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September 04, 2012
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth
York UK (SPX) Sep 04, 2012
A new study, by scientists from the Universities of York, Glasgow and Leeds, involving analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years, suggests that biodiversity on Earth generally increases as the planet warms. But the research says that the increase in biodiversity depends on the evolution of new species over millions of years, and is normally accompanied by extinctions of existing species. The researchers suggest that present trends of increasing temperature are unlikely ... read more

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Earthquake Hazards Map Study Finds Deadly Flaws, MU Researcher Suggests Improvements
Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps didn't predict massive quakes. A University of Missouri scientist and his colleagues recently s ... more
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ICE WORLD

Major world interests at stake in Canada's vast Mackenzie River Basin
The governance of Canada's massive Mackenzie River Basin holds enormous national but also global importance due to the watershed's impact on the Arctic Ocean, international migratory birds and clima ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Scripps Researchers Pinpoint Hot Spots as Earthquake Trigger Points
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have come a step closer to deciphering some of the basic mysteries and mechanisms behind earthquakes and how average-sized earthquak ... more
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FARM NEWS

Discovery may help protect crops from stressors
Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a key genetic switch by which plants control their response to ethylene gas, a natural plant hormone best known for its abilit ... more
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WATER WORLD

Increased Sediment and Nutrients Delivered to Bay as Susquehanna Reservoirs Near Sediment Capacity
Reservoirs near the mouth of the Susquehanna River just above Chesapeake Bay are nearly at capacity in their ability to trap sediment. As a result, large storms are already delivering increasingly m ... more
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WATER WORLD

Coral scientists use new model to find where corals are most likely to survive climate change
Marine conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society working with other coral reef experts have identified heat-tolerant coral species living in locations with continuous background temper ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Ancient genome reveals its secrets
The analyses of an international team of researchers led by Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, show that the genetic variation of Denisovans ... more
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Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline

North Dakota reviews oil train safety measures

Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance

China: successful commissioning of Taishan EPR reactors full-scope simulator

Iran Negotiations, OPEC Meeting Loom For Oil Markets

How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats

Single-atom layers that snap together like Lego

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Smaller families increases descendant wealth but reduces evolutionary success
Scientists have taken a step closer to solving one of life's mysteries - why family size generally falls as societies become richer. Evolutionary biologists have long puzzled over this because natur ... more
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DEMOCRACY

US voters asked 'are you better off than 4 years ago?'
A simple question that distils much of the debate swirling in America's Great Recession election appears to have Democrats tied in knots. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Storms kill 20 people in Algeria
Storms sweeping across northeast Algeria have killed 20 people and injured 56, the state news agency APS on Sunday cited emergency services as saying. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Brazil humpback population on the rebound
Last year, nearly 11,500 humpback whales were counted off the coast of Brazil - a new record, the Baleia Jubarte Institute cheered Sunday in a report. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Bangladesh suspends officials over tiger smuggling
Bangladesh said on Monday that nine forest officials had been suspended for "gross negligence" after three Bengal tiger cubs were found in a house in Dhaka where they were being kept by smugglers. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

No escape from domestic politics for Clinton in Asia
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is missing the Democratic Party convention to build ties in Asia as the US relationship with China increasingly encroaches on politics back home. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China villager bombs local government office
A villager in rural east China unhappy over social injustice detonated an explosive in a local government building Monday, killing himself and wounding six others, state press said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Dakar floods uncover ancient tools, jewellery: researchers
Pieces of pottery, iron tools and jewellery dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Dakar after recent torrential rains flooded some suburbs, university researchers told AFP on Monday. ... more
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China ships pay first post-Japan summit visit to disputed isles

Russia studies construction of its own orbital station

Stealthy spy software snooping for years: Symantec

China Military Advance in South China Sea to Test US Outreach

Ukraine's NATO hopes still a long way off

Iran won't be brought to knees on nuclear issue: Khamenei

France delays warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

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SHAKE AND BLOW

N. Korea says typhoon killed 48 people
A strong typhoon which hit North Korea last week killed 48 people and left more than 50 injured or missing, the country's state news agency said on Monday. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

US experts probe beaching that killed 17 whales
US scientists are to investigate what led 22 whales to beach themselves in Florida - killing 17 of them - one of three such incidents in North America over the weekend. ... 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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CLIMATE SCIENCE

New Nature study illuminates 55 million years of the carbon cycle and climate history
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 t ... more
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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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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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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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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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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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