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June 12, 2012
FARM NEWS
Plant research funding crucial for the future
Stanford, CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2012
The scientific community needs to make a 10-year, $100 billion investment in food and energy security, says Carnegie's Wolf Frommer and Tom Brutnell of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in an opinion piece published in the June issue of The Scientist. They say the importance of addressing these concerns in light of a rapidly growing global population is on par with President John Kennedy's promise to put man on the moon-a project that took a decade and cost $24 billion. "Today, we fac ... read more

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WOOD PILE

Teaching tree-thinking through touch
A pair of new studies by computer scientists, biologists, and cognitive psychologists at Harvard, Northwestern, Wellesley, and Tufts suggest that collaborative touch-screen games have value beyond j ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Reign of the giant insects ended with the evolution of birds
Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen. Then came the birds. After the evolution of birds about 150 million years ago, insects got smalle ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

UH research team uses airborne LiDAR to unveil Honduran archaeological ruins
A field team from the University of Houston and the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) has mapped a remote region of Honduras that may contain the l ... more
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FARM NEWS

Low-carbon farming takes root in Brazil's Amazon
Manoel Jose Leite, a small-scale organic farmer, is set to pioneer low-carbon agriculture in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, which for decades has been destroyed by expanding agribusiness. ... more
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WOOD PILE

EO consortium to help fight global deforestation
UK satellite imaging company DMCii has successfully led a multi-disciplinary consortium to win a place on the Department for International Development (DfID) Forest Governance Markets and Climate (F ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Dinosaurs lighter than previously thought
Scientists have developed a new technique to accurately measure the weight and size of dinosaurs and discovered they are not as heavy as previously thought. University of Manchester biologists used ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Stealth behavior allows cockroaches to seemingly vanish
New cockroach behavior discovered by University of California, Berkeley, biologists secures the insect's reputation as one of nature's top escape artists, able to skitter away and disappear from sig ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
A New Way To Convert Light To Electrical Energy

Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants

Leaders Discuss Wind Power in Canada's Energy Future

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

Reverse engineering materials for more efficient heating and cooling

Saving lots of computing capacity with a new algorithm

Nanosafety research - there's room for improvement

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ICE WORLD

NASA Discovers Unprecedented Blooms of Ocean Plant Life
Scientists have made a biological discovery in Arctic Ocean waters as dramatic and unexpected as finding a rainforest in the middle of a desert. A NASA-sponsored expedition punched through three-foo ... more
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FIRE STORM

Wildfire and an example of its important link to the ecosystem
Traveling the western U.S. state of Nevada in the 1860s, a young American writer named Mark Twain heard a "world of talk" about the beauty of Lake Tahoe and so set out one August day to see the lake ... more
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WHITE OUT

US pair lost in New Zealand blizzard for a week
Two US students survived a week lost in a blizzard-hit New Zealand mountain range by taking regular dips in hot thermal springs they had stumbled across, rescuers said Monday. ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

Apple unveils maps program, challenging Google
Apple unveiled its own mapping program Monday, challenging Google for the popular software application and opening up a new front in the war with the maker of the Android operating system. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Online freedom: an app for that is coming
For people living in countries where the the government monitors and censors the Internet, help is on the way. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Mama Portia dishes out help for AIDS orphans
With woollen hats covering their heads from early morning chills, dozens of children troop into a courtyard for a bowl of hot cereal in South Africa's impoverished Alexandra township. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Afghan quakes kill at least three: officials
Two earthquakes destroyed dozens of mud homes in Afghanistan's mountainous Hindu Kush region on Monday, killing at least three people and trapping others under rubble, officials said. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Iraq 'green belt' front line in anti-desertification fight
Trees as far as the eye can see are the weapons one Iraqi province is using in the fight against desertification in a country where decades of conflict have exacted a terrible environmental toll. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Japanese aircraft scrambles endangering safety: China

China Concerned by India's Moves to Secure Northeastern Border

China punishes HK lawmaker for criticising leader

Chinese Communist leadership 'fundamental' to rule of law: party

Canadian military receiving satellite-on-the-move communications system

Iraq Sunni exiles say bombs cannot defeat IS

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SINO DAILY

'Long Hair' Leung: Hong Kong's rebel with a cause
A hero to some and a pest to others, maverick Hong Kong lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung is universally recognised as the most outspoken critic of the city's ruling business elite. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Many questions as Rio Summit seeks to help sick planet
Twenty years ago, a burst of sunny optimism radiated from Rio de Janeiro as world leaders staged a meeting that would prove pivotal. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

'Mysterious' haze blankets Chinese metropolis
Young and old residents of the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan were advised to stay indoors on Monday after a thick haze blanketed the city of nine million people, official media said. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Forests could be global warming factor
Fertile soils in U.S. forests could release vast amounts of carbon dioxide due to global warming, creating a "vicious cycle" of heat increases, scientists say. ... more
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WATER WORLD

China submersible to plumb new ocean depths
A Chinese submersible is poised to attempt the country's deepest-ever manned dive, state media said Monday, as Beijing seeks to reach another technological milestone. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Scientists uncover evidence of impending tipping point for Earth
A prestigious group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate change may be driving Earth toward an irreversibl ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Today's Climate More Sensitive to Carbon Dioxide Than in Past 12 Million Years
Until now, studies of Earth's climate have documented a strong correlation between global climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide; that is, during warm periods, high concentrations of CO2 persist, wh ... more
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ICE WORLD

Will The Ice Age Strike Back
The dramatic melt-off of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is hitting closer to home than millions of Americans might think. That's because melting Arctic sea ice can trigger a domino effect lead ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares

Antares rocket launch failed due to possible engine flaw

NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

Getting to Know You, Rocket Edition: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage

Russia Puts Meridian Communications Satellite Into Orbit

FY 15 launch schedule kicks off with GPS IIF-8 liftoff from 'The Cape'

NASA to work with cargo partners despite rocket crash

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WATER WORLD

Geoengineering could disrupt rainfall patterns
A geoengineering solution to climate change could lead to significant rainfall reduction in Europe and North America, a team of European scientists concludes. The researchers studied how models of t ... more
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ABOUT US

Homo heidelbergensis was only slightly taller than the Neanderthal
The reconstruction of 27 complete human limb bones found in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain) has helped to determine the height of various species of the Pleistocene era. Homo heilderbergensis, like Neande ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse
Using scientific theories, toy ecosystem modeling and paleontological evidence as a crystal ball, 18 scientists, including one from Simon Fraser University, predict we're on a much worse collision c ... more
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WATER WORLD

Sea temperatures less sensitive to CO2 13 million years ago
In the modern global climate, higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are associated with rising ocean temperatures. But the seas were not always so sensitive to this CO2 "forcing," ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Ecologists Call for Preservation of Planet's Remaining Biological Diversity
Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 17 ecologists are calling for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of Earth's biological diversity. The loss is compromising nature's ... more
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ABOUT US

How infectious disease may have shaped human origins
Roughly 100,000 years ago, human evolution reached a mysterious bottleneck: Our ancestors had been reduced to perhaps five to ten thousand individuals living in Africa. In time, "behaviorally modern ... more
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FARM NEWS

Nepal 'Himalayan Viagra' harvest droops to record low
Every summer, Himalayan villages empty as locals rush to the mountains of northern Nepal to harvest yarchagumba, a high-altitude wild fungus that is prized for its aphrodisiac qualities. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Sri Lanka holds mass baby elephant christening
Sri Lanka's main elephant orphanage staged its biggest mass christening Sunday by naming 15 baby elephants born in captivity, an official said. ... more
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