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June 21, 2012
FARM NEWS
Green grabs: The dark side of the green economy
London, UK (SPX) Jun 21, 2012
'Green grabbing' - the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of 'green ' biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation efforts and eco-tourism initiatives - is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found. Ecosystems being 'asset-stripped' for profit is likely to cause dispossession and further poverty amongst already-poor land and resource users, according to a set of 17 new research case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin Ameri ... read more

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WATER WORLD

Study suggests expanded concept of 'urban watershed'
Within two decades, 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, and coping with the resulting urban drinking water and sanitation issues will be one of the greatest challenges of this ... more
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Adaptable decision making in the brain
Researchers at the University of Iowa, together with colleagues from the California Institute of Technology and New York University, have discovered how a part of the brain helps predict future even ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Predators Have Outsized Influence Over Habitats
A grasshopper's change in diet to high-energy carbohydrates while being hunted by spiders may affect the way soil releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to research results published ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Clues to nervous system evolution found in nerve-less sponge
UC Santa Barbara scientists turned to the simple sponge to find clues about the evolution of the complex nervous system and found that, but for a mechanism that coordinates the expression of genes t ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Population displacement during disasters predicted using mobile data
Using data supplied by a mobile operator, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have shown that population movements after the 2010 Haiti earthquake followed regular patterns. This information can be ... more
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WOOD PILE

Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America
An international team of researchers in Colombia, the UK, USA and Switzerland have developed the first ever system to monitor deforestation across Latin America in near real-time using satellite dat ... more
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FARM NEWS

Researchers search for viruses to save honeybees
In an effort to save the dwindling honeybee population researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are looking to viruses to help treat one of the most destructive and widespread bee brood di ... more
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Nanoparticles Create Skinny Solar Cells

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance

Surprising material could play role in saving energy

Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

Research Underway For Companion Plants To PV

Thinnest feasible membrane produced

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FARM NEWS

Key part of plants' rapid response system revealed
Science has known about plant hormones since Charles Darwin experimented with plant shoots and showed that the shoots bend toward the light as long as their tips, which are secreting a growth hormon ... more
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FARM NEWS

Over 30 years of global soil moisture observations for climate applications
Water held in soil plays an important role in the climate system. The dataset released by ESA is the first remote-sensing soil moisture data record spanning the period 1978 to 2010 - a predecessor o ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Record ivory heist at Zambia wildlife HQ
Thieves stole three tonnes of ivory tusks from a strong room at the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), the biggest heist of its kind in the country, an official said Wednesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Six lions speared to death outside Nairobi: official
Six lions were speared to death overnight on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital after they strayed from the city's national park and killed four goats, the Kenya Wildlife Service said Wednesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Rio+20: Maldives to create world's biggest marine reserve
The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives announced at the Rio+20 summit here Wednesday it would create the world's biggest marine reserve to protect its fisheries and biodiversity. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Watchdog criticises Netanyahu's govt over 2010 fire
Israel's state watchdog on Wednesday criticised a number of cabinet members in a report on the country's worst ever fire that killed 44 people as it swept through a northern forest in late 2010. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

China's Ai Weiwei barred from court in tax case
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was barred from a hearing Wednesday challenging a multi-million-dollar tax order against a firm he founded, he said, accusing authorities of trying to "crush" him. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Thousands evacuated as storm strikes Taiwan
Taiwanese authorities evacuated thousands of people, cancelled hundreds of flights and closed schools Wednesday as tropical storm Talim pounded Taiwan, officials said. ... more
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Sweden to boost military spending over Ukraine crisis

'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out

US 'closely watching' for signs of N.Korea nuclear test

Lockheed Martin Team's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Tops 100,000 Testing Miles During EMD Phase

Ukraine relaunches anti-rebel operation after Biden leaves

Ukraine military plane hit by gunfire above rebel-held town

Sikorsky, Army demonstrate optionally piloted Black Hawk

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Nepal launches drones to combat poachers
Conservationists in Nepal are to send drone aircraft into the skies in the battle to save the Himalayan nation's endangered tigers and rhinos from poachers. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Arctic methane gas could spell trouble for Florida coastline
The ancient reserves of methane gas seeping from the melting Arctic ice cap told Jeff Chanton and fellow researchers what they already knew: As the permafrost thaws, there is a release of methane, a ... more
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FARM NEWS

Bugs have key role in farming approach to storing CO2 emissions
Tiny microbes are at the heart of a novel agricultural technique to manage harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists have discovered how microbes can be used to turn carbon dioxide emissions into ... more
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FARM NEWS

Grasshoppers 'stressed' by spiders affect the productivity of our soil
How do grasshoppers who are being frightened by spiders affect our ecosystem? In no small measure, say researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Yale University in the US. A grasshopp ... more
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WATER WORLD

Nature inspires new submarine design
Superhydrophobicity is one of most important interfacial properties between solids and liquids. SHI Yanlong and his group from the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key laboratory of He ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

2 warmest winter months in Midwest history may have connection
This past March was the second warmest winter month ever recorded in the Midwest, with temperatures 15 degrees above average. The only other winter month that was warmer was December of 1889, during ... more
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FARM NEWS

Link between vitamin C and twins can increase seed production in crops
Biochemists at the University of California, Riverside report a new role for vitamin C in plants: promoting the production of twins and even triplets in plant seeds. Daniel R. Gallie, a profes ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Peaches, plums, nectarines give obesity, diabetes slim chance
Peaches, plums and nectarines have bioactive compounds that can potentially fight-off obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to new studies by Texas AgriLife Research. The st ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Arianespace's Vega launcher receives its "upper composite" for this month's launch

Upside-down planet reveals new method for studying binary star systems

45th Space Wing supports third SpaceX Launch for ISS Resupply mission

China issues first assessment on space activities

Robonaut from the ISS gets new legs for Easter

Exoplanets Soon to Gleam in the Eye of NESSI

Russia to Test Launch New Angara Rocket June 25

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Manipulation of a specific neural circuit buried in complicated brain networks in primates
The collaborative research team led by Professor Tadashi ISA, Project Assistant Professor Masaharu KINOSHITA from The National Institute for Physiological Sciences, The National Institutes of Natura ... more
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WATER WORLD

Million year old groundwater in Maryland water supply
A portion of the groundwater in the upper Patapsco aquifer underlying Maryland is over a million years old. A new study suggests that this ancient groundwater, a vital source of freshwater supplies ... more
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WOOD PILE

Expansion of forests in the European Arctic could result in the release of carbon dioxide
Carbon stored in Arctic tundra could be released into the atmosphere by new trees growing in the warmer region, exacerbating climate change, scientists have revealed. The Arctic is getting greener a ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Indiana drought a concern for farmers
Indiana farmers and livestock producers still can recover from one of the worst droughts in more than two decades, but time is growing short, researchers say. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Singapore adopts new climate strategy
Singapore, as part of its efforts to tackle climate change, will use a "whole-of-nation" approach. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

May temperatures up in much of the world
Global temperatures in May were the second warmest for the month on record, the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Nepal's governing communists split
A hard-line faction of the governing Unified Communist Party of Nepal has split away, claiming the prime minister has destroyed the UCPN's achievements. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China's contemporary music scene takes off
After decades struggling with official censorship, China's contemporary music scene is finally taking off, fuelled by live shows, the Internet and a government eager to cash in on a growing market. ... more
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