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September 03, 2012
CLIMATE SCIENCE
New Nature study illuminates 55 million years of the carbon cycle and climate history
College Station TX (SPX) Sep 03, 2012
A study in Nature provides, in unprecedented detail, the history of a crucial indicator of the relationship between the carbon cycle and climate processes over the past 55 million years. Over this time period, when the Earth is known to have transitioned from "hothouse" to "icehouse" conditions, the oceans also experienced a dramatic shift in the carbonate compensation depth, or CCD. Defined as the depth below which carbonate minerals (such as calcite) dissolve completely, the CCD is known to fluc ... read more

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SHAKE AND BLOW

A Slow-moving Isaac Brings Flooding to Gulf States
Isaac - once a Category 1 hurricane and now a strong tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (60 knots) - continues to create havoc across the Gulf Coast, from eastern Texas ... more
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CARBON WORLDS

Up in the air: Heating by black carbon aerosol re-evaluated
Viewed as a potential target in the global effort to reduce climate change, atmospheric black carbon particles absorb significantly less sunlight than scientists predicted, raising new questions abo ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Rice, MD Anderson scientists probe mystery of operon evolution
The threads of an evolutionary mystery that dates to the birth of molecular biology are beginning to unravel, thanks to a new investigation by computational bioengineers at Rice University and the U ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Scientists call policy-makers to be scale-aware
To be successful, nature conservation measures must account for the complexity of the human impact and how nature responds to them, at different spatial and temporal scales. "Scale-sensitive researc ... more
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WATER WORLD

New DNA-method tracks fish and whales in seawater
Danish researchers at University of Copenhagen lead the way for future monitoring of marine biodiversity and resources by using DNA traces in seawater samples to keep track of fish and whales in the ... more
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WATER WORLD

Viruses Could be the Key to Healthy Corals
Corals are an invaluable part of the marine ecosystem, fostering biodiversity and protecting coastlines. But they're also increasingly endangered. Pathogenic bacteria, along with pollution and harmf ... more
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FARM NEWS

Uncoiling the cucumber's enigma
Captivated by a strange coiling behavior in the grasping tendrils of the cucumber plant, researchers at Harvard University have characterized a new type of spring that is soft when pulled gently and ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Laser experiment reveals liquid-like motion of atoms in an ultra-cold cluster

A Crystal Wedding in the Nanocosmos

Carbyne morphs when stretched

Quantum Dots Boost Conversion Efficiency Of GaAs Solar Cells

Canada lobs economic shot across Russian energy bow

Portuguese consortium to spend $300 million on wind

Fukushima Accident Underscores Need to Act on Nuclear Plant Hazards

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Why are there so many species of beetles and so few crocodiles?
There are more than 400,000 species of beetles and only two species of the tuatara, a reptile cousin of snakes and lizards that lives in New Zealand. Crocodiles and alligators, while nearly 250 mill ... more
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ABOUT US

DNA of ancient human decoded
The genome of a cave-dwelling girl from 80,000 years ago has been analyzed in such detail it's known she had brown hair, eyes and skin, German researchers say. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

More Yosemite tourists infected with deadly virus
Six visitors to California's famous Yosemite National Park have now been infected with a rare rodent-born virus, two of whom have died, officials said Thursday, in an update on the outbreak. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Fishermen battle for tradition amid French Riviera luxury
The fishing villages have become chic resorts and the yachts of the wealthy dominate the waters of the French Riviera, but the 300 odd fishermen who remain on this sunny coast are determined to keep up a tradition that is also their livelihood. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Democrats scold Romney for storm tour 'hypocrisy'
Democrats leaders branded Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney's survey of hurricane damage in Louisiana the "height of hypocrisy" Friday, alleging his policies would gut disaster funding. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Post-Fukushima meeting calls for more work on nuclear safety
A major international conference reviewing the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in Japan in March 2011 wrapped up Friday calling for more to be done to improve nuclear safety. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Drought hits Mississippi shipping, even after hurricane
When it comes to maneuvering a powerful towboat in as little as four feet of muddy water, it helps to know the Mississippi River as intimately as Arthur Ward does. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Obama to tour hurricane damage on Monday
US President Barack Obama will tour storm damage and visit victims of Hurricane Isaac on Monday, the White House said Friday, as Republican rival Mitt Romney headed for the disaster zone. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea defies UN censure to fire missile into sea

Stronger rules needed on flight paths: Malaysia Airlines official

K-MAX unmanned cargo helo finishes Afghan deployment

Iraq's Mosul counts the cost of insurgent rule

U.S. military aims to overcome GPS' weaknesses

Shiite militia display jihadist bodies in Iraq city

For incoming US airmen in S.Korea, a 30-day ban on booze

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SHAKE AND BLOW

One dead, small tsunami after 7.6 Philippine quake
A 7.6 earthquake struck off the Philippine coast on Friday, triggering landslides that killed at least one person and a small tsunami that hit the eastern part of the archipelago, authorities said. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Thousands return home after Costa del Sol forest inferno
Almost 4,000 people who fled a deadly forest fire in mountains near the Spanish resort of Marbella returned home on Saturday after the blaze was brought under control, local officials said. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Romney off-message in storm-ravaged Bayou
One day after he was named official flag-bearer of the Republican revolution, Mitt Romney confronted the limits of his small government rhetoric Friday in the storm-ravaged Louisiana Bayou. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan conducts national quake drill
Japan conducted a national earthquake drill on Saturday after the government unveiled a worst case disaster scenario that warned a monster jolt in the Pacific Ocean could kill over 320,000 people. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China's Wen says property controls still needed: Xinhua
Premier Wen Jiabao said Saturday it was too early to loosen curbs on speculative property investment, state media reported, as authorities keep a tight grip over China's once red-hot housing sector. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Obama calls for 'nation-building' at home
President Barack Obama marked the second anniversary of the end of the US combat mission in Iraq by calling Saturday for "nation-building" back in the United States as it battles a slumping economy. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate: Could 'Dr. Strangelove' idea be an option?
A controversial idea to brake global warming, first floated by the father of the hydrogen bomb, is affordable and technically feasible, but its environmental impact remains unknown, a trio of US scientists say. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Cellphones AIDS tests studied in S.Africa, S.Korea
South African and South Korean researchers are working on making a smartphone capable of doing AIDS tests in rural parts of Africa that are the worst hit by the disease, a researcher said Friday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

After drenching New Orleans, Isaac threatens dam
Authorities in two states along the US Gulf Coast have urged residents to seek shelter amid fears a dam could fail, as a weakening Isaac has doused an already drenched region. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Oil spilling from Turkish bulk carrier wreck off Cape Town
Oil from a Turkish bulk carrier that ran aground three years ago off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa's prime tourist city, was spilling onto two beaches on Saturday, officials said. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Pacific leaders hold retreat before Clinton arrival
Pacific Islands Forum leaders gathered on a remote Cook Islands atoll to discuss issues facing the region Thursday, ahead of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's arrival at the summit. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Chimpanzees create social traditions
Researchers have found out that chimpanzees are not only capable of learning from one another, but also use this social information to form and maintain local traditions. A research collaboration be ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Earphones 'potentially as dangerous as noise from jet engines'
Turning the volume up too high on your headphones can damage the coating of nerve cells, leading to temporary deafness; scientists from the University of Leicester have shown for the first time. Ear ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Heatwaves to Move Toward Coasts
A new study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, suggests that the nature of California heatwaves is changing due to global warming. Climate researchers Alexand ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Flu is transmitted before symptoms appear
Research at Imperial College London examining influenza transmission in ferrets suggests that the virus can be passed on before the appearance of symptoms. If the finding applies to humans, it means ... more
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SINO DAILY

Hong Kong in bid to limit homebuyers from mainland
Hong Kong's leader on Thursday announced measures to prioritise the property market for locals, after years of price rises attributed to an influx of wealthy buyers from mainland China. ... more
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