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July 25, 2012
ICE WORLD
Satellites see Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2012
For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations. Nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland, from its thin, low-lying coastal edges to its 2-mile-thick (3.2-kilometer) center, experienced some degree of melting at its surface, according to measurements from three independent satellites analyzed by NASA and university scientists. On average in the summer, about half of the surface of Greenland's ice ... read more

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FARM NEWS

Clemson plant breeders roll out new oat variety
Clemson University plant breeders announced a new high-yielding variety of oats. Named Graham, the new variety grows to medium height, withstands falling over (lodging), matures earlier and produces ... more
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Researchers develop ginseng-fortified milk to improve cognitive function
American ginseng is reported to have neurocognitive effects, and research has shown benefits in aging, central nervous system disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. The challenges of incorporati ... more
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FARM NEWS

Evolution highly predictable for insects eating toxic plants
The famous biologist Stephen J. Gould once asked: If we rerun the tape of life, would the outcome of evolution be the same? For years, scientists have questioned whether evolution is predictable, or ... more
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FIRE STORM

Washington's forests will lose stored carbon as area burned by wildfire increases
Forests in the Pacific Northwest store more carbon than any other region in the United States, but our warming climate may undermine their storage potential. A new study conducted by the U.S. Forest ... more
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FARM NEWS

Super Bags to thwart rice wastage now available to Filipino farmers
An airtight, reusable plastic bag that protects stored rice from moisture, pests, and rats, and keeps rice seeds viable, is now available to Filipino farmers in almost 200 retail stores nationwide. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Tropical plankton invade Arctic waters
For the first time, scientists have identified tropical and subtropical species of marine protozoa living in the Arctic Ocean. Apparently, they traveled thousands of miles on Atlantic currents and e ... more
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WATER WORLD

Work progresses on Mekong dam?
Construction is proceeding at the controversial proposed $3.8 billion Xayaburi Dam site on the Lower Mekong River in northern Laos, observers say, despite calls for the Laos government to put the project on hold until further studies are conducted into the dam's impact on lower Mekong communities. ... more
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Belgium seeks to push back closure of two nuclear plants

Oil spill closes Enbridge line in Saskatchewan

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

BOC Aviation adds two more Boeing jets to earlier order spree

WTO appeals panel sides with China in US anti-dumping duties row

Nature fires back at EIA shale gas critique

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

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WHITE OUT

Russian developer's resort gets go ahead in Swiss Alps
A Russian property developer has been given the green light to begin building a 650-million-franc mountain resort after Switzerland's highest court ended five years of opposition to the project. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

AIDS cure may have two main pathways: experts
Investigators are looking into two main paths toward a cure for AIDS, based on the stunning stories of a small group of people around the world who have been able to overcome the disease. ... more
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BLUE SKY

Seven countries join anti-soot and methane campaign
A coalition of countries and agencies seeking to curb Earth-warming pollutants like soot released by wood-fired ovens and methane from oil extraction, on Tuesday welcomed seven new members to its fold. ... more
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WATER WORLD

WWF warns against Croatia, Bosnia hydro plant plans
Environmental group WWF warned Tuesday against new plans to build hydro power plants in Bosnia and Croatia amid fears they could affect the Neretva river delta, one of Europe's rare wetland habitats. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Olympics: Bhopal victims organise protest Games
Disabled children suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India are to take part in a "Special Olympics" on Thursday to protest against London 2012 sponsor Dow Chemical. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Search for mountain gorillas after DR Congo fighting
Congolese rangers on Tuesday began searching the dense Virunga jungle for six families of critically endangered mountain gorillas who have not been spotted since fighting erupted three months ago. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

China censors coverage of deadly Beijing floods
Beijing authorities have reportedly ordered Chinese media to stick to positive news about record weekend floods, after the death of at least 37 people sparked fierce criticism of the government. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Drought, culling hits Australia's feral camels
Australia's feral camel population has dropped by an estimated 250,000 in recent years, but the arid outback is still home to the world's largest wild herd, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

Russia Not to Deploy Units of Strategic Missile Forces in Crimea

India Considering Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan probes claim workers' radiation levels faked
Japan's labour minister on Tuesday ordered an investigation into claims that subcontractors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant told workers to lie about their radiation exposure. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Diplomats meet Frenchman in Beijing for Bo probe
The French architect being questioned in Beijing in an investigation linked to former Communist leader Bo Xilai has met with French diplomats and is in "good shape", an embassy spokesman said. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Over 1,500 tourists evacuated as fires rage in Croatia
A firefighter died and 1,500 tourists were evacuated after forest fires fanned by strong winds broke out on Croatia's Adriatic coast Monday, with the interior minister warning of a "very difficult" scenario. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Scores injured as typhoon lashes Hong Kong
Scores of people were injured and trees were ripped from the ground as a typhoon lashed Hong Kong packing winds in excess of 140 kilometres (87 miles) an hour, officials said Tuesday. ... 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 subsequent ... 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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ICE WORLD

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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BLUE SKY

Fools' Gold Found to Regulate Oxygen
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 c ... more
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NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

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Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data

ISS Experiment May Hold Key to Alzheimer's Cause

All Four O3B CommSats Put Into Orbit

XCOR Announces Further Progress on XCOR Lynx Spacecraft

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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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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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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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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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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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