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June 14, 2012
ICE WORLD
North-East Passage soon free from ice again
Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) Jun 14, 2012
The North-East Passage, the sea route along the North coast of Russia, is expected to be free of ice early again this summer. The forecast was made by sea ice physicists of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association based on a series of measurement flights over the Laptev Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean. Amongs experts the shelf sea is known as an "ice factory" of Arctic sea ice. At the end of last winter the researchers discovered large areas o ... read more

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FARM NEWS

Using recycled sewage treatment plant water for irrigating crops
A new study eases concerns that irrigating crops with water released from sewage treatment plants - an increasingly common practice in arid areas of the world - fosters emergence of the antibiotic-r ... more
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WATER WORLD

The downstream consequences of depleting groundwater
Hard lessons from around the American West and Australia could help improve groundwater management and protect ecosystems in California, Stanford University researchers find. The Water in the West p ... more
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FARM NEWS

A New Way of Looking at Photosystem II
Future prospects for clean, green, renewable energy may hinge upon our ability to mimic and improve upon photosynthesis - the process by which green plants, algae and some bacteria convert solar ene ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Too few salmon is far worse than too many boats for killer whales
Not having enough Chinook salmon to eat stresses out southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest more than having boatloads of whale watchers nearby, according to hormone levels of whal ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Undersea volcano gave off signals before eruption in 2011
A team of scientists that last year created waves by correctly forecasting the 2011 eruption of Axial Seamount years in advance now says that the undersea volcano located some 250 miles off the Oreg ... more
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FARM NEWS

Maize diversity discoveries may help ease world's hunger pangs
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, report that ancient farmers had a stronger impact on the evolution of maize, or corn, than modern plant breeders have had on the grain - now one o ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Pitcher plant uses rain drops to capture prey
During heavy rain, the lid of Nepenthes gracilis pitchers acts like a springboard, catapulting insects that seek shelter on its underside directly into the fluid-filled pitcher, new research has fou ... more
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Organic photovoltaic cells of the future

EV consumers better off with a range under 100 miles

Calculations with Nanoscale Smart Particles

Ferroelectric Materials Suffer Unexpected Electric Polarizations

Researchers inspired by marine life to design camouflage systems

Paper offers insights into new class of semiconductors

New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand images

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FARM NEWS

Finding ways to feed pigs for less
Results of a preliminary experiment conducted at the University of Illinois indicate that it may be possible to select pigs that can make efficient use of energy in less expensive feed ingredients, ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Scientists find that rain may not always be a welcome thing to waterbirds
Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems. The ... more
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WHALES AHOY

75% of Japan's NW Pacific whale hunt unsold: official
Three-quarters of the tons of meat from Japan's controversial whale hunt last year was not sold, despite repeated attempts to auction it, officials said on Wednesday. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Tackle rising population, consumption: science academies
The world's science academies on Thursday warned the upcoming Rio Summit that Earth faced a dangerous double whammy posed by voracious consumption and a population explosion. ... more
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WATER WORLD

EU fish compromise to see discard ban -- by 2019
After 20 hours of talks into the wee hours Wednesday, Europe's fisheries ministers struck a compromise deal to save the oceans from overfishing, but failed to satisfy environmentalists. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Niger farmland threatened by locusts: official
Large swathes of farmland are threatened by locusts in Niger even as the drought-prone African nation is grappling with a severe food crisis, a pest-control official said Wednesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Feathers fly in New York goose wars
It's the battle for New York's skies - and feathers are flying. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Quake-hit Afghan village could become mass grave
An Afghan village where more than 70 people are believed to have been buried in an earthquake-triggered landslide could be declared a mass grave, an official said Wednesday. ... more
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US must 'destroy' jihadists in Iraq, Syria: ex-general

Israeli strikes kill senior Hamas commanders in Gaza

Lebanon army arrests Arab-Israeli infiltrator: security

Military Sealift command contracts logistics services

Justice elusive for Syria chemical attack victims: HRW

Iran denies linking Iraq role to Western sanctions

British arbitration tribunal backs up Raytheon

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EPIDEMICS

HIV may have returned in 'cured' patient: scientists
An American man whose HIV seemed to disappear after a blood marrow transplant for leukemia may be showing new hints of the disease, sparking debate over whether a cure was really achieved. ... more
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FARM NEWS

EU, China agree on ag sustainability
The European Union and China will address food security and sustainability issues through "a stronger and closer relationship" in agriculture, officials said this week. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Australia to create world's largest marine reserves
Australia on Thursday announced it will create the world's largest network of marine sanctuaries, with limits placed on fishing, oil and gas exploration off the coast. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

'Drought-hit' UK lifts hosepipe bans after two soggy months
British gardeners have been told they can use their hosepipes again after drought prompted a two-month ban - but after weeks of pouring rain, their lawns will be looking fresh anyway. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt grants army powers of arrest
Egypt's justice minister on Wednesday granted the army the right to arrest civilians, after such powers expired with the lifting of the decades-old state of emergency last month. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China boycotts religious event over Tibet presence
Chinese delegates taking part in a religious event in South Korea abruptly flew home Wednesday in an apparent protest against Tibetan participation, organisers said. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Rio summit exposes grim Guanabara Bay
At the 1992 Earth Summit a grand plan was drawn up to tackle pollution in Rio's Guanabara Bay, but 20 years on the once-pristine fishing ground is a cesspool of garbage and toxic waste. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Ancient effect harnessed to produce electricity from waste heat
A phenomenon first observed by an ancient Greek philosopher 2,300 years ago has become the basis for a new device designed to harvest the enormous amounts of energy wasted as heat each year to produ ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR

German utilities want 15 bn euros for nuclear exit: report
German power suppliers are suing the government for 15 billion euros ($19 billion) in damages over the decision to abandon nuclear power, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Wednesday. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

'No-sleep energy bugs' drain smartphone batteries
Researchers have proposed a method to automatically detect a new class of software glitches in smartphones called "no-sleep energy bugs," which can entirely drain batteries while the phones are not ... more
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ENERGY NEWS

How to Surpass California's Renewable Energy Goals
A new report provides a blueprint for California to meet and surpass its ambitious local renewable energy goals. The report, California's Transition to Local Renewable Energy: 12,000 Megawatts by 20 ... more
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WIND DAILY

South Korea partners for offshore wind
The United Kingdom and South Korea have formed an alliance to promote collaboration between the countries in offshore wind and tidal and wave power. ... more
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TRADE WARS

Germany, most appealing European market for China: study
China, already the top foreign investor in Germany last year, sees Europe's top economy as the most attractive country to invest in after the United States, a new study showed on Wednesday. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR

'Good progress' in global nuclear safety: IAEA
The UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday "good progress" was being made in enhancing global nuclear safety, almost a year after implementing an action plan in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Oil slick threatens drinking water supply of Canadian town
A pipeline in western Canada has leaked crude oil into a local river, its operator said Tuesday amid fears the drinking water supply of 90,000 people could become contaminated. ... more
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BIO FUEL

Shell backs out of Brazil sugar-cane plans
A company set up by Royal Dutch Shell, the world's largest biofuels distributor, has nixed plans to source sugar cane from Brazilian lands claimed by a local tribe, an aboriginal activist group said Wednesday. ... more
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