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June 19, 2012
ICE WORLD
Warm Climate - Cold Arctic?
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jun 19, 2012
The Eemian interglacial period that began some 125,000 years ago is often used as a model for contemporary climate change. In the international journal "Geophysical Research Letters" scientists from Mainz, Kiel and Potsdam (Germany) now present evidence that the Eemian differed in essential details from modern climatic conditions. To address the question about how climate may develop in the future, earth scientists direct their attention to the past. They look for epochs with similar conditions to ... read more

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WOOD PILE

Scientists reconstruct pre-Columbian human effects on the Amazon Basin
Small, shifting human populations existed in the Amazon before the arrival of Europeans, with little long-term effect on the forest. That's the result of research led by Crystal McMichael and Mark B ... more
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ICE WORLD

Spanish Scientist Participate in the Most Comprehensive Study Ever Done on Ice
A group composed of 17 scientists from 11 different countries has published the most comprehensive study ever done on ice in the world. The study addresses the most important contemporary issues in ... more
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BLUE SKY

Studying soil to predict the future of earth's atmosphere
When it comes to understanding climate change, it's all about the dirt. A new study by researchers at BYU, Duke and the USDA finds that soil plays an important role in controlling the planet's atmos ... more
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FARM NEWS

Single-track sustainability 'solutions' threaten people and planet
The targets, indicators and approaches being used to pursue progress towards sustainable development at Rio+20 are counter-productive, say scientists in a new paper. Three renowned sustainability in ... more
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WATER WORLD

New research into flood impacts in the south of England
Research from the University of Southampton has developed and applied a method for understanding the effects and impacts of coastal flooding, which could contribute to more effective flood forecasti ... more
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WOOD PILE

Scientists dispel myths, provide new insight into human impact on pre-Columbian Amazon River Basin
A paper published this week in Science provides the most nuanced view to date of the small, shifting human populations in much of the Amazon before the arrival of Europeans. The research, which incl ... more
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ABOUT US

The Rare Biosphere of the Human Body
The landmark publication of a "map" of the bacterial make-up of healthy humans has deep roots in an unexpected place: the ocean. Microbial communities that live on and in the human body, known colle ... more
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Fifty years of Mustang cool: is China along for the ride?

US urged to drop India WTO case on solar

Boeing lifts profit outlook as jetliner demand booms

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

Physicist demonstrates dictionary definition was dodgy

Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

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WOOD PILE

Landsat Sets the Standard for Maps of World's Forests
Countries like Brazil are using data from NASA satellites to track and measure their forests in advance of a United Nations effort to reduce climate change by providing "carbon credits" for protecte ... more
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FARM NEWS

Unlikely alliances bringing back dead rivers, barren landscapes, and farm yields
An unconventional approach that involves building alliances between groups competing for limited land and water resources has the potential to dramatically increase food production, boost rural inco ... more
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WATER WORLD

IAEA launches ocean acidification research centre
The UN nuclear agency announced on Monday the creation of a new centre in Monaco to help coordinate international efforts to research and combat the serious environmental problem of ocean acidification. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Experts discuss better nuclear disaster communication
A three-day conference hosted by the UN atomic agency started in Vienna on Monday aimed at improving public communication in a nuclear accident, more than a year since Japan's devastating Fukushima disaster. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Indian 'sadhus' protest dam projects on holy Ganges
Hundreds of saffron-clad Indian "sadhus," or holy men, protested in New Delhi Monday against plans to construct more than 50 dams on the River Ganges - whose waters are sacred to millions of Hindus. ... more
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ABOUT US

Expanding waistlines threaten the planet: researchers
If the human race keeps growing fatter at American rates, the Earth may face a rise in food demand equal to that of nearly a billion extra people, British researchers warned on Monday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

US, others commit to restoring damaged forests
The United States, Rwanda and a coalition of Brazilian groups on Monday vowed to restore at least 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of damaged forests. ... more
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WATER WORLD

CEOs urge RIO+20 leaders to make water security top priority
Some 45 corporate chiefs attending the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development on Monday pledged to make water security a strategic priority and called for decisive action by governments. ... more
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Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

The battle of the Mr. Cools

China and rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance: Obama

Kiev announces town 'liberated' but residents dumbfounded

Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

Patria vehicles getting Saab communications electronics

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DEMOCRACY

US concerned Egypt's military clinging to power
The United States said Monday Egypt's military appeared to be clinging to power after ruling generals declared sweeping new powers just after a pivotal presidential vote. ... more
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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Russia to Keep Working With Astronauts From US, Europe, Japan

Russia to Boost Manpower on New Space Center Construction Site

Taylor Small Satellite Launched

Liquid spacetime

Physicists consider implications of recent revelations about the universe's first light

No Official Confirmation of NASA Severing Ties with Russian Space Agency

NASA Selects Commercial Crew Program Manager

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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