animals, which is why it baffled everybody," Matthew Baron, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, s ... more
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Mechanisms explaining positional diversity of the hindlimb in tetrapod evolution
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
First winged mammals from the Jurassic period discovered
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
A quick and easy way to shut down instabilities in fusion devices
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built to create a "star in a jar." The findings, published in June in the journal Physical Review Letters, stem from experiments performed on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), at the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Phy ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
Liverpool, UK (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
ULEMCo plans a fuel cell approach to extend range of electric vans
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Scientists uncover two-layer identification among soil bacteria
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
A new study by researchers at the University of Wyoming shows how soil bacteria require two-layer security to identify similar bacteria. Similar to the digital world where two-factor authentication is required to verify identify, researchers found that the soil bacterium Myxococcus xanthus has been performing a similar task for millions of years. Bacteria recognize other bacteria ... more
Troy NY (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New bioimaging technique is fast and economical
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Flowers use nectar as a weapon of distraction
Santiago (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins
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Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges. Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sent to prison last Thursday for their leading role in the initial protest that sparked the months-long Umbrella Movement of 2014 - demonstrations and street blockades calling for democrati ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Chinese crime writer arrested for murders 22 years ago
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed
Beijing (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Second academic journal pressed to censor China content
Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age, according to a study published August 16, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Kohl from the Universitat Hamburg, Germany, and colleagues. Trees play an important role in mitigating climate change by storing carbon in their biomass. While old trees are generally acknowledged for their long-term carbon stora ... more
Warsaw, Poland (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation


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