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August 30, 2014
Yellowstone supereruption would send ash across North America
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 29, 2014
In the unlikely event of a volcanic supereruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study. An improved computer model developed by the study's authors finds that the hypothetical, large eruption would create a distinctive kind of ash cloud known as an umbrella, which expands evenly in all directions, sending ash across North Americ ... read more
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Pacific plate shrinking as it cools
The tectonic plate that dominates the Pacific "Ring of Fire" is not as rigid as many scientists assume, according to researchers at Rice University and the University of Nevada. Rice geophysic ... more

Snowfall in a warmer world
If ever there were a silver lining to global warming, it might be the prospect of milder winters. After all, it stands to reason that a warmer climate would generate less snow. But a new MIT s ... more

The roots of human altruism
Scientists have long been searching for the factor that determines why humans often behave so selflessly. It was known that humans share this tendency with species of small Latin American primates o ... more
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Southwest may face 'megadrought' this century
Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a "megadrought" - one that lasts ov ... more


Stone-tipped spears lethal, may indicate early cognitive and social skills
Attaching a stone tip on to a wooden spear shaft was a significant innovation for early modern humans living around 500,000 years ago. However, it was also a costly behavior in terms of time and eff ... more
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Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz

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Therapy for Sudan strain of Ebola may help contain some outbreaks
Ebola is a rare, but deadly disease that exists as five strains, none of which have approved therapies. One of the most lethal strains is the Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV). Although not the strain c ... more

Water 'thermostat' could help engineer drought-resistant crops
Duke University researchers have identified a gene that could help scientists engineer drought-resistant crops. The gene, called OSCA1, encodes a protein in the cell membrane of plants that senses c ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
JILA team finds first direct evidence of 'spin symmetry' in atoms

Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies

The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

Yale's cool molecules

Biomimetic photodetector 'sees' in color

Atoms to Product: Aiming to Make Nanoscale Benefits Life-sized

Novel 'butterfly' molecule could enable photoenergy devices


Evolution used similar toolkits to shape flies, worms, and humans
Although separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, flies, worms, and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression, according to a massive Yale-led analysis of genomic data. ... more

Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land
About 400 million years ago a group of fish began exploring land and evolved into tetrapods - today's amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. But just how these ancient fish used their fishy bodie ... more

New study charts the global invasion of crop pests
Many of the world's most important crop-producing countries will be fully saturated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a new study led by the University ... more
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How to prevent organic food fraud
A growing number of consumers are willing to pay a premium for fruits, vegetables and other foods labelled "organic", but whether they're getting what the label claims is another matter. Now s ... more

Locust plague descends on Madagascar capital
A thick grey swarm of locusts engulfed Madagascar's capital on Thursday, sending children scuttling and causing florists to burn tyres in panic. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Satellite used to control unmanned aerial vehicle

China defence ministry tells US to stop 'close-in' surveillance

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

Taiwan says spying allegations won't hurt China ties

UAE contracts for enhanced tactical communications

Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile delivered to Navy

Brazil taking sharp look at Russia's Pantsir-S1 air defense system


Chinese panda fakes pregnancy to get more food [UPDATED]
Earlier this summer, at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Center in China, the lights were on and the camera was rolling. Film crews and biologists had gathered in anticipation of a rare panda birth - a birth set to be broadcast on live television. The only problem, the 6-year-old expectant mother, Ai Hin, wasn't actually pregnant. The live broadcast had to be called off at the last minute. It turned out, Ai Hin had been faking it all along. ... more

New signs of eruption at Iceland volcano
Teams monitoring Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano have found evidence of a possible underground eruption as powerful earthquakes continue to shake the area, Icelandic authorities said Thursday. ... more

China landslide kills seven: report
Seven people died and another 20 were left missing by a landslide in China, state media reported Thursday. ... more

Regional crisis talks as Ebola death toll tops 1,500
Ebola-hit nations met for crisis talks on Thursday as the death toll topped 1,500 and the World Health Organization warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000 before the outbreak is stemmed. ... more

Brazil arrests 8 in Amazon deforestation swoop
Brazilian police said Thursday they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region. ... more


Nouveaux riches and pollutants in new Chinese dictionary
A new Chinese dictionary backed by the national language regulator offers a glimpse into the social and environmental concerns of the citizenry, adding nearly 100 phrases to the lexicon, a report said Thursday. ... more

Hong Kong urged to accept 'imperfect' democracy
Hong Kongers must accept Beijing's version of democracy even if they think it is imperfect because the interests of the city's business community have to be safeguarded, one of China's foremost legal experts said Thursday. ... more
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Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016

Robonaut Gets New Legs as Trio Prepares for Homecoming

Integral catches dead star exploding in a blaze of glory

Galileo Satellites Incident Likely Result of Software Errors

Orion Rocks! Pebble-Size Particles May Jump-Start Planet Formation

Scientist uncovers red planet's climate history in unique meteorite

Measurement at Big Bang Conditions Confirms Lithium Problem


NOAA offers 20 new coral species federal protection


Traders warn of Chinese exodus from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone


Brazil cracks 'biggest' Amazon deforestation gang


SA's Taung Child's skull and brain not human-like in expansion


Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life


Boron Facilitates Stem Cell Growth and Development in Corn


Sorting cells with sound waves


New Zealand big trees number 10 different species


Worker bees 'know' when to invest in their reproductive future


From dandruff to deep sea vents, an ecologically hyper-diverse fungus

'Just right' plant growth may make river deltas resilient

DARPA Developing Novel Therapies Customized to Individual Patients

What can fourteenth century Venice teach us about Ebola?

Japan landslides death toll hits 70 one week on

Hurricane Cristobal kills four, churns towards Bermuda

Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting

Washington State's Elwha River now dam-less, runs free

Surprise-package Silva shakes up Brazil vote

Climate change poses growing health threat: UN

Gamblers have greedy birdbrains, new study suggests

Yawning among wolves just as contagious as among humans

Oldest fossil of animal with muscles found in Newfoundland

Fonterra and Beingmate team up on China baby formula

Decision support system makes malaria diagnostics more effective

Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover

Trash burning worldwide significantly worsens air pollution

Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thought

Black carbon linked to cardiovascular health

Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies

The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

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