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August 13, 2012
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Defining limits of microbial life in an undersea volcano
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 13, 2012
By some estimates, a third of the Earth's organisms by mass live in our planet's rocks and sediments, yet their lives and ecology are almost a complete mystery. This week, microbiologist James Holden at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and others report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the first detailed data about a group of methane-exhaling microbes that live deep in the cracks of hot undersea volcanoes. Holden says, "Evidence has built over the past 20 years that there' ... read more

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WOOD PILE

New bird species discovered in 'cloud forest' of Peru
A colorful, fruit-eating bird with a black mask, pale belly and scarlet breast - never before described by science - has been discovered and named by Cornell University graduates following an expedi ... more
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BLUE SKY

Secret of the rare 'twinned rainbow' unlocked
Scientists have yet to fully unravel the mysteries of rainbows, but a group of researchers from Disney Research, Zurich, UC San Diego, Universidad de Zaragoza, and Horley, UK, have used simulations ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Diseased trees new source of climate gas
Diseased trees in forests may be a significant new source of methane that causes climate change, according to researchers at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in Geophysical Rese ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Can nature parks save biodiversity?
The 14 years of wildlife studies in and around Madagascar's Ranomafana National Park by Sarah Karpanty, associate professor of wildlife conservation at Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources a ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt defence minister 'retired' in surprise shake up
Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday ordered the surprise retirement of his powerful defence minister and scrapped a constitutional document which handed sweeping powers to the military. ... more
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Iran steps up relief efforts after quakes kill 227
Iran on Sunday stepped up relief operations in shattered villages in its northeast after saying rescue operations were completed following a double earthquake which cost 227 lives and injured 1,380 people. ... more
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WATER WORLD

China reservoir collapse kills at least 10: state media
At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured after the earthen wall of a reservoir collapsed in eastern China, flooding a rural area, state media said Sunday. ... more
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What a Star Wars laser bullet really looks like

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

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DEMOCRACY

Pinera faces renewed student anger
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera faced renewed youth anger over inadequate education opportunities in Latin America's most developed market economy. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Hacker blasts Myanmar over Muslim deaths
Hackers broke into the Web site of Myanmar's Information Ministry and posted a threatening message telling the government to "stop the killing of Muslims." ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Ernesto kills nine in Mexico
Ernesto killed at least nine people in Mexico, officials said Friday, with the dissipating storm threatening more heavy rain and possible flooding. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Urban disasters spotlight strain on Asian cities
Deadly floods, power blackouts and traffic gridlock - many of Asia's biggest cities are buckling under the strain of rapid economic development, extreme weather and an exodus from the countryside. ... more
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WATER WORLD

UN chief launches initiative to protect oceans
The UN chief Sunday announced an initiative to protect oceans from pollution and over-fishing and to combat rising sea levels which threaten hundreds of millions of people. ... more
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WATER WORLD

El Nino may be under way: Japan weather agency
An "El Nino" weather phenomenon is presumed to be under way in the tropical western Pacific and is expected to last until winter, Japan's meteorological agency said Friday. ... more
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In flooded Philippines, living and dead share shelter
As floods which have swamped parts of the Philippines and affected more than two million people extend into their second week, the dead and the living are sharing premium space on dry ground. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Retreat never an option: ex-Fukushima chief
The chief of Japan's Fukushima atomic plant at the time of the quake-tsunami disaster has said he never considered withdrawing from the escalating crisis despite fearing for his life, reports said Sunday. ... more
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Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

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FARM NEWS

Drought causes 1bn euros crop damage in Italy
Heatwaves and drought have caused around one billion euros ($1.2 billion) in crop damage in Italy, the head of the country's agricultural association said Thursday. ... more
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Bizarre rock 'ice shelf' found in Pacific
A huge cluster of floating volcanic rocks covering almost 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles) has been found drifting in the Pacific, the New Zealand navy said Friday. ... more
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Appeal to help two million Philippine flood victims
Philippine authorities appealed Thursday for help in getting relief to two million people affected by deadly floods in and around the capital, warning that evacuation centres were overwhelmed. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Birds do better in 'agroforests' than on farms
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 ... 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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China launches first mission to moon and back

Two families of comets found around nearby star

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

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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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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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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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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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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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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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