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February 20, 2017
WATER WORLD
Some marine creatures may be more resilient to harsher ocean conditions



Washington DC (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
As the world continually emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans are taking a hit, absorbing some of it and growing more acidic. Among other effects, scientists have found that coral reefs and oyster hatcheries are deteriorating as a result. However, scientists studying a type of sea snail report a bit of bright news in the ACS journal Environmental Science and Technology: The animal can adapt by rejiggering its shell-making process and other functions. A lower pH in ocean water ... read more

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Flat-footed fighters
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new University of Utah study published in Biology Ope ... more
WHALES AHOY
Whales use nested Russian-doll structure to protect nerve tissue when diving
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Fin whales use two neatly packed levels of nested folds to protect the nerves along the floor of their mouth during lunge feeding, according to new research from University of British Columbia zoolo ... more
FARM NEWS
Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue
Urbana IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
More no-till farmers are using cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds, but many vegetable producers are reluctant to get on board. That's because many small-seeded vegetable crops struggle ... more
WATER WORLD
Deep reefs unlikely to save shallow coral reefs
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Dr Pim Bongaerts, a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland's Global Change Institute (GCI) and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and lead author of the study, said deep reefs ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Seagrass meadows - bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth - can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and huma ... more
WHITE OUT
Avalanche kills seven in northern Pakistan
Chitral, Pakistan (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
An avalanche killed at least seven labourers in northern Pakistan on Sunday, a senior official said, with up to four more trapped beneath the snow. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Four dead as 'worse storm in years' buffets California
Los Angeles (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
A devastating storm billed by forecasters as the worst to hit California in years pounded the southern half of the state, wreaking devastation that claimed four lives, authorities said on Saturday. ... more
TECTONICS
Overcoming challenges studying the geodynamo
Houghton MI (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Gleaning data from old rocks may result in bias. Now, geophysicists have a way to improve their methods to overcome challenges in studying the history of the Earth's core and magnetic field that mak ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA to launch sequel to successful Lightning Study Mission
Huntsville AL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A hit Hollywood film often leads to a sequel. Sometimes those movies do well, but rarely will they eclipse the original. Undaunted by those odds, NASA is set to reboot a successful study of Earth's ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Printable solar cells just got a little closer
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the devel ... more


Fresh delay for Mali interim authorities amid protests

AFRICA NEWS
Third S.Sudan military official quits over 'ethnic crimes'
Juba (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
A third top South Sudanese military official has resigned, accusing President Salva Kiir's regime of war crimes and ethnic cleansing, according to a letter seen by AFP Saturday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
A Democratic Republic of Congo spokesman condemned as a "ridiculous montage" Saturday a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed civilians by DR Congo soldiers (FARDC). ... more
TERROR WARS
Bashiqa brings back the booze to clear IS hangover
Bashiqa, Iraq (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Surrounded by the ruins of pastel-coloured buildings still bearing slogans glorifying the Islamic State's "caliphate", Wissam Ghanem is having a slow day selling beer, vodka and whisky. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Under pressure DR Congo govt vows to stem violence
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
The Democratic Republic of Congo's government, under pressure to act after months of violence in the south, on Sunday vowed to move away from a solely military solution. ... more

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'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
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Subsea mining moves closer to shore
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decades. Many industrialized economies also depend on imports of metals for their high-tech industries. Some of these metals occur in ore deposits that are found only in a few countries. In order to ... more
Boston (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Deep sea mining gets a second look
Rome (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
10 Italian execs found guilty over polluted water supply
Boston (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Seagrass on decline, jeopardizing human, coral health: study
How an Ice Age paradox could inform sea level rise predictions
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New findings from the University of Michigan explain an Ice Age paradox and add to the mounting evidence that climate change could bring higher seas than most models predict. The study, published in Nature, shows how small spikes in the temperature of the ocean, rather than the air, likely drove the rapid disintegration cycles of the expansive ice sheet that once covered much of North America. ... more
Paris (ESA) Feb 17, 2017
Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack
Berlin (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Arctic cultures take climate fight to Berlin film fest
Cambridge, England (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Antarctic sea ice extent sets record low
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Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space
Palo Alto, Calif. (UPI) Feb 13, 2017
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new method for accurately measuring crop yields using satellite images. Scientists hope their new strategy will help researchers track agricultural productivity in developing countries where farming data is limited. "Improving agricultural productivity is going to be one of the main ways to reduce hunger and improve livelihoods in poor ... more
Managua (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Nicaragua focuses on climate-change resistant coffee
Urbana IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue
Champaign IL (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Study rewrites the history of corn in corn country
Researchers catch extreme waves with higher-resolution modeling
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Surfers aren't the only people trying to catch big waves. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are trying to do so, too, at least in wave climate forecasts. Using decades of global climate data generated at a spatial resolution of about 25 kilometers squared, researchers were able to capture the formation of tropical cyclones, also r ... more
Maputo (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Cyclone Dineo batters southern Mozambique, killing 7
Rome (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
Italy asks EU aid as cost of quakes hits 23 bn euros
Maputo (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
Cyclone bears down on Mozambique coast
Interim authorities to begin work in Mali's north
Bamako (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
A key step on the road to peace in northern Mali will take place Saturday when interim local authorities begin work, smoothing the path to municipal elections, the Malian government said. Tuareg-led rebels led an uprising in 2012 that was hijacked by jihadists, throwing northern Mali into chaos, but the rebels signed an accord in 2015 without the Islamists. Putting into place interim aut ... more
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Under pressure DR Congo govt vows to stem violence
Kinshasa (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"
Juba (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Third S.Sudan military official quits over 'ethnic crimes'
Flat-footed fighters
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new University of Utah study published in Biology Open. Although moving from the balls of the feet is important for quickness, standing with heels planted allows more swinging force, according to study lead author and biologist David Carrier, sugg ... more
Kingston, Ontario (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Study: The human brain always has a backup plan
Geneva (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
Study links working remotely to more stress, insomnia
New York NY (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution
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Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
Paris (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
The Alpine skiing season may be much shorter by century's end, and limited to a smaller area, said a climate study Thursday warning of snow cover loss as high as 70 percent. Most climate models predict increased winter precipitation due to global warming, scientists wrote in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) journal The Cryosphere. But with temperatures rising too, the is likely to be ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem
College Park, Md. (UPI) Feb 8, 2017
Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors
Beijing MST Radar detection of the lower, middle and upper atmosphere
Beijing, China (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Beijing MST (Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere) Radar is one of the largest facilities within the Chinese Meridian Project (a chain of diverse ground-based remote sensing facilities for monitoring and forecasting the space environment), and is one of only two domestic MST radars. It was built by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and is located at th ... more
Paris (ESA) Feb 17, 2017
Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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Huntsville AL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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Fossil treasure-trove reveals post-extinction world ruled by sponges
Beijing, China (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
New deposits with exceptionally well-preserved fossil communities are always exciting, but some are more interesting than others. Windows into particularly important times or environments can tell palaeontologists much more than narrow views into a time that is already well known. A window into the aftermath of the second-biggest mass extinction since the rise of animals is therefore very intere ... more
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
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
A kiss of death - mammals were the first animals to produce venom
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
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Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 17, 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 alteration to t ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Accelerating low-carbon innovation through policy
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries
Indonesian orangutan brutally killed and eaten
Jakarta (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
A critically endangered Bornean orangutan has been shot dead, hacked to pieces and eaten by workers after straying onto an Indonesian palm oil plantation, police and activists said Thursday. Police have formally named three male suspects in the brutal killing in Kapuas Hulu district, in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, while another seven are being questioned as witnesses to the crime. ... more
Karnataka, India (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Scientists find surprising harmony among cats and dogs in India
Athens, Ga. (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Geneticists reveal how parenting rewires the beetle brain
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
How evolution alters biological invasions
Villagers glorify their children in China festival
Tufang, China (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It's an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China's Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with a range of colourful festivals. ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester
Fangshan, China (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Struggle against evil sparks China ritual
Beijing (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft
How much biomass grows in the savannah
Jena, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Savannahs form one of the largest habitats in the world, covering around one-fifth of the Earth's land area. They are mainly to be found in sub-Saharan Africa. Savannahs are home not only to unique wildlife, including the 'Big Five' - the African elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion - but also to thousands of endemic plant species such as the baobab, or monkey bread tree. " ... more
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Why nature restoration takes time
Gambier OH (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
Wetlands play vital role in carbon storage, study finds
Miami (AFP) Feb 6, 2017
Amazon forest was transformed by ancient people: study


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