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July 24, 2012
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Fools' Gold Found to Regulate Oxygen
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Jul 24, 2012
As sulfur cycles through Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land, it undergoes chemical changes that are often coupled to changes in other such elements as carbon and oxygen. Although this affects the concentration of free oxygen, sulfur has traditionally been portrayed as a secondary factor in regulating atmospheric oxygen, with most of the heavy lifting done by carbon. However, new findings that appeared this week in Science suggest that sulfur's role may have been underestimated. Drs. Itay Halevy o ... read more

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Polar bear evolution tracked climate change
An analysis of newly sequenced polar bear genomes is providing important clues about the species' evolution, suggesting that climate change and genetic exchange with brown bears helped create the po ... more
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FARM NEWS

Herding sheep really are selfish
Many animals spend time together in large groups not because they enjoy each other's company, but rather because it lowers their own chances of being eaten should an uninvited guest arrive on the sc ... more
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WOOD PILE

Climate change and deforestation: When the past influences the present
The impact of deforestation on loss of biodiversity is undeniable. Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot for its richness of endemic species, has been especially hard hit by deforestation and subsequen ... more
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FARM NEWS

Lighting up the plant hormone 'command system'
Light is not only the source of a plant's energy, but also an environmental signal that instructs the growth behavior of plants. As a result, a plant's sensitivity to light is of great interest to s ... more
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FARM NEWS

New method for associating genetic variation with crop traits
A new technique will allow plant breeders to introduce valuable crop traits even without access to the full genome sequence of that crop. The technique, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology ... more
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WATER WORLD

Artificial jellyfish swims in a heartbeat
Using recent advances in marine biomechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering, a team of researchers at Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have turned ... more
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WATER WORLD

Could volcanic eruptions in the south-west Pacific save the Great Barrier Reef?
Could the pumice that surges into the ocean once a volcano erupts in Tonga or elsewhere in the south-west Pacific save the Great Barrier Reef? World-first research conducted by Queensland University ... more
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What a Star Wars laser bullet really looks like

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

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FARM NEWS

Team discovers how western corn rootworm resists crop rotation
A new study answers a question that has baffled researchers for more than 15 years: How does the western corn rootworm - an insect that thrives on corn but dies on soybeans - persist in fields that ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Asia unlikely to achieve climate, poverty goals unless women's rights are recognized
New research released by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ig ... more
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TECTONICS

Colliding continents affected climate
An alteration of seawater chemistry caused by a continental collision 50 million years ago has been linked with past climate changes, researchers say. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Study: Himalayan glacial melt accelerating
Glacial melt in the Himalayas has been increasing over the last 30 years, a new study argues. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

S. Korea arrests Indonesian for Japan tsunami fraud
South Korean police said Monday they have arrested an Indonesian woman for a scam related to Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster in March last year. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Asia fuels record elephant, rhino killings: WWF
China, Vietnam and Thailand are among the worst offenders in fuelling a global black market that is seeing record numbers of elephants and rhinos killed in Africa, environment group WWF said on Monday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Researchers unveil promising TB drug cocktail
Researchers reported progress Monday with an experimental drug cocktail that killed a record 99 percent of TB bacteria in two weeks and costs a fraction of existing treatments. ... more
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Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

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EPIDEMICS

'No excuse' for not turning tide on AIDS: expert
Science has given the world "no excuse" to resist bold action against the spread of the 30-year AIDS pandemic, said a top US expert at the opening of the International AIDS Conference on Sunday. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Three killed in Spanish wildfires
Forest fires fanned by strong winds in Spain's Catalonia region left three French nationals dead as Madrid on Monday stepped up fire fighting efforts by deploying water bombing planes. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Amid drought, US opens up land for grazing, haying
The Obama administration opened up protected US land to help farmers and ranchers hit by severe drought Monday, and encouraged crop insurance companies to forgo charging interest for a month. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Anger in Beijing as record rains kill at least 37
Beijing residents expressed fury on Monday after the worst rains to hit the Chinese capital in more than 60 years left at least 37 people dead, with at least another seven still missing. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China activist gets hard labour in Tiananmen row
An activist in central China was sentenced to hard labour after opposing the government's handling of the alleged suicide of 1989 Tiananmen democracy protest leader Li Wangyang, a lawyer said Monday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Cancer-causing toxin found in Chinese baby formula
A Chinese dairy has been ordered to suspend production after a cancer-causing toxin was found in its infant formula, China's quality watchdog said Monday, in the country's latest milk scare. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hong Kong battens down for typhoon
Hong Kong warned residents to stay indoors and halted public transport Monday as Typhoon Vicente skirted the island, packing winds in excess of 140 kilometres (87 miles) an hour. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Triangles guide the way for live neural circuits in a dish
Korean scientists have used tiny stars, squares and triangles as a toolkit to create live neural circuits in a dish. They hope the shapes can be used to create a reproducible neural circuit model th ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
China launches first mission to moon and back

Two families of comets found around nearby star

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

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SHAKE AND BLOW

An earthquake in a maze
The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquak ... more
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WATER WORLD

Think Pink! Success of pink bacteria in oceans of the world
Marine bacteria of the Roseobacter clade are found to be spread widely throughout the oceans of this planet from the tropics to as far as Antarctica. They live freely in the water, in sediments and ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Generation X is surprisingly unconcerned about climate change
As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change-uninformed about the causes and unconcerned ... more
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WATER WORLD

Scientists connect seawater chemistry with climate change and evolution
Humans get most of the blame for climate change, with little attention paid to the contribution of other natural forces. Now, scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of Californ ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

NASA, Partners Announce Launch: Beyond Waste Innovators
NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department and Nike Inc. opened the fourth installment of the LAUNCH initiative Friday. This year's forum, which is being held ... more
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FARM NEWS

Farmers tough on artificial limbs
When a farmer or rancher is injured on the job, there's an 11 percent chance that an amputation will occur. That's two and a half times more likely than in any other industry. Most of these amputati ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Russia arrests officials after deadly floods
Russia on Sunday announced the arrest of three local officials for negligence during flooding that killed 172 people and has caused a political headache for President Vladimir Putin. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan firm 'told workers to lie about radiation dose'
A subcontractor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant told workers to lie about possible high radiation exposure in an apparent effort to keep its contract, reports said Saturday. ... more
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