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July 05, 2012
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Exploring one of climate's 'known unknowns'
Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2012
The influence of aerosols (small particles less than 1 micrometre in diameter) and clouds (liquid droplets 1 - 1000 micrometres diameter) represents one of the largest uncertainties in our understanding of trends in past global climate and predicting future climate change, as recognised by the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. One of the most significant 'known unknowns' is how quickly water can condense on the small aerosol particles to grow and become cloud droplets, ... read more

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Acid-wielding worms drill through bones at the bottom of the sea
Tiny 'bone-devouring worms', known to both eat and inhabit dead whale skeletons and other bones on the sea floor, have a unique ability to release bone-melting acid, scientists at Scripps Institutio ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Improving living tissues with 3D printed vascular networks made from sugar
Researchers are hopeful that new advances in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine could one day make a replacement liver from a patient's own cells, or animal muscle tissue that could be cut ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Unlocking Some Key Secrets of Photosynthesis
New research led by chemists in the Baruch '60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is seeking to detail the individual steps of highly efficient reaction ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Multiple proxy datasets can clarify ancient climate regimes
Tree ring and oxygen isotope data from the U.S. Pacific Northwest do not provide the same information on past precipitation, but rather than causing a problem, the differing results are a good thing ... more
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WATER WORLD

EU underpays Madagascar for access to fish
Unfair and exploitative political agreements allow Europeans to eat fish from the plates of developing countries, according to a study led by University of British Columbia researchers. In the ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest
Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Colu ... more
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WATER WORLD

Britain's urban rivers bounce back
Urban rivers throughout England and Wales have improved dramatically in water quality and wildlife over the last 20 years. That's the conclusion of one the largest studies of national trends in rive ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Using radio waves to control the density in a fusion plasma

Climate: EU set for 24% emissions cut by 2020

Postcards from the plasma edge

Physicists Closer to Understanding Balance of Matter, Antimatter

Calming the plasma edge: The tail that wags the dog

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

E-waste inferno burning brighter in China's recycling capital

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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Novel clay-based coating may point the way to new generation of green flame retardants
In searching for better flame retardants for home furnishings-a large source of fuel in house fires-National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers defied the conventional wisdom a ... more
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FIRE STORM

Climate Just One Factor in Wildfires
It's shaping up to be a fiery summer across the United States. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of July 3, 45 large active wildfires are currently burning in 15 states. Combined ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Do the world's smallest flies decapitate tiny ants?
A new species of phorid fly from Thailand is the smallest fly ever discovered. At just 0.40 millimeters in length, it is 15 times smaller than a house fly and five times smaller than a fruit fly. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

DNA Sequenced for Parrots' Ability to Parrot
Scientists say they have assembled more completely the string of genetic letters that could control how well parrots learn to imitate their owners and other sounds. The research team unraveled the s ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Researchers able to better pinpoint history of droughts through exploration of tree rings
Through an exploration of tree rings and oxygen isotopes, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are now able to better pinpoint the history of droughts in the arid and semiarid areas of the Am ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Acoustic tweezers capture tiny creatures with ultrasound
A device about the size of a dime can manipulate living materials such as blood cells and entire small organisms, using sound waves, according to a team of bioengineers and biochemists from Penn Sta ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Pakistan's national mammal makes a comeback
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports that the markhor - a majestic wild goat species - is making a remarkable comeback in Pakistan due to conservation efforts. WCS-led community surveys h ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Cooperation can trump competition in monkeys
Being the top dog - or, in this case, the top gelada monkey - is even better if the alpha male is willing to concede at times to subordinates, according to a study by researchers from the University ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US agrees deal to buy 43 more F-35 fighters: Pentagon

India's Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam's defences

NATO chief wants strong defence as basis for ties with Russia

India plans to build 6 submarines

US eyes cyber 'deterrence' to stop hackers

Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

AYW Companies' Flexible Waveguide And Components Ideal For Satelite Applications

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Ants farm root aphid clones in subterranean rooms
The yellow meadow ant, Lasius flavus, farms root aphids for sugar (honeydew) and nitrogen (protein). In turn these species of aphids have developed distinctive traits never found in free living spec ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Shrinking leaves point to climate change
University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that recent climate change is causing leaves of some Australian plants to narrow in size. The study, which is the first of its kind in the wo ... more
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ABOUT US

Seabirds studied for clues to human aging
Canadian researchers say they're studying diving seabirds in Hudson Bay to better understand the aging process. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Jakarta, Canberra boost asylum cooperation
Indonesia and Australia have agreed to closer cooperation to combat human trafficking, including faster response times to asylum seekers' boats in danger. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Aboriginal whaling wins partial victory
The world's whale body narrowly agreed Tuesday to extend whaling rights for indigenous peoples in the United States, Russia and the Caribbean but opposition mounted to a hunt in Greenland. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Concern grows over H1N1 outbreak in Bolivia
An epidemic of H1N1 flu has infected almost 900 people and claimed 11 lives in Bolivia, health officials said Tuesday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Heat wave in US puts damper on Fourth of July festivities
Sizzling heat persisted over much of the United States on Tuesday on the eve of the Fourth of July, prompting many communities to rethink or cancel their festivities on the US national holiday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China vows crackdown after latest protest
Chinese police clashed for a second day on Tuesday with protesters who stopped the construction of a metals factory, in the latest unrest highlighting grass-roots, environmental concerns in China. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Orbital rocket explodes after launch

Mars 2020 Will Continue Search for Habitability

China's Main Competitor in Space Exploration is India, Not Russia

US space budget still exceeds rest of world's combined

Spotlighting the sun

North Alabama Companies Play Big Part in Orion's First Flight

Vega launch of ESA spaceplane postponed

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ICE WORLD

Argentina court upholds glacier protections against mining
Argentina's supreme court has upheld key articles of a law aimed at protecting glaciers, despite a legal challenge from mining companies, including Canadian giant Barrick Gold. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

US approves over-the-counter HIV home testing kit
The United States announced Tuesday it has authorized sales of the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV, the virus that leads to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). ... more
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FARM NEWS

Vertical farm in abandoned pork plant turns waste into food
Urban farming is being taken to new heights in an abandoned Chicago pork processing plant where environmentalists hope to "get off the grid" by using the waste from one crop to feed and power another. ... more
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FIRE STORM

US confirms four dead in crash of fire-fighting C-130
The crash of a fire-fighting C-130 aircraft in South Dakota over the weekend killed four crew members and injured two others, the US military said Tuesday. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Record heat in Austria kills 5,000 young chickens
Record heat in Austria claimed its first victims over the weekend: some 5,000 young chickens at a farm which were crushed or suffocated as they tried to escape an overheated barn. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Huge China art gift boosts Hong Kong culture district
The donation of a major collection of Chinese art has breathed new life into plans for a cultural development on Hong Kong's waterfront that more than once appeared to be on the brink of collapse. ... more
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WATER WORLD

China fishermen sue US firm for oil spill: lawyer
A group of Chinese fishermen have sued ConocoPhillips in a US court, seeking over $130 million in compensation for an oil spill off China's coast last year, a lawyer advising them said Wednesday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate change no longer tops US environment worries
Americans no longer see climate change as the world's number-one environmental issue, according to a public opinion poll released Tuesday amid an ongoing heat wave in much of the United States. ... more
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