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June 30, 2012
FARM NEWS
Agricultural Land Grabs Still Remain Above Pre-2005 Level
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 29, 2012
An estimated 70.2 million hectares of agricultural land worldwide have been sold or leased to foreign private and public investors since 2000, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service. The bulk of these acquisitions, which are called "land grabs" by some observers, took place between 2008 and 2010, peaking in 2009. Although data for 2010 indicate that the amount of acquisitions dropped considerably after the 2009 peak, it still remains well ... read more

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WATER WORLD

Research Vessel Winds Down Visit to Vietnam
U.S. scientists and Vietnamese researchers will discuss coastal ocean circulation and land-ocean environmental trends this week as the R/V Roger Revelle, an auxiliary general purpose oceanographic r ... more
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BLUE SKY

Scientists measure soot particles in flight
"For the first time we can actually see the structure of individual aerosol particles floating in air, their 'native habitat'," said DESY scientist Henry Chapman from the Center for Free-Electron La ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

UCSB scientists compile first study of potential for tsunamis in northwestern California
Using studies that span the last three decades, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have compiled the first evidence-based comprehensive study of the potential for tsunamis in Northwestern California. Th ... more
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EARLY EARTH

A group of fungi marked the end of the coal age 300 million years ago
300 million years ago, the Earth suddenly interrupted massive production of coal. This fact determined the end of the Carboniferous, a period of the Paleozoic Era that had started 60 million years b ... more
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WATER WORLD

Saving the Baltic Sea
Over the last decade, an average of 60,000 km2 of the Baltic Sea bottom has suffered from hypoxia without enough oxygen to support its normal ecosystem. Several large-scale geo-engineering intervent ... more
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FARM NEWS

Most new pesticides have roots in natural substances
Scientists who search for new pesticides for use in humanity's battle of the bugs and other threats to the food supply have been learning lessons from Mother Nature, according to a new analysis. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Dying trees in Southwest set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River
New research concludes that a one-two punch of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the Am ... more
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Solar System Transforms Fallow Land Into Money Generating Asset

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

HelioSage Energy Announces Sale of 12 Solar Projects in North Carolina

VIASPACE Establishes Giant King Grass Research Collaboration With California

Ceres to Expand Product Development in Sorghum and Sugarcane

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15

SunShare Announces Program to Provide Free Electricity

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FARM NEWS

A new source of maize hybrid vigor
Steve Moose, an associate professor of maize functional genomics at the University of Illinois and his graduate student Wes Barber think they may have discovered a new source of heterosis, or hybrid ... more
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FARM NEWS

Study provides first evidence of coevolution between invasive, native species
Invasive species such as kudzu, privet and garlic mustard can devastate ecosystems, and, until now, scientists had little reason to believe that native plants could mount a successful defense. A new ... more
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FARM NEWS

France slaps ban on Swiss pesticide as bee threat
The French government on Friday slapped an immediate ban a pesticide made by Swiss giant Syngenta used in rapeseed cultivation that has been found to shorten bees' lifespan. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Britain hit by more floods in summer of storms
Britain was bracing for more disruption on Friday after storms and flash floods in which one man died and hundreds of homes were evacuated. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Australia counts down to pollution, mining taxes
Australia said Friday the world expects it to do its part to reduce pollution linked to global warming as the nation counts down to controversial new taxes on carbon emissions and mining profits. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Four-in-one AIDS drug gets the OK in clinical trial
An experimental once-daily pill that combines four drugs to fight HIV is as safe and effective as commonly-prescribed treatments against the AIDS virus, researchers reported in The Lancet Friday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Falcons, and their handler, inspire at-risk US youth
Benny and James are a pair of handsome Lanner falcons, bred in Saudi Arabia, that came to the United States a few weeks ago on a mission to change the lives of inner-city youth. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Taiwan tea a matter of passion and profit
For decades, Lin Tsai-pan has tended his tea fields in the misty green hills of central Taiwan with a devotion bordering on obsession. It is not just a job. It is a passion and a question of honour. ... more
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'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups

UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

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ABOUT US

Outside View: 18th-century words for today
Nearly 240 years have passed since America first declared its independence. Since then, our population has become healthier, better sheltered and more mobile than our 18th-century counterparts. The poorest of us today live lives that would have been science fiction to the country's founders. ... more
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FARM NEWS

S. America cattle outbreak threat lingers
Latin America remains high on the list of regions where recurring foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks are upsetting the best-laid plans for sustained economic development. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Oldest known pottery is found in China
Bits of the oldest known pottery, some 2,000 years older than previously found pieces, have been uncovered in China, researchers said in the US journal Science on Thursday. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Bulgaria passes new waste law in bid to dodge EU fines
Bulgaria's parliament passed a new waste management law Thursday meant to bring the country into line with European Union rules and avoid the looming threat of non-compliance fines. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Taiwan indicts loggers for axing 2000-year-old trees
Taiwanese prosecutors on Thursday accused a group of 22 men of felling several 2,000-year-old trees in the worst case of illegal logging in the island's history. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Senator expects US to ratify sea treaty
A veteran US senator said Thursday that he expected the Senate to ratify this year the UN convention on the law of the sea, which supporters say will benefit US engagement in Asia. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Authorities order crackdown in south China
Authorities in China's Guangdong province have ordered police to arrest anyone suspected of fomenting unrest after clashes between migrant workers and locals resulted in two nights of rioting. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Maths formula leads researchers to source of pollution
The leaking of environmentally damaging pollutants into our waters and atmosphere could soon be counteracted by a simple mathematical algorithm, according to researchers. Presenting their research i ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

Opportunity Flash-Memory Reformat Planned

Chilly end for geckos sent into space by Russia

Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds

Astrophysicists Report Radioactive Cobalt in Supernova Explosion

How might El Nino affect wildfires in California?

Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades

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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Lab-on-a-chip detects trace levels of toxic vapors in homes near Utah Air Force Base
A lab-on-a-chip technology that measures trace amounts of air contaminants in homes was successfully field-tested by researchers at the University of Michigan. Even in the presence of 50 other indoo ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Seeing inside tissue
Imagine if doctors could perform surgery without ever having to cut through your skin. Or if they could diagnose cancer by seeing tumors inside the body with a procedure that is as simple as an ultr ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Evidence of oceanic 'green rust' offers hope for the future
A rare kind of mineral which scientists hope could be used to remove toxic metals and radioactive species from the environment played a similar, crucial role early in Earth's history. Research carri ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Magnet helps target transplanted iron-loaded cells to key areas of heart
Optimal stem cell therapy delivery to damaged areas of the heart after myocardial infarction has been hampered by inefficient homing of cells to the damaged site. However, using rat models, research ... more
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FARM NEWS

Pasta made from green banana flour a tasty alternative for gluten free diets
People with celiac disease struggle with limited food choices, as their condition makes them unable to tolerate gluten, found in wheat and other grains. Researchers from the University of Brazil hav ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Lightning strike kills three women in Germany
Three women were killed by lightning and a fourth was badly injured Friday in the central German city of Korbach, police said. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

American man critical after chimpanzee mauling in S.Africa
An American research student was in a critical condition in a South African hospital on Friday after he was dragged by chimpanzees into an enclosure at a primate sanctuary and attacked. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Sri Lanka troops join battle against dengue fever
Thousands of Sri Lankan troops Friday joined a massive clean up operation to eliminate mosquito-breeding grounds as part of a national effort to contain the dengue virus, officials said. ... more
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