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July 06, 2012
SHAKE AND BLOW
Toward a Better Understanding of Earthquakes
Karlsruhe, Germany (SPX) Jul 06, 2012
The earth is shaken daily by strong earthquakes recorded by a number of seismic stations worldwide. Tectonic tremor, however, is a new type of seismic signal that seismologist started studying only within the last few years. Tremor is less hazardous than earthquakes and occurs at greater depth. The link between tremor and earthquakes may provide clues about the more destructive earthquakes that occur at shallower depths. Geophysicists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) collected seismic da ... read more

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Mass extinctions reset the long-term pace of evolution
A new study indicates that mass extinctions affect the pace of evolution, not just in the immediate aftermath of catastrophe, but for millions of years to follow. The study's authors, University of ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Rising heat at the beach threatens largest sea turtles
For eastern Pacific populations of leatherback turtles, the 21st century could be the last. New research suggests that climate change could exacerbate existing threats and nearly wipe out the popula ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Pre-industrial emissions make a difference
When evaluating the historic contributions made by different countries to the greenhouse gasses found in Earth's atmosphere, calculations generally go back no further than the year 1840. New researc ... more
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INTERN DAILY

New study maps hotspots of human-animal infectious diseases and emerging disease outbreaks
A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 milli ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Jekyll and Hyde bacteria aids or kills, depending on chance
Living in the guts of worms are seemingly innocuous bacteria that contribute to their survival. With a flip of a switch, however, these same bacteria transform from harmless microbes into deadly ins ... more
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WATER WORLD

Climate change suspended reef growth for two millennia
Climate change drove coral reefs to a total ecosystem collapse lasting thousands of years, according to a paper published this week in Science. The paper shows how natural climatic shifts stopped re ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Nitrogen pollution changing Rocky Mountain National Park vegetation
A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder indicates air pollution in the form of nitrogen compounds emanating from power plants, automobiles and agriculture is changing the alpine vegeta ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Fukushima operator, Sellafield to compare nuclear notes

Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells

Bioenergy: Australia's forgotten renewable energy source (so far)

Solar-Powered Sun Flyer Trainer Makes Progress

How to make stronger, 'greener' cement

OPDE gain approval for new 10.8 MWp Solar Farm in UK

How to make a 'perfect' solar absorber

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BEE STING

Scientists discover bees can reverse brain aging
Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that older honey bees effectively reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees. While cur ... 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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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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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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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

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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UAE asks U.S. for $900M rocket artillery deal

'Terror backers' can't defeat jihadists: Syria's Assad

Polish weekend warriors up in arms over Russian threat

Japan envoy invited to N. Korea over Cold War kidnappings: Abe

Body cameras join cops on the beat in US

Iran rejects Israel PM accusations on nuclear threat

Modi makes White House debut

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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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WATER WORLD

China's Three Gorges Dam at full capacity: Xinhua
The giant and controversial Three Gorges Dam on China's Yangtze River started Wednesday working at full capacity as the last of its 32 generators went into operation, state news agency Xinhua said. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan Diet to publish Fukushima disaster probe
A Japanese parliament probe into the nuclear disaster at Fukushima is expected to say the then prime minister fanned chaos in the opening days of the crisis when it publishes its final report Thursday. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Weather woes overshadow Fourth of July in US
More than a million customers in the storm-hit United States remained without power Wednesday, as canceled firework displays and no air-conditioning made for a miserable July 4 holiday for many Americans. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Defiant South Korea vows whaling
South Korea said Wednesday that it would start whaling under a loophole in a global moratorium that allows scientific research, outraging conservationist nations by using the same tactic as Japan. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Tension as China scraps factory plan
Police stood guard over hundreds of people gathered in a tense Chinese city Wednesday, a day after authorities bowed to violent protests and cancelled plans to build a controversial factory. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Thousands of fresh faces take over Kadhafi's streets
Fresh faces on thousands of campaign posters have flooded the streets of the Libyan capital where the portrait of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi once reigned supreme. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Nine killed, four missing in Turkey floods
Nine people, including at least four children, have died in flooding triggered by torrential rains on Turkey's Black Sea coast, the Anatolia news agency reported Wednesday. ... more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Exploring one of climate's 'known unknowns'
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 understan ... 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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