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June 18, 2012
WATER WORLD
Research shows humans are primary cause of global ocean warming over past 50 years
Livermore, CA (SPX) Jun 18, 2012
The oceans have warmed in the past 50 years, but not by natural events alone. New research by a team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and international collaborators shows that the observed ocean warming over the last 50 years is consistent with climate models only if the models include the impacts of observed increases in greenhouse gas during the 20th century. Though the new research is not the first study to identify a human influence on observed ocean warming, it is the fir ... read more

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Loss of biodiversity increasingly threatens human well-being
The loss of the planet's biological diversity is increasingly threatening Mother Nature's ability to provide humans with goods and services like food, water, fodder, fertile soils, and protection fr ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Herbivores select on floral architecture in a South African bird-pollinated plant
Floral displays, such as the color, shape, size, and arrangement of flowers, are typically thought to have evolved primarily in response to selection by pollinators—for animal-pollinated species, be ... more
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WATER WORLD

New research leads to sensors that detect contaminants in water
Many organic contaminants in the air and in drinking water need to be detected at very low-level concentrations. Research published by the laboratory of Prashant V. Kamat, the John A. Zahm Professor ... more
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ICE WORLD

Divide the Antarctic to protect native species, propose experts
An international team of scientists have published the first continent-wide assessment of the Antarctic's biogeography, and propose that the landmass should be divided into 15 distinct conservation ... more
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INTERN DAILY

NIST effort could improve high-tech medical scanners
A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room-and a team of scientists* at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have take ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Where we split from sharks: Common ancestor comes into focus
The common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates on Earth resembled a shark, according to a new analysis of the braincase of a 290-million-year-old fossil fish that has long puzzled paleontologists. New ... more
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WATER WORLD

Big Uncertainties in the Global Water Budget
No life without water. Catastrophes like droughts or strong rains reflect our dependence on the water cycle and climate system. Hence, it is important to understand details of the water cycle among ... more
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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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FARM NEWS

Rapidly cooling eggs can double shelf life, decrease risk of illness
Taking just a few seconds to cool freshly laid eggs would add weeks to their shelf life, according to a Purdue University study. The rapid-cooling process, developed by Kevin Keener, a professor of ... more
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FARM NEWS

Hong Kong wine auction fetches $2.2 million
An auction of fine and rare wines fetched $2.2 million in Hong Kong on Saturday, with more than 90 percent of the lots sold, the organisers said. ... more
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WATER WORLD

NGOs urge RIO+20 to back new treaty on oceans protection
Non-governmental organizations on Sunday called on RIO+20 summit leaders to back a new treaty to protect the high seas. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Word Food Program chief in Rio for UN summit
UN World Food Program chief Ertharin Cousin arrived here Sunday to attend a United Nations summit on sustainable development and discuss plans to fight world hunger with governments and the private sector. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Socialists take absolute majority in French parliament
France's Socialists won control of parliament Sunday, handing President Francois Hollande the convincing majority he needs to push through his tax-and-spend agenda to battle the eurozone debt crisis. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt army issues new constitutional document: state TV
Egypt's ruling military council has issued an amended constitutional declaration, Egypt's state television reported on Sunday, as polls in the country's key presidential run-off closed. ... more
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WOOD PILE

In Brazil, a teen's fight against deforestation starts to pay off
First came the coffee growers. Then the charcoal makers. And finally, when the last trees had been cleared, there came the cattlemen, who grazed their cows on the denuded hillsides. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Political speech targeted with take-down requests: Google
Political commentary remains a prime target as governments increase the number of requests for Google to remove material from the reach of Internet users. ... more
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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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WATER WORLD

Cape Town juggles buffer between humans and deadly sharks
Undetected on the mountain slope, Tino Simmerie sweeps his binoculars over the South African bay where bathers happily splash about in turquoise waters. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Afghan quake rescue operation declared over
Afghan rescue teams have ended operations to recover the bodies of dozens of people killed in a landslide that followed earthquakes in the north of the country last week, an official said Saturday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane Carlotta kills 2 in Mexico
Two girls were killed when their house collapsed in southwestern Mexico in a mudslide under heavy rains unleashed by Hurricane Carlotta, local officials said Saturday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Bulgarian president vetoes controversial forest act changes
Bulgaria's president vetoed on Saturday a parliamentary decision to relax planning restrictions on forests to boost the development of ski resorts, his press office said. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Brazil picks up the baton for struggling UN summit
Brazil on Saturday took the helm of talks to forge a global deal on preserving the environment and rooting out poverty ahead of a gathering of world leaders starting in just four days. ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

Google launches cultural map of Brazil's Amazon tribe
Google on Saturday unveiled a cultural map of Brazil' Surui indigenous people, a digital tool that will help the Amazonian tribe share their vast knowledge of the forest and fight illegal logging. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Dalai Lama forms unlikely double act on UK tour
The Dalai Lama kicked off Saturday a series of talks across Britain, forming an unlikely double act with comedian Russell Brand. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China urges eurozone cooperation to resolve crisis
China on Saturday urged eurozone countries to work together to resolve the debt crisis or all face being pulled down amid "severe economic storms", ahead of key elections in Greece and a G20 summit. ... 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

Natives occupy Amazon dam construction site
Around 300 indigenous and green activists occupied Friday the construction site of a huge hydro-electric dam across the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, protest organizers said. ... more
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BLUE SKY

Haze returns to Malaysia
Haze caused by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia blanketed parts of Malaysia including the capital Saturday, causing air pollution to hit unhealthy levels. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Nobel Peace laureates who missed their ceremonies
More than 20 years after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will give her Nobel lecture on Saturday, prevented, like only a handful of other laureates, from doing so at the time. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Polish lawmakers nix referendum on climate package
Polish lawmakers on Friday threw out a proposal by the nationalist right-wing opposition for a referendum on the EU's climate package, as Warsaw blocked a key emissions roadmap related to it. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt army aims to keep centre ground in politics
A controversial court decision on the eve of Egypt's second round presidential vote gives the nation's army the means to keep its key political role and challenge the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

New Software Forecasts Noise Levels in a Street
University of Granada researchers have designed a new software solution to determine noise levels in a street in the future. This new system predicts noise frequency and the type of noise that the i ... more
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WATER WORLD

Work begins on China-backed hydroelectric dam in Cameroon
Cameroon's President Paul Biya on Friday launched the official start of work on a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam expected to become operational by 2017. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Bacterium signals plant to open up and let friends in
Researchers have identified the set of tools an infectious microbe uses to persuade a plant to open the windows and let the bug and all of its friends inside. The microbe is Pseudomonas syringae, a ... more
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