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July 10, 2012
FARM NEWS
Brazil has laws that protect against "Big Food" and "Big Snack"
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jul 10, 2012
Under pressure from civil society organizations, the Brazilian government has introduced legislation to protect and improve its traditional food system, standing in contrast to the governments of many industrialized countries that have partly surrendered their prime duty to protect public health to transnational food companies, argue nutrition and public health experts writing in this week's PLoS Medicine. Carlos Monteiro and Geoffrey Cannon, from the Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health a ... read more

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Report faults Fukushima response
A Japanese parliamentary panel has determined that the Fukushima plant nuclear crisis was a "man-made" disaster. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Eddies, not sunlight, spur annual bloom of tiny plants in North Atlantic
On a recent expedition to the inhospitable North Atlantic Ocean, scientists at the University of Washington and collaborators studying the annual growth of tiny plants were stumped to discover that ... more
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FARM NEWS

What's cooking? The UK's potential food crisis
The Sustainable Consumption Institute research claims food which families now take for granted, such as meat and fresh vegetables, could become too expensive for many if global temperatures rise in ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Diving shrews - heat before you leap
How does the world's smallest mammalian diver survive icy waters to catch its prey? A recent study of American water shrews to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Salzbur ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Humidity increases odor perception in terrestrial hermit crabs
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 10, 2012 Max Planck scientists have found out that the olfactory system in hermit crabs is still underdeveloped in comparison to that of vinegar flies. While flies have a ve ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Implies Greater Prevalence of Feathers
A new species of feathered dinosaur discovered in southern Germany is further changing the perception of how predatory dinosaurs looked. The fossil of Sciurumimus albersdoerferi,which lived about 15 ... more
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TERRADAILY

First direct evidence that elemental fluorine occurs in nature
Fluorine is the most reactive chemical element. That is why it is not found in nature in its elemental form, but only in compounds, such as fluorite - that was the accepted scientific doctrine so fa ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Nanoparticles Create Skinny Solar Cells

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

Wireless power transfer achieved at 5-meter distance

Surprising material could play role in saving energy

Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

Research Underway For Companion Plants To PV

Thinnest feasible membrane produced

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Yak genome provides new insights into high altitude adaptation
An international team, led by Lanzhou University, comprising BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, Institute of Kunming Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as the other 12 institu ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

US Drought Monitor shows record-breaking expanse of drought across US
More of the United States is in moderate drought or worse than at any other time in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials from the National Drought Mitigation Center at the Univ ... more
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WATER WORLD

30% of fish stocks overexploited: UN agency
Almost 30 percent of fish stocks monitored by the UN's food agency are overexploited, undermining the crucial role sustainable fisheries play in providing food and jobs for millions, a report said Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Russian official sacked over slack flood response
The first head rolled Monday over the floods in southern Russia that killed at least 171 people as the authorities blamed local officials for failing to warn locals in time of the looming calamity. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Compensation sought in China forced abortion: activist
The husband of a Chinese woman whose forced abortion triggered outrage has headed to Beijing and is working with lawyers to seek compensation, a human rights activist said Monday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt military says constitution must be respected
Egypt's military on Monday said the constitution and the law must be upheld concerning the dissolution of parliament, raising tension after President Mohamed Morsi decided to reinstate the assembly. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Russia's deadly floods a new blow to Putin's image
The devastating floods that claimed at least 171 lives two months into President Vladimir Putin's third Kremlin term is expected to draw new attention to his handling of man-made and natural disasters. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Hosepipe bans lifted in Britain after record rains
Four water companies in Britain which imposed hosepipe bans earlier this year have lifted the restrictions after months of unseasonable heavy rain. ... more
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Sweden to boost military spending over Ukraine crisis

'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed out

US 'closely watching' for signs of N.Korea nuclear test

Lockheed Martin Team's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Tops 100,000 Testing Miles During EMD Phase

Ukraine relaunches anti-rebel operation after Biden leaves

Ukraine military plane hit by gunfire above rebel-held town

Sikorsky, Army demonstrate optionally piloted Black Hawk

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Indian floods kill threatened rhinos
Devastating floods in northeast India have killed around 600 animals in the region's largest wildlife park, including more than a dozen threatened one-horned rhinos, officials said Monday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Dozens dead in US heat as relief rolls in
A crippling heat wave that has held large swathes of the United States hostage gave way slightly on Sunday - but not before leaving dozens dead in several states, officials and local media said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Russia mourns flood dead as questions mount
Russia on Monday held a day of mourning for at least 171 people who died in its worst flooding disaster as questions mounted over whether officials did enough to warn of the impending calamity. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Top marine scientists warn reefs in rapid decline
More than 2,600 of the world's top marine scientists Monday warned coral reefs around the world were in rapid decline and urged immediate global action on climate change to save what remains. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Laws that criminalize gays hurt HIV treatment: study
Laws that criminalize gay behavior are among a host of legal tangles that waste resources and hinder an effective response to HIV/AIDS worldwide, an independent commission reported on Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Familar whispers surround Russia flood disaster
The flash Russian flood that killed at least 171 in their sleep has sparked a slew of rumours that the authorities were playing down its scale in a new sign of a breakdown of trust with the public. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Chinese factories shut amid lead poisoning fears
Twelve factories in eastern China were closed down after children living nearby were found to have high levels of lead in their blood, state press reported Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Northeast India floods kill 121, displace 6 million
The death toll from heavy monsoon rains which have caused massive flooding in India's northeast has risen to more than 120, with six million forced to flee their homes, officials said Saturday. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Arianespace's Vega launcher receives its "upper composite" for this month's launch

Upside-down planet reveals new method for studying binary star systems

45th Space Wing supports third SpaceX Launch for ISS Resupply mission

China issues first assessment on space activities

Robonaut from the ISS gets new legs for Easter

Exoplanets Soon to Gleam in the Eye of NESSI

Russia to Test Launch New Angara Rocket June 25

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Relief in sight as killer heat scorches US
A scorching heat wave searing the United States was expected to ease soon, meteorologists said Saturday, heralding relief from record highs blamed for deaths and drought-like conditions. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

134 killed in southern Russia floods disaster
Flash floods deluged Russia's southern Krasnodar, killing at least 134 people in the region's worst natural disaster in decades, officials and witnesses said Saturday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Pro-Romney group in $25 mn ad buy on day of jobs report
Crossroads GPS has purchased a $25 million ad blitz in nine battleground states to attack President Barack Obama's record on jobs and the debt, the advocacy group supporting Republican Mitt Romney said Friday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Record number of Africans get AIDS drugs: UNAIDS chief
A record number of Africans now have access to drugs to control the HIV virus, but the continent must work harder to strengthen the lifeline, the head of UNAIDS says. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Survival of S.Africa chimp attack American 'a miracle'
The parents of an American student mauled and badly injured by two chimpanzees in South Africa described his survival Friday as "truly a miracle". ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Japan, Norway block UN role on whales
Japan, Norway and their allies blocked a bid Friday to give the United Nations a greater role in protecting whales, as sought by conservationists frustrated by deep polarization over whaling. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Discrimination fuels rise of HIV in Philippines
Discrimination against homosexuals and people infected with HIV is contributing to the rapid rise of the incurable disease in the Philippines, officials and health activists said Friday. ... 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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