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August 16, 2012
ICE WORLD
Predictions are in for Arctic sea ice low point
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2012
It's become a sport of sorts, predicting the low point of Arctic sea ice each year. Expert scientists with decades of experience do it but so do enthusiasts, whose guesses are gamely included in a monthly predictions roundup collected by Sea Ice Outlook, an effort supported by the U.S. government. When averaged, the predictions have come in remarkably close to the mark in the past two years. But the low and high predictions are off by hundreds of thousands of square kilometers. Researchers are wor ... read more

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A new take on how evolution has shaped modern Europeans
Investigators reporting in the Cell Press journal Trends in Genetics say that new analytical techniques are changing long-held, simplistic views about the evolutionary history of humans in Europe. T ... more
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WATER WORLD

Are Methane Hydrates Dissolving?
West of Spitsbergen methane gas is effervescing out of the seabed. Is this an indication that methane hydrates in the seabed are dissolving due to rising temperatures? And what would the effects be? ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Deaths from landslides up to 10 times worse than thought
The death toll from landslides is 10 times higher than generally estimated, with most fatalities occurring in South Asia, China and Latin America, according to a British study published on Thursday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Relief as storm leaves Philippines
Tropical Storm Kai-tak blew out of the Philippines on Thursday, offering some relief for millions of people struggling to recover from a brutal few weeks of monsoon rains that claimed 109 lives. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Deep inside the body, tiny mechanical microscope
Tiny space age probes - those that can see inside single living cells - are increasingly being used to diagnose illness in hard-to-reach areas of the body. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornel ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Seeds of hope amidst Philippine floods
Amidst horrendous flooding around Manila and major rice-growing across Luzon in the Philippines, some good news has emerged for rice farmers - Submarino rice - rice that can survive around 2 weeks o ... more
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WOOD PILE

Marine research in the Brazilian rain forest
Until recent decades the Atlantic Rainforest covered a large area of today's Brazil from Amazonas to present-day Argentina. In the 1970s, after years of deforestation, this rain forest was almost co ... more
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Solar System Transforms Fallow Land Into Money Generating Asset

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

HelioSage Energy Announces Sale of 12 Solar Projects in North Carolina

VIASPACE Establishes Giant King Grass Research Collaboration With California

Ceres to Expand Product Development in Sorghum and Sugarcane

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15

SunShare Announces Program to Provide Free Electricity

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FARM NEWS

Plants exhibit a wide range of mechanical properties
From an engineer's perspective, plants such as palm trees, bamboo, maples and even potatoes are examples of precise engineering on a microscopic scale. Like wooden beams reinforcing a house, cell wa ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Fresh water breathes fresh life into hurricanes
An analysis of a decade's worth of tropical cyclones shows that when hurricanes blow over ocean regions swamped by fresh water, the conditions can unexpectedly intensify the storm. Although the prob ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricanes can be 50 percent stronger if passing over fresh water
If a hurricane's path carries it over large areas of fresh water, it will potentially intensify 50 percent faster than those that do not pass over such regions, meaning it has greater potential to b ... more
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INTERN DAILY

New bacteria resistant materials discovered
Using state-of-the-art technology scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered a new class of polymers that are resistant to bacterial attachment. These new materials could lead to a s ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Iran says US quake aid was not in 'good faith'
Iran said on Wednesday it rejected a US offer of aid for survivors of twin deadly earthquakes that struck villages in its northwest on the weekend because it was not made in "good faith." ... more
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WATER WORLD

Oceans suffering from sea sickness, says study
Seychelles and Germany have the healthiest seas of any inhabited territory, while Sierra Leone has the unhealthiest, according to a new index that says many oceans score poorly for biodiversity and as a human resource. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

France starts inquest into riots as calm returns to Amiens
The French city of Amiens on Wednesday began a costly clean-up after two nights of rioting that left France again asking itself what to do about marginalised urban neighbourhoods that have regularly erupted into violence in the past decade. ... 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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'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups

UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

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WHITE OUT

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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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Asia 'megacities' face infrastructure timebomb: ADB
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. ... 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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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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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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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

Opportunity Flash-Memory Reformat Planned

Chilly end for geckos sent into space by Russia

Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds

Astrophysicists Report Radioactive Cobalt in Supernova Explosion

How might El Nino affect wildfires in California?

Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chinese police kill gunman after massive manhunt
Chinese police on Tuesday killed a fugitive armed robber and suspected serial killer dubbed China's most dangerous man, ending a huge manhunt, state media said. ... more
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