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August 09, 2012
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Birds do better in 'agroforests' than on farms
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 09, 2012
Compared with open farmland, wooded "shade" plantations that produce coffee and chocolate promote greater bird diversity, although a new University of Utah study says forests remain the best habitat for tropical birds. The findings suggest that as open farmland replaces forests and "agroforests" - where crops are grown under trees - reduced number of bird species and shifts in the populations of various types of birds may hurt "ecosystem services" that birds provide to people, such as eating insec ... read more

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FARM NEWS

New technology eliminates plant toxins
Plants produce toxins to defend themselves against potential enemies, from herbivorous pests to diseases. Oilseed rape plants produce glucosinolates to serve this purpose. However, due to the conten ... more
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WATER WORLD

Microbes, sponges, and worms add to coral reef woes
Microbes, sponges, and worms-the side effects of pollution and heavy fishing-are adding insult to injury in Kenya's imperiled reef systems, according to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation S ... more
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FARM NEWS

Researchers Demonstrate Control of Devastating Cassava Virus in Africa
An international research collaboration recently demonstrated progress in protecting cassava against cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a serious virus disease, in a confined field trial in Uganda ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Division of labor offers insight into the evolution of multicellular life
Dividing tasks among different individuals is a more efficient way to get things done, whether you are an ant, a honeybee or a human. A new study by researchers at Michigan State University's BEACON ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Vietnam, US begin historic Agent Orange cleanup
From deformed infants to grandparents with cancer, families near Vietnam's Danang Airbase have long blamed the toxic legacy of war for their ills. Now after a decades-long wait, a historic "Agent Orange" clean-up is finally beginning. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

July hottest month on record in US
July was the hottest month in the contiguous United States since record-keeping began in 1895, government scientists have said, a trend that meteorologists attribute to climate change. ... more
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WHITE OUT

Two killed, two missing in S.Africa's heavy snow, rain falls
At least two people died and two went missing Wednesday as heavy snow and rain battered South Africa's southeast leaving swathes of the country without electricity, media reports said. ... 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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FARM NEWS

Hong Kong tests babies over Japanese milk formula
Hong Kong said Thursday it will test babies who have consumed Japanese-made infant formulas found to have insufficient levels of iodine, after the products were ordered off the city's shelves. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Threatened shark species turning up in US restaurants: study
Threatened shark species are being used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, in several US cities, according to an unprecedented study based on DNA testing. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Ernesto moves across Mexico, Gilma now a hurricane
Tropical storm Ernesto pummeled the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday, downing trees and power lines as forecasters predicted it could pick up strength across Mexico's oil-rich Bay of Campeche. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Forest fire near Greek Orthodox monastery spreads
Authorities ordered the evacuation Thursday of young families and the elderly as a wildfire near Greece's monastic community of Mount Athos spread towards a nearby town, firefighters said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Philippine floods a man-made disaster: experts
Deadly floods that have swamped nearly all of the Philippine capital are less a natural disaster and more the result of poor planning, lax enforcement and political self-interest, experts say. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

July temperatures set U.S. record
Last month was the hottest July and the hottest month on record for the contiguous United States, 3.3 degrees above the 20th century average, scientists said. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate: US call for 'flexibility' on warming spurs row
The United States ran into crossfire on Wednesday after it called for "flexibility" in climate talks yet acknowledged this may not guarantee meeting the UN's target on global warming. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Interpol issues notice for arrest of Sea Shepherd founder
Interpol has issued an international notice for the arrest of fugitive eco-warrior Paul Watson, famed for his high-seas clashes with Japanese whalers, after he skipped bail in Germany. ... 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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SHAKE AND BLOW

Ernesto moves across southeastern Mexico as tropical storm
Tropical storm Ernesto pummeled the Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday, downing trees and power lines as forecasters predicted it could pick up strength across Mexico's oil-rich Bay of Campeche. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Typhoon causes widespread damage in China
A typhoon slammed into eastern China on Wednesday, the country's third in a week, killing at least three people and causing more than $1.5 billion in damage, state media said. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Asia, US plains facing water extraction crisis
Heavily-populated regions of Asia, the arid Middle East and parts of the US corn belt are dangerously over-exploiting their underground water supplies, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Six injured in blaze raging in southern Greece
Six people, four of them firefighters, have been injured in a forest fire raging in the Peloponnese in southern Greece, the fire department said on Wednesday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

More than one million battle Philippine floods
More than one million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods Wednesday amid relentless monsoon rains, with neck-deep waters trapping slum dwellers and the wealthy on roofs. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Clinton signs new deal to fight AIDS in South Africa
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday signed a new deal supporting efforts to fight AIDS in South Africa, which has the world's biggest population of people with HIV. ... 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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WOOD PILE

WSU researcher sees how forests thrive after fires and volcanoes
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 divers ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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