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March 27, 2017
NASA's SDO sees a stretch of spotless Sun

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
For 15 days starting on March 7, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, returned visible light images of a yolk-like spotless sun. This is the longest stretch of spotlessness since the last solar minimum in April 2010, indicating the solar cycle is marching on toward the next minimum, which scientists predict will occur between 2019-2020. The sun goes through a natural 11-year cycle marked by two extremes: solar maximum and solar minimum. Sunspots are dark regions of complex magnet ... read more

Unravelling Earth's magnetic field
Paris (ESA) Mar 23, 2017
ESA's Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth's magnetic field to unpick - as well as our planet's magnetic history imprinted on Earth's crust. Earth's ... more
Germany pushing e-mobility options
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
German energy company E.ON said Monday it was working within a government program to advance charging points for electric-powered mobility options. ... more
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta. ... more
Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
A Japanese court on Friday ruled for the first time that the government bears responsibility for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and ordered it and the plant operator to pay damages, officials and news reports said. ... more
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Unforeseen impacts of the fair trade movement
Newark DE (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Fair trade certified coffee is the kind of phrase that sounds good on a Whole Foods shelf, the type of marketing that merges first world affluence with third world resource. For the average consumer ... more
In Iraq's Mosul, a school becomes a field hospital
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 26, 2017
Fifteen-year-old Mohammed enthusiastically helps the staff of a makeshift hospital set up in the bullet-scarred school in west Mosul where he himself studied before jihadists seized Iraq's second city. ... more
Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports
Brasilia (AFP) March 25, 2017
Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, with key markets China, Egypt and Chile lifting their bans on its products. ... more
Mosul exodus as air strikes kill 'dozens'
Near Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 25, 2017
Air strikes have killed dozens of civilians in west Mosul in recent days, officials said Saturday, as the number of people fleeing fighting against jihadists in the area topped 200,000. ... more
Brexit plunges EU fishing into troubled waters
Brussels (AFP) March 26, 2017
EU fishing fleets are increasingly anxious about their future access to teeming British waters as Britain prepares to trigger the two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc. ... more

Dead dictators draw Hong Kong art crowds

Chinese police detain care centre head after 21 deaths
Beijing (AFP) March 23, 2017
A care centre director in southern China, where 21 people including a 15-year-old autistic boy died over winter, is now in police custody, local media reported Thursday, amid public outrage. ... more
Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership
Hong Kong (AFP) March 26, 2017
Beijing favourite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong's new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city's cherished freedoms. ... more
Operations against Kony's LRA 'coming to an end': US general
Washington (AFP) March 24, 2017
The US military is wrapping up operations against the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa, even though its leader Joseph Kony is still at large, a top US general said Friday. ... more
Photographer captures world's glacier melt over decade
Chicago (AFP) March 25, 2017
For the last decade, American photographer James Balog has been on a mission to document climate change through his camera lens. ... more

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Bangladesh to join India's South Asia Satellite initiative
Dhaka (IANS) Mar 27, 2017
Bangladesh has signed an agreement with India to formally join New Delhi's 'South Asia Satellite' initiative, through which the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a communication satellite for serving the South Asia region. The agreement was inked by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood and Indian High Commissioner Harsh Va ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Video game study suggests people will remain calm as the world ends
Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
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Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster
Invention May Give Spacecraft Improved Damage Report
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
There are few ways for astronauts to know exactly when the outside of their spacecraft has been damaged, but that may change in the future with an invention that acts like a sensory skin to pick up signs of damage in real-time. The invention uses a series of several technologies to create circuits printed on thin layers and that can be embedded in a spacecraft's structure, scientists behind the ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Rare-earths become water-repellent only as they age
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
New study maps space dust in 3-D
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Ancient Art of Weaving Ready to Head to Mars and Beyond
The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming
Exeter, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests. Phytoplankton, which also act as an essential food supply for fish, can increase the rate at which they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen while in warmer water temperatures, a long-running experiment shows. Monitoring of one species, a green ... more
Dehradun, India (AFP) March 21, 2017
India grants sacred rivers status of 'legal persons'
Brussels (AFP) March 26, 2017
Brexit plunges EU fishing into troubled waters
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Study of non-rainfall water in Namib Desert reveals unexpected origins
Photographer captures world's glacier melt over decade
Chicago (AFP) March 25, 2017
For the last decade, American photographer James Balog has been on a mission to document climate change through his camera lens. His effort has taken him to the farthest reaches of the world, from Antarctica to the northern ends of Greenland, where he has captured the movements and melts of immense glaciers. The results of his work were on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Indus ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Researchers ponder conundrum of disappearing Arctic caribou
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
How to conserve polar bears and maintain subsistence harvest
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Almond-crop fungicides are harmful to honey bees
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
Almond growers face a dilemma. They need to keep their almond trees fungus free, but new research shows almond-crop fungicides harm honey bees, the nut tree's chief pollinator. Lab tests at Texas A&M University show the fungicide iprodione significantly diminishes the survivability rate of western honey bees, Apis mellifera, the world's most common honey bee species. "Given that ... more
Brasilia (AFP) March 25, 2017
Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports
Wellington (AFP) March 21, 2017
New Zealand's 'green' image under threat: OECD
Brasilia (AFP) March 20, 2017
China bans Brazil meat in health scare: Brasilia
Rooftop refugees plead for water in flooded Peru city
Huarmey , Peru (AFP) March 21, 2017
Stranded on their rooftops by flooding and mudslides, residents of Huarmey, Peru ironically need the one thing they see everywhere they look: water. As AFP toured the waist-deep rivers of mud that were once Huarmey's streets, people in the small coastal city shouted from their rooftops, "Water, we want water!" Last Wednesday, the rain that has been pummeling Peru for a week sent a series ... more
Luanda (AFP) March 23, 2017
Flooding kills 11 in Angola
Lima (AFP) March 19, 2017
More rain looms as Peru struggles with disastrous floods
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Dissection of the 2015 Bonin deep earthquake
Operations against Kony's LRA 'coming to an end': US general
Washington (AFP) March 24, 2017
The US military is wrapping up operations against the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa, even though its leader Joseph Kony is still at large, a top US general said Friday. "This thing is coming to an end," said General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the US military's Africa Command. A self-styled mystic and prophet, Kony launched a bloody rebellion three decades ago seeking to impose ... more
Abuja (AFP) March 21, 2017
Nigerian rights group denounces 'attacks' on Amnesty office
Bamako (AFP) March 19, 2017
Rags, not riches, defining Africa's urban explosion
Conakry (AFP) March 13, 2017
Senegal extradites Guinean soldier wanted over massacre
Human skull evolved along with two-legged walking, study confirms
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull - a claim that was previously contested but now has been further validated by researchers at Stony Brook University and The University of Texas at Austin. Compared with other primates, the large hole at the base of the human skull where the spinal cord passes through, known as the foramen magnum, ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Nose form was shaped by climate
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Human skull and bipedalism evolved side-by-side
Tanjung Gusta, Indonesia (AFP) March 17, 2017
Indonesian tribes gather amid push to protect homelands
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine
Baidoa, Somalia (AFP) March 20, 2017
Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia. They loaded their combined belongings - blankets, cooking pots, sleeping mats, jerry cans, clothes - onto a hired donkey cart and walked beside it for 20 kilometres (12 miles) to Baidoa, the closest city. "There is nobody left now," said the 28-year-old. Sh ... more
New York (AFP) March 23, 2017
Tillerson alias emails from his ExxonMobil era prove elusive
New York NY (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Under the dead sea, warnings of dire drought
Geneva (AFP) March 21, 2017
2017 already marked by climate extremes: UN
AI helps capture a volcano's changing lava lake
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
One of our planet's few exposed lava lakes is changing, and artificial intelligence is helping NASA understand how. On January 21, a fissure opened at the top of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano - one of the few in the world with an active lava lake in its caldera. Volcanologists sent out requests for NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft to image the eruption, which was large enough to begin re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Mar 27, 2017
China to launch new weather satellite in second half of 2017
Paris (ESA) Mar 23, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Mar 21, 2017
Beautiful science with astronaut aurora
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New study shakes the roots of the dinosaur family tree
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research from scientists at the University of Cambridge and Natural History Museum in London. Their work suggests that the family groupings need to be rearranged, re-defined and re-named and also that dinosaurs may have originated in the northern hemisphere rathe ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 20, 2017
Chinese police arrest dinosaur-egg bandit
Chicago IL (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Research proposes new theories about nature of Earth's iron
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Recovery after 'great dying' was slowed by more extinctions
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Metrics measuring consumer demand for fuels and related products in the United States were indicative of an improving economy, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute reported total petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, gained 0.1 percent to 19.7 million barrels per day, its highest level since 2008. Total motor gasoline deliveries, a measure of consumer demand, was up ... more
New York (AFP) March 26, 2017
New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Emissions flat for three years in a row, IEA says
Paris (AFP) March 17, 2017
CO2 stable for 3rd year despite global growth: IEA
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Non-toxic material that generates electricity through hot and cold
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Thanks to the discovery of a new material by University of Utah engineers, jewelry such as a ring and your body heat could generate enough electricity to power a body sensor, or a cooking pan could charge a cellphone in just a few hours. The team, led by University of Utah materials science and engineering professor Ashutosh Tiwari, has found that a combination of the chemical elements cal ... more
Graz, Austria (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
TU Graz researchers show that enzyme function inhibits battery ageing
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
New feedback system could allow greater control over fusion plasma
Microbes adapt to colonize different body parts
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Different microbes specialize in colonizing different parts of the human body. New research by Duke scientists shows microbes diverged into new species as they adapted to new organs and body parts - including mouths, noses, genitalia and guts. "Over the last decade, there has been significant interest in developing probiotics and transplants of beneficial bacteria to treat a wide varie ... more
San Salvador (AFP) March 21, 2017
Bone surgery for El Salvador's last male jaguar
Millbrook NY (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
It's a fish eat tree world
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
What triggers salmon migrations?
Young Chinese jet set shop at Hong Kong's Art Basel
Hong Kong (AFP) March 23, 2017
Huang Xiaoshuai and his wife last year splashed out $70,000 for a large painting of fish by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody - part of a growing clique of young, affluent Chinese art enthusiasts building their own high-end collections. The picture now hangs in their Shanghai home and the couple, along with other mainland collectors, have flown in to attend VIP events at this week's Art Bas ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) March 21, 2017
Distraught Hong Kong villagers battle to save their homes
Hong Kong (AFP) March 26, 2017
Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership
Hong Kong (AFP) March 23, 2017
China watches Hong Kong vote as protests threatened
Reconsider the impact of trees on water cycles and climate, scientists ask
Bogor, Indonesia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Forests and trees play a major role on water cycles and cooler temperatures, contributing to food security and climate change adaptation. In recent decades, the climate change discourse has looked at forests and trees mostly as carbon stocks and carbon sinks, but now scientists are calling for more attention on the relation between trees and water in climate change. Scientists suggest that ... more
Santiago (AFP) March 18, 2017
Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Louisiana wetlands hurting from accelerated sea level rise

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