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August 17, 2012
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Research raises doubts about whether modern humans and Neanderthals interbred
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2012
New research raises questions about the theory that modern humans and Neanderthals at some point interbred, known as hybridisation. The findings of a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests that common ancestry, not hybridisation, better explains the average 1-4 per cent DNA that those of European and Asian descent (Eurasians) share with Neanderthals. It was published in the journal PNAS. In the last two years, a number of studies have suggested that modern humans and Neandert ... read more

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion
According to the United Nations' 2011 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, global urban population is expected to gain more than 2.5 billion new inhabitants through 2050. Such sharp increases i ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Stepping stones to the north
A new study led by scientists at the University of York has shown how birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders have colonised nature reserves and areas protected for wildlife, as they move nort ... more
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FARM NEWS

Impulsive micromanagers help plants to adapt, survive
Soil microbes are impulsive. So much so that they help plants face the challenges of a rapidly changing climate. Jen Lau and Jay Lennon, Michigan State University biologists, studied how plants and ... more
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WOOD PILE

Widespread local extinctions in tropical forest 'remnants'
The small fragments of tropical forests left behind after deforestation are suffering extensive species extinction, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Publishing i ... more
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ABOUT US

Old skull bone rediscovered
Although clearly discernible in the embryo, shortly afterwards it fuses with other bones beyond recognition. Consequently, researchers have often missed it. Now, however, paleontologists from the Un ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Nearly 1,000 earthquakes recorded in Arizona over three years
Earthquakes are among the most destructive and common of geologic phenomena. Several million earthquakes are estimated to occur worldwide each year (the vast majority are too small to feel, but thei ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Studies examine health consequences of meltdown, damage to Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan
The results of two studies in the August 15 issue of JAMA report on the psychological status of workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan several months after the earthquake and tsunami ... 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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FARM NEWS

Friendships promote better farming in developing countries
A study that examined how rural farmers in Ethiopia learn new farming techniques and adopt them on their own farms discovered that learning from a friend was a stronger motivator than learning from ... more
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WATER WORLD

Warmwater shark runs aground on English channel coastline
Specialists were surprised Thursday after a Sandtiger Shark ran aground on the French coastline of the English Channel, even though it is normally found in deeper and warmer waters. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Forecast heatwave puts France on alert
Temperatures in some parts of France will reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) this weekend, forecasters predicted Thursday, triggering an alert system set up after 15,000 people died in a heatwave in 2003. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

EU-NATO forces free hijacked vessel
EU and NATO naval forces freed a ship commandeered by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden this week, even as the number of such attacks has dropped sharply. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Miss World pageant meets Chinese mining city
More than 100 beauty queens from around the globe have descended on the northern Chinese mining city of Ordos on the edge of the Gobi desert ahead of the Miss World final this Saturday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Tropical storm Gordon forms over Atlantic: US monitors
A tropical storm named Gordon has formed over the Atlantic Ocean and could strengthen into a hurricane at the weekend, US monitors said Thursday, though no coastal warnings or watches were in effect. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Two African boat migrants dead, 160 rescued off Malta
Malta's navy recovered two bodies and rescued around 160 African migrants from two boats which got into trouble on the Mediterranean Sea, an armed forces spokesman said Thursday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Hong Kong arrests 1,200 in triad crackdown
Hong Kong police said Thursday they had arrested nearly 1,200 people in raids on illegal gambling dens and brothels during a month-long crackdown on triad activities. ... 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

Japan says food diplomacy will keep Hong Kong sweet
Hong Kong's love of Japanese cuisine will help ease tensions over Tokyo's arrest of Hong Kong activists at a disputed island chain, a Japanese minister said Thursday at a food fair in the Chinese city. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Payouts urged for Australia marathon fire victims
Australian officials on Thursday said two women runners left with serious and disfiguring injuries after a wildfire swept through a 2011 ultra-marathon should receive government compensation. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Tibetan dies in China after fire protest: exile group
A Tibetan monk who set himself on fire this week in a southwestern town that has become a flashpoint for protests against Chinese rule has died, an exile group said 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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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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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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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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ICE WORLD

Predictions are in for Arctic sea ice low point
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 m ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
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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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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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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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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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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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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