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August 28, 2012
FLORA AND FAUNA
One third less life on planet Earth
Munich, Germany (SPX) Aug 28, 2012
Previous estimates about the total mass of all life on our planet have to be reduced by about one third. This is the result of a study by a German-US science team published in the current online issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). According to previous estimates about one thousand billion tons of carbon are stored in living organisms, of which 30% in single-cell microbes in the ocean floor and 55 % reside in land plants. The science team around Dr. Jens Kallmeyer ... read more

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WATER WORLD

How methane becomes fish food
produced at the bottom of our lakes provides nutrition for microorganisms and eventually becomes an indirect food source for fish. These findings were presented in a one of a kind study that contrad ... more
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WATER WORLD

MBL Scientists Discover Nerves Control Iridescence in Squid's Remarkable "Electric Skin"
Squid's colorful, changeable skin enables the animal-and their close relatives, cuttlefish and octopus-to display extraordinary camouflage, the speed and diversity of which is unmatched in the anima ... more
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FARM NEWS

Plants unpack winter coats when days get shorter
Mechanisms that protect plants from freezing are placed in storage during the summer and wisely unpacked when days get shorter. In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sci ... more
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FARM NEWS

A Greener Way to Fertilize Nursery Crops
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist has found a "green" alternative to a type of fertilizer additive that is believed to contribute to the accumulation of heavy metals in waterways. ... more
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WATER WORLD

How ocean currents affect global climate is a question oceanographer may be close to answering
Kevin Speer has a "new paradigm" for describing how the world's oceans circulate - and with it he may help reshape science's understanding of the processes by which wind, water, sunlight and other f ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Wind concentrates pollutants with unexpected order in an urban environment
Cities - with their concrete canyons, isolated greenery, and congested traffic - create seemingly chaotic and often powerful wind patterns known as urban flows. Carried on these winds are a variety ... more
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ICE WORLD

Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks To New Low In Satellite Era
The extent of the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has shrunk. According to scientists from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colo., the amount is th ... more
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Fifty years of Mustang cool: is China along for the ride?

US urged to drop India WTO case on solar

Boeing lifts profit outlook as jetliner demand booms

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

Physicist demonstrates dictionary definition was dodgy

Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Sunbathing keeps these insects healthy
Sunbathing may be healthy - at least for one group of North American insects that apparently uses the activity to fight off germs, Simon Fraser University scientists have found. Western Boxeld ... more
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ICE WORLD

Antarctic ice sheet quakes shed light on ice movement and earthquakes
Analysis of small, repeating earthquakes in an Antarctic ice sheet may not only lead to an understanding of glacial movement, but may also shed light on stick slip earthquakes like those on the San ... more
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WHITE OUT

Link found between cold European winters and solar activity
Scientists have long suspected that the Sun's 11-year cycle influences climate of certain regions on Earth. Yet records of average, seasonal temperatures do not date back far enough to confirm any p ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

China wrestles with acid rain threat
An increase in automobile emissions exposed China's Guangdong province to damage from acid rain in the first half of this year, a report found. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

New Orleans in crosshairs of expected Hurricane Isaac
New Orleans braced for another major storm Monday, seven years after Hurricane Katrina swamped the fabled US city of jazz, leaving behind a devastating sprawl of destruction and death. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Floods kill 10, displace 20,000 in Nigeria after dam opened
Flooding in eastern Nigeria has killed at least 10 people and displaced an estimated 20,000 following heavy rains and the release of water from a dam in neighbouring Cameroon, an official said Monday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Isaac rains boost Cuba water reserves
Tropical Storm Isaac, which swept across Cuba at the weekend before heading toward the southern United States, substantially boosted the communist nation's water reserves, state media said Monday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Carbon efficiency failing to fight warming: study
A surge in carbon emissions from power demand in the developing world is overwhelming progress by nations including China and the United States in improving efficiency, new research shows. ... more
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Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

The battle of the Mr. Cools

China and rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance: Obama

Kiev announces town 'liberated' but residents dumbfounded

Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

Patria vehicles getting Saab communications electronics

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WATER WORLD

Finland leads major counter-pollution drill in Baltic Sea
Finland on Monday led one of the biggest counter-pollution drills on the Baltic Sea, involving 70 vessels in the exercise. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Access to water key for food security: FAO chief
Global food security starts with ensuring access to water, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said at the beginning of World Water Week Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

7.3 quake off El Salvador, no injuries or damage
A powerful earthquake measuring up to 7.3 hit off El Salvador's Pacific coast, triggering a brief tsunami alert for Central America and Mexico but causing no injuries or damage. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Arctic ice melts to record low: US researchers
The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest ever level in the latest dramatic sign of the long-term impact of global warming, US researchers said Monday. ... more
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FIRE STORM

French boy admits to setting massive forest fire
A 14-year-old French boy has admitted to setting a massive forest fire that continued to blaze in southern France on Monday, prosecutors said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

S. Korea on alert as major typhoon Bolaven nears
South Korea was Monday bracing for major typhoon Bolaven, with a main port and ferry routes closed, classes cancelled, a military exercise suspended and officials put on high alert. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Quarry explosion kills nine in China: media
A load of explosives accidentally went off on Monday at a quarry supplying a cement plant in southern China, killing nine people and leaving another missing, state media said. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Isaac threatens to steal Romney's big moment
Tropical Storm Isaac threatened Monday to steal the media spotlight from Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and overshadow the all-important convention that will crown him the nominee. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Russia to Keep Working With Astronauts From US, Europe, Japan

Russia to Boost Manpower on New Space Center Construction Site

Taylor Small Satellite Launched

Liquid spacetime

Physicists consider implications of recent revelations about the universe's first light

No Official Confirmation of NASA Severing Ties with Russian Space Agency

NASA Selects Commercial Crew Program Manager

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Isaac hammers Haiti, delays US Republican convention
Tropical Storm Isaac battered Haiti on Saturday, leaving at least two people dead, and hit Cuba as Florida braced for a possible hurricane that forced a one-day delay to the Republican convention. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Twitter shakes up US election campaign
Will tweets make the difference in the 2012 US presidential election? ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

'Pandamania' bears take rocky French road to parenthood
Like many normal young couples starting a life together, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi have moved into a new home, happily go about their daily business, and hopes are high for a baby. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Tanker-bus crash inferno kills 36 in China
At least 36 people died in a fiery collision between a methanol tanker and a double-decker sleeper bus on Sunday in China's worst traffic accident in more than a year. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Taiwan braces for return of Typhoon Tembin
Taiwan warned Sunday that Typhoon Tembin was likely to return as people struggled to clear mud-filled homes after the storm pounded the south of the island with the heaviest rains in more than a century. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Colombia's foreign, defense ministers keep posts
Colombian President Juan Manual Santos said Saturday he denied the resignation of his foreign and defense ministers, but vowed major policy changes. ... more
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ABOUT US

Man mistakes son for monkey, shoots him dead
A farmer in southern Nepal mistook his son for a monkey trying to steal his crops and shot the 12-year-old dead, police said on Sunday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Research on Wood Formation Sheds Light on Plant Biology
Scientists at North Carolina State University have discovered a phenomenon never seen before in plants while studying molecular changes inside tree cells as wood is formed. In research published onl ... more
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