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June 25, 2012
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'Brain-hacking' technology sought
London (UPI) Jun 24, 2012
Stanford University researchers say they are working on a device that would allow them to "pretty much hack" into the brain of British genius Stephen Hawking. Professor Philip Low and his colleagues at Stanford in California have been working with the disabled British theoretical physicist to develop technology that would enable them to communicate with Hawking through brain waves, The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday. "We'd like to find a way to bypass his body, pretty much hack his bra ... read more

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WATER WORLD

Turning down the dial: Ocean energy development with less sound
The rise of ocean infrastructure development to tap energy sources such as tides, offshore wind and natural gas will require more pile driving, the practice of pounding long, hollow steel pipes call ... more
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FARM NEWS

Nano-pesticides: Solution or threat for a cleaner and greener agriculture?
Nanotechnology has developed tremendously in the past decade and was able to create many new materials with a vast range of potential applications. Some of those innovative materials are promising t ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Eating placenta, an age-old practice in China
After Wang Lan delivered, she brought home a baby girl and her placenta, which she plans to eat in a soup - adopting an age-old practice in Chinese traditional medicine. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

China quake kills at least four, injures 100
An earthquake hit a mountainous area of southwest China on Sunday, killing at least four people and injuring more than 100, state media reported. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

US Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Debby
The US Gulf Coast braced Sunday for a hit from Tropical Storm Debby, as it pounded parts of the coast with strong winds and heavy rain, forecasters said. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Rising sea level puts US Atlantic coast at risk: report
The sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average, a report said Sunday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

World loses species with death of Lonesome George
Lonesome George has died, leaving the world one species poorer. ... more
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Russia may lose energy game over Ukraine, U.S. says

Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US

Fracking study in Pennsylvania finds few water concerns

Deep sea rocks may be future source for rare earth metals

BOEM extends planning time for OCS renewables

N.D. governor questions coal pollution limits

Chinese dream trumps environment as cars sales boom

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Dalai Lama visits scene of Italy quakes
The Dalai Lama visited emergency camps in northeast Italy housing thousands of people who were hit by two deadly earthquakes in May, Italian media reported on Sunday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Trouble on the horizon for GM crops?
Resistance of cotton bollworm to insect-killing cotton plants involves more diverse genetic changes than expected, an international research team reports in the journal Proceedings of the National A ... more
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ABOUT US

Out of the mouths of primates, facial mechanics of human speech may have evolved
The throat and facial movements that twist the air pushing through your vocal cords into words could be rooted in the well-meaning expressions primates exchange with each other, according to two rec ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Selenium controls staph on implant material
Selenium is an inexpensive element that naturally belongs in the body. It is also known to combat bacteria. Still, it had not been tried as an antibiotic coating on a medical device material. In a n ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

New way of monitoring environmental impact could help save rural communities in China
University of Southampton researchers are pioneering a new way of measuring and monitoring the impact of industrial and agricultural development on the environment. Working in collaboration with Eas ... more
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WATER WORLD

NOAA: Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' predictions feature uncertainty
A team of NOAA-supported scientists is predicting that this year's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone could range from a low of approximately 1,197 square miles to as much as 6,213 square miles. The wide r ... more
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WATER WORLD

Forecasters predict second-smallest Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone'
A dry spring in portions of the Midwest is expected to result in the second-smallest Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" on record in 2012, according to a University of Michigan forecast released last week. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Melting Sea Ice Threatens Emperor Penguins
At nearly four feet tall, the Emperor penguin is Antarctica's largest sea bird-and thanks to films like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," it's also one of the continent's most iconic. If glo ... more
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Russia to 'boost military presence' on disputed Kurils

Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world

F-35 in first international flight

US to send 'non-lethal' military aid to Ukraine: Hagel

ISS to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

US settlement reached to sell Iran-owned skyscraper in New York

Iraq policeman dies shielding recruits, attacks kill 21

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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

Afghanistan flash floods kill more than 30
Flash floods in Afghanistan triggered by days of torrential rain have killed more than 30 people, officials said Saturday, with dozens reported missing. ... more
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FARM NEWS

China's Bright Food to buy stake in Bordeaux wine broker
China's Bright Food Group is set to buy a 70-percent stake in Diva Bordeaux, the independent wine broker said on Saturday, as China further cements its presence in France's wine market. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Chinese submersible aims for 23,000 feet
China's deep-sea submersible Jiaolong, having surpassed the record for the nation's deepest descent, aims to dive to almost 23,000 feet, researchers said. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Drought hits Argentine corn and soy crops
Drought is claiming a heavy toll on Argentina's corn and soy crops, creating new problems for the economy amid an increasingly fraught confrontation between farmer groups and the government. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Vatican calls for free AIDS treatment across Africa
A top Vatican official called Friday on the international community to provide "free and efficient treatment" for AIDS in Africa, starting with pregnant women, mothers and their babies. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Clinton, Rousseff speak out for women's rights in Rio
Some of the world's most powerful women, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, have lamented the omission of women's reproductive rights in the Rio+20 summit's final statement. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

5.9 quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra: USGS
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit the north of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

Quest for extraterrestrial life not over: experts

Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers: researchers

First Earth-sized planet found in 'habitable zone': NASA

Growth of Antarctic ice sheet triggered warming in the Southern Ocean during Miocene

Xi urges China to build up joint space and air power

Russia launches its new ICBM from Plesetsk space centre

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SINO DAILY

China, Bhutan look to establish formal ties
China and the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute, China's foreign ministry said. ... 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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FLORA AND FAUNA

Kenya seizes 600 kg of Nigeria-bound ivory
Kenyan security dogs at Nairobi airport Friday outsmarted traffickers and sniffed through a layer of pepper to uncover a 600-kilo cargo of ivory bound for Nigeria, a statement said. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Civil war endangers Myanmar's ailing tigers
Efforts to stop Myanmar's tigers being hunted to extinction are under threat from a civil war raging in a region home to the world's biggest sanctuary for the endangered cats, experts warn. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Study Slashes Deforestation Carbon Emission Estimate
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 S ... 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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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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ICE WORLD

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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