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December 15, 2017
EARLY EARTH
New research improves understanding of ancient landscapes



Austin TX (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Geologists use zircon mineral grains to reconstruct what the Earth and its landscapes looked like in ancient times. These microscopic grains, commonly the width of a human hair, record detailed information on when and where they formed, making them a standard tool for studying how our planet has changed through the ages. A new study led by The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences suggests that scientists may be able to better leverage zircon data to understand how landscapes ... read more

ICE WORLD
Putin says Arctic exploration a priority for Russia
Moscow (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he regards Arctic exploration a priority for Russia, but added it should also respect nature. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Space Mystery Solved by Student Satellite
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to m ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Pangolin traffickers opening up new routes: study
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
Pangolin smugglers are constantly opening up new routes to evade law enforcement agencies, a study showed Friday, highlighting the challenge of tackling the trade in the world's most heavily trafficked mammal. ... more
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When physics gives evolution a leg up by breaking one
Atlanta GA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Genetic mutation may drive evolution, but not all by itself. Physics can be a powerful co-pilot, sometimes even setting the course. In a new study, physicists and evolutionary biologists at th ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Scientists reveal rules for making ribs
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Scientists from the USC Stem Cell lab of Francesca Mariani recently shared a recipe for ribs, and it doesn't even require barbecue sauce. In a new publication in the journal eLife, first autho ... more
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Australian lizards are eating the eggs of endangered loggerhead turtles
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
Feral foxes are no longer the archenemies of would-be loggerhead turtle moms at the second biggest nesting beach in northeast Australia. The title now belongs to the yellow-spotted goanna. ... more
WATER WORLD
Southern Ocean drives massive bloom of tiny phytoplankton
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Scientists have uncovered the ocean conditions that support a massive summertime bloom of algae that spans 16 percent of the global ocean. Known as the Great Calcite Belt, this dense group of a micr ... more
WATER WORLD
Sustainable dams - are they possible
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Humans have been altering natural waterways for centuries, but only in the last several decades have dams raised ecological concerns. N. LeRoy Poff, professor of biology at Colorado State Univ ... more
WOOD PILE
New maps show shrinking wilderness being ignored at our peril
New York NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Maps of the world's most important wilderness areas are now freely available online following a University of Queensland and Wildlife Conservation Society-led study published. The authors have ... more


New mechanism to explain how El Nino influences East Asian and WN Pacific climate

WOOD PILE
Cascading use is also beneficial for wood
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Another ten years - that is approximately how long sustainable forestry will be able to satisfy the continuously growing demand for wood. In Germany and Europe, new concepts are therefore being disc ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Wheat gets boost from purified nanotubes
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The introduction of purified carbon nanotubes appears to have a beneficial effect on the early growth of wheatgrass, according to Rice University scientists. But in the presence of contaminants, tho ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Space Climate Observatory agreed ahead of One Planet Summit in Paris
London, UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
The UK's world-leading space sector will help create a new Space Climate Observatory, following an agreement adopted by national space agencies Monday 11 December. At an event in Paris, the UK ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
UCI scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide. ... more



World leaders in Paris seek cash for climate crunc
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
World leaders met in Paris Tuesday seeking to unlock more money to drive the global economy's shift to green energy, exactly two years after signing a global pact to avert worst-case-scenario global warming. Without trillions of dollars invested in clean energy technology, the Paris Agreement's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Leaders needed to fix global 'mess', says Kofi Annan
Fajardo, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists
Buffalo NY (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty
Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The Boeing Co. has been awarded a modified contract from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the space-based space surveillance Block 10 satellite. The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense and worth more than $21.9 million under the terms of the contract, is classified as a cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Space Based Space Surveil ... more
Grenoble, France (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Brittle starfish shows how to make tough ceramics
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Army taps Northrop Grumman for new radar risk reduction work
New mechanism to explain how El Nino influences East Asian and WN Pacific climate
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Western North Pacific anomalous anticyclone (WNPAC, or referred to as Philippine Sea anomalous anticyclone) is the most important anomalous circulation pattern connecting El Nin~o and East Asian-western North Pacific monsoon. WNPAC begins from the El Nin~o mature winter to the following summer and thus is one of the most long-lasting anomalous circulation patterns over the entire tropical ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers establish long-sought source of ocean methane
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Sea levels will rise, but scientists not sure how high
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Southern Ocean drives massive bloom of tiny phytoplankton
World-first uses satellites and ocean models to explain Antarctic seafloor biodiversity
Hobart, Australia (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
In a world-first, a research team of Australian and international scientists has used data collected by satellites and an ocean model to explain and predict biodiversity on the Antarctic seafloor. The researchers combined satellite images of phytoplankton colour on the sea surface with a suite of connected models of how the microscopic phytoplankton are swept by ocean currents, sink to the ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Tiny ice losses at Antarctica's fringes can accelerate ice loss far away
Miami (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Warming Arctic is 'new normal,' will affect us all: report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Extreme fieldwork, climate modeling yields new insight into predicting Greenland's melt
In food waste fight, Brits turn bread into beer
Driffield, United Kingdom (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
At a brewery nestled in rolling farmland in northern England, the process of making beer begins with dropping dozens of unwanted loaf ends, thrown away by a sandwich factory, into a large stainless steel tank. Add water, hops and yeast, and out comes the unmistakable golden beverage popular the world over. "We're essentially substituting part of the malt for bread," says Alex Balchin, he ... more
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest
Trondheim, Norway (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Meadows beat out shrubs when it comes to storing carbon
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Uncovering varied pathways to agriculture
West coast earthquake early warning system continues progress toward public use
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
A decade after beginning work on an earthquake early warning system, scientists and engineers are fine-tuning a U.S. West Coast prototype that could be in limited public use in 2018. In two papers published December 6 in Seismological Research Letters, researchers describe the key components and testing platform for the prototype ShakeAlert system, now being tested in California, Oregon an ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
NASA shows new Tongan Island made of tuff stuff, likely to persist years
Tehran (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeastern Iran: seismological centre
Tehran (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Quake hits Iran-Iraq border region
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US, Britain, France seek details on Russian arms to C. Africa
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
The United States, Britain and France on Wednesday asked that a Russian request to send light arms to the Central African Republic be put on hold as they seek more information on the shipments, diplomats said. Russia has asked the UN Security Council for an exemption to an arms embargo on the Central African Republic (CAR) to allow the arms to be shipped to its armed forces. The first d ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa
Ramstein, Germany (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Tillerson plans Africa trip for early 2018
Maseru, Lesotho (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Regional force deploys to Lesotho over security concerns
Scientists show how Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements
London UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years ago, at about the same time as urban civilisations developed in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows that many of the settlements in the Indus Civilisation developed along the banks of a river called the Ghaggar-Hakra in northwest Ind ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Scientists revamp 'Out of Africa' model of early human migration
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Archaeologists revise chronology of the last hunter-gatherers in the Near East
Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behavior spontaneously
UCI scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide. Relying on data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, the index adds terrestrial water storage (groundwater) to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most o ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
'We're losing the battle', Macron tells Paris climate talks
London, UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Space Climate Observatory agreed ahead of One Planet Summit in Paris
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Investors turn back on fossil fuels at Paris climate summit
'Smoke rings' in the ocean spotted from space
Liverpool UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have spotted the equivalent of smoke-rings in the ocean which they think could 'suck-up' small marine creatures and carry them at high speed and for long distances across the ocean. The ocean is full of eddies, swirling motions some tens to hundreds of kilometres across, which mix the water and carry it across the average currents. The 'sm ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
APL Monitoring Instrument Rides into Space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Space Mystery Solved by Student Satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
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How much can 252-million-year-old ecosystems tell us about modern Earth? A lot
Chicago IL (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A whopping 252 million years ago, Earth was crawling with bizarre animals, including dinosaur cousins resembling Komodo dragons and bulky early mammal-relatives, a million years before dinosaurs even existed. New research shows us that the Permian equator was both a literal and figurative hotspot: it was, for the most part, a scorching hot desert, on top of having a concentration of unique anima ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
New research improves understanding of ancient landscapes
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Nuclear technology helps scientists study Australia's prehistoric ecosystems
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
530-million-year-old fossil has look of world's oldest eye, study suggests
US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord. Returning to the French capital Tuesday for a follow-up summit, he cut a bitter and disappointed figure. The United States' commitment to fighting climate change - something both Kerry and former president Barack Obama hoped woul ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
New test procedure for developing quick-charging lithium-ion batteries
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Julich have now presented a process that, for the first time ever, allows this so-called lithium plating process to be investigated directl ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'
Binghamton NY (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric
Australian lizards are eating the eggs of endangered loggerhead turtles
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
Feral foxes are no longer the archenemies of would-be loggerhead turtle moms at the second biggest nesting beach in northeast Australia. The title now belongs to the yellow-spotted goanna. Over the last few decades, scientists have observed the Australia lizard develop a taste for the eggs of the endangered loggerhead turtle. Goannas now frequently raid turtle nests on the Queensland ne ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Scientists reveal rules for making ribs
Atlanta GA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When physics gives evolution a leg up by breaking one
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
Pangolin traffickers opening up new routes: study
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Poisoned syringes fired at pet dogs for China meat trade
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Poisoned syringes that could be fired at dogs on the street to kill them instantly were sold by a gang in China, allowing pets to be snatched and sold for the dinner table, state media said. Police in the eastern province of Anhui arrested eight gang members, alleging they sold 200,000 of the syringes throughout China filled with a large dose of the muscle relaxant suxamethonium. The buy ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Chinese dissident's widow sends desperate letter
Manila (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Philippines's Duterte offers third telecom slot to China
Beijing (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Former Chinese leadership contender faces graft probe
African deforestation not as great as feared
New Haven CT (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence by Yale researchers shows. Previous estimates put deforestation at 35% to 55% on the continent since 1900. The new analysis estimates closed-canopy forests have shrunk by 21.7%, according to findings published Dec. 11 in the journal ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Cascading use is also beneficial for wood
New York NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
New maps show shrinking wilderness being ignored at our peril
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Forests are the key to fresh water
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