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August 23, 2012
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Organisms cope with environmental uncertainty by guessing the future
London, UK (SPX) Aug 23, 2012
In uncertain environments, organisms not only react to signals, but also use molecular processes to make guesses about the future, according to a study by Markus Arnoldini et al. from ETH Zurich and Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. The authors report in PLoS Computational Biology that if environmental signals are unreliable, organisms are expected to evolve the ability to take random decisions about adapting to cope with adverse situations. Most organisms ... read more

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Common parasite may trigger suicide attempts
A parasite thought to be harmless and found in many people may actually be causing subtle changes in the brain, leading to suicide attempts. New research appearing in the August issue of The Journal ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Danger in the blood
New research may help explain why hundreds of thousands of Americans a year get sick - and tens of thousands die - after bacteria get into their blood. It also suggests why some of those bloodstream ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Spider version of Bigfoot emerges from caves in the Pacific Northwest
The forests of the coastal regions from California to British Columbia are renowned for their unique and ancient animals and plants, such as coast redwoods, tailed frogs, mountain beavers and the le ... more
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Nanoparticles added to platelets double internal injury survival rate
Nanoparticles tailored to latch onto blood platelets rapidly create healthy clots and nearly double the survival rate in the vital first hour after injury, new research shows. "We knew an inje ... more
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FARM NEWS

UCSB scientists examine effects of manufactured nanoparticles on soybean crops
Sunscreens, lotions, and cosmetics contain tiny metal nanoparticles that wash down the drain at the end of the day, or are discharged after manufacturing. Those nanoparticles eventually end up in ag ... more
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WATER WORLD

Women could play key role in correcting crisis in clean drinking water and sanitation crisis
People in ancient Rome 2,000 years ago had better access to clean water and sanitation that keeps disease-causing human excrement out of contact with people than many residents of the 21st century, ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Cretaceous Footprints Found at Goddard
About 110 million light years away, the bright, barred spiral galaxy NGC 3259 was just forming stars in dark bands of dust and gas. Here on the part of the Earth where NASA's Goddard Space Flight Ce ... 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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SHAKE AND BLOW

NASA sees an active tropical Atlantic again
The Atlantic Ocean is kicking into high gear with low pressure areas that have a chance at becoming tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes. Satellite imagery from NASA's Terra and Aqua satellit ... more
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Brain scans don't lie about age
It isn't uncommon for people to pass for ages much older or younger than their years, but researchers have now found that this feature doesn't apply to our brains. The findings reported online on Au ... more
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WATER WORLD

Nature study highlights many paths to ocean health
Using a new comprehensive index designed to assess the benefits to people of healthy oceans, scientists have evaluated the ecological, social, economic, and political conditions for every coastal co ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: Saving Private Romney
In 1998 Steven Spielberg's hit film "Saving Private Ryan" was released. In it, Tom Hanks played U.S. Army Capt. John Miller who, shortly after the June 6, 1944, Normandy landings, was ordered to lead a small team of American soldiers to find and rescue Pvt. James Ryan, played by Matt Damon. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Myanmar in deforestation crisis
Myanmar's forest coverage is down to only a fifth of the country's total area and officials say they want a total ban on exporting wood to foreign countries. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Tropical Storm Isaac strengthens in Caribbean
Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened on Wednesday and looked set to become a hurricane as it churned through the Caribbean on a path that could have it hit Florida during next week's Republican convention. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Fresh flood kills four in southern Russia
Russian authorities said Wednesday that a flash flood had killed four people in the southern Krasnodar region where 172 people drowned in rising waters last month, many trapped in their homes. ... more
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FARM NEWS

$15 million 'gutter oil' court case begins in China
A court case against a gang accused of a $15.6-million "gutter oil" scam began in China Wednesday, state media said, in what appears to be the latest stage of a crackdown on reprocessed cooking oil. ... 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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WEATHER REPORT

Italy heatwave brings down historic wall section in Rome
A section of wall dating back to the early 19th century overlooking one of Rome's most historic squares - Piazza del Popolo - crumbled on Wednesday due to the heatwave that is sweeping Italy. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Man partly to blame for Antarctic ice shelf collapse: study
An ice core extracted from an Antarctic islet has yielded further evidence of the impact of man-made warming on the frozen continent, fuelling concern for the future of ice shelves, a report said Wednesday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

EU group slams protectionism in China wine row
A European business group on Wednesday criticised Chinese calls to probe EU wine imports as "protectionist", as a dispute between the major trading partners threatened to escalate. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Dissenters locked in China mental hospitals: rights group
Hundreds of thousands of people including dissidents are committed each year to Chinese psychiatric hospitals against their will, often as a form of punishment, a rights group said Wednesday. ... more
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China stamps down on Gu 'body-double' rumours
China has blocked Internet searches for the term "body double" after web users expressed suspicions that convicted murderer Gu Kailai used a stand-in at her court hearings. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

S.African residents asked to look out for renegade hippo
Residents in South Africa's city of Cape Town have been asked to keep a look-out for a renagade young hippopotamus which is popping up in gardens and roads after moving into a suburban lake. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Haiti demolishes quake-ruined presidential palace
More than two years after a catastrophic earthquake devastated Haiti's capital, authorities on Wednesday began rebuilding the presidential palace with the help of actor Sean Penn. ... more
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FARM NEWS

US, Mexico, France to discuss soaring grain prices
With food prices skyrocketing, Mexico, France and the United States will hold talks next week to discuss possible ways to stabilize the grain market, a Mexican official said Wednesday. ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ABOUT US

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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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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