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September 23, 2014
What set the Earth's plates in motion?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 23, 2014
The mystery of what kick-started the motion of our earth's massive tectonic plates across its surface has been explained by researchers at the University of Sydney. "Earth is the only planet in our solar system where the process of plate tectonics occurs," said Professor Patrice Rey, from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences. "The geological record suggests that until three billion years ago the earth's crust was immobile so what sparked this unique phenomenon has fascinated geos ... read more
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Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere
Climate change is a fact, and most of the warming is caused by human activity. The Arctic is now so warm that the extent of sea ice has decreased by about 30 pct. in summer and in winter, sea ice is ... more

Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution?
From the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western U.S., the idea of harvesting fog for water is catching on. Now, a novel approach to this process could help meet affe ... more

Antifreeze proteins in Antarctic fishes prevent freezing...and melting
Antarctic fishes that manufacture their own "antifreeze" proteins to survive in the icy Southern Ocean also suffer an unfortunate side effect, researchers report: The protein-bound ice crystals that ... more
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Nile River monitoring influences North-East Africa's future
Curtin University research that monitors the volume of water in the Nile River Basin will help to level the playing field for more than 200 million North-East Africans who rely on the river's water ... more


The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests
Climate change may expand suitable cropland, particularly in the Northern high latitudes, but tropical regions may becoming decreasingly suitable, according to a study published in the open-access j ... more
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Indonesia faces challenging problems to quell ongoing forest fires
Indonesia is facing challenging problems in dealing with the annual forest fire issue as it is related to perilous attitude of people living around the forest and plantations. A senior officia ... more

More land, fewer harvests
According to a simulation of the impact of climate change on agricultural production over the course of the 21st century, carried out by researchers led by Professor Wolfram Mauser at LMU's Departme ... more
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Magnetic fields make the excitons go 'round

New 'star' shaped molecule breakthrough

Penn research helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions

Uncovering the forbidden side of molecules

Chemical bond between a superheavy element and a carbon atom established

UChicago-Argonne National Lab team improves solar-cell efficiency

Britain's blockbuster nuclear deal to get EU nod


Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance
Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds. A review of data fr ... more

Smithsonian Scientists Discover Tropical Tree Microbiome in Panama
Human skin and gut microbes influence processes from digestion to disease resistance. Despite the fact that tropical forests are the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystems on the planet, more is kno ... more

Fossil fuel divestment brightens climate summit
The Rockefellers, the first family of oil, said Monday they would divest from fossil fuels in a fresh boost to the fight against climate change ahead of a UN summit. ... more
Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz


Scuffles as Hong Kong students escalate democracy strike
Hong Kong students mobbed the city's leader Tuesday in angry scenes as they took their anti-Beijing strike to government headquarters, where hundreds protested against China's refusal to grant full democracy. ... more

Thousands of Hong Kong students on strike for democracy
Hong Kong students on Monday began a week-long boycott of classes, gathering in their thousands for what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against China's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US, Arab allies bomb IS jihadists in Syria

British PM to hold first direct talks with Iran's president since 1979

Damascus says was informed by US of air strikes on IS

China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism': lawyer

Dead or alive? Rumours swirl again over Boko Haram leader

US says no 'trading' nuclear concessions for Iran help on IS

Pakistani Kashmiris want India border opened for flood relief


Auf Wiedersehen to plastic at Berlin's no-packaging store
Clutching their preserve jars, Tupperware boxes and cloth shopping bags, Berliners can now buy their groceries package-free in a "precycling" first for the environmentally switched-on city. ... more

Major palm oil companies to halt deforestation
Due to mounting pressure from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Rainforest Action Network (RAN), five major palm oil companies have decided to halt deforestation of high carbon stock forest while they study which sections of forest are most harmful to remove, according to Corporations like Cargill had already agreed to stop sourcing palm oil produced via deforestation. IOI Corporation Berhad, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Asian Agri, Musim Mas Group and Sime Darby Plantation are the companies involved in the agreement so far. ... more

Obama readies climate change push at UN summit
President Barack Obama will seek to galvanize international support in the fight against climate change on Tuesday when he addresses the United Nations, with time running out on his hopes of leaving a lasting environmental legacy. ... more

Iceland volcano leaking lots of lava, growing island nation
Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano is a prolific producer of lava, and thanks to its impressive magmatic output, the island nation is growing. ... more

Expats defend paradise in hurricane-hit Mexico
Armed with nothing more than an air horn and walkie-talkie, US retiree Antonio Lucero helps fellow expats protect their piece of paradise from thieves after Hurricane Odile crushed Mexico's Los Cabos beach resorts. ... more


Tibetan man self-immolates in China: reports
A Tibetan man has burned himself to death in northwest China, overseas media and a campaign group reported on Monday, the latest in a string of self-immolation protests in recent years against Beijing's control. ... more

Tropical storm Fung-Wong lashes Taiwan, killing one
Tropical storm Fung-Wong on Sunday pounded Taiwan with torrential downpours and powerful winds, killing one person and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and ferry services. ... more
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22 elephants poached in Mozambique in two weeks


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Britain pledges funds in fight against deforestation


World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit


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Fall foliage season may be later, but longer on warmer Earth


NJIT researchers working to safeguard the shoreline


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Modern Europeans descended from three groups of ancestors

Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate

Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance

UN summit to test commitment to climate fund

A week after devastating storm Odile, Los Cabos struggles

To dam or not to dam? Pakistan experts ponder flood strategy

Tuna fishermen are not happy about proposed marine sanctuary

Mexican authorities say mine still leaking acid

French rescuers save 30 from sudden floodwaters

Hong Kong students to boycott classes in democracy battle

One dead as tropical storm flooding paralyses Philippine capital

Drugmaker GSK says fined $490 mn in China graft probe

Newly discovered dinosaur species had giant nose

Green dream: Can UN summit revive climate issue?

Liberia's women, children bear brunt of Ebola epidemic

'Miracle' panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo

New branch added to European family tree

Study finds Great Barrier Reef is an effective wave absorber

Britain's blockbuster nuclear deal to get EU nod

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