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July 31, 2012
FLORA AND FAUNA
Research charts growing threats to biodiversity 'arks'
York UK (SPX) Jul 31, 2012
Many of the world's tropical protected areas are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study by more than 200 scientists from around the world. But the study published in Nature includes research focusing on a reserve in Tanzania by University of York scientists that indicates that long-term engagement with conservation has positive results. Dr Andy Marshall, of the Environment Department at York and Director of Conservation Science at Flamingo Land, compared the data he collect ... read more

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TECTONICS

Alpine faults show new evidence for regular magnitude 8 earthquakes
A new study published in the prestigious journal Science, co-authored by University of Nevada, Reno's Glenn Biasi and colleagues at GNS Science in New Zealand, finds that very large earthquakes have ... more
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ICE WORLD

Hidden rift valley discovered beneath West Antarctica reveals new insight into ice loss
Scientists have discovered a one mile deep rift valley hidden beneath the ice in West Antarctica, which they believe is contributing to ice loss from this part of the continent. Experts from the Uni ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Mediterranean earthworm species found thriving in Ireland as global temperatures rise
Scientists have discovered a thriving population of Mediterranean earthworms in an urban farm in Dublin, Ireland. The findings by University College Dublin scientists published in the journal Biolog ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Global warming is due to humans: US ex-skeptic
A prominent US skeptic of the human causes of climate change, Richard Muller, has reversed course and said on Monday that he now believes greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. ... more
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ABOUT US

Piglets in mazes provide insights into human cognitive development
Events that take place early in life almost certainly have consequences for later cognitive development. Establishing the connections is difficult, however, because human infants cannot be used as l ... more
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Unprecedented accuracy in locating brain electrical activity with new device
Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have developed the world's first device designed for mapping the human brain that combines whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance i ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Researchers discover biological mechanism for growing massive animal weapons, ornaments
In the animal kingdom, huge weapons such as elk antlers or ornaments like peacock feathers are sexy. Their extreme size attracts potential mates and warns away lesser rivals. Now researchers led by ... more
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Lead islands in a sea of graphene magnetize the material of the future

Computational clues into the structure of a promising energy conversion catalyst

Pitt team publishes new findings from mind-controlled robot arm project

Penn Researchers Show Commonalities in How Different Glassy Materials Fail

Dartmouth researchers create 'green' process to reduce molecular switching waste

NYC owners should tap energy and economic benefits of cogeneration

Back to future with Roman architectural concrete

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Genomic study of Africa's hunter-gatherers elucidates human variation and ancient interbreeding
Human diversity in Africa is greater than any place else on Earth. Differing food sources, geographies, diseases and climates offered many targets for natural selection to exert powerful forces on A ... more
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WATER WORLD

Delving into the molecular mechanism behind deep-sea bacteria's pressure tolerance
The Mariana Trench is the deepest feature of the Earth's surface. The water column there exerts a pressure of more than one thousand times normal atmospheric pressure at sea level, enough pressure t ... more
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EXO LIFE

Newfound gene may help bacteria survive in extreme environments
In the days following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, methane-eating bacteria bloomed in the Gulf of Mexico, feasting on the methane that gushed, along with oil, from the damaged well. The sud ... more
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FARM NEWS

Study: All chickens have Asian roots
The world's chickens descend from Southeast Asian common ancestors that Australian researchers say were the "great, great grandmothers of the chicken world." ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

North America may face 'megadrought'
The drought in western North America from 2000 to 2004 was the strongest in 800 years but may be a "new normal" for most of the coming century, scientists say. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Scotland moves to defuse 'prawn war'
Scotland has introduced unprecedented fishing restrictions in a move to defuse a "prawn war" between west coast trawlers and their North Sea counterparts. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate-change skeptic has 'turnaround'
Global warming is real and is caused "almost entirely" by people, a University of California physicist and "converted" climate change skeptic says. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

UNHCR official to visit Rakhine state
A U.N. expert on human rights in Myanmar will visit Rakhine state this week amid concern of alleged abuses by security authorities against Muslims. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Companies demo enhanced global communications for military

Opinion: Dysfunctional geopolitics

QinetiQ North America refurbishing, modernizing Talon robots used by the military

In United States, drones take off as Christmas gifts

IS arrests 'extremists' accused of plot against group

China fails in bid to block UN meeting on N. Korea

China condemns 'cyber terrorism' as Obama pledges N. Korea review

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EPIDEMICS

HIV-positive Namibians did not okay sterilisation: court
A Namibian court ruled Monday that three women with HIV were sterilised without their informed consent, but dismissed their claim that the operation was performed because of their condition. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Chimp shot in attack on American returns home in S.Africa
A male chimpanzee who was shot in South Africa while mauling an American student has returned to the sanctuary where the attack happened, the primate centre said Monday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China paper says leaders must listen after riots
China's most influential newspaper on Monday urged authorities to listen to people's worries about pollution, after fears over a new waste water pipeline sparked weekend riots. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Russia battles Siberia wildfires: Greenpeace
Several regions in Siberia are battling massive wildfires that have left cities shrouded in smog after a heatwave, an environmental group said on Monday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Bolivia consults locals on jungle highway project
The Bolivian government of President Evo Morales Sunday met with indigenous Amazon basin lowland residents to discuss plans for a controversial highway that would run through their their homeland. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Hong Kong pushes ahead with patriotism classes
Hong Kong on Monday vowed to push ahead with patriotism classes despite mass protests over what parents and teachers call Chinese brainwashing. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Dozens of wild peacocks die in Pakistan desert
Dozens of wild peacocks have died suddenly in Pakistan, prompting experts to fear an outbreak of the highly contagious Newcastle disease. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Japan firm says China waste claims 'groundless'
A Japanese paper firm whose factory was at the centre of deadly weekend protests in China said Monday it was concerned about the demonstration, but rejected pollution claims as "groundless". ... more
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Young Red Dwarf Stars could Host Habitable Worlds

NASA, Hot Air and Venus

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WEATHER REPORT

Three dead as storm lashes Philippines
At least three people were killed and millions were left without power Monday as Tropical Storm Saola turned into a typhoon, bringing heavy rains to large parts of the Philippines, the government said. ... more
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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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The longer you're awake, the slower you get
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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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

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

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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WOOD PILE

Forest carbon monitoring breakthrough in Colombia
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 Ama ... more
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