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July 20, 2012
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Primate behavior: Chimps select smart tools, monkeys intentionally beg
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2012
Chimpanzees use weight to pick the best tool, and monkeys beg more when they're paid attention to, as reported in two independent research reports published July 18 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. In the chimp study, researchers found that the chimpanzees used weight to choose the best hammer to crack open nuts. Nut cracking is one of the most sophisticated instances of tool use in chimpanzees, and learning how to do it has been shown to be very difficult for some chimps. In work led by Corne ... read more

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Do dolphins think nonlinearly?
Research from the University of Southampton, which examines how dolphins might process their sonar signals, could provide a new system for man-made sonar to detect targets, such as sea mines, in bub ... more
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Researchers publish results of an iron fertilization experiment
An international research team has published the results of an ocean iron fertilization experiment (EIFEX) carried out in 2004 in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature. Unlike the LOHAF ... more
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FARM NEWS

Scientists Develop New Carbon Accounting Method to Reduce Farmers' Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer
It's summer. For many of us, summer is a time synonymous with fresh corn, one of the major field crops produced in the United States. In 2011, corn was planted on more than 92 million acres in the U ... more
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FARM NEWS

Enhanced royal jelly produces jumbo queen bee larvae
Scientists have discovered a way to make worker bees produce an enhanced version of royal jelly (RJ) - the super-nutritious substance that dictates whether larvae become workers or queens, and that ... more
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Oregon's Paisley Caves as old as Clovis sites - but not Clovis
A new study of Oregon's Paisley Caves confirms that humans used the site as early as 12,450 radiocarbon years ago, and the projectile points they left behind were of the "Western Stemmed" tradition ... more
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DEMOCRACY

OSCE 'concerned' by Georgia journo attacks
"Repeated occurrences" of violence against reporters in Georgia has drawn the condemnation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

X-rays illuminate the origin of volcanic hotspots
Scientists have recreated the extreme conditions at the boundary between Earth's core and its mantle, 2,900 km beneath the surface. Using the world's most brilliant beam of X-rays, they probed speck ... more
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Common mineral capable of making and breaking bonds

Printing the Metals of the Future

New characteristics of complex oxide surfaces revealed

The evolution of airplanes

New Approach to Form Non-Equilibrium Structures

Discovery is key to metal wear in sliding parts

Collecting just the right data

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Raytheon technology to transform commercial cargo ships into cutting-edge humanitarian aid delivery platforms
Raytheon has completed the preliminary design phase of the Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Through the TEMP p ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Green plants reduce city street pollution up to eight times more than previously believed
Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new ... more
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Unique Neandertal arm morphology due to scraping, not spearing
Unique arm morphology in Neandertals was likely caused by scraping activities such as hide preparation, not spear thrusting as previously theorized, according to research published July 18 in the op ... more
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Neanderthals at El Sidron, Northern Spain, had knowledge of plants' healing qualities
An international team of researchers, led by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and the University of York, has provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of coo ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Botanical compound could prove crucial to healing influenza
Building on previous work with the botanical abscisic acida, researchers in the Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory (NIMML) have discovered that abscisic acid has anti-inflammat ... more
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WOOD PILE

Hidden secrets in Norway's rainforests
The word rainforest usually conjures up visions of brightly coloured birds and hyperactive monkeys swooping through a thick green canopy of leaves, vines and flowers. But rainforests are also found ... more
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WOOD PILE

Leaf Litter and Soil Protect Acorns from Prescribed Fire
U.S. Forest Service scientists have found that prescribed fires with the heat insulation of leaf litter and soil can help restore oak ecosystems. Forest Service researchers are helping land managers ... more
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FARM NEWS

Refining the tool kit for sustainable fisheries
As spatial planning is used increasingly to manage fisheries and other ocean resources, researchers are working to determine the best ways to use and refine the various spatial management tools. Amo ... more
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Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US

US vows strict monitoring of any Iran nuclear deal

After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

China puts powerful former security chief under investigation

LockMart Completes GMLRS Alternative Warhead Tests

Missile decoy system on Australian, U.S. warships to be upgraded

Aviation officials call for anti-air weapons law, better threat data

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WATER WORLD

How to make global fisheries worth five times more
Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published in the online journal PLoS ONE. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Australia aims to become Asia's food bowl
The Australian government has released the draft of its first food security plan aimed at positioning the country to become the "food bowl for Asia." ... more
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WATER WORLD

Faroe Islands blast threat of EU sanctions in mackerel war
The Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, on Wednesday harshly criticised calls by Ireland and other EU countries for sanctions against it and Iceland for over-fishing of mackerel. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

US drought worst in 25 years, food prices to rise
A drought scouring the farming heartlands of the United States is the worst for 25 years and could drive up food prices, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Canada claims win in pine beetle lumber dispute with US
Canada claimed a victory on Wednesday in a dispute with the United States over softwood lumber, after a tribunal ruled it had not violated a trade accord by selling beetle-blemished logs at low prices. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

HIV drugs reach 8 million in needy countries
More than eight million people - a record number in low- and middle-income countries - are now taking antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV, according to data released Wednesday by UNAIDS. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

End of AIDS pandemic in sight: US expert
Three decades into the AIDS pandemic an end to new infections is in sight, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Worst drought in five decades ravages US
Weather forecasters see no end in sight to the worst US drought in five decades, a blistering heatwave that has wilted crops across America's crucial breadbasket and sent grain prices soaring. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Typhoon dumps rain on flood-weary Japan
A typhoon skimmed past sodden southwestern Japan on Wednesday dumping rain on an area already struggling to clean up after huge floods. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Two China workers killed in Singapore tunnel accident
Two Chinese workers were killed and eight others injured in Singapore Wednesday when scaffolding at a subway construction site collapsed, officials said. ... more
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ABOUT US

Pregnant new CEO for Yahoo! stirs US debate on working moms
No sooner was Marissa Mayer named chief executive of Yahoo! than she announced she's pregnant. In doing so, she ramped up a lively ongoing debate in the United States about working moms. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Man-made pores mimic important features of natural pores
Inspired by nature, an international research team has created synthetic pores that mimic the activity of cellular ion channels, which play a vital role in human health by severely restricting the t ... more
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ICE WORLD

Greenland glacier loses ice
An ice island twice the size of Manhattan has broken off from Greenland's Petermann Glacier, according to researchers at the University of Delaware and the Canadian Ice Service. The Petermann Glacie ... more
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Nanoscale scaffolds and stem cells show promise in cartilage repair
Johns Hopkins tissue engineers have used tiny, artificial fiber scaffolds thousands of times smaller than a human hair to help coax stem cells into developing into cartilage, the shock-absorbing lin ... more
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ICE WORLD

The challenges facing the vulnerable Antarctic
A century ago, the South Pole was one of Earth's last frontiers, but now the Antarctic is under threat from human activity. Led by Monash University's Professor Steven Chown, a multidisciplinary tea ... more
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WOOD PILE

Rodent robbers good for tropical trees
There's no honor among thieves when it comes to rodent robbers-which turns out to be a good thing for tropical trees that depend on animals to spread their seeds. Results of a yearlong study in Pana ... more
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