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July 30, 2012
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Forest carbon monitoring breakthrough in Colombia
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 30, 2012
Using new, highly efficient techniques, Carnegie and Colombian scientists have developed accurate high-resolution maps of the carbon stocks locked in tropical vegetation for 40% of the Colombian Amazon (165,000 square kilometers/64,000 square miles), an area about four times the size of Switzerland. Until now, the inability to accurately quantify carbon stocks at high spatial resolution over large areas has hindered the United Nations' Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ( ... read more

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FARM NEWS

Public strongly supports programs helping farmers adapt to climate change
A survey conducted by Michigan State University reveals strong public support for government programs to assist farmers to adapt to climate change. According to NASA research, global temperatu ... more
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Tropical arks reach tipping point
Almost half of the tropical forest reserves in a new study are ineffective, according to results published in the journal Nature by William Laurance, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical R ... more
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EARLY EARTH

NASA and University Researchers Find a Clue to How Life Turned Left
Researchers analyzing meteorite fragments that fell on a frozen lake in Canada have developed an explanation for the origin of life's handedness - why living things only use molecules with specific ... more
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WHALES AHOY

The fin whale, under more threat in the Mediterranean than thought
Until now it was thought that fin whales in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea made up part of the distribution of this species of whale in the Mediterranean. However, an international team ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Researchers dig through the gene bank to uncover the roots of the evolutionary tree
Ever since Darwin first published The Origin of the Species, scientists have been striving to identify a last universal common ancestor of all living species. Paleontological, biochemical, and genom ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Ion selectivity in neuronal signaling channels evolved twice in animals
Excitation of neurons depends on the selected influx of certain ions, namely sodium, calcium and potassium through specific channels. Obviously, these channels were crucial for the evolution of nerv ... more
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Anyone that has ever had trouble sleeping can attest to the difficulties at work the following day. Experts recommend eight hours of sleep per night for ideal health and productivity, but what if fi ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Thin film produces new chemistry in 'nanoreactor'

A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

An alternative to 'Turing Test'

Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

Jordan says able to export uranium by 2020

China's new 'Great Wall' not so great

Moscow working to save oil face

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WOOD PILE

Taking Stock Of Georgia State Forests
Georgia contains the largest area of forest cover of any state in the South, with forests making up 67 percent of land cover or 24.8 million acres, according to a Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) Fac ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

N. Korea forecasts new storm damage after deadly floods
North Korea said Sunday it was being lashed by severe thunderstorms that could cause major damage, just days after flooding that killed scores and left tens of thousands homeless. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Unrest growing over Brazil's native lands: report
Violent disputes over indigenous land are on the uptick in Brazil, sparking heightened militancy by natives angered by broken promises of compensation and slower government registrations. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Hong Kong parents protest China patriotism lessons
Thousands of stroller-pushing Hong Kong parents and activists Sunday protested a plan to introduce national education lessons, slamming it as a bid to brainwash children with Chinese propaganda. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Interpol wildlife operation results mark Global Tiger Day
Interpol marked Global Tiger Day Sunday by announcing the results of an operation to help save the endangered species that saw 40 arrests and the seizure of big cat skins and other body parts. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Samurai festival returns to disaster-hit Japan
Clad in samurai armour, Ishin Takahashi was among thousands who took part in an ancient festival at the weekend in the shadow of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Sri Lanka navy urges Australia to deport boatpeople
Sri Lankan navy officials have urged Australia to deport the growing number of boatpeople arriving from their country, saying it was the "best way" to deter people smugglers, a report said Saturday. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Pollution protestors clash with police in China
Thousands of people demonstrating over fears of pollution from a sewage pipeline at a paper factory in east China clashed with police Saturday, the latest in a series of environmental protests. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Signs N.Korea preparing bomb material amid nuclear test threats

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

Lockheed advancing technologies for U.S. Navy

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EARLY EARTH

Ancient genetic 'mistake' drove evolution
U.K. researchers say a genetic "mistake" 500 million years ago triggered an evolutionary pathway that eventually led to humans and many other animals. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: Politics in Ukraine
Ukraine's sixth parliamentary election campaign begins Monday for an election on the last Sunday of October. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych seeks - and will probably receive - a parliamentary majority to assist his re-election for a second term in three years' time. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Bill Clinton urges transparency in AIDS funding
Former US president Bill Clinton on Friday said donors will continue to fund the response to the world AIDS crisis despite global financial woes and urged greater transparency by all involved. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Ancient reservoir could bring water to dry Namibia
A stone-age underground water reservoir could transform life in arid Namibia, a government official said Friday, holding up to five million cubic metres of water that could supply the area for 400 years. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Italy steel plant pollution case sparks anger and strikes
The closure of sections of Italy's main steel plant as part of an investigation into health and environmental pollution sparked heated reactions on Friday, as hundreds of workers went on strike. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Court cuts China activist's jail sentence: lawyer
A Chinese court handed Ni Yulan, the disabled activist jailed earlier this year, a two-month reduction in her prison term on Friday, but upheld a conviction for "picking quarrels", her lawyer said. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Thai violence in Yala claims more lives
Police are investigating the roadside killing of three more people in Thailand's Yala province after five policemen were slain in their vehicle earlier in the week. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

US drought woes deepen
The drought in America's breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned Thursday, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world's key producer are decimated. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Expedition 42 Trio Launches on Time to Station

Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts

It's filamentary: How galaxies evolve in the cosmic web

How to estimate the magnetic field of an exoplanet?

The riddle of the missing stars

Sun's rotating 'magnet' pulls lightning towards UK

NASA's SMAP May Clarify Link from Wet Soil to Weather

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EPIDEMICS

Small breakthroughs offer big hope of AIDS 'cure'
Small but significant breakthrough studies on people who have been able to overcome or control HIV were presented Thursday at a major world conference on ways to stem the three-decade-old disease. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Japanese Kobe beef debuts in Hong Kong
Rarely exported Japanese Kobe beef made its way to Hong Kong dining tables Friday as supermarkets and high-end restaurants started selling the previously exclusive Japanese culinary delicacy. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Court cuts China activist's jail sentence: lawyer
A Chinese court handed Ni Yulan, the disabled activist jailed earlier this year, a two-month reduction in her prison term on Friday, but upheld a conviction for "picking quarrels", her lawyer said. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

EU discusses new NGO law with Russia
The European Union says it has questioned Russia over a new law that brands some non-governmental organizations working in the country as "foreign agents." ... more
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FARM NEWS

Isolated Paraguay pledged farmers' support
Paraguay's suspension from Mercosur has angered farmer groups who want an amicable diplomatic resolution of the standoff between the new government in Asuncion and regional powers withholding its recognition. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Geothermal activity seen in New Zealand
A long forgotten geothermal spectacle on New Zealand's North Island could be coming back to life after more than 40 years, scientists said. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Mexico to vaccinate 10 million birds in flu outbreak
Mexico will start vaccinating some 10 million poultry Thursday against the highly contagious bird flu strain that has already led to the deaths of five million birds which either fell ill or were slaughtered. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Scientists find Grand Canyon-sized rift under Antarctic ice
Scientists have discovered a rift the size of the Grand Canyon hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet, which they say is contributing to ice melt and a consequent rise in the sea level. ... more
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