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June 22, 2012
WOOD PILE
Study Slashes Deforestation Carbon Emission Estimate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 22, 2012
A new study with NASA participation has sharply reduced previous estimates of how much carbon was emitted into Earth's atmosphere from tropical deforestation in the early 2000s. Research scientist Sassan Saatchi of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., participated in the study, published June 21 in the journal Science. The team, led by researchers from Winrock International, an environmental nonprofit organization in Little Rock, Ark., also included scientists from Applied GeoSoluti ... read more

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Top predators key to extinctions as planet warms
Global warming may cause more extinctions than predicted if scientists fail to account for interactions among species in their models, Yale and UConn researchers argue in Science. "Currently, ... more
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ICE WORLD

New deglaciation data opens door for earlier First Americans migration
A new study of lake sediment cores from Sanak Island in the western Gulf of Alaska suggests that deglaciation there from the last Ice Age took place as much as 1,500 to 2,000 years earlier than prev ... more
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EPIDEMICS

US journal prints controversial bird flu research
The US journal Science published research Thursday on how a mutant bird flu may spread among mammals and possibly humans, following months of controversy over the risks of bioterrorism. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Remote Siberian Lake Holds Clues to Arctic - and Antarctic - Climate Change
Intense warm climate intervals - warmer than scientists thought possible - have occurred in the Arctic over the past 2.8 million years. That result comes from the first analyses of the longest sedim ... more
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ICE WORLD

Arctic once had extreme warm periods: study
An international team of scientists said Thursday that the Arctic went through ice-free periods of extreme warmth over the past 2.8 million years, based on a new analysis of deep sediment in Russia. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Climate drilling in the Arctic Circle
During the past 2.8 million years extreme warm periods occurred in the Arctic at irregular intervals. Analytical results from the longest sediment core that has ever been drilled in the terrestrial ... more
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Arctic climate more vulnerable than thought, maybe linked to Antarctic ice-sheet behavior
First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic, published this week in Science, provide documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientist ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
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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ICE WORLD

Elephant seals help uncover slower-than-expected Antarctic melting
Don't let the hobbling, wobbling, and blubber fool you into thinking elephant seals are merely sluggish sun bathers. In fact, scientists are benefiting from these seals' surprisingly lengthy migrati ... more
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WATER WORLD

Restoring Streams Helps Winter Songbirds
A new study by PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) and the National Aviary finds that restoring floodplain forests in the Central Valley of California helps songbirds survive through the winter, a find ... more
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BLUE SKY

2012 Noctilucent Cloud Season Begins
Data from NASA's AIM spacecraft show that noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are like a great "geophysical light bulb". They turn on every year in late spring, reaching almost full intensity over a period of ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Chris becomes season's first Atlantic hurricane
Chris has strengthened to become the first Atlantic hurricane of 2012, but is way off the coast of Canada's Newfoundland and posing no threat to land, US experts said Thursday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Commentary: Romney's competing teams
Ever since Mitt Romney announced his team of 22 special advisers on foreign policy and national security issues and 13 separate regional and issue-oriented working groups, three distinct factions have emerged, competing for the candidate's attention and approval. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Paul McCartney, Penelope Cruz join 'Arctic sanctuary' drive
Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, actress Penelope Cruz and director Robert Redford have joined a campaign for a "global sanctuary" around the North Pole, Greenpeace announced Thursday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Oracle chief buys Hawaiian island
Oracle boss Larry Ellison has bought a Hawaiian island from a fellow multi-billionaire businessman, the governor of the US Pacific Ocean state said Wednesday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Zimbabwe lawmakers get tested for HIV
Dozens of Zimbabwean lawmakers on Thursday underwent HIV tests at parliament, with many pledging to undergo circumcision the following day, at the start of a new anti-AIDS campaign. ... 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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SINO DAILY

Ai Weiwei says 'cannot leave China' as bail ends
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said Thursday he was still barred from leaving the country despite the expiry of a one-year bail condition imposed after his release from detention last June. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Two Tibetans set themselves alight in China
Two young Tibetans in a remote area of northwest China set themselves alight, state media and a rights group said Thursday, in the latest such protest against Chinese rule. ... more
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ABOUT US

Google sets out to save dying languages
Google has set out to save the world's dying languages. ... 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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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

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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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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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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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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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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ABOUT US

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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FARM NEWS

Green grabs: The dark side of the green economy
'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 ... 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

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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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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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

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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