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September 05, 2012
FARM NEWS
Unexpected finding shows climate change complexities in soil
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Sep 05, 2012
In a surprising finding, North Carolina State University researchers have shown that certain underground organisms thought to promote chemical interactions that make the soil a carbon sink actually play a more complex, dual role when atmospheric carbon levels rise. In a paper published in the Aug. 31 edition of Science, North Carolina State University researchers show that important and common soil microscopic organisms, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), play a role in sequestering carbon below ... read more

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Biophysicists unravel secrets of genetic switch
When an invading bacterium or virus starts rummaging through the contents of a cell nucleus, using proteins like tiny hands to rearrange the host's DNA strands, it can alter the host's biological co ... more
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WATER WORLD

Study identifies prime source of ocean methane
Up to 4 percent of the methane on Earth comes from the ocean's oxygen-rich waters, but scientists have been unable to identify the source of this potent greenhouse gas. Now researchers report that t ... more
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FARM NEWS

No-Till Farming Helps Capture Snow and Soil Water
A smooth blanket of snow in the winter can help boost dryland crop productivity in the summer, and no-till management is one way to ensure that blanket coverage, according to U.S. Department of Agri ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate change stories from the abyss
A team of scientists including those from the University of Southampton have shed new light on the world's history of climate change. The Pacific Ocean has remained the largest of all oceans on the ... more
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FARM NEWS

Study offers new hope for increasing global food production, reducing environmental impact of agriculture
Can we have enough to eat and a healthy environment, too? Yes-if we're smart about it, suggests a study published in Nature this week by a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and Mc ... more
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ICE WORLD

Russia's unique economic position in the Arctic
Historically, the Arctic Region has been part and parcel of the Russian economy. Due to the decades-long support from the Russian government, it boasts a powerful industrial infrastructure and the s ... more
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WATER WORLD

Tracking fish through a coral reef seascape
Ocean scientists have long known that juvenile coral reef fishes use coastal seagrass and mangrove habitats as nurseries, later moving as adults onto coral reefs. But the fishes' movements, and the ... more
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UAE's Masdar to build $125-million wind farm in Oman

Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit

Italy keen to take a fast boat to China

Beijing's focus on coal lost in haze of smog: experts

Areva names number two Knoche as interim CEO

Soft Cost Reduction Through Power Electronics

Aquion Energy Unveils Next Generation of AHI Battery Technology

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Tigers take the night shift to coexist with people
Tigers don't have a reputation for being accommodating, but a new study indicates that the feared and revered carnivores in and around a world-renowned park in Nepal are taking the night shift to be ... more
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FARM NEWS

Oxfam warns food prices to soar due to climate change
Staple food prices may double within the next two decades due to climate change and an increase in extreme weather including droughts and hurricanes, the anti-poverty group Oxfam said Wednesday. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

EU Naval Force Somalia warns ship owners
EU Naval Force Somalia is urging ship owners to remain vigilant off Somalia. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Indian court orders ex-minister to prison
An Indian court has sentenced a former state minister to 28 years in prison for her involvement in the deaths of 95 people during religious riots in Gujarat state a decade ago. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Congo, China, sign 975m-euro deal to rebuild Brazzaville
Congo and China on Tuesday signed accords worth 975 million euros as part of a project to rebuild parts of the capital Brazzaville devastated by a deadly munitions depot blast in early March. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hundreds of homes damaged in Philippines quake
More than 800 homes and businesses were damaged when a 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines early Tuesday, officials said. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Interactive map shows heatwave risks for European cities
The European Environment Agency (EEA) on Tuesday unveiled an interactive map indicating the heatwave risk for European cities six decades from now on the basis of likely global warming trends. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Mexico captures Gulf Cartel leader: navy
Mexican marines have caught Mario Cardenas Guillen, an alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico's most notorious drug trafficking organizations, and he was paraded on television Tuesday. ... more
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U.S Navy sending Aegis-equipped destroyers to Japan

Japan deputy PM directly urges China to hold summit

Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: alliance

China ponders action against Hong Kong stars

Iraq's Yazidis facing 'attempted genocide': UN

USAF looks at commercial satellite control networks

Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

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WOOD PILE

Liberia forests sold off in secret logging contracts: report
Forty percent of Liberia's forests have been sold off in secretive and often illegal contracts, Global Witness said Tuesday, just days after the country's president announced a probe into the issuing of logging permits. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Philippine gold mine struggles to plug waste spill
The Philippines' largest gold mine said Tuesday it was struggling to contain a waste spillage from its tailings dam which has forced it to suspend operations for the past month. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Iran arrests 20 for 'disruptive acts' following quake
Iran has arrested more than 20 people for "disruptive acts," including reportedly members of its ostracised Bahai minority, in its northwest region hit by deadly quakes last month, news agencies Tuesday quoted the country's prosecutor as saying. ... 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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WATER WORLD

Super-trawler cleared to fish in Australian waters
A huge Dutch super-trawler was Tuesday given the go-ahead to fish in Australian waters but with tough conditions to minimise by-catch such as dolphins, seals and sea lions. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Obama hails govt response to Isaac 'devastation'
US President Barack Obama on Monday praised government agencies which he led to meet the threat from Hurricane Isaac, after touring "enormous devastation" in Louisiana. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Yosemite open despite virus that killed two
The deadly virus raising fears at California's Yosemite National Park does not spread easily, and, despite two recent deaths, does not warrant closing the park, a spokeswoman said Monday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

H.K. students protest over 'brainwashing' classes
Hong Kong students and teachers protested Tuesday for a sixth straight day against plans to introduce Chinese patriotism classes, as political tensions rise days ahead of legislative polls. ... more
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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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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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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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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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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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SHAKE AND BLOW

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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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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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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