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June 27, 2012
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Infection biology: The elusive third factor
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jun 27, 2012
Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU) in Munich have identified an enzyme that is involved in a modification pathway that is essential for bacterial pathogenicity. Because it shows no similarity to other known proteins, it may be an ideal target for development of novel antimicrobial drugs. Studies on a number of pathogenic bacteria have shown that these strains become pathogenic only when an enzyme called elongation factor P (EF-P) is chemically modified on a conserved lysine resi ... read more

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Cambodia remains last vulture bastion in Southeast Asia
In face of what has become a precipitous slide toward extinction across the Asian continent, the vultures of Cambodia have persisted, giving conservationists hope that these important scavengers can ... more
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ICE WORLD

Greenland ice may exaggerate magnitude of 13,000-year-old deep freeze
Ice samples pulled from nearly a mile below the surface of Greenland glaciers have long served as a historical thermometer, adding temperature data to studies of the local conditions up to the North ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Eating garbage: Bacteria for bioremediation
A 150-foot-high garbage dump in Colombia, South America, may have new life as a public park. Researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated that bacteria found in the dump can be used t ... more
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WATER WORLD

Climate change and the South Asian summer monsoon
The vagaries of South Asian summer monsoon rainfall impact the lives of more than one billion people. A review in Nature Climate Change (June 24 online issue) of over 100 recent research articles co ... more
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WATER WORLD

Significant sea-level rise in a two degree warming world
The study is the first to give a comprehensive projection for this long perspective, based on observed sea-level rise over the past millennium, as well as on scenarios for future greenhouse-gas emis ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

Delving Inside Earth from Space
European Space Agency, or ESA, astronaut Andre Kuipers is running experiments on the International Space Station that are shedding light on conditions deep inside Earth. Orbiting some 248 miles (400 ... more
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WATER WORLD

Risks and rewards of quantifying nature's 'ecosystem services'
How much is a stream worth? Can we put a dollar value on a wetland? Some conservation proponents have moved to establish the economic value of "ecosystem services," the benefits that nature provides ... more
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JILA team finds first direct evidence of 'spin symmetry' in atoms

Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies

The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

Yale's cool molecules

Biomimetic photodetector 'sees' in color

Atoms to Product: Aiming to Make Nanoscale Benefits Life-sized

Novel 'butterfly' molecule could enable photoenergy devices

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WATER WORLD

Cienega de Santa Clara unchanged after pilot run of Yuma Desalting Plant
Mexico's Cienega de Santa Clara has not changed since the 2010-11 pilot run of the Yuma Desalting Plant, according to a new report from a University of Arizona-led binational team of researchers. Th ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

NASA chooses University professors for $151.7 million mission
In 1971, NASA sent three astronauts who were University alumni to the moon as part of the Apollo 15 lunar mission. Now, three University professors have been chosen for a new NASA project, one that ... more
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ICE WORLD

Canada builds up arctic region defenses
Canada is building up arctic defenses as part of its long-term program of projecting Canadian presence in a region increasingly claimed by competing powers. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Philippines rice terraces off endangered list: UN
The Philippines' ancient rice terraces, carved into mountains like giant green stairs, have been removed from a UN list of endangered world heritage sites, the UN office in Manila said Wednesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Over 150 natives occupy Amazon dam construction site
More than 150 indigenous people are occupying one of the construction sites for the huge Belo Monte hydro-electric dam across the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon, a local spokesman said Tuesday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt court suspends military arrest powers
Egypt's administrative court suspended on Tuesday a justice ministry decision to allow the ruling military powers to arrest civilians, a judicial source said. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

US appeals court upholds pollution limits
A US federal court of appeals on Tuesday upheld the right of environmental regulators to curb harmful carbon emissions via clean car standards and limit industrial pollution from new power plants. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Debby hits land as Florida braces for more floods
Tropical storm Debby hit land as it arrived on Florida's Gulf Coast on Tuesday, threatening to dump another round of heavy rains on areas already reeling from flooding, US forecasters said. ... more
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Satellite used to control unmanned aerial vehicle

China defence ministry tells US to stop 'close-in' surveillance

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

Taiwan says spying allegations won't hurt China ties

UAE contracts for enhanced tactical communications

Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile delivered to Navy

Brazil taking sharp look at Russia's Pantsir-S1 air defense system

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SINO DAILY

Hong Kong marks handover but chafes under China rule
Hong Kong marks the 15th anniversary of its handover to China on Sunday, but protests targeting visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao will highlight growing misgivings over life under mainland rule. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Stockholm sees rainiest June on record
Stockholm has seen record amounts of rain in June, more than four times the normal precipitation, meteorologists said on Tuesday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Gene discovery may mean more, better rice
Chinese researchers say they've identified a key gene in rice that could enhance both quality and productivity of the crop at the same time. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China artist Ai Weiwei says travel a 'human right'
Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has a metaphor for the travel ban that will prevent him attending the growing number of exhibitions of his work being held around the world as his renown increases. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Swine flu likely claimed quarter of a million lives: study
The A(H1N1) "swine flu" 2009 pandemic probably claimed over a quarter of a million lives - 15 times more than the 18,500 reported, a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal said Tuesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Hopes of saving rare tortoise die with 'Lonesome George'
The death of Lonesome George came as a shock to the caretakers who had come to know the 100-year-old giant tortoise, the last survivor of a subspecies decimated by pirates more than a century ago. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Immolations expression of freedom: Tibet's exiled PM
Tibet's exiled political leader Lobsang Sangay on Tuesday said a spate of self-immolations in China was a strong message being sent by oppressed and desperate people who want to assert their freedom. ... more
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FARM NEWS

China, Argentina sign agricultural accords
Top agricultural exporter Argentina signed a raft of mostly farm-related agreements with China on Monday at a ceremony in Buenos Aires attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Food security and climate change
On a planet with sufficient food for all, today almost half a billion women and children under 5 in the developing world are undernourished -a consequence of persistently limited nutritious food int ... more
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FARM NEWS

New evidence in fructose debate: Could it be healthy for us?
A new study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital suggests that fructose may not be as bad for us as previously thought and that it may even provide some benefit. "Over the last decade, there hav ... more
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WATER WORLD

Focusing on water for Central Everglades essential to reversing whole ecosystem's continuing decline
Twelve years into a multibillion-dollar state and federal effort to save the Florida Everglades, little progress has been made in restoring the core of the ecosystem, says a new congressionally mand ... more
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ICE WORLD

Emperor penguins threatened by Antarctic sea ice loss
A decline in the population of emperor penguins appears likely this century as climate change reduces the extent of Antarctic sea ice, according to a detailed projection published this week. The stu ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Preserved Frogs Hold Clues to Deadly Pathogen
A Yale graduate student has developed a novel means for charting the history of a pathogen deadly to amphibians worldwide. Katy Richards-Hrdlicka, a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Forestry ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Maths experts question key ecological theory
Mathematicians at the University of York in the UK and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand say they have disproved a widely accepted theory underpinning the operation of complex networks of ... more
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FARM NEWS

Chemical analysis of pottery reveals first dairying in Saharan Africa in the fifth millennium BC
The first unequivocal evidence that humans in prehistoric Saharan Africa used cattle for their milk nearly 7,000 years ago is described in research by an international team of scientists, led by the ... 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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