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August 30, 2012
WATER WORLD
Water research thrives as new report highlights spiralling growth year on year
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 30, 2012
Research into water is growing faster than the average 4% annual growth rate for all research disciplines, claims a new report presented by Elsevier and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) during the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm. The report, "The Water and Food Nexus: Trends and Development of the Research Landscape" analysed the major trends in water and food-related article output at international, national and institutional levels. Elsevier and SIWI worked closely together on c ... read more

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Japan estimates monster quake could kill 320,000
Japan's government on Wednesday unveiled a worst case disaster scenario that warned a monster earthquake in the Pacific Ocean could kill over 320,000 people, dwarfing last year's quake-tsunami disaster. ... more
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WATER WORLD

New Maps May Reduce Tourism Impacts on Hawaiian Dolphins
Over-eager tourists intent on seeing spinner dolphins up close may inadvertently be disturbing the charismatic animals' daytime rest periods and driving them out of safe habitats in bays along Hawai ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Bigger creatures live longer, travel farther for a reason
A long-standing mystery in biology about the longer lifespans of bigger creatures may be explained by the application of a physical law called the Constructal Law. What this law proposes is that any ... more
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FARM NEWS

No-till could help maintain crop yields despite climate change
Reducing tillage for some Central Great Plains crops could help conserve water and reduce losses caused by climate change, according to studies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Research ... more
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WATER WORLD

Survival without water: A key trait of an aquatic invader to spread
Nowadays, an increasing number of rivers and lakes are being invaded by exotic snails, which come from remote regions, and even other continents. Such species represent a threat to native species, a ... more
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ICE WORLD

Netherlands: Arctic energy rules needed
New international rules are needed to protect the arctic environment as it is targeted for more energy exploration, the Netherlands said this week. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Morocco's illegal mussel pickers ply non-eco trade
Thousands of Morocco's unemployed slum-dwellers head to the Atlantic coast every morning to scrape a living as illegal mussel pickers. But experts say they threaten the health of the marine ecosystem. ... more
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Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

Scientists Find Way to Maintain Quantum Entanglement in Amplified Signals

Quantum leap in lasers brightens future of quantum computing

Oregon chemists eye improved thin films with metal substitution

Understanding Graphene's Electrical Properties on an Atomic Level

A noble gas cage

Japanese leader proposes first-ever 'Robot Olympics'

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SINO DAILY

China official flees country with funds: report
An official in northeast China has fled the country, allegedly taking tens of millions of dollars with him, amid a probe into corruption, a state newspaper said Wednesday. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Thawing permafrost frees millions of tons of carbon: study
A vast outcrop of the Arctic Siberian coast that had been frozen for tens of thousands of years is releasing huge carbon deposits as rising temperatures thaw parts of its coastline, a study warned Wednesday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Death toll from S. Korea typhoon rises to 18
South Korean rescuers Wednesday recovered two more bodies near two wrecked Chinese fishing boats, bringing the confirmed death toll from a powerful typhoon to 18. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane Isaac batters New Orleans
Hurricane Isaac pounded New Orleans with fierce winds and torrents of rain Wednesday, but the multi-billion dollar flood defenses built after Katrina swamped the city seven years ago held firm. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Forest dam threatens Thailand's tigers: WWF
A proposed dam that would flood part of a national park in western Thailand represents a "significant new threat" to the kingdom's tigers, wildlife group WWF warned on Wednesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Cook Islands declares world's largest marine park
The Cook Islands announced the creation of world's largest marine park at the opening of the Pacific Islands Forum Tuesday, a vast swathe of ocean almost twice the size of France. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Iraq political row threatens future polls
A bitter row between Iraq's political blocs is threatening the future independence of the country's election commission and is casting doubt on whether provincial polls due next year will be held on time. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Fossil skeleton of strange, ancient digging mammal clears up 30-year evolutionary debate
Shortly after dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops went extinct 65 million years ago, Earth's ancient landscapes were filled with unusual mammals only distantly related to those alive today. ... more
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Chinese president wields economic might on LatAm tour

US still mulling Iraq request for militant drone strikes

China anti-terror advice: "fight back" or "run away"

The Great War Redux

France and Britain trade hypocrisy claims over MH17 sanctions

Israel strikes kill dozens in Gaza as toll tops 670

New collaboration between Australian military, universities

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FARM NEWS

Behind closed doors
With the help of beneficial bacteria, plants can slam the door when disease pathogens come knocking, University of Delaware researchers have discovered. A scientific team under the leadership of Har ... more
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WATER WORLD

Eastern Pacific Barrier is Virtually Impassable by Coral Species
A coral species that is found in abundance from Indonesia eastward to Fiji, Samoa, and the Line Islands rarely crosses the Eastern Pacific Barrier toward the coast of the Americas, according to a te ... more
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ICE WORLD

NASA's IceBridge Seeking New View of Changing Sea Ice
This year scientists working on NASA's Operation IceBridge, a multi-year airborne science mission to study changing ice conditions at both poles, debuted a new data product with the potential to imp ... more
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WATER WORLD

Children at risk from rural water supplies
Children drinking from around half the UK's private water supplies are almost five times more likely to pick up stomach infections - according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). R ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Cloud control could tame hurricanes
They are one of the most destructive forces of nature on Earth, but now environmental scientists are working to tame the hurricane. In a paper, published in Atmospheric Science Letters, the authors ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Nanoparticles reboot blood flow in brain
A nanoparticle developed at Rice University and tested in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) may bring great benefits to the emergency treatment of brain-injury victims, even those ... more
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WATER WORLD

New Survey of Ocean Floor Finds Juvenile Scallops are Abundant in Mid-Atlantic
NOAA researchers are getting a comprehensive view of the ocean floor using a new instrument, and have confirmed that there are high numbers of young sea scallops off of Delaware Bay. Unofficially du ... more
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ABOUT US

Electronics, living tissue, merged in lab
U.S. researchers say they have successfully created a type of "cyborg" tissue by embedding nano-electronics into engineered human tissues. ... more
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Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket

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Russian cargo craft docks with ISS, science satellite fails

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China's biggest moon challenge: returning to earth

Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year

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CARBON WORLDS

Australia and EU to link emissions trading
Australia's carbon pricing scheme will link with the European Union's emissions trading plan, a government official announced. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Desalination plant needed in Gaza by 2020: minister
The Palestinian Authority's minister in charge of water issues, Shaddad Attili, on Tuesday stressed the urgency of having a desalination plant in place in Gaza by 2020 at the latest. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Chinese buyer vows to honour French wine heritage
A Chinese businessman who sparked uproar in France when he bought a historic Burgundy vineyard pledged Tuesday to respect local traditions and restore the chateau to its former glory. ... more
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ICE WORLD

In climate landmark, Arctic ice melts to record low
The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said Monday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Yosemite warns tourists after virus kills two
US health authorities are warning tourists who visited California's famous Yosemite National Park recently to beware of a rare virus spread in mouse droppings, after two people died. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

One third less life on planet Earth
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 iss ... more
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SINO DAILY

Two Tibetans die, burning protests top 50: groups
Two teenagers burned to death in southwest China, taking to over 50 the number of Tibetans who have set themselves alight in protest against Beijing's rule, rights groups said on Tuesday. ... 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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