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August 08, 2012
WOOD PILE
WSU researcher sees how forests thrive after fires and volcanoes
Pullman WA (SPX) Aug 08, 2012
Forests hammered by windstorms, avalanches and wildfires may appear blighted, but a Washington State University researcher says such disturbances can be key to maximizing an area's biological diversity. In fact, says Mark Swanson, land managers can alter their practices to enhance such diversity, creating areas with a wide variety of species, including rare and endangered plants and animals. "The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, for example, has created very diverse post-eruption conditions, and h ... read more

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Scientists Define New Limits of Microbial Life in Undersea Volcanoes
By some estimates, a third of Earth's organisms live in our planet's rocks and sediments, yet their lives are almost a complete mystery. This week, the work of microbiologist James Holden of the Uni ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Research Links Extreme Summer Heat Events to Global Warming
A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th centur ... more
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FARM NEWS

Using wastewater as fertilizer
Sewage sludge, wastewater and liquid manure are valuable sources of fertilizer for food production. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a chemical-free, eco-friendly process that enables the r ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Typhoon sows destruction after landing in China
A strong typhoon ploughed into China's eastern coast on Wednesday, the country's third in a week, knocking down buildings and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of people, state media said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Philippine capital battles deadly floods
More than a million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods Wednesday as more rain fell, with neck-deep waters trapping both slum dwellers and the wealthy elite on rooftops. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane Ernesto makes landfall in Mexico
Hurricane Ernesto made landfall late Tuesday in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula after churning across the Caribbean Sea and drenching the coasts of Honduras and Belize, forecasters said. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Interpol issues notice for arrest of Sea Shepherd founder
Interpol has issued an international Red Notice for the arrest of fugitive eco-warrior Paul Watson, the founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, after he skipped bail in Germany. ... more
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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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EPIDEMICS

Mexico destroys 8 mn chickens amid bird flu outbreak
Eight million chickens have so far been slaughtered in Mexico and 66 million more were vaccinated in a bid to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

S. Korea heatwave kills more than 830,000 poultry
South Korea's extended heatwave has taken its toll on both humans and animals, with more than 830,000 chickens or other poultry reported dead as of Wednesday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

New Zealand court backs farm sale to Chinese group
New Zealand's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a bid to stop a Chinese company from buying a bankrupt dairy farm group, in a case that has stirred heated debate about foreign land ownership. ... more
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WATER WORLD

China urges Sri Lanka to release fishermen
The Chinese Embassy in Colombo has urged a speedy release of 37 Chinese fishermen arrested for alleged illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Armageddon looming? Tell Bruce Willis not to bother
When Bruce Willis used a nuclear bomb to save Earth from a giant asteroid in the movie Armageddon, the scenario had little science and a lot of fiction, physicists said on Tuesday. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Second lawsuit over deadly Australian wildfires
A class action over Australia's deadly 2009 wildfires was launched Tuesday against a Singapore power company, with victims of the blaze that killed 40 people blaming the firm for its ignition. ... more
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WHITE OUT

Johannesburg marvels at rare snowfall
Snow flurries blew through South Africa on Tuesday, closing several border crossings with Lesotho and dusting parts of the country in white as residents poured into the streets to watch the snowflakes fall. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

China pulls paper over flood story: rights group
China has pulled a Beijing newspaper from the newsstands after it criticised the official handling of July floods and said the government had underreported the death toll, a rights group said Tuesday. ... more
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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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FLORA AND FAUNA

Baby rhinos given second chance at S. African orphanage
The baby black rhino slurps milk greedily from a cola bottle, hops around and chases its caregiver in South Africa's newest and largest orphanage for calves whose parents were poached for their horns. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Thai villagers in legal challenge against Laos dam
Thai opponents of a planned multi-billion dollar dam in Laos submitted a lawsuit to a court in Bangkok on Tuesday seeking to prevent their country buying power from the hydropower project. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Long-dormant New Zealand volcano erupts
A New Zealand volcano suddenly erupted after lying dormant for more than a century, spewing an ash plume that disrupted flights and closed highways, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

New Hampshire leads U.S. in tree cover
Tree cover in the lower 48 U.S. states amounts to 659 million acres, more than one-third of the country, a U.S. Forest Service study has found. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Tibetan sets himself alight in China: group
A Tibetan man in southwest China set himself on fire Monday, the latest in a series of shocking protests against Chinese rule, an overseas human rights group said. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

TEPCO video shows tensions as Fukushima crisis unfurls
Video footage released Monday shows the head of the Fukushima nuclear power plant shouting "We have a big problem, a big problem!" as a reactor exploded after last year's quake-tsunami disaster. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Malawi to test 250,000 people for HIV in one week
Malawi on Monday launched a week-long campaign to test 250,000 people for HIV in what health authorities called a crucial intervention in a country ravaged by AIDS. ... more
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BLUE SKY

Dust Dominates Foreign Aerosol Imports to North America
NASA and university scientists have made the first measurement-based estimate of the amount and composition of tiny airborne particles that arrive in the air over North America each year. With a 3-D ... 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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CARBON WORLDS

Carbon Eaters on the Black Sea
This brilliant cyan pattern scattered across the surface of the Black Sea is a bloom of microscopic phytoplankton. The multitude of single-celled algae in this image are most likely coccolithophores ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Stanford expert brings climate change science to heated Capitol Hill
Now's the time to prepare for the heat waves, heavy rains and droughts that climate change will bring, says Stanford's Chris Field, a noted climate researcher. Speaking Wednesday at a contentious U. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Deep-sea squid can 'jettison arms' as defensive tactic
A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island has observed a never-before-seen defensive strategy used by a small species of deep-sea squid in which the animal counter-attacks a predat ... more
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EPIDEMICS

New bat virus could hold key to Hendra virus
Australian scientists have discovered a new virus in bats that could help shed light on how Hendra and Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans. The new virus - named 'Cedar' afte ... more
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ICE WORLD

Tropical climate in the Antarctic
Given the predicted rise in global temperatures in the coming decades, climate scientists are particularly interested in warm periods that occurred in the geological past. Knowledge of past episodes ... more
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WATER WORLD

Study finds healthy seafood comes from sustainable fish
When ordering seafood, the options are many and so are some of the things you might consider in what you order. Is your fish healthy? Is it safe? Is it harvested responsibly? While there are many se ... more
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SINO DAILY

Workshop blast in east China kills 13
An explosion ripped through a family-owned workshop in east China's Zhejiang province on Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 14, state media reported. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Roots and microbes: Bringing a complex underground ecology into the lab
Beneath the surface of the earth, an influential community of microbes mingles with plant roots. In the first large-scale analysis of those communities, scientists have now catalogued and compared t ... more
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