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August 15, 2012
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Asia 'megacities' face infrastructure timebomb: ADB
Bangkok (AFP) Aug 15, 2012
Asian nations must act quickly to protect their cities from flooding and other natural disasters as rapid urbanisation raises environmental risks, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday. Major investment in infrastructure and smarter urban planning - focused on green growth - are the only routes to curbing the impact of such catastrophes as the region's metropolises expand, an ADB report said. "Asia has seen unprecedented urban population growth, but this has been accompanied by immense str ... read more

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Forecast: Big snow in Eastern U.S. cities
After a 2011-2012 winter that saw little snow, the mid-Atlantic and southern New England states will get a snow dump this winter, forecasters say. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

1.5 million years of climate history revealed after scientists solve mystery of the deep
1.5 million years of climate history revealed after scientists solve mystery of the deep Study successfully reconstructed temperature from the deep sea to reveal how global ice volume has varied ove ... more
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WATER WORLD

Global water sustainability flows through natural and human challenges
Water's fate in China mirrors problems across the world: fouled, pushed far from its natural origins, squandered and exploited. In this week's Science magazine, Jianguo "Jack" Liu, director of Michi ... more
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Neolithic Man: The First Lumberjack?
During the Neolithic Age (approximately 10000-6000 BCE), early man evolved from hunter-gatherer to farmer and agriculturalist, living in larger, permanent settlements with a variety of domesticated ... more
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WATER WORLD

How much nitrogen is fixed in the ocean?
In order to predict how the Earth's climate develops scientists have to know which gases and trace elements are naturally bound and released by the ocean and in which quantities. For nitrogen, an es ... more
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BLUE SKY

New atmospheric compound tied to climate change and human health
An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Helsinki has discovered a surprising new chemical compound in Earth's atmosphere that reacts with sulfu ... more
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New Kenyan fossils shed light on early human evolution
Exciting new fossils discovered east of Lake Turkana confirm that there were two additional species of our genus - Homo - living alongside our direct human ancestral species, Homo erectus, almost tw ... more
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Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

Making quantum dots glow brighter

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

Border stand-off overshadows China leader's India trip

Finnish Greens quit government in nuclear row

Asia's billionaires see fastest wealth growth: report

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BLUE SKY

Meteor Smoke Makes Strange Clouds
Anyone who's ever seen a noctilucent cloud or "NLC" would agree: They look alien. The electric-blue ripples and pale tendrils of NLCs reaching across the night sky resemble something from another wo ... more
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FARM NEWS

Diversity keeps grasslands resilient to drought, climate change
For much of the year drought has been plaguing American grasslands. But a recent study found that grasses do not appear to be losing the turf war against climate when it comes to surviving with litt ... more
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WATER WORLD

A new global warming culprit: Dam drawdowns
Washington State University researchers have documented an underappreciated suite of players in global warming: dams, the water reservoirs behind them, and surges of greenhouse gases as water levels ... more
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SINO DAILY

Chinese lawyers urge labour-camp reform
Ten Chinese lawyers have written an open letter urging the government to reform its system of hard labour after a mother was sent to a camp for challenging the sentences of men who raped her daughter. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Australia moves on offshore asylum centers
Australia aims to have asylum seeker processing centers available for use in Nauru and Papua New Guinea within a month. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Lugar meets with Georgian opposition
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., met over the weekend with Georgian opposition leaders, some of whom claim the government is harassing their supporters. ... more
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WATER WORLD

China's water at risk from coal projects
The 16 large-scale coal bases that China has planned will trigger severe water crises in the country's arid northwest, a new Greenpeace report warns. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Thai forces 'kill 38 Cambodian loggers in six months'
Thai forces shot dead 38 Cambodians in the first half of this year for illegally crossing the border to log for valuable timber, according to the Cambodian authorities. ... more
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Iran slams US as 'obsessed' with sanctions as talks resume

Ukraine says Russia masses troops on Ukraine border

Space control Airmen ensure constant communication

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

Founding Day of Air and Missile Defense Command of Aerospace Defense Forces

Twin crises could shape Obama's twilight years in office

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Flooding in central Nigeria kills at least 28 people
Flooding caused by heavy rains in central Nigeria has killed at least 28 people, with many others still missing, while also destroying homes, bridges and farmland, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Iran pair rescued from quakes after three days: reports
Two people were pulled out alive from the rubble on Tuesday three days after weekend quakes levelled villages in northwestern Iran, state media reported, and well after authorities halted rescue operations. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists
Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Philippines storm brings more floods, landslides
Manila braced on Tuesday for more wet weather and authorities rushed relief supplies to the remote northern Philippines as a new storm - expected to trigger flashfloods and landslides - closed in. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Bill Gates kicks off search for toilet of the future
Microsoft co-founder turned global philanthropist Bill Gates on Tuesday launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Brazil court orders work on Amazon dam suspended
A federal court in Brazil on Tuesday ordered that work on the huge Belo Monte dam in the Amazon be suspended, saying native communities affected by the controversial hydroelectric project must be heard. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Two Tibetans set themselves alight in China: group
Two ethnic Tibetan men set themselves on fire together in southwest China to protest Beijing's rule, causing clashes between residents and security forces, rights groups said on Tuesday. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists
Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species. ... more
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Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines

France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket

MIT researchers developing tight-fitting space suits of the future

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

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NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

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ICE WORLD

Melting ice opens Northwest Passage
Rapidly melting sea ice has led to the opening of the arctic's Northwest Passage, images taken by NASA's Terra satellite confirm. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Rooftop farms flourish in space-starved Hong Kong
On the rooftop of a tower block above the hustle and bustle of teeming Hong Kong, dedicated growers tend to their organic crops in a vegetable garden. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Powerful 7.7 quake strikes off east Russian coast: USGS
A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck in the Sea of Okhotsk off the east Russian coast early Tuesday, US and Japanese monitors said, with the tremor felt as far away as Tokyo. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

The earthquake risk and Europe
How strong can earthquakes in Germany be? Where in Europa are the earthquake activities concentrated? These questions are the basis for risk assessments and become relevant when it comes to the safe ... more
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ABOUT US

Researchers develop new physical face cloning method
Animatronics aims at creating physical robots that move and look like real humans. Many impressive characters have been created in this spirit, like those in the Hall of Presidents attraction at Wal ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

North American freshwater fishes race to extinction
North American freshwater fishes are going extinct at an alarming rate compared with other species, according to an article in the September issue of BioScience. The rate of extinctions increased no ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Hibernation altered by climate change takes a toll on Rocky Mountain animal species
Climate change is causing a late wake-up call from hibernation for a species of Rocky Mountain ground squirrel and the effect is deadly. A University of Alberta-led international research team exami ... 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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