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August 06, 2012
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It's in our genes: Why women outlive men
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 06, 2012
Scientists are beginning to understand one of life's enduring mysteries - why women live, on average, longer than men. Published in Current Biology, research led by Monash University, describes how mutations to the DNA of the mitochondria can account for differences in the life expectancy of males and females. Mitochondria, which exist in almost all animal cells, are vital for life because they convert our food into the energy that powers the body. Dr Damian Dowling and PhD student, Florencia Camu ... read more

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Homing in on a potential pre-quake signal
Changes in seismic velocity--changes in the speeds at which seismic waves move through the Earth's crust--have been identified during and after many earthquakes. But do these changes also happen bef ... more
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BLUE SKY

Cut emissions further or face risks of high air pollution, study shows
Most of the world's population will be subject to degraded air quality in 2050 if man-made emissions continue as usual. In this 'business-as-usual' scenario, the average world citizen 40 years from ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

More code cracking
A trio of groundbreaking publications from researchers in Northwestern University's Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PS-OC) report important methodological advances that will enable a better under ... more
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FARM NEWS

Early weaning, DDGS feed could cut costs for cattle producers
If the drought forces producers to feed a larger portion of distillers dried grains with solubles, cattle can maintain gains and improve meat quality if the animals are weaned early, a Purdue Univer ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

N. Korea says floods killed 169, left 400 missing
Floods which hit parts of North Korea in recent weeks killed 169 people and left 400 missing, the state news agency said Saturday, sharply updating earlier casualty figures. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Study shows how elephants produce their deep 'voices'
African elephants are known to be great communicators that converse with extremely low-pitched vocalizations, known as infrasounds, over a distance of miles. These infrasounds occupy a very low freq ... more
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ICE WORLD

Aerial photos reveal dynamic ice sheet
Despite the current and rapid melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, it remains far from certain just when we will have reached a point when scientists will be able to predict its disappearance. ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Future batteries: Lithium-sulfur with a graphene wrapper

Choreography of an electron pair

Organic electronics could lead to cheap, wearable medical sensors

Pilot plant for the removal of extreme gas charges from deep waters

Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough

Electron spin could be the key to high-temperature superconductivity

Rice study fuels hope for natural gas cars

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Mapping the future of climate change in Africa
Our planet's changing climate is devastating communities in Africa through droughts, floods and myriad other disasters. Using detailed regional climate models and geographic information systems, res ... more
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ICE WORLD

Russian icebreaker sets out for expedition
A Russian icebreaker vessel set out on a two-month expedition to the Arctic Ocean to study an icy ridge, officials said. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

China arrests 137 over organ-trafficking ring
Chinese police arrested 137 people, among them doctors, suspected of trafficking human organs in a nationwide crime ring that profited from the huge demand for transplants, authorities said. ... more
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BLUE SKY

Q and A with Atmospheric Scientist Hongbin Yu
A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows that 64 million tons of dust, pollution and other particles survive a trans-ocean journey to arrive in the air over North America each year. The findings ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Ernesto races towards Mexico, Central America
Tropical Storm Ernesto was spinning westward in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, barreling toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, US forecasters said. ... more
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FARM NEWS

India's economic growth seen lower as rains play truant
India's economic growth could slip to near six percent this year with the country facing the spectre of its third drought in a decade, a top government policymaker says. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate change to blame for extreme heat: NASA scientist
Human-driven climate change is to blame for a series of increasingly hot summers and the situation is already worse than was expected just two decades ago, a top NASA scientist said on Saturday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

One dead, 26 missing after north India floods
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains in two mountainous north Indian states have killed one person and left 26 others, mostly power plant workers, missing, officials said Saturday. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea slams UN vote, vows to bolster nuclear capacity

3 countries eye pooled acquisition, operation of airlifters

China protests US frigate sale to Taiwan

Poland orders more Norwegian missiles

Clock ticking on Mistral decision, Russia tells France

Canada increases global reach with new military transporter

US says delivered 10 Apaches to Egypt

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DEMOCRACY

Turkey military council orders retirement of held generals
Turkey's top military council on Saturday ordered the retirement of dozens of generals and admirals who are currently being held on charges of coup plotting, the army announced on its website. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Jamaica braces for Tropical Storm Ernesto
Jamaica braced Saturday for strong winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Ernesto, which could build into a hurricane as it brushes past the island, US forecasters said. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Gray whale 'baby boom' reported
A baby boom of gray whales is apparently under way along Alaska's coast and off Southern California, marine researchers say. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

FEMA cell-phone alerts warn too many
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is trying to refine its weather alert system so that cellphone users not at risk do not get scared. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Philippine typhoon death toll rises to 37
The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Saola has risen to 37 and is expected to go even higher as new rains worsened flooding, the government said on Friday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China's passion for fashion catapults blogger to stardom
Until recently Han Huohuo was just a twenty-something Chinese fashion blogger. Today he enjoys front-row seats at European catwalk shows and rubs shoulders with the editor of Chinese Vogue. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

India's puny monsoon sparks fears of drought
India's monsoon rains that lash the country each summer arrived late and have been feeble this year, leading to hardship for hundreds of millions of farmers like 61-year-old Rameshwar Dayal. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Boston University researchers expand synthetic biology's toolkit
Through the assembly of genetic components into "circuits" that perform logical operations in living cells, synthetic biologists aim to artificially empower cells to solve critical problems in medic ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
NASA's Spaceborne Carbon Counter Maps New Details

Kepler Proves It Can Still Find Planets

NASA releases video of Orion spacecraft re-entry from astronaut's perspective

NASA just emailed the space station a new socket wrench

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

DARPA developing first-ever maneuverable bullet

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Are large earthquakes linked across the globe?
The press release and paper noted below, publishing in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, is strictly under embargo until 12:00 Noon Eastern Time US. The past decade has been plag ... more
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CARBON WORLDS

Earth's oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people
Earth's oceans, forests and other ecosystems continue to soak up about half the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities, even as those emissions have increased, according to a ... more
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TECTONICS

Scientists probe link between magnetic polarity reversal and mantle processes
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that variations in the long-term reversal rate of the Earth's magnetic field may be caused by changes in heat flow from the Earth's core int ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Vaccine research shows vigilance needed against evolution of more-virulent malaria
Malaria parasites evolving in vaccinated laboratory mice become more virulent, according to research at Penn State University. The mice were injected with a critical component of several candidate h ... more
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EPIDEMICS

New influenza virus from seals highlights the risks of pandemic flu from animals
A new strain of influenza virus found in harbor seals could represent a threat to wildlife and human health, according to the authors of a study appearing July 31 in mBio, the online open-access jou ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Critically endangered whales sing like birds
When a University of Washington researcher listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters off the east coast of Greenland, she was stunned at what she hear ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Research team discovers eating habits of Jurassic age dinosaur
A team of researchers from the University of Bristol, Natural History Museum of London, the University of Missouri and Ohio University has discovered the eating habits of Diplodocus using a three-di ... more
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FIRE STORM

When the world burned less
In the years after Columbus' voyage, burning of New World forests and fields diminished significantly - a phenomenon some have attributed to decimation of native populations by European diseases. Bu ... more
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