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August 01, 2012
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Superbird stuns researchers
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 01, 2012
A team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Research Council of Argentina recently fitted a South American sea bird called an imperial cormorant with a small camera, then watched stunned as it became "superbird" - diving 150 feet underwater in 40 seconds, feeding on the ocean floor for 80 seconds where it eventually caught a snakelike fish, before returning to the surface 40 seconds later. This is the first time researchers have been able to watch first-hand ... read more

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Captive Lion Reintroduction Programs In Africa Operate Under 'conservation Myth'
A new report published in the international conservation journal Oryx concludes that commercial 'wildlife encounter' operations across Africa promoting the reintroduction of captive lions do little ... more
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WATER WORLD

Coral reef thriving in sediment-laden waters
Rapid rates of coral reef growth have been identified in sediment-laden marine environments, conditions previously believed to be detrimental to reef growth. A new study has established that Middle ... more
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EPIDEMICS

An avian flu that jumps from birds to mammals is killing New England's baby seals
A novel avian influenza virus has acquired the ability to infect aquatic mammals and was responsible for an outbreak of fatal pneumonia that recently struck harbor seals in New England, according to ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the 'new normal'
The chronic drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake and was the strongest in 800 years, scientists have concluded, but they ... more
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ICE WORLD

Researchers analyze melting glaciers and water resources in Central Asia
After the fall of the Soviet Union twenty years ago, water distribution in Central Asia became a source of conflict. In areas where summer precipitation is low, glaciers play an important role when ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate change could open trade opportunities for some vulnerable nations
Tanzania is one developing country that could actually benefit from climate change by increasing exports of corn to the U.S. and other nations, according to a study by researchers at Stanford Univer ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Climate Concerns And Public Health Issues
For decades, scientists have known that the effects of global climate change could have a potentially devastating impact across the globe, but Harvard researchers say there is now evidence that it m ... more
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A New Way To Convert Light To Electrical Energy

Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants

Leaders Discuss Wind Power in Canada's Energy Future

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

Reverse engineering materials for more efficient heating and cooling

Saving lots of computing capacity with a new algorithm

Nanosafety research - there's room for improvement

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WATER WORLD

Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuild wetlands
Researchers could have a new method to rebuild wetlands of the Louisiana delta, thanks to a chance finding while monitoring severe flooding of the Mississippi River. A team of civil engineers and ge ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Local weather patterns affect beliefs about global warming
Local weather patterns temporarily influence people's beliefs about evidence for global warming, according to research by political scientists at New York University and Temple University. Their stu ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Queen, politicians, Nobel winner named to UN social panel
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named a queen, a former president, a Nobel Peace prize winner and a corporate mogul to a 26-strong panel to recommend new global social and environment goals. ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

France orders Google to hand over Street View data
France's data-protection authority said Tuesday it wants Google to hand over data secretly collected from Internet users by its Street View mapping cars which it failed to delete as promised. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Turkmenistan to plant huge forest in Aral Sea region
Turkmenistan is allocating tens of millions of dollars to plant trees in a region neighbouring the stricken Aral Sea, state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan said Tuesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Air China no longer transporting lab monkeys: PETA
Air China is no longer transporting monkeys for laboratory experiments on its flights, animal rights group PETA said Tuesday, citing an email from the airline. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: Equilibristic on Capitol Hil
A very interesting political game in Washington is unfolding before our eyes. In the few remaining days before the August congressional recess the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House have to find a solution that would, at a stroke, please American business, sting Russia for its poor human rights record without, however, offending other nations whose record in this matter is even worse. ... more
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ICE WORLD

China to build first polar-expedition icebreaker
China is set to construct its first icebreaker for polar expeditions, state media said Tuesday, in a move it described as greatly boosting its ability to explore the strategic Arctic. ... more
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Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Japanese aircraft scrambles endangering safety: China

China Concerned by India's Moves to Secure Northeastern Border

China punishes HK lawmaker for criticising leader

Chinese Communist leadership 'fundamental' to rule of law: party

Canadian military receiving satellite-on-the-move communications system

Iraq Sunni exiles say bombs cannot defeat IS

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SINO DAILY

China's online dating market booms: research
Revenues from China's online dating market are forecast to top two billion yuan ($315 million) in 2014 as work-stressed Chinese struggle to find partners, a new report said Tuesday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Olympics: British street artists take aim at the Games
An javelin thrower stands poised to make his throw - but in place of a spear, he holds a missile. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

New bird flu virus killing US baby seals: study
A new kind of bird flu has been causing deadly pneumonia in baby seals off the northeastern US coast and could pose a risk to humans, according to US research released Tuesday. ... more
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WHITE OUT

Climate change prompts French ski area to mull downsize
A modest ski area in the French Alps is ready to unbolt its chairlifts and rope off slopes as the local mayor concludes that climate change means the trails ahead will be rocky. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

UN heads for flood-hit areas in North Korea
United Nations teams were heading for flood-hit areas of North Korea to assess possible aid, a UN official said Tuesday, after Pyongyang reported scores dead and tens of thousands homeless. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

US hits out at Asian nations over religious freedoms
The United States warned the world was sliding backwards on religious freedoms Monday, slamming China for cracking down on Tibetan Buddhists and hitting out at Pakistan and Afghanistan. ... 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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ABOUT US

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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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares

Antares rocket launch failed due to possible engine flaw

NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

Getting to Know You, Rocket Edition: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage

Russia Puts Meridian Communications Satellite Into Orbit

FY 15 launch schedule kicks off with GPS IIF-8 liftoff from 'The Cape'

NASA to work with cargo partners despite rocket crash

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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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ABOUT US

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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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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FLORA AND FAUNA

Research charts growing threats to biodiversity 'arks'
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 i ... 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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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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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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