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August 22, 2012
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Climate vs. weather: Extreme events narrow the doubts
Paris (AFP) Aug 22, 2012
Heatwaves, drought and floods that have struck the northern hemisphere for the third summer running are narrowing doubts that man-made warming is disrupting Earth's climate system, say some scientists. Climate experts as a group are reluctant to ascribe a single extreme event or season to global warming. Weather, they argue, has to be assessed over far longer periods to confirm a shift in the climate and whether natural factors or fossil-fuel emissions are the cause. But for some, such cauti ... read more

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WATER WORLD

Researchers reveal behaviors of the tiniest water droplets
A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and Emory University has uncovered fundamental details about the hexamer structures that make up the tiniest droplets of water, ... more
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WATER WORLD

Dinosaur bends caused by prolonged diving
Dinosaurs-like creatures may have injured themselves during leisurely deep-sea diving trips and not from resurfacing too quickly, as previously thought. A recent study identified bone deformit ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

NYBG scientists develop and test rapid species conservation assessment technique
To speed up the process of identifying threatened and endangered plant species, a team of New York Botanical Garden scientists has developed a streamlined method for evaluating the conservation stat ... more
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Evolutionary increase in size of the human brain explained
Researchers have found what they believe is the key to understanding why the human brain is larger and more complex than that of other animals. The human brain, with its unequaled cognitive capacity ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Scripps Research scientists fiyo an important molecular trigger for wouyo-healing
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have made a breakthrough in understanding a class of cells that help wounds in skin and other epithelial tissues heal, uncovering a molecular mechanism t ... more
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WATER WORLD

Improving water quality can help save coral reefs
Research from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton has found that an imbalance of nutrients in reef waters can increase the bleaching susceptibility of ree ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Raytheon mobile app allows first responders to use PCs, tablets and smartphones as "virtual radios"
Raytheon has developed a mobile application for PCs, tablets and smartphones that allows first responders to interact and communicate without the use of land mobile radios (LMRs). As a part of Rayth ... more
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Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

Using LED lighting to reduce streetlight glare

Cheap and easy software provides highly accurate real-time data on traffic

19th Century Math Tactic Tweak Yields Answers 200 Times Faster

Improving the cost and efficiency of renewable energy storage

"Nanocamera" takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength

New material puts a twist in light

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FARM NEWS

Electrifying success in raising antioxidant levels in sweet potatoes
Already ranked by some as number one in nutrition among all vegetables, the traditional sweet potato can be nutritionally supercharged ? literally ? with a simple, inexpensive electric current treat ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Nobel prize-winning scientist cites evidence of link between extreme weather, global warming
New scientific analysis strengthens the view that record-breaking summer heat, crop-withering drought and other extreme weather events in recent years do, indeed, result from human activity and glob ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Republican convention
A tropical storm swirling in the eastern Caribbean has raised the remote possibility that this year's Republican National Convention could be more blustery than usual. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China study warns rural wealth gap near 'danger' level
China's countryside is facing a widening wealth gap as hundreds of millions of residents abandon farming for better paid work in cities, a report said, warning rural inequality was approaching "danger" levels. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Tornado numbers lower because of drought
The ongoing U.S. drought may have one bright side, researchers said, as a record-low number of tornadoes have been recorded. ... more
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ABOUT US

Sigificant human skull found in S.E. Asia
An ancient skull discovered in a cave in northern Laos' mountains is the oldest modern human fossil found in Southeast Asia, researchers say. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Study ranks cities' flood vulnerability
Of the world's cities, Shanghai is the most vulnerable to serious flooding, a study by European researchers suggests. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Mayans made drought worse with crops
Mayans may have hastened the demise of their civilization by clearing forests, making an already naturally drying climate drier, U.S. scientists say. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
'Doomsday sputnik': Russia said to launch new missile-attack warning satellite

China says spy ship operations 'in line with international law'

Iran complying with nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Insurgent threat shatters Iraq Christians' uneasy peace

Israel mourns, but undeterred by soldier deaths

Britain's Cameron urges military sanctions against Russia

N. Korea defends missile tests, warns 'gangster' US

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DEMOCRACY

Myanmar media push for more press freedom
Myanmar's journalists are demanding more press freedom despite the end this week of the country's 50-year-long practice of censoring publications before they go to print. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Record radiation in fish off Japan nuclear plant
A pair of greenlings have shown the highest level of radioactive caesium detected in fish and shellfish caught in waters off Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, its operator said Tuesday. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Arctic cap on course for record melt: US scientists
The Arctic ice cap is melting at a startlingly rapid rate and may shrink to its smallest-ever level within weeks as the planet's temperatures rise, US scientists said Tuesday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Canadian body parts victim was Chinese-Canadian: police
Canadian police on Tuesday identified a woman whose severed body parts were discovered scattered throughout Toronto as a Chinese-Canadian spa owner and a single mother of three. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

US allows NGOs to send quake relief funds to Iran
The United States on Tuesday lifted sanctions barriers on private groups that want to send relief funds to Iran in the wake of the August 11 earthquake disaster in the country's northwest. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

UN agency calls for global action plan on drought
The worst effects of drought could be avoided if countries had a disaster management plan to confront the problem, the UN World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

US corn, soy prices hit records as drought lingers
US corn and soybean prices closed at new record highs Tuesday as a new survey showed worse-than-expected crop damage from a brutal drought across the country's central breadbasket. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Experiment would test cloud geoengineering as way to slow warming
Even though it sounds like science fiction, researchers are taking a second look at a controversial idea that uses futuristic ships to shoot salt water high into the sky over the oceans, creating cl ... more
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Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

Scientists release most thorough map yet of Mars

Researchers crush diamond with biggest laser in world

New UAV for background radiation monitoring

Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future

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TECTONICS

Why do the Caribbean Islands arc?
The Caribbean islands have been pushed east over the last 50 million years, driven by the movement of the Earth's viscous mantle against the more rooted South American continent, reveals new researc ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Studies shed light on why species stay or go in response to climate change
Two new studies by scientists at UC Berkeley provide a clearer picture of why some species move in response to climate change, and where they go. One study, published online in the journal Global Ch ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Bird louse study shows how evolution sometimes repeats itself
Birds of a feather flock together and - according to a new analysis - so do their lice. A study of the genetic heritage of avian feather lice indicates that their louse ancestors first colonized a p ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate and Drought Lessons from Ancient Egypt
Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta document the region's ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Could FastStitch device be the future of suture?
After a surgeon stitches up a patient's abdomen, costly complications - some life-threatening - can occur. To cut down on these postoperative problems, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented a d ... more
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TECTONICS

Tibetan Plateau may be older than previously thought
The growth of high topography on the Tibetan Plateau in Sichuan, China, began much earlier than previously thought, according to an international team of geologists who looked at mountain ranges alo ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Underwater noise decreases whale communications in Stellwagen Bank sanctuary
According to a NOAA-led paper published in the journal Conservation Biology, high levels of background noise, mainly due to ships, have reduced the ability of critically endangered North Atlantic ri ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Earthworms soak up heavy metal
Earthworms could be used to extract toxic heavy metals, including cadmium and lead, from solid waste from domestic refuse collection and waste from vegetable and flower markets, according to researc ... more
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